Success Sessions


Success Sessions will connect Wayne State University's incoming students with valuable information and resources to help enhance their academic experiences, build their networks around Wayne State and support successful journeys toward graduation and beyond. During Orientation Part Two, you will have the opportunity to attend two different Success Sessions.

2020 Success Sessions
2021 Success Sessions will be released in July.

  • At the Libraries: A Virtual Visit to the ❤️ of Campus

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    The WSU Libraries have so much to offer you, from ebooks and online articles, available through the Libraries' homepage to 24x7 Librarian Help via chat or text.  Learn about the Libraries' most important resources and services to prepare you for the "COVID fall" and beyond! The two parts of this asynchronous module will take you about 30 minutes to complete.

    Brought to you by the Wayne State University Libraries Subject Specialist Librarians. Have questions about the libraries? Visit our 24x7 chat to ask us a question anytime.

  • Becoming a Stronger Online Learner

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    Wondering how Wayne State supports online learners? The Effective Online Learner is a free, self-paced Canvas course created to bolster the skills needed for remote and online learning. Join the creators of the course for a detailed content tour and an engaging discussion on how to ace those online classes.

    Presenters: Angela Zanardelli Sickler, Associate Director, Study Skills Academy (; Kalyn Griffin, Learning Specialist, Study Skills Academy (

  • CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services): Stress Management

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    Your university experience is an exciting time during which you'll make many important decisions about school, career plans, finances, family and your social life. Join us for this session to learn how to effectively manage or avoid the stress that many college students experience.

    Presenter: Aleksandra Stoklosa, University Counselor (

  • Career Services: Exploring the World of Work

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    Are you interested in learning about free resources and services that can prepare you for a successful career? Want to learn how to gain a competitive edge in your job search, despite COVID-19? Join us for this interactive session for answers to your questions regarding career and work options that support optimum student success and position you for a meaningful future.

    Presenters: Maureen Johnson, Career Counselor (; Nannette McCleary, Career Counselor (; Arlinda Pringle, Career Counselor (

  • Considering a Pre-Med or Health Sciences Path?

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    Join us to hear from upper-class students and learn about the leadership, service and health-care experiences that medical programs value. You'll discover how to develop a strong portfolio of engagement while maintaining the high standards of academic excellence that you need to be competitive.

    At the 2 p.m. session, our panel will feature students pursuing the pre-med, pre-PA, pre-dental and pre-nursing pathways.  Our 3 p.m. session will feature students pursuing pre-med and pre-dental pathways.

    Presenters: Laura Hetzler, Academic Advisor (; Amanda Horwitz, Academic Advisor (

  • Creating Connections: Learning Communities at Wayne State

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    Welcome new Warriors! Whether you are an incoming freshmen fresh out of high school, or a transfer student joining us from a different institution, we are so happy to have you join our Warrior Family. Now it is time to figure out how things work at WSU-- learn the lingo, what resources are available, build your network of support you need to be successful in college. At Wayne State, we have created Learning Communities to provide connection and build community with other students, faculty, staff and upperclassmen Peer Mentors almost forty different Learning Community opportunities for you to take part of during your time at WSU.

    Presenters: Amy Cooper, Manager, Learning Community Program (; Amy Novotny, Project Coordinator, Learning Community Program (

  • Diversity and Student Leadership

    You may already know about being a leader. But we want to share with you ways that you can become an even stronger leader through diversity and inclusion! Join us for this session to help us all become better leaders.

    Presenters: Leonard Savala, Director, Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (; Barbara Jones, Community Dispute Resolution Specialist & Faculty Instructor, Center For Peace and Conflict Studies (; Padmaja Rao, Associate Director of Career Services (; Jennifer Bohanon, University Counselor II (

  • Getting Around Campus and Beyond: Transportation & Mobility Options

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    Detroit has seen significant advances in mobility in recent years, which have made getting to/from and around campus without a car much easier. In this session, WayneRides will introduce students to our city and suburban bus systems, the QLINE streetcar, MoGo (bike share) and more—including when and how to ride various options!

    Presented by WayneRides, Wayne State's one-stop shop for all things transportation (

  • Getting Involved on Campus: Being Engaged Outside of the Classroom

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    Join one of our 500+ Registered Student Organizations! We'll chat on how to join an organization using our Get Involved platform, how to find [virtual] campus events, and answer any questions you may have about being more connected with WSU and the Detroit community. Join the session for a fun and exciting opportunity to learn more about how to get involved at your new home!

