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Nov 30 / Jessica Essix

It’s Almost Over!!!!!

Hello fellow Warriors!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break including good food, great family, happy times, and plenty of “early” Christmas shopping.  Now that school is back in session, do not be discouraged.  I say this because we only have…………….wait for it….. 2 1/2 weeks left of classes (not including finals).  However, we have almost made it to the finish line!  Just hang in there.  I wanted to give the new students some advice regarding preparation for final exams.

The list is as follows:

1.  Try to hold off on the parties and focus on studying.  Trust me there will be plenty of parties once finals are over. I promise.

2. COFFEE!  Yes, I said coffee.  Let’s be honest.  Some of us may have finals that are extremely early and after pulling an all-nighter, a coffee may be just the thing to get your juices flowing.

3.  I know this may be hard for some, but try to get a good night’s rest before your exams.  The recommended time is 8 hours of sleep. 

4.  Organization, Organization, Organization!!!!!  Dedicate a significant amount of hours towards studying or whatever you feel you need in order to do your best on exams.


5. After everything, try to relax and not be stressed out.  Do not study for hours at a time without a break.  Breaks are okay.  Grab something to eat, take a nap. It is okay. 

I hope that my preparations for finals advice is helpful.  Good luck to everyone on finals! And remember break will be here before we know! You can do it!






Oct 31 / Jessica Essix

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween Warriors!

I hope everyone is continuing to have a wonderful semester! We are a little past the half way mark so hang in there!!!!

A few things to be on the look out for in the Detroit area.  Currently the Michigan Opera Theatre is in the process of putting on their second opera of the season, The Passenger by Mieczyslaw Weinberg.  This is a relatively new opera that is about the Holocaust that occurred during World War II.  The Passenger has only been performed a few times worldwide, so this will be an amazing experience.

I can tell you just from observing one of the rehearsals that The Passenger will be a life-changing experience.  All of the artists are filled with unspeakable talent and have truly gathered the meaning behind this opera.  Multiple languages will be sung in this opera including Polish, German, Russian, French, Yiddish, Czech, and English. (

The Passenger will be shown at the Detroit Opera House on November 14,18, 21, and 22, 2015.  This is a show you do not want to miss!! Tickets start at $29.  Come out and enjoy The Passenger opera.

Again, Happy Halloween to all and have a safe and fun night!!!!


Sep 30 / Jessica Essix

Entertainment in Detroit (Michigan Opera Theatre)

Hello Warriors! I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year. As a senior music business student, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to intern with the Michigan Opera Theatre. I am working with the production administration staff of the Michigan Opera Theatre. This experience has thus far been educating and interesting. I cannot wait to see what else is in store for the remainder of my time at the Michigan Opera Theatre this semester.

Speaking of the Michigan Opera Theatre, I wanted to inform you all that this week is the official kick-off of the production for the 2015-2016 season. The season will start with the Italian opera La Bohème! written by Giacomo Puccini. This is going to be an amazing show that includes talented artists and a very touching story.   All are welcome to come out and enjoy! If you would like to purchase tickets, you may go to the Michigan Opera Theatre website or buy tickets at the box office. Ticket purchases start at $29.00. The show will run October 17, 21, 24, and 25. Come out and enjoy the wonders of La Bohème!

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Aug 30 / Jessica Essix

Back to School- Tips for Incoming WSU Students

Tips for Incoming WSU Students

First, I would like to say welcome to all the new students coming to Wayne State this year!!! I hope that you have a great exciting year filled with many adventures and opportunities towards success. Here are a few tips that I would suggest to students that are new to Wayne State University to make this transition smoother.

  • TRAFFIC!!! BE AWARE: If commuting to campus, please be cautious that there will be some traffic around campus.   This specifically pertains to parking, which can be a bit of a hassle the first week or so. Try to get to campus a little earlier than usual so you will not have a difficult time finding a space. Or you can check on Wayne State’s parking website ( to see which parking structures have spaces available. You can also check on the Wayne State University app. If you are on campus often, buying a parking permit may be your best bet in always having a parking space available to you.
  • UTILIZE THE UNIVERSITY RESOURCES:Wayne State University offers many resources to help students succeed. These resources include the academic writing center to assist with writing skills and tutoring in a wide variety of subjects.
  • GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS: Here at Wayne State the professors are very happy to help their students any way they can. Do not hesitate to ask for help if needed.
  • GET AS MUCH SLEEP AS YOU CAN NOW: There will be times where sleep will have to fall on the backburner but there is a solution to such a thing…and that is…
  • COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE, and MORE COFFEE: Wayne State University offers many coffee shops around campus.   So if you ever need an extra boost of energy, go ahead and stop at Starbucks. Einstein Bagels, Tim Hortons, Dunkin Donuts, or any other coffee shop in the midtown area.