“Fairmont State is the first place that I ever really soared. I had to get a 4.0 my whole senior year of high school to get the PROMISE Scholarship, and I had to get the PROMISE to go to college. Fairmont State is the only place where people really consider me a role model. Just because you weren’t the valedictorian doesn’t mean you can’t go on and be somebody big. You can step in and fill a vital role.”
When Sean Rafferty arrived at Fairmont State University as a freshman in 2011, he knew two things for certain: he was going to major in Political Science and he wanted to join Student Government. Today the Parkersburg native is a senior double majoring in Political Science and National Security and Intelligence who served as Student Government president in the 2013-2014 academic year and is a member of the Honors Program. After completing the one-week Frasure-Singleton Internship at the West Virginia Legislature in the spring of 2014, this year he was selected as one of 10 students in the state to participate in the semester-long Judith A. Herndon Fellowship at the Legislature. “I have learned so much from being able to watch and participate in the day to day business of government. I am very grateful to have been chosen for the fellowship and for all that Fairmont State did to prepare me for it,” Rafferty said.