By Rachel Hackett
Here is a typical Tuesday for me:
October 23, 2018
7:15am Wake up, brush teeth, get dressed, put on makeup
7:45am Drive my little brother to school
7:55am Drive from my little brother’s school to Wayne State
8:20am Arrive at Wayne State, park, and get some Starbucks coffee
8:30am Drink coffee while working on homework. On this day I was reading a chapter from Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History for my American Environmental History Honors Seminar that I have on Wednesdays. This week were reading about conservation and preservation in the early 1900s. Muir and Pinchot were two men who realized that Americans were starting to deplete natural resources, and they decided to do something about it. Muir advocated for conservation, which involved preserving nature exactly how it was for future generations, kind of like the national parks. Pinchot took the more practical conservation approach, which acknowledged that human beings needed to both use and preserve natural resources.
9:45am Walk from Starbucks to my ballet class in Old Main. I am an English and French major, so I don’t need to take a ballet class, but I am taking it for fun and for exercise.
11:15am Ballet class ends, and I leave Old Main and head to the bookstore for lunch (I had a spinach and feta stuffed pretzel) and some more reading while I eat lunch.
11:45am Head to work. I am the assistant manager at Busted Bra Shop, which is located in the Park Shelton next to the DIA. And yes, I said bra shop! It is a unique job for a college student to have, but I love being able to help and work with women.
3:30pm My shift at work ends. My next class starts at 4pm, so I have time to walk to Manoogian and get some food if I am hungry.
4pm French 8410: Topics in French Culture begins. This is a graduate level class, and this semester the topic is about modern French society and institutions. On this day, we are discussing a French film called La Haine, (Hate) which is about three young men in their 20s who live in the Parisian suburbs in 1995. It takes place just after one of their friends was severely beaten by the police, which causes him to go into a coma. The suburbs (or les banlieues) erupt into riots, and the young men are surrounded by violence and desperation. The ending is very dramatic and sad, but ambiguous.
5:15pm French 8410 ends, and I head across the hall to the classroom for my next class.
5:30pm French 6200: Renaissance to Revolution begins. We began this class by reading Marot, and by the end we will have gotten through Rousseau. But on this day, we are discussing a play written by Moliere: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. This play is a hybrid genre of a comedy-ballet. It tells the story of a man named M. Jourdain who is an upper-middle class merchant who is obsessed with the aristocracy. He would like nothing better than to be an aristocrat, but the problem is that he is not the smartest person, he is not well-educated, and he is rather gullible. His daughter wants to marry another bourgeois man, but M. Jourdain wants her to marry an aristocrat. Much of the play involves an elaborate scheme to convince M. Jourdain to allow his daughter to marry this bourgeois, who they have disguised as a Turkish man.
6:45pm. My class ends, and I run across the street to get some Jimmy Johns for dinner. I bring it back to Manoogian to eat and chill before my next class.
7:30pm My Spanish class begins. On this day we are learning about stem-changing verbs. It’s a lot to memorize, but knowing French helps a lot because many words are similar if not the same. Yes, I am an English and French major, so this is another class that I do not need at all to graduate. But, I am graduating in December and I want to go to graduate school for comparative literature, so I am starting another language now so that I am prepared for graduate school next fall. In the meantime after graduation, I will work to save up money and RELAX. Right now, I am taking 21 credits and working almost full time between my two jobs, so I don’t have much time to relax.
9:10pm My Spanish class finishes, and I walk back to my car and head home. My Tuesdays and Thursdays are definitely late nights.
9:30pm I get home and finish up some reading for American Environmental history and do some more reading for my French classes.
This is a pretty typical day for me—sometimes I don’t have to work, so I have more time to do homework during the day. Also, sometimes I will schedule meetings with advisers or professors during my breaks because I am working on my graduate school applications right now. My days are certainly packed!
By Tabassum Chowdhury
Ever since the Eastern Market trip I took freshman year with the HON 1000 class, I’ve been itching to go back. I felt like one day there was just not enough. However, I live on campus and don’t have a car. Even when I do stay here during the weekends, I can’t really go anywhere far from campus besides downtown with the Qline. Luckily, during the month of October DOSO has decided to give out free bus passes! So my friend got one and I got one, and we decided to explore on Saturday. Unfortunately, something came up last minute and she flaked! Smh… So my best friend aka my mom (lol) decided she’d come down to Wayne State and go with me.
We took bus 23 from right next to towers down to the Rosa Parks Transit Center, and we transferred to bus 40 that took us straight to Eastern market.
I remember freshman year after we went to Eastern Market, I was at work and talking to our patients. It seemed everybody’s favorite childhood memory of Eastern Market was the honey sticks, so that was definitely on my list of things I wanted to get from Eastern Market. Here’s some pictures of what I found!
The infamous honey sticks! I tried lots of different flavors but so far my favorite is definitely the lemon!
Some of the vegetables at eastern market! I didn’t get to take a picture of them, but I got EIGHT BOXES of strawberries for only $5!!! Earlier in October I got a chocolate fondue maker, so I’ve been having a LOT of chocolate covered strawberries and strawberry smoothies (yum!)
The sunflowers are my favorite part of Eastern Market! Look at those cute little ladybugs!!!
There were a lot of murals around eastern market, but I think this one was my favorite just because of the message and the color scheme. It’s a really powerful one! I’m definitely going back with my friends another time and having a photoshoot with the murals!
All in all, we got some REALLY good deals on fruits and veggies, and we also got to see a lot more this time around since it was just me and my mom! For her actually it was very special because before we came to the US, my grandparents used to go to eastern market all the time. When we got here, both my grandparents became ill so she never got to go with them. This was her first time going and she got to see why my grandparents loved Eastern Market! Seeing her so happy made me really happy as well, so this trip is definitely something that I will remember for years to come 🙂
By Brandon Brown
Recently, I was given the task of exploring the various galleries of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. It was for the class Introduction to Film, and it gave me an excuse to finally learn what DIA stands for. (I’m an out-of state student; I came 700 miles from city known as Memphis, TN.) Although I was told the DIA was behind the school, the thought never crossed my mind about exactly where that was. About 10 minutes of searching (and finding the public library instead), I get the bright idea to walk towards Woodward and traveled to the one building with a beautiful fountain and marble staircase. This was the DIA.
Walking inside the museum, I was greeted politely by the volunteers. Back home, museum volunteers were mostly of the older generation, so I was intrigued to find that there was diversity in the staff there. The galleries themselves left little to be desired. I found myself lost in thought as I traversed through the contemporary art section; I couldn’t help but wonder why would someone would spend time making a praying mantis statue out of iron. An extreme nice volunteer was willing to explain the story of the mantis to me, and after a nice chat, escorted me to a room full of bones (shout out to Miss Judy!).
All in all, the DIA was a fun experience to have; I can understand why people recommended me to go to it. Thanks, Alyssa for the suggestion, and thanks (I guess) to Intro to Film for giving me a reason (forcing) me to go.
By Ashton Lewandowski
Often, students will ask “Why should I get to know my professors?” When it comes down to it, there are several benefits that come with being on good terms with your professors. They may offer insight into their class or research opportunities, often have connections within their department, and generally have the same interests as their students. Despite all of these benefits, students will often feel intimidated and reluctant to make the effort. It is not a difficult process, and in fact only requires students to do one thing.
JUST TALK TO THEM
Go up and introduce yourself to your professor. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first or last class. Just look them in the eyes and say hello. Congratulations! You now have done something that 80% of your class has not. You put in the effort and your professor will remember it.
Of course that is not the only step. If you want to actually develop a connection you will need to talk to them. Stop by office hours every once in a while. These hours will help you to learn more about your course and professors. The more you go to office hours and talk, the more likely it is that you will be seen favorably.
Once your course ends and you move on to your next semester or next stage in life, feel free to send a quick email to your professor. It doesn’t hurt anything and could even land you a letter of recommendation that could be the deciding factor of whether or not you get into the professional school of your dreams. And all it takes to build that bond is just having a conversation.
School can get pretty busy and stressful pretty quickly. I added on a second degree during my second year with the aim of still graduating in just 4 years. One thing that has come from that though is my schedule has gotten pretty busy. I also have a few jobs on top of that so I have learned some pretty helpful things in order to keep up my grades without getting too stressed out about everything
- Make sure you have a planner, especially if you also have multiple jobs. In this planner mark down all important days for your classes like due dates of assignments, exams, and big projects along with any important work days. Mark all of the dates down for the whole semester that way when scheduling things with your other jobs or plans with friends you can look ahead and make sure you are not double booking your days. It is also helpful to see that if you have many exams all at the same time maybe ask ahead at work for less hours during that time so you have more hours to study, or just don’t book many planned events then.
