Spotlights

  • Lucy Smith
    Lucy Smith

    Major:

    Public Affairs and Urban Studies

    Transferred from:

    Montgomery College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Get involved, talk to everyone, and ask for help when you need it. The staff here at Wayne State are always willing to go the extra mile to help students succeed.

    What attracted you to WSU:

    Location, location, location. I've always loved the City of Detroit and I knew Wayne State had a good Urban Studies program so it felt like a natural fit.

    Favorite place on campus:

    I don't have one specific favorite spot, but I love walking around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. I think Wayne State is in a great location and I've discovered so many cool things just walking around and exploring.

    Post-Graduation plans:

    I'd love to work for the City of Detroit, but I don't have any specific post-graduation plans.

    Favorite quote:

    “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” - Maya Angelou

  • Maddie Freda
    Maddie Freda

    Major:

    Criminal Justice

    Transferred from:

    Schoolcraft College

    Tips for transfer students:

    • Keep up with important dates such as when the class schedules are posted, when registration opens for you (different dates for different status of students), and tuition due date.
    • Meet with an academic advisor as much as you need; they are extremely helpful.
    • Make sure to check with financial aid that you have receive the correct scholarships and that they will be applied to your tuition.
    • Take a tour of campus with friends who have attended prior years, or a tour set up through Wayne State.
    • Make sure to check your WSU email.
    • Get your onecard before classes starts!
    • Find out where your classes are located, and if you are commuting, consider getting a parking garage permit.

    What attracted you to WSU:

    About two years ago, Wayne State and Schoolcraft College made an articulation agreement that made it possible for an honors student at Schoolcraft to transfer into the Wayne State honors college. This agreement attracted me to Wayne State and to join the honors college. I was also attracted to Wayne State because I am in love with the city of Detroit and the culture it brings to the University.

    Favorite place on campus:

    My favorite place on campus is the seventh floor of the STEM building, it is my go-to study spot and the view is spectacular.

    Post-Graduation plans:

    My post-graduation plans are to be employed by a federal agency, preferably the FBI.

    Favorite quote:

    "Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe." -Gail Devers

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    Ashley Volkman

    Major:

    Public Health 

    Minor: 

    Psychology

    Transferred from:

    St. Clair County Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Get comfortable on campus right away! I was shy at first and missed out on lots of opportunities to meet new people and do new things because I was not comfortable yet. Use your advisors to your advantage, mine provided me with lots of guidance and incredible help when I needed it the most.

    What attracted you to WSU? 

    I have wanted to attend WSU since I was a sophomore in high school! I love Detroit and the atmosphere on campus, it genuinely feels like home.

    Favorite place on campus:

    Quiet study rooms inside State Hall

    Fun fact:

    After graduation in December I will be pursuing my alcohol and drug counselor certification (CADC) as well as my case management license.

  • Kristian Rice Portrait
    Kristian Rice

    Major:

    Sociology and Public Health 

    Transferred from:

    Wayne County Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Keep your GPA high, obtain as much experience as you can in your field before graduating, and find time to relax on a daily basis.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I chose WSU because I felt like I belonged here. There's so much to do here and it's in the heart of a great city.

    Favorite place on campus:

    The Transfer Student Lounge, located on the first floor of the UGL.

    Favorite fact:

     I love turtles

  • Ibrahim Zeineddine
    Ibrahim Zeineddine

    Major:

    Electrical Engineering

    Transferred from: 

    Henry Ford College

    Tips for transfer students:

    For all transfer students, I would like to advise you take advantage of all the opportunities that crosses your path, get out of your comfort zone and reach out to advisors to help you with the process. Most importantly, be patient because everyone at Wayne state is working hard in order to help students and just make sure all of your credits are transferred and have a clear view of what’s going on.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    Wayne State has been one of the greatest universities in Michigan and with all of the friendly staff members and great professors makes it even better. Also, the variety of people and student that we meet in a big university like this helps in building connections that will help our future.

     

     

  • Evmorfia Tourikis
    Evmorfia Tourikis

    Major:

    Honors Marketing

    Transferred from:

    Schoolcraft College

    Tips for transfer students:

    The biggest advice I have if you are a transfer student is to be involved as much as possible to experience what WSU has to offer. Your university experience completes your last years of undergraduate studies, so make it count. Join student organizations, start your own organization, participate in on-campus events and activities, volunteer, apply for a job on our campus if that's something you seek, explore the city, join study groups. If you're a business student like me - participate in the elevator pitch competition, attend networking events, apply to internships, and meet new people. Another thing I highly recommend is to always keep in touch with your advisors. They are there to help you and guide you because they truly do care about you succeeding. Ask any question(s) you may have because no question is ever too much.

