Honors Program Inspires Many “Firsts”

Jay Cooke finds it difficult to keep track of all the “Firsts” that FSU has helped him create. “I came into FSU as a freshman in the Honors program and felt immediately welcomed into that community,” he says. The St. Albans, W.Va., native traveled abroad for the first time to Belgium and the Netherlands with the Honors program over spring break 2012. “The most humbling thing was going through the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. We flew into Brussels, stayed near the train station and took day trips to other cities in Belgium. The food was amazing. I’m going to have to import chocolate and cheese for the rest of my life. I definitely want to visit there again later in life,” he says. Inspired to get involved with campus life, Jay has held leadership positions in several student organizations and has been a Freshman Counselor. “Getting involved really makes you feel like Fairmont State is yours,” he says. Jay plans to be one of the first graduates from the newly revised Information Systems Management curriculum in the School of Business in May 2013. To gain hands-on experience, he has worked in the Computer Repair Center for the Information Systems Student Organization on campus and even landed an internship at Mylan, one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies, in the Global IT department. Jay looks forward to building more “Firsts.”