- Keep up with your readings. This is definitely something I did not do my first two years. My first two years I would just cram for every test, but when I added on another major that well was just not an option. If you do a scheduled reading before it is spoken about in class, the class will just help you better understand the material. It also means you can ask specific questions in class about something that you really don’t understand in the readings because you know before the week of your test that you don’t understand something. It also means you spend less time cramming for your final. Instead of trying to read the whole book the week before the test you can just focus on the material that was difficult for you.
- Plan some time with friends. This may sound like a backwards idea at first, but in my personal opinion whenever I get stressed for an exam and have spent hours studying there comes a point where I am just not grasping the information and staring at the book is pointless. I usually will hang out with a friend during this time to get my mind off the stress I am feeling. The day after I am usually much more motivated to do my work and I can get it done better and faster because I cleared my mind up a little bit. Now I’m not saying to spend all your time with friends and ignore your studying. But don’t spend all your time studying and forget to hang out with your friends.
These are just some of my most valued tips in my school survival guide!
By Rachel Hackett
If you’re anything like me, the only way you survive a full day of classes and work is through several cups of coffee. If you’re sick of the Student Center Starbucks, here are a few places that are close to campus that are a little bit more unique.
The Bottom Line
Located down Anthony Wayne just past Forest, The Bottom Line is a unique little coffee shop that is open until 9pm on most days. There are nice big tables for studying, and some outdoor seating if you’re there to grab a coffee with a friend. Also, they frequently have open mic nights where you can go to enjoy some music or poetry readings, or maybe do some performing yourself. They recently got a new menu, and I am a fan of their chai tea latte.
Address: 4474 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Closing Time: 6 PM
Fourteen East is a combination coffee shop and art gallery in the Park Shelton Building, which is right next to the DIA. Every month or so, the walls display a different artist’s work. They have several different methods of coffee preparation, but their hot chocolate and mochas are unique because they are each made with truffles: you have a choice of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, cayenne chocolate, or raspberry chocolate. They also have really good sandwiches and pastries. My favorite thing that they offer is yerba mate, which is a tea-like beverage served chilled and that has a lot of caffeine. Yerba mate comes in several different flavors, but my favorite is the berry flavor.
Address: 15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202
Closing Time: 7 PM
Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company
Great Lakes Coffee is down Woodward, close to Whole Foods. They have a lot of seating and a large menu of coffee, tea, food and alcoholic beverages. I love their lavender lattes and their bagels. Since they also serve alcohol, on most days they are open pretty late, so if you need to get some late night studying done, it is a great place to go.
Address: 3965 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Closing Time: 11 PM
Le Petit Zinc
Le Petit Zinc is not really a coffee shop—it’s technically a full restaurant—but they do serve coffee and espresso. They used to be located in Corktown, but they recently reopened in Midtown, right near Great Lakes Coffee. The restaurant is on the smaller side, but they serve amazing crepes and other French food. It is a great place for breakfast or brunch too. I love their hot chocolate because it is so big that it comes in a bowl instead of a cup or mug, and they put real whipped cream on top.
Address: 70 W Alexandrine St, Detroit, MI 48201
Closing Time: 4 PM
Avalon is a bakery and café on Willis, near Treat Dreams and Sy Thai. They carry all the usual coffee beverages, but they usually have a special coffee beverage that they change up periodically. I love getting a simple latte and some monkey bread or a croissant from Avalon. The one disadvantage is that it can get very crowded at peak times, and there is no wifi, so go there if you need to disconnect from the internet to get some reading done.
Address: 422 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201
Closing Time: 6 PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Red Hook is not close enough to campus to be a walkable distance, but if you don’t mind a short drive, it is an amazing place for coffee. Red Hook is located in West Village, which is somewhat near Belle Isle. They have lavender lattes and a nice food menu for pastries and breakfast sandwiches. I love their cherry almond tarts. They also have outdoor seating, which is nice if you want to get some studying done before snow comes!
Address: 8025 Agnes St, Detroit, MI 48214
Closing Time: 6 PM
Kresge Court inside the DIA
Kresge Court is a beautiful place to get coffee and study. It is inside the DIA in the basement, and there is a skylight that provides natural light, so it feels like you are in a courtyard. If you go there to study, either take a smaller bag with you, or be prepared to leave your backpack at the coat room because they will not let you bring in a backpack. They also serve food there, so it is a good spot to grab a fancier lunch if you feel like treating yourself.
