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Cohort 4 Spring 2020

  • Grant DuVall

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    WVU made me feel welcome from the second I stepped on to campus. The community here in Morgantown is not only fiercely devoted to its school but filled with opportunity. WVU’s proximity to home, world-class education, and numerous scholarship opportunities made it a natural choice for me.

  • Robert Gianniny

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because of the opportunities and culture. As a West Virginia native I grew up hearing about the amazing student projects, research opportunities, and career paths. After taking a closer look I also learned about the supportive nature of the entire community, and I was sold ever since. I felt that WVU provided me the space to grow, all while offering the right guidance when I needed it.

  • Randy McFarland

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because I knew from the second I stepped on the campus it was where I wanted to be! I was surrounded by optimistic classmates and was able to envision a new life here. Being from West Virginia I knew that financially it was a good decision, as well as checking all my boxes for Majors/Student Organizations. I felt the campus culture radiate through the students, and the beautiful campus was an added plus. I knew personally it was a place that I could personally grow while also getting a quality education. I fell in love with the environmental practices put forth from being a land-grant institution as well as the beautiful surrounding nature scenes. I knew I would be able to meet a diverse set of people because of the sheer volume of students, and that is what set me aside from other/smaller colleges. Morgantown is my second home, and I'm proud to be a Mountaineer!

  • Lowell Parascandola

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because of the vast opportunities this University has. Whether you want to join a club, play on an intramural team, be a co-author on a research project, or go to a football game, there’s an opportunity for everyone. The atmosphere at WVU is so welcoming, it makes me truly feel at home with the other Mountaineers. The WVU legacy for me doesn’t end after 4 years, because I know WVU opened endless doors for me and will always be a part of who I am.

  • Jude Platz

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because the university felt like home when I visited, and it offered a wide range of environmental programs for an affordable cost.

  • Isaac Price

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because of the influence from my friends and family as well as the strong family atmosphere that surrounds WVU. I was also impressed by the history of academic and personal success presented by the alumni of this wonderful institution.

  • Jordan Nicole Pugh

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    As a West Virginia resident, WVU’s cost effective in-state tuition and financial aid support drew me to consider attending. Visiting the campus affirmed my decision to choose WVU. The preservation and pride in Appalachian history conveyed through the campus drew me to this university. Choosing WVU felt like coming home.

  • Ateria Walker

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I knew WVU had an excellent nursing program; therefore, WVU was on my list of colleges to tour. As soon as I first stepped foot on the West Virginia University campus, I knew it was the place for me. WVU has so much to offer through educational opportunities such as research, and this university has many extracurricular activities for you to participate in through involvement in student organizations. The faculty and staff make you feel like you are a part of one big mountaineer family.

  • Rhy Wiethe

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because it has a small community feel in a large university setting. I have always felt like I belonged–even as an out-of-state student.

  • Sarah Zanabli

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    WVU is the perfect distance from home- it is far enough to have the college experience by living independently but close enough to link up with my family on the weekends in Charleston, WV. It is also the most affordable college that I applied to. Lastly, the large size of the institution allows me to meet people from all over the world but it's small enough to get to know Mountaineers personally; this really helped me feel a sense of community and belonging as a second-generation immigrant.

Cohort 3 Fall 2020

  • Madison Bowers

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    My junior year of high school I had a major case of small-town fever. I felt like I needed to get out of my tiny town and out of this tiny state. At the time, I felt like this would be my only way to find great opportunities. My dad was really the reason I visited campus as he was a proud alumnus himself. WVU went from the bottom of my list to the top as soon as I stepped foot on campus. I had an enormous sense of feeling like I was home. From there, I never toured any of those big schools on my list. Country Roads really lead me home.

  • Seth Fields

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    West Virginia is home. I wanted to stay here, grow with the community, and be a part of making West Virginia all that it could be.

  • Louis "Jay" Latta

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I've felt tied to the university since I was a young child, having grown up about 45 minutes from downtown Morgantown and being a die-hard Mountaineer sports fan. Then, when it became time to decide where I would be continuing my education, WVU's successful engineering program and generous scholarship offer made it the natural choice.

  • Ashley Linder

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    WVU is where I thought I could grow while still having a piece of home with me. I grew up coming to Morgantown for football games, so coming back felt right from the moment I stepped on campus. WVU also had everything I was looking for academically. The engineering program here is excellent, and I was able to get involved in research right away.

  • Melina McCabe

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I come from a family full of former Mountaineers, so I grew up going to WVU games and taking day trips to Morgantown to see the places my parents met. I was always very excited to know that eventually I would be able to attend WVU. After my first campus tour, I realized that WVU really was the school for me due to the great opportunities that students are presented with and the sense of community that this campus is surrounded with.

  • Allie Satterfield

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because I knew I would find a home here. The opportunities that WVU provides for students are ones like no other. I knew I wanted to be involved as soon as I stepped on campus, and I knew I wanted my voice to be heard. Attending WVU has given me platforms to do both of those things and more – as well as experience things I could have only dreamed of. At WVU, I have found my people, my community, and my home.

  • Elizabeth Sexton

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    In high school, I felt overwhelmed by the thought of picking a college that would become my home away from home over the next several years. I had a large pool of eight potential universities that I considered, and I imagined each as a possible perfect fit for me. However, when I toured WVU as a high school junior, I instantly felt a connection through the on-campus experience, and I immediately knew WVU would be my new home. By my senior year, WVU was the only place that received my application. Being on-campus as a student has only continued to allow me to further realize the benefits of this important decision.

  • Anthony Siler

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because I was born and raised in WV, and both of my parents as well as many relatives attended WVU. Because of them, I was interested in WVU at a young age and heard about the many great experiences and memories they made there. When I started looking at colleges, I learned for myself just how many opportunities were available for me at WVU.

  • Cara Thomas

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because it brought all of my “dream school” qualities together. First, WVU was a financially reasonable choice for my situation, since many scholarships are available. Second, it has a familial atmosphere. The school’s traditions and roots bring students from all walks of life together as Mountaineers. Finally, there were great academic and professional opportunities. The Chambers College of Business and Economics has incredible faculty and staff. I’m getting the best of all worlds at WVU.

  • Callyn Zeigler

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    Growing up in West Virginia, I never anticipated attending WVU. I wanted to venture out of state to new opportunities. However, as soon as I stepped on campus for my first tour, I was treated with the highest level of respect. The level of care and interest of the faculty, president, and other students was unparalleled compared to other universities. The community spirit in addition to the high-quality educational opportunities offered here made this the perfect fit.

Cohort 2 Spring 2020

  • Lillian Bischof

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose West Virginia University because the faculty and staff go above and beyond to cater to each and every student. During one of my visits to campus before choosing WVU, faculty welcomed me to their labs to view their research, to their offices to discuss opportunities, and to their classrooms to watch the learning in action on campus. They make the university feel like a family in that they support you and truly look forward to your success.

  • Piper Cook

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU over schools such as Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, etc. because upon my many visitations to campus, I was met with unmatched faculty care for student success. At WVU, if any student has a specific goal, there is a team of faculty members willing to collaborate to make said goal happen as quickly and ideally as possible.

  • Samuel Cyphert

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because it was the only place I found where I truly could do anything. At other schools, I would not have been able to get into a research laboratory in my first semester, let alone freshman year. I would not have been provided the opportunity to learn from 30,000 peers across the campus from so many far-reaching places. WVU was the only institution on my list where I could garner the experiences I wanted in my life.

  • Morgan Glass

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because of my love for the pride and family feel this university holds while also offering boundless opportunities and the mindset that “mountaineers go first.” I value everything WVU and its people represent: hard work and perseverance, respect and kindness, curiosity and passion.

  • Marleah Knights

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    There are many reasons why I chose to attend West Virginia University. Most people do not realize that WVU is ranked as an R1 research institution, placing it among the top institutes in the United States. There are also so many organizations aimed at helping students to make a difference: classes like the Presidential Student Ambassadors program, organizations like the Residence Hall Association, and even our Student Government are open and accessible for students to become involved. But most importantly, one of the largest issues facing West Virginia is the “Brain Drain” – where West Virginia’s best and brightest are leaving in huge numbers. Overall, I chose West Virginia University so that I could remain here in WV and try to make an impact on West Virginia’s economy, environment, and people.

  • Giana Loretta

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    To me, WVU felt like a place of unlimited potential. Upon learning about the numerous research projects, study abroad programs, community service opportunities, and student organizations, it became obvious that WVU emphasized learning outside of the classroom and placed a high value on curiosity. I knew that I could find my home amongst other progressive individuals.

  • Ryan Maiden

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I’m a proud native of West Virginia and with that comes a healthy respect for WVU as an institution of higher education as well as a landmark in our state. My mother and father both attended WVU in the 80’s, and the rest of my family has a long generational record of attending as well. I chose WVU because it was close enough to home while also offering an amazing education, it was an easy choice that has afforded me more opportunities than I could’ve ever imagined.

  • Margaret (Meg) Sorrells

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    When considering colleges, WVU was always on my list for its research opportunities, broad range of majors and career pathways, and focus on bettering West Virginia. After touring other colleges, it became clear to me that WVU has unmatched spirit, passion, pride, and potential for its students to grow. I knew that I was meant to be a Mountaineer and that WVU would be my home!

  • Adam Stilley

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I am a native of West Virginia and I was offered to play football here. My sister is also an alumni.

  • Lauren Volk

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WVU?

    I chose WVU because every member of my family has gone there, it feels like home, it has amazing faculty members and educational programs, and there is a place for everyone to find community there.

Cohort 1: Spring 2019 

  • Hannah Belt

    Why did you choose WVU?

    I chose WVU because I grew up visiting many places throughout West Virginia, and I fell in love with how beautiful the state is. I also immediately felt an overwhelming sense of acceptance every time I visited campus and knew I wasn’t going to get that same feeling at a different school.

  • Emma Blair

    Why did you choose WVU?

    I chose WVU due to the great sense of community and pride I felt as soon as I stepped onto campus. Mountaineers not only look out for their own, but they are always ready to lend a helping hand and serve their community through a number of outlets. WVU's sense of state and school pride is contagious; you can't help but fall in love with the campus and community.

  • Noor Dahshan

    Why did you choose WVU?

    Not only did WVU have competitive and amazing scholarships, it also had the remaining infinity stones that I was looking to acquire during my college years. Pursuing a Biology major while still being able to tap into my other interests has allowed me to build an incredible college experience. I am a senator in our Student Government Association, had the chance to be the president of the Muslim Student Association for two years, and was able to take a weight training class... all while staying on track as a pre-med student. WVU allows me to pave my own path in any direction I choose and offers any resources necessary to overcome obstacles.

  • Timothy Eads

    Why did you choose WVU?

    I chose WVU because of the feeling I got when I first stepped on campus long ago. I just had a feeling that it was where I needed to be.

  • Ashley Eby

    Why did you choose WVU?

    Born and raised in West Virginia, I have always felt a special connection to the struggles faced within my home state, so when I began the college search process, I hoped to find an institution that provided the resources and support to make a true impact within my community. Because WVU is an R1 Research institution that values hard work, service, and academic curiosity, I knew this school would enable me to reach my goals and exceed my expectations. I am thrilled to have chosen WVU, where I am pursuing an education that pushes my intellectual boundaries while simultaneously allowing me to better serve the mountain state.

  • Jordyn Johnson

    Why did you choose WVU?

    In all honesty, WVU was not my first choice when thinking about where I wanted to go to college. However, after learning about all the various academic and extracurricular activities it could provide for me and my college experience, I realized that becoming a Mountaineer was the best choice I could possibly make.

  • Audra Knotts

    Why did you choose WVU?

    I chose WVU because I grew up about forty minutes away from campus. Therefore, I always remember attending sporting events and visiting Morgantown. I fell in love at a very young age and wanted to continue my education at a place that truly felt like a second home.

  • Taylor Miller

    Why did you choose WVU?

    For me, WVU has always felt like home. It wasn't my first choice of schools, as, before I came here, I felt it couldn't give me all the opportunities I wanted from college. Once I came here, though, I discovered it gives me everything I ever wanted and even more I didn't know I needed, as well as the feeling of always being surrounded by family.

  • Shamil Patel

    Why did you choose WVU?

    WVU has always been an outlet to express my pride about my constantly-overlooked and underprivileged state. It is a shining beacon in a state which often struggles economically and socially. WVU also possesses a unique blend of the resources of a top national institution and the culture and atmosphere of a small college, which is perfect fit for me.

  • Abby Sine

    Why did you choose WVU?

    WVU has been part of my life since I can remember. Although my parents didn't go to WVU, I was raised as a WVU sports fan and fell in love with the gold and blue as a little girl. I couldn't imagine choosing any other school.