By Nushrat Rahman
I’m currently in the process of writing my Honors Thesis, as a senior set to graduate next semester. My project is an interdisciplinary endeavor meshing my English major and Sociology minor. It’s a joint effort—combining my humanities and social sciences training thus far—to explore topics of gender, immigration, and urban space in my very own community in Detroit. In many ways, this project has taken a lot of initiative, self-motivation, and dedication. It’s been a tough journey, but I’m lucky enough to have chosen a research topic that I’m passionate about and to be working with a supportive professor. I have the help of instructors, advisors, librarians, and other mentors who are just one email away. Although I’m nowhere near finishing my project and am very much so in the beginning phases of research and writing, I’ve learned a few pointers as I journey through this oftentimes arduous and nerve-wracking process:
- Identify a topic/faculty member early
I can’t stress how important it is to know your topic of interest in advance! I would go so far as to say that thinking about your research interest as a sophomore, and especially as a junior, is a wise decision. My topic was informed by my background as an English major and Sociology minor. It was also impacted by the community organizing work that I do outside of school and a desire to understand my immediate environment. Do a bit of digging and identify where your mind wants to take you! Next, make sure you’re establishing relationships with faculty members and professors. Choose who you’d like to work with on your project and let them know well in advance.
- Make a schedule and pace yourself
All of these tips are important but this one has special precedence because, as I’ve learned, research requires discipline and a schedule facilitates a sense of accountability. I researched writing schedules and mapped mine out based on my own preferences and needs. Set time aside each week to research and write. I think it’s important to have time to regularly dedicate brain energy and mental space to your thesis. Also give the professor who you’re working with an ample amount of time to give you feedback on your progress; schedule this in. Just as how you’d plug in essay due dates and final exams into your planner, make sure to do the same with your thesis. It keeps you accountable! But also don’t forget to give yourself breathing room because you don’t want to set an unrealistic and unmanageable standard for yourself.
- Get research assistance
Research is an invaluable component of your thesis. It’s important to do individual research but I find that it’s so easy to get lost. The best tip I have is to meet with your professor, but also to meet with a librarian. They know everything. The help you’ll get from just 10-15 minutes with a librarian is astounding, and I would say, incredibly instrumental. Have an idea about why you want to meet with them and some questions you have, fill out this form, and you’re good to go! The Ask A Librarian website is an excellent resource for you in this journey.
By Ashton Lewandowski
Every student looks forward to the holiday breaks. It’s a time where you can unwind, spend time with friends and family, and there is no school to keep you busy. Unfortunately though, we have several weeks left of classes. Now is the time to buckle down, study, ace exams, and persevere. Make sure to pay attention to library hours, exam schedules, and professor’s office hours.
By Elyssa Mathy
Trying to pay for college can be tough, so its been important for me to find a job. I however do not have a car on campus so I am limited to the jobs that I can work. Luckily, Wayne State offers a lot of different jobs and opportunities for its students that can provide a wide range of skills. The first job I got on campus was as a peer mentor for the CFPCA’s (College of Fine Performing Communication Arts) Living Learning Community. For this job I lived in the same wing as the community and I created activities, lead study groups, and got to know first year students living on campus who were part of the CFPCA. This year, I am starting a job as a Desk Assistant in some of the buildings on campus, which will allow me to get to know students on campus, work in a customer service style position, and gather some office skills.
Jobs on campus not only provide you with a way to earn money to pay for college, but they are great experiences. You get to learn many different skills that can be valuable once you leave Wayne. You also get to form better relationships with faculty at Wayne State. The jobs are very flexible around your school schedule and they are on campus. So if you live on campus and don’t have a car these jobs are a great opportunity. You get to meet and work with a lot of students that you might not have meet because they are not in your major. Finding a job is always important to get an income, experience, and create working relationships. Wayne State has a lot of opportunities to find jobs in a lot of different fields. If you have opportunity to work at Wayne state I suggest that you try to.
By Sangini Tolia
Now that I’m a senior, I’ve often found myself reminiscing on the wonderful memories I’ve made over the last few years at Wayne State. Today I’d like to share a few reasons why I’m thankful for being an Honors student.
- I’ve met and made friends with a diverse group of hardworking, driven students. Great things come from great minds working together, and this exposure really has expanded my perspectives and worldview.
- College became very affordable for me with WSU Honors scholarships, plus I had access to private scholarships exclusively for Honors. Most students receive some form of scholarship, and it’s made a huge difference in allowing me to achieve my goals.
- The small Honors community, especially in the residence halls, made it really easy to meet friends and offered me a great support system. Everyone, from my classmates to the Honors staff, was always very welcoming and helpful.
- I feel that I’ve become an exceptionally well-rounded student through the Honors college’s 4 pillars curriculum and emphasis on service. I gained leadership experience as a member of the Honors Student Association’s board for 3 years, as well as volunteer experience through Woodbridge Community Youth Center.
- Honors helped me develop a bond with the city of Detroit. For me, just walking around the streets of Detroit is a special experience because I’m surrounded by history and culture. The city has so many hidden gems, and Honors Passports and other events connected me to everything the city has to offer.
Happy Thanksgiving, Warriors!
It’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving!