I became a student at Wayne State University in the Fall of 2014. This year, as I return to campus as a senior, something that struck me is how much the city has come alive since I arrived as a freshman.
The changes have been gradual, a new restaurant here, a new shop there, city bikes, roads being redone, the Qline, you name it.
One of the coolest aspects I feel this city has to offer is its art. Art is everywhere in Detroit. No matter your style or preference, Detroit has it. From the Detroit Institute of Arts, to MOCAD, to the Detroit Artists Market, and the Heidelberg Project, the Russell Industrial Center, and so many more, there is something for everyone.
Something truly unique to the city of Detroit are the myriad of murals, old and new, created in the Eastern Market area.
I spent Sunday of this past weekend wandering around the area taking in all of the creations. They are stunning. While they have vastly different themes, messages, and meanings from one another, all are unique to, and inspired by Detroit.
The territory they cover is vast – but there is no missing them. While these murals are great in size, in most cases taking up an entire wall, there is no mistaking the intricacy of detail and the effort that is put into these masterpieces.
I would highly recommend taking the time to go over to Eastern Market, especially on a day when the market is open, and observing the creativity of the murals that surround the area. While it has a different flare than Downtown Detroit’s business district does, it is part of the tapestry that is truly Detroit.
As the semester gets started and classes kick into full swing, keeping track of everything that needs to get done, and then getting everything done on time, can be a challenge! One of the easiest things people cut out of their daily routine in order to save time is exercising. However, staying healthy and in-shape is one of the most important things to do while you are in college, and after you graduate as well!
So, here are 10 quick and easy everyday activities that will help you to stay fit and healthy, but don’t take a lot of time to do!
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. This is such an easy way to add a little exercise into your daily routine without even feeling like you are working out! Look for other everyday activities such as this that can be turned into quick exercises as well.
- Walk or ride your bike around Midtown instead of driving. Midtown is such a cool area and walking or biking is the best way to explore and find out what is going on.
- Go for a run or walk early in the morning to help wake up and start your day. You would be surprised at how great exercising early in the morning will make you feel for the rest of the day. You might not even need your morning coffee!
- Instead of buying vending machine or fast food snacks, bring a bag of carrots or a banana. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to snack throughout the day, but in a nutritional way.
- Drink water! Stay away from the sugary, empty-calorie drinks! This is one of the easiest and quick ways to cut unnecessary and unhealthy calories from your daily diet.
- If you don’t have a lot of time to exercize, look up 5-minute workout routines and make a habit of spending 5 – 10 minutes each day doing them. You don’t need to go all the way to the gym to get a good workout.
- Try out different workout studios! Some great ones in the Midtown area are CrossFit, Bikram Yoga and Detroit Yoga Lab.
- Look up easy, but healthy, recipes and try making them for a change! This can be a fun activity to do and a great lifelong skill to have!
- Get a group of friends together and exercise. It will make working out more fun!
- Set attainable goals for yourself and keep them in mind everyday, even when you’re tired! It will pay off in no time!
Staying healthy and motivated throughout the school year is important! Hopefully these 10 things will help make doing so easy and fun!
When I arrived at Wayne State University last fall, I was unsure about what major I wanted to pursue. However, now into my fourth semester at the university, I have found that my passion lies with journalism. Getting to this conclusion however was a process. Ever since I was young I loved to write and always felt that my future career would be something that could incorporate my love for it. However, it took an open-mind and the wiliness to put effort into the situation to discover exactly want capacity I would want to use my skill for writing in.
For high school, I attended the Academy of the Scared Heart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. One of the programs that the school boasts is “Project Term”. Project Term is a unique experience which students have a week and a half in which they dedicate to focusing on a personal challenge, service, or career exploration. In order to do this, the school offers several different experiences for the students to choose from. These experiences ranger from traveling to places such as the Amazon or Budapest, or something closer to home like the Grand Canyon or even Detroit. For my senior year Project Term, I elected to do an independent experience exploring possible future careers. During this week and a half, I shadowed many different professionals in the Detroit area including people who blog for a living, people who write for news papers, and I even spent a day at Channel 4. During this time I also traveled to New York and talked to various professionals there who use their ability to write to make a living. My favorite experience was the morning I spent at the Wall Street Journal. It was there that I really began to feel that journalism was the career that I wanted to pursue.
When I arrived at Wayne State University a few months later however, I was still a little unsure. I began my classes not as a journalism student, but instead under the exploratory track. In doing this, I had the great opportunity to hear about the various communication and writing majors that I could pursue such as journalism, Public Relations, screenwriting, etc. Again, however, I found the prospect of becoming a Journalist to be the most appealing. It was because of that that I began to take great journalism courses such as News Reporting and Public Affairs Reporting.
And while I am very pleased with my decision to become a journalist, I also am very athletic and have a great passion for health and fitness. Recently it occurred to me that I would love to be able to tie together my passion of fitness and working out with my love for writing and journalism. Therefore, I have decided that while I am majoring in journalism, I am going to minor in health and nutrition which will hopefully allow me the unique avenue of reporting on health and fitness in my future career, thus bringing together my two passions.
In my freshman year, when I was trying to decide on a major, a great club I belonged to was the Wayne State Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, or SPJ. In belonging to the group, I had the opportunity of connecting with several other students who were also journalism majors and to ask them any questions that I had. I also got to attend tours of various newspaper offices in the area such as The Detroit Free Press and to observe how they operate. By the end of the year I was the social media coordinator of the group, which was a great and unique opportunity to have my freshman year.
Another great experience that has also helped me a great deal is this, being a Dean’s Delegate. I was asked the end of my freshman year if I would like to become a Dean’s Delegate and it has been nothing short of a great opportunity that has already taught me a great deal. In being a Dean’s Delegate, I have had the opportunity of making welcome phone calls to accepted students, exercising my love of writing by working on blog posts such as this, attending and speaking at open houses for the university, touring incredibly interesting places such as the Thompson House and being able to give my opinion about future student housing, and much more. All of these experiences have taught me things that I never would have had the opportunity to experience and learn from with the Dean’s Delegate Program or Wayne State and I am extremely grateful.
While it has been a process trying to decide which major I want to pursue, it has also been an immeasurably worthwhile and fun experience. Wayne State has been great in helping me with this huge decision and I could have never made the choice so easily without their help. While things could still change, I am very pleased with the track I am currently on and can’t wait to see what is next!
With the fresh start of a new year, many people choose to make resolutions in hopes of self-improvement. This year my resolution is to visit as many Detroit art galleries as possible. Thus far into January, I have only made it to a few, however, they were well worth the trip! The experience of walking into a building full of breath-taking and unusual art, surrounded by people just as interested in studying and experiencing it as you are is astonishing.
Below are a few galleries in the Metro-Detroit area that I feel are some of the best to visit if you are interested in experiencing and supporting local Detroit art.
Detroit Artists Market – 4719 Woodward Avenue
The Wasserman Projects – 3434 Russell St #502
The Russell Industrial Center – 1600 Clay Street
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) – 4454 Woodward Avenue
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art – 52 E. Forest Avenue
WSU Art Department Gallery – 150 Art Building
The Scarab Club – 217 Farnsworth Street
The Detroit Institute of Arts – 5200 Woodward Avenue
The Carr Center – 311 East Grand River
The Red Bull House of Art – 1551 Winder Street
The Cave Gallery – (located inside the Russell Industrial Center)
The nice thing about all of these galleries is that they are dispersed throughout the city so that no matter where you are, you are probably already in close vicinity to at least of them, if not more!
This list of galleries is not a complete list of art galleries Detroit has to offer. However, throughout the past couple years I have personally visited all of these galleries and found them to be incredible.
Detroit is an up-and-coming, unique place to live. Here are some interesting facts about Detroit that you may not know:
- Detroit’s Belle Isle is bigger than Central Park.
- Woodward Avenue was America’s first mile long paved road.
- In 1879 Detroit became the first city to start using private phone numbers instead of party lines.
- Detroit is the only place that you can look south and see Canada.
- A key, and in many instances last, stop on the Underground Railroad was Detroit.
- Detroit is bigger than San Francisco, Manhattan, and Boston all fit together.
- Detroit is where Motown music was created.
- Techno music also began in Detroit.
- There is a large salt mine underneath the city.
- And… Detroit was the first place to ever have a radio news broadcast.
December is a busy month in Detroit! As the holiday season picks up speed, so does the amount of fun and unique events that can be found on campus and throughout the entire city! While finals are upon us, which means upmost dedication to completing this semesters courses in the most successful way you can, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some of these fun holiday events to help relieve the stress! A lot of the events begin early in the season, however, extend throughout the month of December. Have fun and enjoy!