Address: 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Closing Time: 4 PM
Socra Tea Detroit
Socratea is located off of Woodward, on Garfield (just past Walgreens) and as the name suggests, they mostly serve tea, but they do have a few lattes. I love their strawberry scones! They have large tables where you can easily spread out your stuff to study, and it is usually pretty quiet, so it is a good place to study if you need to concentrate. They have every flavor of tea you can imagine, and they serve it to you in your own personal tea pot, which is very cute.
Address: 71 Garfield St Suite 50, Detroit, MI 48201
Closing Time: 7 PM
Germack Roasting Company
Germack is located in Eastern Market, and my favorite drink from there is their iced soy matcha latte. Germack roasts their own coffee on location, and they sell their beans so you can make it at home also. If you need a place to study, I would not recommend going there on a Saturday because it gets very busy, but during the week, it is a great place to study.
These coffee shops are just a few of the ones I’ve been to, plus there are many that I have not been to around the city—I have heard rumors that Shinola has really good coffee, but I haven’t tried it yet. If you have any suggestions for coffee around campus or even just in Detroit, let me know in the comments!
Address: 2517 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207
Closing Time: 4:30 PM
By Hira Majeed
Your college experience will be shaped by the people you meet over these four plus years. Similarly, understanding the city you are studying in is also vital to this experience. One way to learn about Detroit is through organizations. There are multiple organizations in the city that have been doing great work since day one. These are your grassroots organizations, your cultural hubs, your favorite local businesses, and more. To mention just a few, we have the Detroit Equity Action Lab that is working on issues pertinent to Detroiters such as water shutoffs, equitable development, and more. DEAL works from Wayne State’s law school, specifically the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. Getting to know organizations like DEAL not only contribute to your self-growth, but also to the growth of the community. Educating yourself on issues that are important in Detroit can greatly shape your view of the city, state, and even the world.
Another way to engage with the city is through conversation. There are community conversations that take place all around the city. The Shrine of the Black Madonna Number One in Detroit is one of these places. Just recently, they held a conversation regarding the #MeToo movement and how it pertains to Detroit. Another location for community conversation is Cass Corridor Commons (4605 Cass Ave). As the flyer to the right shows, different partner organizations working in Detroit facilitate these conversations. These topics range from economic development in the city to the different narratives regarding Detroit found in the media.
Lastly, I would like to mention the different clubs that work directly on campus. These clubs can serve as a bridge between the university and the city. Joining various clubs, attending meetings, and exploring different events with these clubs all contribute to your college experience. Clubs can reveal your true passions, help foster your growth, and also surround you with a community of people that can offer you much needed support.
By connecting with organizations, the community, and clubs, you can transcend what it means to be a college student. You can become more cognizant of the city and places around you, thus allowing for yourself to become a more critical and engaged person. My experiences of doing so have greatly shaped my time at Wayne. I encourage you to also take the steps to critically engage yourself with the city, learning every step of the way.
By Ashton Lewandowski
Move-in day is rapidly approaching and while living on campus is a fun experience, there are several different aspects that new students need to be aware of.
Parking around Wayne State can be confusing at first. Most students choose to park in Structure 2, because it is located across the street from the residence halls and because of its 24/7 access. Because of the construction going on in the Anthony Wayne Apartments though, access to the structure may seem difficult. If you choose to park there, be sure to know where the entrances and exits are so that you are prepared for moving in, class, and when you decide to go out!
Be sure to read your Community Living Guide. This guidebook is given to you during move in and helps to show you the rules and restrictions that are upheld by your resident advisors. It contains information on quiet hours, study spots, prohibited items, and even laundry. If for some reason your questions about on-campus living are not answered, please refer to your RA or Community Directors for help.
Your meal plan includes access to Gold ‘n Greens and Towers Café, and often are paired with Warrior Dollars. If you are looking for a traditional cafeteria then Towers Café and Gold ‘n Greens are readily accessible throughout the day. If you would rather have fast food, check out the options provided in the student center and around campus. Don’t forget to check out the local restaurants either! Harmony Garden is a hidden gem.
Just go to class. You’ll thank me later.
