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Aug 8 / Andrew Moser

Tips for Your First Week at Wayne State!

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 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 ( 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: