Junior Rachel Hackett will be taking her Wayne State studies to France for the 2017 Fall semester. Follow her adventures here as she has allowed the Honors College to share her study abroad experiences in order to showcase the wonderful opportunities Wayne State students can have.
By Ashton Lewandowski
So, are you going to your first lecture and are afraid that you won’t be able to keep your eyes open? If so, here are some helpful tips to make it to your second lecture.
- Read the syllabus before class. This way, if the professor announces it’s a syllabus day you can just leave.
- Sit in the front row and introduce yourself to the professor. If they know you, you’ll be too intimidated to leave or sleep.
- Drink lots of fluids before class. Not only will you stay hydrated, but if you drink enough your bladder WILL NOT let you sleep.
- Make friends with the smart kids in class. Their commentary will help to keep you awake.
- Sleep before class. Nothing beats being well rested.
By Sangini Tolia
Hi everyone, welcome to your first week at Wayne State! To help you out, I’ve compiled some insider tips to make this week fun and easy. Enjoy!
– Make sure you leave early, especially for the first week. There’s some cool new buildings being built on campus, but it also means there’s some construction and delays. Leave early from home so you have plenty of time to find a parking spot and get a good seat in class!
– Download the Wayne State Mobile App. It’s an easy way to check your OneCard balance (they even have a widget for quick access). You can also access your email, view the dining hall menu, find a map, and check on parking availability.
– Stay on campus in the evening! There’s all kinds of events going on like volleyball, outdoor movies, and craft nights put on by awesome groups like the Campus Activities Team. Plus, there’s always freebies like ice cream, T-shirts, and pizza. Check out events.wayne.edu for more details.
– Get organized! Buy a planner and some cool pens! Color-code your folders and notebooks! Your professors will give you your exam dates at the beginning of the semester on your syllabus. Writing down your assignments and exam dates is super helpful in planning out when you need to study. You’ll definitely find it useful when you have 3 midterms in the same week.
– Explore campus for awesome places to hang out and study! The Honors College study lounge is your special space that’s open from 9-5 every day. I also love the Detroit Public Library and the DIA, which are just across the street on Cass. The Kresge Library and Law Library are also quiet places to study, while the Student Center is the place to hang out in between class! When it’s warm, bring a hammock and relax outside State Hall.
– Check out a student organization and Get Involved! You can get more information on clubs at Festifall (August 29, 11am-2pm) and Student Org Day (September). Wayne State has everything ranging from Greek life to intramural sports to performance groups to professional societies. Visit the Dean of Students Office (doso.wayne.edu) to browse our offerings. And remember, if there isn’t something you’re looking for, all you need is three friends to start your own club.
– Make use of resources to help you succeed in class! Professors have office hours listed on their syllabus that you can attend to ask questions. Some classes have Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions where a student who got a good grade teaches a review session. The Academic Success Center offers tutoring for many classes. Talk to your professors too because some departments offer special learning labs. The Counseling and Psychological Services are available for help as well. All of these services are totally FREE!
– Make study groups! Your classes are a great place to start. If you’re living in the residence halls, you’ll be surrounded by people taking the same classes as you. You’ll make life-long friends and it’ll help you get good grades too.
– Check out the gym! It’s free for all students. We have all kinds of equipment and even an indoor track. There’s also many free classes that teach Zumba, Spinning, Dance, and more! It helps you avoid the Freshman 15 and feel great.
– Check out all the great places to eat on and around from campus! Wayne State is located in Midtown, which is a really vibrant, up-and-coming part of Detroit. Favorite places that are walking distance from campus include Go! Sy Thai, Blimpies, Mac n’Brewz, and Cass Café! Explore the area because there’s many more!
– Take a ride on the Q-LINE! This tram system is brand new and is an easy way to get to the heart of downtown. The closest stop to Wayne State is at Woodward & Warren. Fares are only $1.50 to ride and are free through Labor Day weekend.
– Use Show Your OneCard and Save! Wayne State has a special partnership with a lot of local businesses that give you a discount when you show your OneCard. You can see a list of participating businesses here: http://shops.wayne.edu/show-your-onecard.php
By Nushrat Rahman
Everyone has different study habits. And, along with that, they may have varying opinions on what makes a good study area. Some people need absolute silence, while others can’t work without at least a few sounds buzzing and whirring around them. I’m a believer in the idea that your environment has a large impact on, not only your mood, but also focus-oriented tasks like studying for a midterm or writing a final paper. Here are five locations on (or near) campus that I’ve compiled which, in my opinion and experience, give you varying experiences for studying!
- Purdy/Kresge Library
If you want pin drop silence then Purdy/Kresge is the library for you. I find myself sitting near the large windows, at the circular tables in the back, when I have readings that require high level concentration or when I’m tackling a really tough paper that I’ve been struggling with. The combination of natural lighting and plentiful seating makes Purdy/Kresge a traditionally good study zone. It’s quiet and there are lots of tables to choose from! You can choose which floor to study on as well. The first floor has larger tables while the upper floors have individual cubicles. And of course, housed in this library, is Wayne State’s array of books, both regular and special collection.
- UGL (Honors College)
The Undergraduate Library (UGL) has a reputation for not being a good study spot, but if you find the right place, it could just be the best place to study for you. If you need your own space or somewhere to do a group project, the new room booking system allows you to reserve a room. But tucked in the second floor of the UGL is the Honors College and in it, there is space reserved for Honors students to study and get work done! Because people are milling in and out of the office, this area is good for those who can’t work in pin drop silence. Cubicles and computers are just some of the resources you get!
If you’re the type of person that thrives off of fresh air, sunlight, and grass beneath your feet then stepping outside of the buildings we so often coop ourselves into may be the best option. On a nice day, sitting on the grass near Gullen Mall is good for a brain that needs a break. It’s important to keep in mind that outside studying means distraction and unpredictable weather. I find doing light reading and studying is the best for outdoors.
- Student Center
This is an unconventional choice. The Student Center is more of a social space, but surprisingly, it can be a good study area for people who need a bit of noise to get work done. Some people can’t focus in too quiet of an area, so a seat on the second or even third floor of the Student Center might be the ideal place. Also, another plus is easy and quick access to study break snacks!
- Kresge Court
Kresge Court is located in the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)–just a short walk from WSU. In one word, it is stunning. Visually, the Kresge Court is breathtaking with cascading sunlight and quirky seating. Walking into the museum and asking to go to the Kresge Court is all that’s required to access this area. Although backpacks aren’t allowed in the museum itself, a tag permits you to take your belongings into the Court itself. Kresge Court is the place for people who need ambiance and colors to liven their mood up for hours of rigorous brain use. Surrounded by some of the finest artwork is the best way to study, in my opinion.
By Elyssa Mathy
Hi I am Elyssa Mathy a 3rd year honors student at Wayne State. I am from the west side of the state so I have always lived in a dorm here at Wayne. Trying to figure out what to pack for school was difficult for me my first year so I have created a list of some items that should be packed that may not come to mind at first.
- More storage space!!Dorms rooms are not big, bringing in cubbies and other storage containers is essential in order to fit everything you will need in your room. Bring drawers to hold snacks and bring baskets to hold extra clothes or shoes. There is so much stuff that is needed to live on campus. Having extra storage space is essential.
- Command strips and hooks.These are so important! I hang up my winter jacket right by the door with these hooks preventing snow from getting all over my dorm room. You can also hang up your backpack on these. They are easy to remove, and if done correctly, they do not take any paint off. They help hang up decorations that make your room feel more like home and they help create more space.
- Stain remover. You never realize how important this stuff is until you get to a dorm. At school it costs almost 3 dollars to wash and dry your clothes. If you stain something you don’t want to spend 3 dollars just to get rid of one stain, buying stain remover is very important.