Living on campus gives you an advantage that most students don’t have. By being located in the city of Detroit, you have access to many resources, clubs, and organizations that are difficult to locate otherwise. If you are looking for any specific clubs or organizations, go to Festifall! Being a part of these organizations is a fun experience and should not be overlooked.
By Sarosh Irani
Not every student has access to a car while they stay on campus. Here are a few options for students who would like to get out and explore the city:
The DDOT bus system is great for accessing locations within the City of Detroit. DDOT operates 42 routes within Detroit. The Woodward Route 4 runs past the DIA and the Detroit Public Library, and connects Wayne State to New Center and Downtown Detroit. The Dexter Route 16 runs along Cass Avenue and also reaches New Center and Downtown. DDOT also runs routes to and from Eastern Market on Saturdays. Fare is only $1.50, making it the cheapest option to get around! Visit their website at www.ridedetroittransit.com to get schedules, maps, and more information regarding the system!
While the DDOT bus system generally runs within Detroit, the SMART bus system helps connect Detroit to the surrounding suburbs. Recently, they have added three FAST routes along Gratiot, Woodward, and Michigan Avenues. The FAST Woodward Route (461/462) runs near Wayne State and can be used to get downtown quickly, or north to Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Birmingham. The FAST Michigan (261) connects Downtown Detroit to Corktown, Dearborn, and eventually Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). It’s a great option to get to the airport without paying for an Uber/Lyft or without paying to park your car. All SMART routes cost $2, no matter how long you ride the bus. Check them out at www.smartbus.org to get more information!
The QLine is a streetcar that runs for 3.3 miles along Woodward Avenue, connecting Wayne State’s campus to New Center and Downtown Detroit. There are stations at Ferry Street and Warren Avenue, with the latter located directly across from the Welcome Center and near the new Woodward and Warren park. The QLine is a great bet for getting to any sports game, as it runs near Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, and Ford Field. It is also great for attending concerts at LCA, the Fox Theatre, or the Fillmore. It also costs only $1.50 for a 3 hour pass, or $3 for a 24 hour period. Download the QLine Detroit app to pay online!
MoGo Detroit Bike Share
MoGo is a popular, fun, and flexible way to get around Detroit! There are 43 stations and 430 bikes located throughout ten neighborhoods in Detroit, along with three stations right on Wayne State’s campus! A daily pass for MoGo costs $8, and allows unlimited 30 minute trips for a 24 hour period. MoGo can help connect you to Downtown, and can be used to get to Eastern Market, down the Dequindre Cut Greenway, or along the Riverfront! If you are trying to get Downtown from Wayne State, Cass Avenue has some new protected bike lanes that can make your trip a fun and stress-free one. Their website, www.mogodetroit.org, provides more information about pricing and opportunities to get involved! Every summer and fall, MoGo hosts street skills classes that can help you learn how to bike safely in the city. If you have any other questions about the service, or are interested in buying a discounted MoGo annual pass, feel free to reach out to Sarosh Irani, your local Honors and MoGo ambassador, at firstname.lastname@example.org !
The Transit App
The best source of all transit information in metro Detroit is the Transit App! Transit can be used wherever and provides real time information on DDOT, SMART, the QLine, and MoGo! It also allows you to buy a MoGo pass and unlock a bike right from the app itself.
By Elyssa Mathy
Here are three tips to help you get your semester started off on the right note:
- Walk out your schedule the day before so you know where all your classes are. Also if you only have 10-15 minutes in between classes its good to know how long that walk will actually take you so you know if you need walk fast to get to your next class or if you have sometime to talk to a friend.
- Actually go the first day of classes! Its very important to attend as many classes as possible, but its especially important to go the first day. Attendance is taken by the university the first two weeks and you must be marked as present in order to maintain your scholarships. Also the first day a lot of important information is given out, like the syllabus which will lay out your whole semester for you. Your professor may also give some advice for the class like how to get cheaper books or the best way to get in contact with them.
- Make at least one friend in the class and get their cell number or school email. This can be helpful for a couple reasons. One if you get sick or have to miss class for some reason you can get notes from them or any other helpful information you missed during the class. They can also be very helpful when you are working on assignments if you don’t understand something they can help you out with it. Finally, during exam time, you can have a study group with them!
These are just three small but very important tips for the first day of class. One to prep for your class, one thing to do during the class, and finally one that can help you outside of the classroom.