Spotlights

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


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


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.


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


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!


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.


Colton Bearance

Major: 

Bachelor or 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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 


Ibrahim Dabaja

Major:

Criminal Justice

Transferred from:

Henry Ford College

Tips for transfer students:

Stay on top of everything. Make sure to schedule appointments more than once with your counselor.

What attracted you to WSU? 

The first time I visited Wayne State I loved the main campus. It also has a great Criminal Justice program.

Favorite place on campus:

Mott Harris Recreation and Fitness Center

Fun fact:

I’ve competed in a bodybuilding show.


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!


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.


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.


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

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

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!