    What attracted you to WSU:

    Geographically, it was closer to home. I was used to commuting to college when I was at Schoolcraft, so naturally I wanted to commute again to university. Wayne State is also very diverse and offers so many opportunities compared to other colleges I looked at. They have a top business program and an easy transfer of credits from community to university, so those alone were an integral part of what I was seeking when applying. I also appreciated the fact that as a feature of their business program, every student is able to find an internship in their desired field of study. I currently am interning for an on-campus organization as a Social Media/Marketing Intern.

    Post-Graduation plans:

    I originally had a plan to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine upon graduating since it has always been a dream of mine to help others. It is still a contender to my future studies, however, upon graduation I will be pushing that dream a little further down the road to attend the Mike Ilitch School of Business to obtain my MBA. My ultimate goal in life is to open my own business no matter what I do as far as education. I have so many ideas of what kind of business I would like to have and my educational journey is slowly starting to help me narrow it down.

    Favorite quote:

    "Work hard in silence, let success be your noise." - Frank Ocean. This quote has been my mantra the past year. It is certainly okay to tell others what you're doing out of joy and excitement, but it is also okay to keep some things to yourself. I feel as though telling people too much of what your doing creates an expectation from others. It can sometimes lead to an overwhelming amount of stress and pressure to make others happy and proud, when you really should be doing that for yourself.

  • El Johnson
    El Johnson

    Major:

    Social Work

    Transferred from:

    Spring Arbor University, Baker College and Pace University Pleasantville 

    Tips for transfer students:

    If you commute, spend as much time on campus as you can. Come to FestiFall, find your like-mined "peeps", get involved in groups interested in the topics you care about. Get to know those classmates who 'get you' - they are your cohort and will take care of you as you take care of them. Take care of your personal needs - especially those that impact academics - Academic Success Center and the WRTC for tutoring in writing papers, Your Advisor, your Honors Advisor, if applicable CAPS, join Learning Communities, if applicable your Disability Specialist at Student Disability Services SDS.

    What attracted you to WSU:

    I had adjunct professors who were WSU graduates for classes at my previous schools who were practice-oriented, down-to-earth that I learned subjects 'between the lines' of the textbooks we used. My husband is an alum/post graduate student and I continue to see how hard he works to become one of the best in his field. I did not register right away at WSU because I had not tried to finish my degree in many years. I chose a 'right to try' college to see how it would flow. It turned out I needed to iron out some 'wrinkles' first, and it was a good decision to have done that.

    Favorite place on campus:

    I have a few: the Irvin D. Reid Honors College Lounge in the UGL; post-COVID State Hall on the 4th Floor; Science Hall study rooms; School of Social Work Student Center - Brand new and gorgeous!

    Post-Graduation plans:

    I am not entirely sure yet, as I have remained very active in my community work right through. If I have the financial means, I can see myself earning my MSW Innovation in Community, Policy and Leadership stream with a focus on Critical Disability Studies. Ask me more after the Disability Justice Series SSW is hosting. It's my thing.

    Favorite quote:

    "The last of human freedoms is the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." – Viktor Frankl

  • Francesco Prainito
    Francesco Prainito

    Major: 

    Film

    Transferred from:

    Valencia College (Orlando, FL)

    Tips for transfer students:

    Make sure you communicate with your academic advisor to ensure all your credits transferred correctly, and to make sure what classes you need to take. Also, attend the events on campus and get involved in some of the organizations to meet new people.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I heard that the film degree is great at Wayne, which is the degree path I was looking to study. Also, Wayne State University's location, being in my hometown, is another reason that attracted me here.

    Post-Graduation plans:

    My plans after graduation are to pursue my film career in Detroit, or possibly in a different state, like California.

    Fun fact: 

    I have worked at Walt Disney World!

  • Mark Sabit
    Mark Sabit

    Major:

    Radiation Therapy Technology

    Transferred from:

    University of Michigan - Dearborn

    Tips for transfer students:

    Be sure to check which credits/classes will transfer!

    What attracted you to WSU:

    Wayne State is one of the few universities in Michigan that has a radiation therapy program. After coming to a college information visit at Eugene Applebaum, the radiation therapy program helped set up site visits to see what a day in the life of a radiation therapist is like. Many of the therapists went through the Wayne State program and recommended it. After seeing what the therapists did, I realized that becoming a radiation therapist was a good fit and Wayne State's program would help me achieve that goal.

    Post-Graduation plans:

    Take my board exams and work!

    Favorite quote:

    "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." - Galatians 6:14 NIV

  • Martina Jaberoo
    Martina Jaberoo

    Major:

    Psychology

    Transferred from:

    Macomb Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Don't give up, and don't back down! Transferring to a new school can be nerve-wracking, but if you look at it from a different prospective, it can be exciting and motivational knowing you are one step closer to earning your degree! Meet new people, make new friends, and don't be afraid to speak to your advisor. Advisors are there to support you, ask for help if needed!

    What attracted you to WSU:

    Wayne State University has a diverse campus with many friendly faces that are always willing to help. I have spoken to and have worked with professionals who all had nothing but good things to say about WSU!

    Favorite quote:

    My favorite quote is "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better". - Maya Angelou

  • Nathaniel Turner
    Nathaniel Turner

    Major:

    Chemistry

    Transferred from:

    Schoolcraft College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Don't be afraid to ask for help! The biggest help I've had is from asking asking questions. If you're unsure of something, just ask. Before my first day I had a long list of questions I made sure I got answer. Make sure you talk with your advisors, the sooner the better. I also found taking a tour of campus, as well as walking to each of my classes before the first day was very helpful, gave me more confidence that I knew where I was going and helped relax my nerves before the first day. However, the best thing to do whenever you're unsure of something is to simply ask and you will get pointed in the right direction.

    What attracted you to WSU:

    What attracted me to Wayne State was the Schoolcraft Articulation Scholarship. I was in the Honors Program at Schoolcraft College and the articulation agreement between Schoolcraft and Wayne meant that I was able to transfer over my honors work done at the Schoolcraft over to Wayne. This was a large motivational factor when deciding on where I would like to transfer to. Wayne State is also close to home and a more affordable options. With proximity and cost in mind, the Schoolcraft Articulation Scholarship made it a no brainer to transfer to Wayne State.

    Favorite place on campus:

    Because I live at home, when I'm on campus and not in class I tend to spend most of my time in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. This gives the a quiet space to be able to study away from all the distractions I have at home. It is a good space for me to be able to stay focused and get my work done.

  • Sara
    Sara Creech

    Major:

    Criminal Justice

    Transferred from:

    Henry Ford College

    Tips for transfer students:

    If you're transferring from a community college, do not be ashamed! There is certainly a stigma around choosing to attend a 2-year college before going to a 4-year university. However, I can say that Wayne State is one of the most welcoming universities that I have encountered for transfer students. I found my Honors transfer advisor to be extremely helpful! I would also suggest that all students find something to do on campus. Whether you are in a club or you just come down to Detroit to study in the student center, being on campus and around other people can be really great especially after all the isolation during the last year and a half.

    What attracted you to WSU:

    I was most attracted to Wayne State because they have an articulation agreement with Henry Ford College's Honors Program. I was able to transfer into Wayne State's Honors College and it was a great experience. The advisors were very helpful and I found Wayne State to be the most welcoming to transfer students. They have a lot of classes that transfer from a ton of universities and colleges. They are one of the best universities in the state for non-traditional students, such as students who work full-time, are coming back from a break of not attending school, or international students. This makes Wayne State a very diverse university which I love. Wayne State is also in a great location of Detroit and has a really nice campus that I love!

    Favorite place on campus:

    My favorite place on campus is the Mort Recreation and Fitness Center. I am on the women's club volleyball team and this is where we practice. The facility is really nice and I'm glad it's open again.

    Post-Graduation plans:

    I plan to attend law school after graduating from Wayne State. I would like to work in the criminal justice system and hopefully help make changes toward a more productive and positive justice system.

  • Kaleigh Webber's portratin
    Kaleigh Webber

    Double Major:

    Sociology and Political Science

    Minor:

    Business Administration

    Transferred from:

    Schoolcraft College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Get involved in clubs or other student organizations on campus so you can meet new people who share common interests as you. Also do not be afraid to explore Detroit. There are so many fun and interesting places to see and visit.

    Why did you choose WSU?

    I chose Wayne State because both of my parents went to school here. My mom graduated from the nursing school in 1997 and my dad graduated from the medical school in 1992. I also love Detroit. I love to go to the Eastern Market to get fresh and local produce as well as shopping at other stores there like Devries & Co, Rocky’s, and Detroit vs Everybody. I am excited to live in Detroit while it’s on the up rise and I am looking forward to the opportunities that will arise both at Wayne State and in Detroit.