November 20- December 31: Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
November 22- November 29: Festival of Trees in Dearborn
November 23- January 3: The Bright Light Show in Rochester
November 27-December 23: Meadowbrook Hall Holiday Walk in Rochester
November 29: The Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House
November 29-December 24: A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theater
December 3: Kid Cudi at the Fillmore
December 5: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Olympia Entertainment
December 4- December 27: Holiday Nights in Green Field Village
December 4: Light Up The Aquarium: A Glass Act! at the Belle Isle Aquarium
December 5: Noel Night in Midtown
December 5: 2015 Detroit Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at Campus Martius
December 6: Hometown Christmas Parade in Downtown Rochester
December 6, 13, 20: Santa Breakfast or Dinner at the Detroit Zoo
Restaurants to Visit:
Motor City Brewing Works Inc
Punch Bowl Social
Rock City Eatery
The months of October and November offer Detroiters a wide variety of seasonal events to enjoy throughout the city and surrounding areas. Don’t miss out on any of these fun events! October offers a number of Halloween themed events and towards the end of November, Thanksgiving Day events begin!
Check Out the Cider Mills: Franklin Cider Mill, Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill, Long Family Orchard, Farm, and Cider Mill
Attend Lions Games!
Attend Pistons Games!
Visit the Ford Rouge Factory and take tours
Stop by the Detroit Public Library
Swing by Wayne State’s Wednesday Farmers Market
OCTOBER 14- NOVEMBER 15
October 14: The Big Game Detroit Rally- Campus Martius Park
October 17: Theatre Bizarre- Masonic Temple
October 17-18: Detroit Free Press Marathon
October 21: Paul McCartney- Joe Louise Arena
October 23: Detroit Fall Beer Festival- Eastern Market
October 24: Halloscreens “Rocky Horror Picture Show”- Campus Martius
October 24-25: Honor the Heroes, Pro Football Hall of Fame Tour- Cobo Hall
October 30: Luke Bryan: Kick The Dust Up Tour- Ford Field
October 31: Halloscreens “Monster House”- Campus Martius Park
November 3: Meat Loaf- Sound Board at Motorcity Casino
November 6: Big Sean- Joe Louise Arena
November 7: The Weekend- The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 8: Mitch Albom-Fox Theatre
November 11: Veteran’s Day Parade- Cobo Hall
November 11-15: Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey- The Palace of Auburn Hills
Also coming at the end of November is the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Turkey Trot!
As the last of summers hot and exciting days draw to a close, you may be realizing that your time laying by the pool, traveling the world, or just enjoying carefree time relaxing is coming to its end as well. When put like that the situation may seem grim, it is not! Fall 2015 in Detroit has incredible things to offer. Attending Wayne State, you are in the prime location to enjoy all of these great activities and opportunities! Take a breather from the upcoming pressures and responsibilities of the school year by attending as many of these fun events, museums, concerts, and restaurants as possible! Just remember, even though this summer is over, the fun doesn’t have to be. Focus this fall on finding a balance between fun experiences in the city and working hard at school! Both will help to shape you into an interesting and successful person!
September in Detroit
CONCERTS to attend:
Thursday August 27- Lenny Kravitz at Meadowbrook Music Festival
Saturday August 29- One Direction at Ford Field
Saturday August 29- O.A.R. at Meadowbrook Music Festival
Saturday August 29- Lynyrd Sknyrd and Chris Stapleton- DTE
Friday September 4- Van Halen and Kenny Wayne- DTE
Saturday September 5- T.I.- Chene Park Amphitheater
Tuesday September 8- AC/DC- Ford Field
Thursday September 10- Counting Crows- Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Saturday September 12- Zac Brown Band- Comerica Park
Friday September 18- Rick Springfield- Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Thursday September 24- Tears for Fears- Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Saturday September 26- ASAP Rocky and Tyler the Creator- DTE
Wednesday September 30- Prince Royce- The Fillmore
EVENTS to attend:
Saturday August 29- Walk to end Alzheimer’s (11AM- Comerica Park)
September 4-7- Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats- Downtown Royal Oak
September 12- Bike Woodward- Beginning at Ford Admin. Building- 9AM
September 12- Cranbrook Friends and Garden Walk- 10AM
September 18- The Sounds of Babylon- the DSO at 7PM- Max M. Fisher Music Center
September 19- 14th Annual Tour De Troit- 9AM at the Roosevelt Park
Detroit Lion’s Games at Ford Field
Detroit Tiger’s Games at Comerica Park
MUESEUMS and GALLERIES to visit:
The Heidelberg Project
The Detroit Historical Museum
The Carr Center
The Z garage and the Belt walkway
The Detroit Library
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
Detroit Artists Market
Cranbrook Art Museum
RESTAURANTS to try:
The Cass Café
Slows Bar B Q
The Dime Store
Punch Bowl Social
STORES to check out
Henry the Hatter
Detroit Vs Everybody