Orientation Leader Profiles

Jihan Aiyash

Jihan Aiyash

I am a part of the Muslim Students Association. The friends I made when I first joined are with me to this day. Some of my best college memories happened because I met these people through this student organization.

Shelby Albers

Shelby Albers

The best part about living on campus is the fact that I love being in the heart of it all, all the time. It’s not just being able to roll out of bed and walk to class in 10 minutes max, it’s knowing that my free time can always turn into a Midtown, Downtown, Corktown or New Center adventure without a long car ride. I get to live near all my academic resources, my friends and the greatest grown-up playground around.

Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen

I was 2013-14 Homecoming king, am a resident advisor, was the captain of the cheerleading team in fall 2013 and am a current tour guide for the university. There was no other university that drew me in like Wayne State. It’s an amazing place and it was a great choice for me.

Dzenana Cabaravdic

Dzenana Cabaravdic

I chose Wayne State because it was a school I could easily commute to and for its well-known science and medical programs. My favorite place to study is the Purdy/Kresge Library.

Chad Coleman

Chad Coleman

My favorite place to study is the Law Library, while my favorite place to eat is Cass Café — right next door to the University Tower Apartments.

Elizabeth Diviney

Elizabeth Diviney

My favorite thing about living on campus is that it is so much easier to get involved and use the resources Wayne State offers its students. Everything you might want or need to get involved is right next door to where you are living. It enhances your college experience tenfold.

Brianna Elum

Brianna Elum

Wayne State University offers a number of resources that I found that would be very beneficial to me as a student. They offer academic resources such as learning communities, writing center, and tutoring for various subjects. When I saw how many resources the University had to offer it instantly caught my attention and I knew Wayne State University strives to aim higher and care about academic success.

Jake Gross

Jake Gross

My favorite place to study is the area next to the Art Building, with the sculptures, statues and water. It’s always so peaceful there! When it’s warm, I like to sit there in the evening and just read by the light of the lamps. It is such a nice atmosphere.

Esi Hayford-Wilson

Esi Hayford-Wilson

As a certified foodie, my favorite spot to eat is Harmonie Garden. This place is a hidden gem with the best fries in town, a variety of dishes and affordable prices.

Shon Johnson

Shon Johnson

My favorite class since attending Wayne State has to be HON 1000: The City, because an immense amount of Detroit history I had not known is covered in this class. I found the subject matter and the lecture style very interesting.

Gaia Klotz

I chose Wayne State because of its location in the middle of Detroit. I knew that if I attended Wayne State, I would have access to opportunities for community involvement and undergraduate research that fit my specific interests in international relations and theater for social change. Today, I volunteer with the Freedom House of Detroit, a temporary home and safe haven for survivors of political persecution from around the world, teaching English to an African asylum seeker. This out-of-the-classroom and on-the-ground volunteering experience is one unique to Detroit as well as to Wayne State.

Anthony Kostecki

Anthony Kostecki

I chose WSU primarily because of its location. I love the city of Detroit and all it has to offer. Wayne State has a unique campus because it’s located right in the city. It has a different feel than all of the other campuses I’ve visited.

Kajun Lloyd

Kajun Lloyd

My favorite class so far has been Intermediate Chinese because I love learning the language and studying the culture. Also, I love challenges, and learning Chinese (Mandarin) is the greatest challenge that I have faced. 

Arielle Martin

Arielle Martin

I’m a resident advisor for Atchison Hall, and it’s been one of the best experiences ever. I meet new people all the time, and as they share their stories and adventures with me, I learn more and more about why Wayne State really is one the best universities I could have attended. 

Amy Novotny

Amy Novotny

I am a research assistant in the SCANlab at Wayne State, which is working on groundbreaking research in fetal brain imaging. 

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Andrea Ozanich

I am part of the women’s fencing team. We were nationally ranked in the Midwest as the fifth best school behind Ohio State and Notre Dame. I love the opportunities I get to fence Olympic champions from Ivy League schools.

Thomas Puckett

Thomas Puckett

The best place to study with a group is in the UGL (Undergraduate Library). I prefer Purdy/Kresge when I am studying alone. My favorite place to eat around campus is Epicurus for their pizza. 

Carl Roscoe

Carl Roscoe

I am the quarterback on the football team. The best thing about living on campus is how convenient everything is and how many people you meet. You make many friends that you keep throughout your entire time here at Wayne State.

Andrew Sheldon

Andrew Sheldon

I have been singing with the Wayne State Concert Chorale for three years now, and have performed in several shows with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during that time. I chose Wayne State University not only because of the amazing performing arts programs but for the number of great performing arts opportunities in Midtown and downtown Detroit.

Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

My favorite class at Wayne State University so far has been Intro to Art Education. The class was highly interactive and the students participated in the lessons that we would one day teach to our own students.

Daniella Wood

Daniella Wood

My favorite thing about living on campus is the strong sense of community that the residence halls provide. My favorite class so far at Wayne State has been my fiction literature and writing class.

Christina Wong

Christina Wong

I am a part of Alpha Epsilon Phi. I joined AEPhi because I wanted to be a part of a wonderful group of women who work toward common goals and are dedicated to a lifelong friendship. Everyone is accepting and loyal to their sisters. I am glad to have joined because this group has helped me grow every day and Greek life has given me many social, academic and service opportunities, as well as many other ways to improve upon myself. I found my home in AEPhi. 

Justin Wrubel

Justin Wrubel

I'm a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. It got me involved on campus and has presented some amazing networking opportunities.