    Presenters: Heather Marks, Associate Director of Student Life Marketing (; Ryan Mitchell, Coordinator of Student Organization Programs and Fraternity/Sorority Life (; Teresa Wesolowski, Coordinator of Student Activities (

  • Go Green and Gold: Sustainability at WSU

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    The Office of Campus Sustainability presents ways to live green on campus and off and help the growing community around you. Topics covered include water and energy conservation, recycling, and ways to help the metro-Detroit community go green!

    Presenters: Madison Hollamon, Student Assistant (; Daryl Pierson, Coordinator of the Office of Sustainability (

  • Making New Friends in a New Place

    Talk to a panel of experienced Wayne State students from various areas of study. These student leaders are prepared to answer your questions about what it's like to be a new student on campus. Learn what it's like to navigate the spaces and places where you can meet new people with similar interests. We will have time to collect your anonymous questions before the panel discussion begins.

    Presenters: Kenya Swanson, Coordinator of Warrior Vision and Impact Program (VIP) ( and Student Leaders

  • Making the Most of Mathematics Resources Around Wayne State

    How do college students manage math anxiety and succeed in their math courses? Join us for this presentation to learn key strategies and hear from a panel of representatives from a variety of math resources across campus including the Math Advisors, Math Resource Center, Rising Scholars Program and Math Literacy Services.

    Presenters: Tiana Bosley, Math Resource Center Coordinator (; Lenuel Hernandez, Math Literacy Coordinator (

  • Retain Your Aid! (Financial Aid & Scholarship)

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    This session provides information on the steps you need to take to ensure that you retain your financial aid, including scholarships and grants. Our goal is to inform students about the requirements they must meet to keep their aid throughout their undergraduate education.

    Presenter: Mershawn Gayden, Financial Aid Officer, Office of Student Financial Aid (

  • Sleep: Fuel for your Brain and Body

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    It's a common misconception that skimping on sleep is necessary to succeed in college. However, research shows that a lack of sleep can negatively affect a student's academic success, ability to concentrate, mental health, and immune system. In this workshop, you will learn about the science of sleep and understand how sleep is an important part of the learning and memory process. In addition, you will leave equipped with tips to help you overcome common sleep disruptions and a plan to optimize your quality of sleep.

    Presenter: Zeina Ghoul, Study Skills Academy Coordinator (

  • The Art of Asking: Understanding How to Pay for College

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    Each student will leave this session more informed about how they are covering the cost of college. Join us as we chat about the differences between scholarships, loans, and grants and how to pursue each! You will also be introduced to the scholarship platform that you will need to apply for scholarships. Lastly, we will teach you how to read your Ebill, The Art of Asking,  and most importantly where to go when you need support.

    Presenters: Latonia Garrett, Director, Student Service Center (; Ahmad Hassan Awada, Student Service Center Coordinator (

  • The Transfer Student: Preparing Yourself to be the Strongest WSU Graduate

    Join us for this session to hear directly from your upper-class peers how to successfully transition to the university. Learn how to draw from your prior academic experiences, take advantage of campus resources, and become a successful Wayne State Warrior!

    Presenter: Michael Quattro, Director of Outreach & Transfer Initiatives (

  • Understanding the Importance of General Education

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    General Education curricula help students strengthen fundamental skills and learn to think critically about the world around them. Join us for this session to learn more about the importance of general education courses.

    Presenters: Darin Ellis, Associate Provost for Academic Programs (; Jennifer Hart, Associate Professor, History (

  • Using Campus Technology to Your Advantage

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    Technology can help each of us stay connected and save time. At WSU, technology also allows us to gain access to important academic information, enhance our work in the classroom and stay on track toward graduation. Join us for this session to learn how to make the most of AdvisingWorks, Canvas and other WSU technology.

    Presenters: Kate Bernas, Associate Director, University Advising Center (; Nathan Chavez, Associate Director of Academic Applications, Computing & Information Technology (

  • Warrior Life

    Warrior Life and Wellness is a collaborative effort of on and off campus resources focused on building a healthy community for all Warriors by classifying programs and events into the eight dimensions of wellness by coordinating a cohesive calendar and programming to foster Warrior Success.

    The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are:

    • Emotional – the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring.
    • Financial – the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses.
    • Physical – the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
    • Spiritual – the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives.
    • Intellectual – the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experience that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction, and community betterment.
    • Environmental – the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surround us.
    • Occupational – the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives.
    • Social – the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world.

    For more information, visit

    Presenter: Rainesha Williams-Fox, Coordinator of Student Life Wellness (