- Cleaning supplies. I hate cleaning but it is important and it is a good procrastination tool. I am never more motivated to clean then when I have an assignment due. In order to clean, one needs cleaning supplies. I pack wet wipes, a duster, sponges and soap for dishes and something to sweep the floor. You can coordinate with your roommates as to who is bringing in what supplies.
- Decorations.Now this may not seem very essential, but when you add a personal flare to a college dorm it makes it a happier place to live. Some items I have brought are an extra chair, a rug, paper clip lights that also hang photos and cards, calendars and white boards. All of these little things help to make a common dorm room a special place to live and really make one feel more at home.
This list may not contain more exciting things that one may want to bring like a TV, games, microwave, or a fridge, which I do find important when packing for school, but they are not essentials. If you do not have a lot of room in your car when heading to school pack the essentials first, save the fun things like the TV for a later trip. Remember that extra storage space I listed earlier, this space is also helpful when moving because it can house extra things in your car creating more space for your move. These essential things are often forgotten when packing books, clothes, and bedding, that is why I put them on my list. When your actual home is 3 hours away from your dorm and you don’t have a car, these five things are extremely important, so remember to pack them!!
See you when the school year starts!
By Rachel Hackett
Here are some links that helped me when I was a freshman.
Wayne State Library Website:
Use this site to find books and articles through the Wayne State library system. You can reserve books from any Wayne State library using your OneCard, and pick them up at any library location. There are also research guides available with resources sorted by topic. One helpful one for Honors students is: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/honors, which has resources for Honors 1000 and PS 1010. The library website also has a way to contact helpful librarians who can help you find relevant articles and sources for research. (Judith Arnold is particularly helpful and has gotten back to me super quickly in the past!)
This website is like the Wayne State library site, but you can use it to reserve books from any Michigan library. Using your onecard or a Michigan library card, you can reserve books and pick them up from any library, including the UGL or Kresge Library.
Use this website to make an appointment with an advisor. I recommend doing this early on each semester, because appointments usually fill up quickly and Honors students get to register early, so sometimes Honors sections fill up first.
Wayne State Events Calendar:
Use this site to find out about events on campus or in the Midtown area. You can often find out about fun things to do on the weekend, and sometimes these events are free. I would double check the timing for the events somewhere else though, because a few times this site has had incorrect information.
Student Service Center site:
This site is helpful if you need to call or visit the Welcome Center to get questions on financial aid, housing, etc. answered. It shows a time estimate for how long you will be on hold/waiting in the Welcome Center lobby, which is nice if you want to avoid spending an hour on hold/waiting in the lobby. Sometimes you can find the answer to your question here without even having to speak to someone.
Honors College Website:
Visit this site if you need to download forms for honors options, figure out what classes you need to take, or need to find out when Honors advising is available.
I recommend making this site your homepage for when you open your internet browser, because you will use it so much. Your WSU email, financial aid information, final grades, and many other helpful things are accessed through this site. You can also follow fun pages that will post on your feed (kind of like Twitter). One of my favorites is “Academicat”, which posts pictures of cats!
I recommend making this page one of your favorites on your laptop, because it is where you will access your class information and grades. You can also access it through academica, but sometimes it is easier to have a direct link.
A super useful website for making flashcards. I used this in my French class to make vocab flashcards and I was able to share the flashcards with my classmates for them to use as well.
This website helps you make mindmaps, which are a way of taking notes that is great for visual/spatial learners. I love this because drawing out mindmaps by hand can get messy sometimes.
This site help you organize where you have to be and when. It also has an app, so if you use this, you’ll never have to worry about missing an appointment.
I’m sure there are a bunch more useful websites, but these are the ones that I have used most consistently so far throughout college. Feel free to post some more links in the comments!