    Favorite place on campus:

    My favorite spot on campus is the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center. I enjoy going to the rec center and trying out different fitness classes which are offered to WSU students for free. I also love to study in the Detroit Public Library. The history and architecture is breathtaking.

    Fun fact:

    I am a member of the WSU women’s club soccer team!

  • Ashiful Hoque
    Ashiful Hoque

    Major:

    Management & Information Systems Management

    Minor: 

    Psychology

    Transferred from:

    Macomb Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Take in this new experience at Wayne State University, by taking advantage of the multitude of resources available. Many opportunities are presented for us to get involved and even network with our fellow students and professors. Be sure to put the best effort into making the most out of your time here at Wayne State.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I was attracted to Wayne State University’s safe campus, nestled in the hustle and bustle of Midtown Detroit. Plus, the university is in my hometown, so I just couldn’t stay away from the opportunity to study right in my own backyard of Detroit. When I thought of Mike Ilitch School of Business, I found out that the programs are what I had been looking for when I thought of pursuing my Bachelor in Business Administration. The campus, being right in the heart of Detroit, also presented me with more access to the different companies and industries, such as the Big 3 of the automotive industry.

    Post-Graduation Plans:

    My plans, after graduation, are to continue my education with an MBA, while beginning a career with a combined focus between Information Systems Management and Human Resources. I hope that after graduating with an MBA, I can pursue a PhD in Business Administration when the opportunity arises. While furthering my education, I would like to accomplish my dream of being an Entrepreneur. After all, there are problems that need solutions and I can be there to help solve them.

    Favorite Quote:

    "Always be yourself and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it." —Bruce Lee

  • Adina Kanan
    Adina Kanan

    Major:

    Public Health

    Transferred from:

    Henry Ford College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Always meet with your advisors at the school you are interested in transferring to. Attend information sessions on transferring or ones that pertain to the career path your interested in. For example, Wayne State has an information session for health science careers at the first of every month. Start the application process as soon as possible, this will allow you time to meet with an advisor and figure out a timeline for graduation. This will also help you to navigate through canvas early on and access resources. Do not hesitate when there is something you are struggling with in a class, there is someone who has most likely encountered the same issue.

    What attracted you to WSU:

    The variety of resources available on the campus. The support that the honors college gives to new transfer students is very helpful because transferring to a new institution can be overwhelming in your first semester. There are many opportunities given for the health sciences career path, which is very helpful for me.

    Favorite place on campus:

    I don't have a favorite place yet, I am mostly in the undergraduate library but it is nice and spaced out. The honor's library is nice and quiet too!

    Post-Graduation plans:

    I would like to apply to Physician's Assistant programs and I also have my eye on masters programs for cardiovascular perfusion.

    Favorite quote:

    "Once you carry your own water, you will learn the value of every drop"

  • Phoenix Vlasin
    Phoenix Vlasin

    Major:

    Journalism

    Transferred from:

    Henry Ford College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Lead; don't be led. If you rely solely on other people to do things for you, you are subject to their schedules, whims and deadlines and the complications therein, instead of staying on top of things by creating your own. More often than not, no matter where you go, people who are in a position to help you will not be able to, or perhaps will not even be willing to. Learning how to help yourself and find out your own answers is an essential skill for survival in such a world. And once you know better, be better; don't be that kind of unhelpful person to anyone else who needs you.

    What attracted you to WSU:

    I was told their journalism program was exceptional - plus it allowed me to stay and work in Detroit, a city I grew up in and love. Which garners a lot of puzzled looks from outsiders, but trust me - a cleaner city has plenty of filth underneath, and I prefer to love things more for their flaws on the surface. Plus, we got Eminem! Who doesn't love Eminem?

    Favorite place on campus:

    The law school looks like a place where Lex Luthor would build a kryptonite atomic bomb, so that's pretty rad. Also I like all the museums nearby and all the good shawarma places.

    Favorite quote:

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither knows victory nor defeat." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

  • Louise McKenzie Portrait
    Louise McKenzie

    Major:

    Masters of Social Work, Concentration in Interpersonal Cognitive Behavior Therapy

    Transferred from:

    Grand Rapids Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Use campus resources to your advantage, become involved in a student organization around your passions or major/minor; network; Give your best every day; Have fun!

    What attracted you to WSU? 

    I chose WSU because before I switched my undergrad major from Mortuary Science to Social Work WSU was the only school in the state of Michigan to offer a Mortuary Science Degree. Even after I changed my major I decided to stay at WSU because I enjoy the atmosphere and the campus being surrounded by a city that has countless opportunities for my academic career as well as my professional career.

    Favorite place on campus:

    Student Center

    Fun fact:

    I have a younger sister who attends Wayne State as well, we share very similar features and often time’s people on campus confuse us for one another.

  • Kevin Papuga's portrait
    Kevin Papuga

    Major:

    Public Relations

    Minor: 

    Communication Studies

    Transferred from:

    Jackson College, MI

    Tips for transfer students:

    If you’re a transfer student at WSU, I encourage you to make the most out of this experience by putting your best foot forward, pushing past any comfort zones, and embracing the new you - the one WSU will help you attain. WSU has student, organizational, and professional opportunities available every single day; remember, showing up is half the battle. Your experience at Wayne State University has the potential to be whatever you desire, and the choice is yours!

    What attracted you to WSU?

    Wayne State was especially attractive to me because of the geographical location and outstanding diversity. It is important to me to be located in an area where I can be exposed to as many new people, places, and ideas as possible. WSU’s location and noted cultural diversity checked both of those boxes, and it has not disappointed!

    Post-Graduation Plans:

    After graduation, I plan on using my Public Relations degree as an avenue into higher education. My plan is to begin in admissions or academic advising. Student success is very important to me and I know I will make a huge difference both professionally and personally. Higher education is my first stop, but not my final destination. I would love to obtain my MBA while working for a university, continue at that university for a good deal of time, serve as an adjunct professor at a community college, continue in professional development courses, and when the time is right, make my move into professional development. I believe having an extensive career in higher education will enhance my opportunities to be both a unique and effective administrator of professional development.

    Favorite Quote:

    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are of small matters when compared with what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • Colton Bearance portrait
    Colton Bearance

    Major: 

    Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health 

    Transferred from:

    Oakland Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    For new transfer students at Wayne State, I would highly recommend seizing every opportunity to participate in school events. Wayne State does a great job at emailing their students, keeping them informed on the latest news and events. It might sound simple, but going to school events allow you to meet others just like you. Whether it is people with the same major and other educational goals as you, or people who share similar personal interests. Building connections with your fellow students and faculty will help you grow academically, professionally, and personally.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I was originally attracted to Wayne State given that it was very close to my home and I would be able to commute to my classes without moving my residence. I was already familiar with the Detroit area before transferring to Wayne State, and one thing that influenced my decision to transfer to Wayne State even more was its unique setting between university and urban life. There is so much to do in the city of Detroit. I enjoy going to the theaters and sporting events downtown. Also given the diversity of Detroit, there are so many amazing restaurants to choose from. The city is growing constantly and I am still finding new things to do at Wayne State and in Detroit.

    Post-Graduation Plans:

    After graduation, I plan on continuing my work in Detroit in promoting public health practices for those who are underrepresented. If I am able to in the future, I would really love to travel elsewhere across the country or outside the United States and volunteer my time to educating communities outside my own about public health and ways they can get involved.

  • Sara Elhasan's portrait
    Sara Elhasan

    Major:

    Honors Public Health and Honors Sociology

    Transferred from:

    Henry Ford College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Take full advantage of the resources, programs, and individuals available to you! They have made a huge impact on my journey through my undergraduate career. I took community college courses in high school which helped me narrow my interests, but my trajectory was significantly influenced by the insight and guidance of Wayne State University organizations like ReBUILDetroit, McNair, the Academic Success Center, and the Emerging Scholars Program. I had to constantly remind myself that these people wanted to help me, all I had to do was ask! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and don’t let the fear of rejection hinder you from taking risks.

    What attracted you to WSU’s McNair Scholars Program?

    I read about the McNair Scholars Program on Wayne State’s website and was immediately drawn to their commitment to supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds on their path to higher education. As a first generation student and second generation immigrant, I know how difficult it is to navigate the education system. McNair ensures that your socioeconomic circumstances are not a barrier to your potential for success. The program has provided me with invaluable support to embark on some amazing opportunities that are not traditionally afforded to students like me, and that has made all the difference in my academic and professional journey.

    Post-Graduation plans:

    I’m pursuing my Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology with a certificate in Policy! I’ve received offers from some amazing institutions, so right now I’m taking the time to decide on who will give me the best experience.

    Favorite quote:

    “Get into the volume business. Take more swings. There is great power in lowering the market value of rejection. Take. More. Swings.” - John Mayer

  • Joseph Fundaro
    Joseph Fundaro

    Major:

    Criminal Justice Honors

    Minor: 

    Pre Law Philosophy

    Transferred from:

    Oakland Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Make sure to plan out your college course work thoroughly and befriend your academic advisor. Having an idea of what you are doing and receiving guidance throughout your educational journey will relieve more stress than you know! Also, just take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy learning what you love most.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I chose Wayne State because the school has an outstanding Criminal Justice department. Also, I wanted to explore and get involved in the community of Detroit. Overall, it has been an amazing experience. 

    Favorite place on campus:

    The Reflecting Pool

    Fun fact:

    I have a panda bear tattoo!

  • Alexandra Snyder's portrait
    Alexandra Snyder

    Major:

    Mortuary Science

    Hometown:

    Born in Chicago, IL Currently live in Prescott, AZ

    Transferred from:

    Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ

    What attracted you to WSU's Mortuary Science Program?

    I utilized an educational consultant who helped me choose WSU. The criteria that was initially important to me was that it was an affordable institution with an online program. We narrowed schools down to about five or six, with WSU on the list. I was interested in an online program because it allows me to continue to hold a job and avoid having to take out thousands of dollars of additional private student loans. WSU was the only institution on our narrowed down list that really stuck out. It was the only four year program, which was only one semester longer than if I did an associate's program, as I already had an associate's degree. The cost of attendance was not expensive, when considering it is a university instead of a community college. Overall, the mortuary science program at Wayne State University checked all of my financial and flexibility boxes, and really brought it home with its impressive faculty.

    Tips for students considering online degree programs:

    Stay organized and stay accountable. No one is going to remind you that there is a quiz due tomorrow and no one is going to remind you to take the time difference into account and no one is going to remind you to study. Your success is truly in your own hands, so stay vigilant and stay motivated. Create a system that works for you to stay on track. I use a planner to schedule all of my homework, projects, and quizzes weekly to ensure that I get it all done, but that I also give myself one day off a week to relax.

    Post-Grad Plans:

    I will start my apprenticeship after graduation to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Austin, Texas, where I lived for a couple years recently. After a year-long apprenticeship, I will be ready to join the funeral industry as a fully capable mortician at a funeral home.

    Fun fact about yourself:

    Before attending the Fall semester at WSU, I spent seven months traveling through Europe and Africa. It was absolutely amazing and I am very glad I had the chance to do it before school heated up and my new career begins.

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    Mustafa Ahmad

    Major:

    Computer Science 

    Transferred from:

    Washtenaw Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Take advantage of the resources Wayne State has to offer. Get involved with student organizations that are doing things you support. Reach out to faculty professors to learn more about their research labs and offer to become part of their research. Even if you have a startup or business idea, join Wayne State's pitch competitions and create something new and amazing. There are so many things Wayne State offers, be involved and make sure you enjoy all that Wayne State offers.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    First, location is huge. There are not many universities that offer the same city feel Wayne State offers. Being right in Midtown you are a quick Qline ride away from Campus Martius, Greektown, or Corktown. There is always something to do somewhere nearby.

    Second, the research labs for Engineering are ranked top in the country and have incredible opportunities for students who are interested in being part of the research in new and upcoming fields. The professors and faculty are also very helpful and welcoming when someone shows interest in learning something new. There's also so many research opportunities for undergrads that you have a variety of options to choose from. They even offer the opportunity to get master degree credits as an undergrad. Finally, when it comes to jobs, internships, and events there is nowhere that is too far. Since most industry, businesses, and corporations are located within driving distance of Downtown Detroit it makes it easier to go to school and still do something outside of school.

    Fun Fact: 

    I launched my software development startup, MidtownCode, at Wayne State and the amount of support and resources that exist at the school is incredible. Don't lose the opportunity to do something you have always wanted to do, Wayne State definitely has the resources to help you with that process!