By Evan Hansinger
In June (2016) I took part in possibly the most feared part of preparing to go to Law school…the LSAT. Like medical school and other graduate programs, the admission test for law school can be a make or break. I am here to share my experiences with the LSAT to possibly provide some peace of mind or hope for others and some info on the exam.
As I stated earlier, I took the exam in last June. The exam is currently only offered 4 times a year once in February, June, September/October, and December. It’s worth noting there are rumors that in the coming years this will expand to 6 times a year. There used to be a limit on the number of times you could take the test in a 2 yr period but starting in September you can theoretically take it unlimited times, with colleges will weighing all the score. it has been my experience that most universities take the highest score in terms of admission and financial aid but they do receive all scores and will notice if a high score seems uncharacteristic.
The test itself is composed of reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and logic games. There are 2 logical reasoning sections of about 30 questions which ask the test taker to read a question or scenario and pick the best logical answer. There is one reading comprehension section which is 4-5 readings followed by 7-10 questions. And finally everyone’s favorite – logic games. This section is composed of “games” which are best described as scenario based story problems that ask the individual to determine things like order of race finishers or color combinations. Then every LSAT has a 5th section wit more difficult test question that is used to test new questions. This section can be made of either of the three section types and is randomly placed in the test so that the test taker must do their best on all parts. My experience is that you can detect the test section in hindsight because it is more difficult then the regular section.
The last part is the writing sample which is a 30 minute handwritten sample on a topic that asks you to pick a side and defend it. It is crucial to do this section seriously because it is read by and sent to every school you apply to.
I now want to talk about how I prepared, how the test was, and how I did.
To prepare for the test there are Kaplan courses, test masters courses and all sorts of classes that cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. I personally did not feel comfortable coughing up tons of money just to get a score on a test. I told myself if I can’t prepare on my own then I’m not cut out for law school. This is just my opinion. What I did do to prepare was purchase the logic games bible which helped greatly prepare for that section. As well I took three full practice exams in the week leading up to the real exam. For me this ended up being enough to accomplish the score I wanted.
I decided to take the June LSAT in April and registered days before the deadline. Since I waited Wayne State testing facility was full and the next closest open site was the University of Windsor. This made me little nervous and raised eyebrows from people that I told but the exam is administered around the globe and especially North America. In the end I think It was a good thing I took where I did because I wasn’t distracted and was more mentally alert. The exam experience was not as scary as I expected. As long as you are prepared for the exam and follow their detailed directions on what you are allowed you bring with you there is little surprises or things to throw you off. So I entered with a clear, focused mind. After 3.5 hrs of test taking, the real hard part begins – waiting for your score. It takes about one month to get your results.
Now I will get personal real quick to wrap up and share how I did on the exam.
In preparing for the exam I was hoping to get about a 155-157 which would get me into Wayne State and I could continue into career. M first practice exam I scored a 157, then second one a 160, and the last one a 157. This boosted my confidence and I began hoping for a much better score. After a month waiting on July 5th I received and email with my score actually a day earlier then they had stated. I was happy to see I scored a 159!
In response to my score from July 10th-15th I took a trip to visit 5 law school campuses I am considering. I visited Alabama, Georgia, Georgia State, Tennessee, and North Carolina. I highly recommend if others are planning on going out of state or even in state take a trip and visit the school. It is crucial to get the in person feel before deciding to attend a school. I will likely apply to about 8 schools and will weigh my options financially and academically as well.
To wrap up I want to assure any future LSAT takers that the test isn’t as scary as it seems and ultimately you are more then a test score and have more to offer.
Welcome to the blog home of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University. Here you will get a glimpse of what life is like as an Honors student, from the perspective of its students. Follow along as the College gives students the opportunity to share their experiences in honors, from attending programs and events to highlighting their own research. You will even get to follow along on the WSU adventures of Honors twins Irvin and Reid during their time at Wayne State.
So if you are an Honors student and would like to participate and show off what life is like as an Honors student, please contact Drew Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a writing sample and a blog idea.