  • Cynthia Johnson
    Cynthia Johnson

    Major:

    Public Health 

    Transferred from:

    Wayne County Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Research is the most important thing to do. Make sure that the University met your need. I attended Wayne State University in 1985 majoring in Computer Science and knew it met my needs. Secondly, how much does it cost? Will financial Aid assist? Tour the campus and get acquainted with your advisor (backbone) so that your stay is worthwhile and successful in all academics.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I attended WSU in 1985 majoring in Computer Science, worked at Chrysler Corporation as a Computer Analyst for 25 years. Later, in 2008 the market crashed my job was transferred to India and retired from the company. Traveled a lot but got bored and wanted to finish my dream Job as a Nurse. Attended Wayne County Community College and did all my Prerequisites in nursing and was ready to transfer back to Wayne State University. The WSU adviser gave me some very vital information and led me to Public Health. I spoke with an advisor in Public Health and that was history.

    Post-Graduation Plans:

    Pursuing a Master degree in Public Health and working in a Mental Institution. There is a great need in that profession.

    Favorite Quote:

    It is never too late to accomplish your dreams!

  • Jessica Friend
    Jessica Friend

    Major:

    Bachelor of Science in Pyschology and Master of Occupational Therapy

    Transferred from:

    Muskegon Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Decide what things you are interested in at the beginning of your time at Wayne State and join a few different organizations in which you can do those things. When I moved to Detroit and started attending Wayne I did not know one person so I started Rock Climbing and dancing a few nights a week. All of the friends that I made during those first few months I still have till this day because of our shared interests in an activity. Also, do not get overwhelmed, bad days pass and being at Wayne State and in Detroit will help you change and grow in many different ways.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I chose Wayne State because it was far enough from home that I could start over a bit but still close enough that I can travel and see my family. I also love living in Detroit, it has such an opportunity for new and diverse experiences

    Favorite place on campus:

    My favorite place on campus is probably the rock climbing wall, it is fun to meet everyone that likes to do the same outdoor things that I do.

    Fun fact:

    I have climbed 6 14 thousand foot mountains in the past year and have plans to climb three more before the year ends.

  • Omar Rahman
    Omar Rahman

    Major:

    Computer Science

    Transferred from:

    Macomb Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Credit transfer process may seem overwhelming sometimes. So make sure you communicate with the academic advisers before taking any credits. There may be some classes that do not meet the official requirements. Wayne State University offers a great service through Transfer Student Success Center. Their exceptional service can make the transfer process feel effortless. 

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I chose Wayne State University because of their high reputation in computer science department. I can say that my skills have grown significantly after taking classes with many world class faculties. There are many resources to help me succeed in my academic goals such as career fairs, academic advising, peer assisted learning, student mentor-ship program. Also there are many student organizations, I have made a lot friends through them. Plus it is located in the heart of Detroit, which meant I can also be a part of this city's amazing history.

    Favorite place on campus:

    The old main building. The whole atmosphere around that building gives me a glimpse of the memories and history shared by the students since 1896. 

    Fun fact:

    You can take good pictures of the campus from the roof of parking structure 6. 

  • John Williamson III
    John Williamson III

    Major:

    Economics

    Transferred from:

    College for Creative Studies and Wayne County Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    You get out what you put in. Do not be afraid to participate in every forum, discussion, club activity, sporting event, or social event that the university has to offer. It will be scary at first because you’ll feel like the new kid in school, but I promise you’ll eventually meet some of your best friends in life here. And those are the friends that will help push you when you don’t feel like you can go any further, talk with you when you are feeling down or begin to doubt yourself, share a beer or two with you and sing terrible karaoke with you, and be with you when you walk across that stage. Wayne State is not just going to get you a good education, but it’s also going to help shape you into the adult that you will most likely be for the rest of your life.

    Who influenced you most during your time at Wayne State?

    The person who influenced me the most at WSU was my mother. Watching her figure things out on the fly as a younger man and question everything really planted a seed in me to do the same (even if I didn't realize it at the time). So when I was writing my thesis paper, it was fun to bounce ideas off the wall with her.

    Describe your career path:

    After graduating from Wayne State University, I got the opportunity to work at GM as a Fraud Data Analyst and it was an eye-opening experience for me because all of the analytical and research tools I learned while in the Economics Program I was using. After my time there I moved to NYC and I worked for Havas Health and You as a Data Consultant where I worked directly with the CFO to help compile and organize the Advertising Department data into a more precise and readable Excel spreadsheet. Once this job was over, I eventually moved over to CoverWallet, an Aon company in 2019 where I started off as an Operations Analyst and eventually moved into my current role as an Account Manager for small businesses.

    How did your education at Wayne State prepare you for what you are doing today? 

    My education at WSU, specifically in the Economics Department, has helped me be able to study the allocation of resources across different communities and cultures across the country. I have also learned how to study data and trends in a given topic in order to be more informed for the task at hand and be able to present it in a structured and coherent way. Combining this with the number of mathematical courses I’ve taken has strengthened my analytical skills, critical thinking skills, writing skills, and my speaking skills. All of those skills are critical when talking to my clients about their business insurance needs, how the market is trending and how this will affect their day to day operations.

    What is the most significant thing that's happened to you since graduating?

    The most significant thing that has happened to me since graduating is moving to NYC and getting the opportunity to use my WSU degree to open more doors and go down different avenues than I ever thought possible.

    Describe WSU in three words:

    Real World Experience

  • Pierre Renaudie
    Pierre Renaudie

    Major:

    Industrial Engineering

    Transferred from:

    National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Lyon, France

    Tips for transfer students:

    Sort out you transfer credits ASAP with your advisor. Also make sure to get involved in the very diverse student organizations that Wayne State has to offer in order to meet new people and make connections outside of class.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I chose Wayne State for its outstanding Athletics Program as I am a studentathlete. I also chose WSU for its Industrial Engineering Program.

    Favorite place on campus:

    Matthaei Center because that’s the place to be! 

    Fun fact:

    I do not enjoy eating frogs even though I am French

  • Nicole Kada
    Nicole Kada

    Major:

    Nutrition and Food Science

    Transferred from:

    Oakland University and Oakland Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

     Make sure to pay attention to your transcript and credits that transfer. Also, I recommend getting to know the different services that your new school provides, because it can be a great help.

    What attracted you to WSU?

     I transferred to WSU for multiple reasons. 1) They had the program that I was interested in. 2) The student disabilities office was very helpful, kind, and accommodating and finally, I made my final decision after meeting with my awesome advisor. 

    Favorite place on campus:

    State Hall lounge

    Fun fact:

    I recently started embroidering. 

  • Andreea Micu
    Andreea Micu

    Major:

    Public Health 

    Minor: 

    Double minor in Biological Sciences and Psychology

    Transferred from:

    Macomb Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Do not hesitate to ask questions! Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and if the person you reach out to does not have the answer, they will put you in contact with someone who does. Another tip is to get involved in activities and spend time on campus, it will make you feel less like an outsider.

    What attracted you to WSU?

    I chose WSU for its research opportunities, for all the great things I have heard about the faculty and community at Wayne and lastly, the campus being located in an urban setting close to home.

    Favorite place on campus:

    As I explore the campus, I discover new places that I love. Right now, it must be the Student Center recreational area on the second floor.

  • Corinna Sheikh Portrait
    Corinna Sheikh

    Major:

    Sociology

    Minor: 

    Global Health and Social Medicine

    Transferred from:

    Macomb Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    Plan financially for transferring to a university. Don’t overwhelm yourself in your first semester.

    What attracted you to WSU? 

    Wayne State was a good fit for my career choice. Compared to other universities, Wayne State is helping me save money.

    Favorite place on campus:

    Undergraduate Library

  • Mohamed Dabaja Portrait
    Mohamed Dabaja

    Major:

    Biological Sciences

    Minor: 

    Nutrition and Food Science

    Transferred from:

    Henry Ford College

    Tips for transfer students:

    WSU has a very friendly and an especially diverse campus. My tip for incoming transfer students is to make new friends, step outside your comfort zone, and engage in all the cultural activities and events WSU has to offer.

    What attracted you to WSU? 

    I chose WSU because I wanted to advance my educational career and I knew WSU would be the perfect fit because the variety of opportunities offered on campus. I especially wanted to take advantage of all the research opportunities as I prepare for my career.

    Favorite place on campus:

    Student Center

    Fun fact:

    My favorite hobby is weightlifting, I’ve been doing it for about two years now and the WSU gym (offered for free to students) keeps me motivated!

  • Liam Patrick Lynch Portrait
    Liam Patrick Lynch

    Major:

    Theatre

    Minor: 

    Theater Managemen

    Transferred from:

    Lansing Community College

    Tips for transfer students:

    For any transfer Students just get into everything you can! It is an easy way to meet new friends as well as find something new you like!

    What attracted you to WSU? 

    I chose WSU because of the way the school is! Everyone feels so welcoming and I have met some of the closest friends I have ever had in my life! I am happy at WSU and would not want to choose another school!

    Favorite place on campus:

    My favorite place must be the fountain! Nothing better than seeing that baby go! Also refreshing on a hot whinny day and feel the mist of the water hitting your face!