Wayne State University Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Iman

Knowing what I know now about college life, and the transistion it requires from high school, there is a great deal of advice I would give myself. All my life I have been an excellent student, and even graduated as Valedictorian of my class. When I started college, I was overconfident and thought that college was going to be a breeze. I was wrong. Although the study skills I acquired during high school proved to be a great help, college was much more serious than I thought. Studying required much more time, and attention to greater detail. I was also no longer a big fish in a small pond. I had to prove myself all over again, starting from scratch. Also, beyond just the academic realm, extra-curriculars are very important. If I had been more active in extra-curricular activities, getting involved would be much easier now. Overall, no matter how good of a high school student I was, college is much different, for there is less free time. Time that would have been dedicated to friends, is now dedicated to school or school-related activities. The transition to college is not easy and must be taken seriously.

Jessica

I would tell myself to study hard and get a lot of scholarships or financial aid because school is very hard to pay for. College is a cross road into the real world. You are leaving security behind and entering into a very big part of life. You have to work hard in school because that is the only way to get anywhere in life. With proper time management, school can be fun as well as an oppertunity to better yourself and plan for the future.

Sara

I would tell my self to go into a medical major right out of high school and not to drop out! I changed my major three times in four years, then had to drop out do to finicial difficulities after being injured in an accident. I wish I could do It over again, and get a degree after the first four years . Now I am old, have a ton of responsibilites and am stuck taking out student loans which I cannot afford, to attend another four years of college, since I pretty much have to start all over. Im old, and broke, but I have kept a 3.7 to 4.0 GPA over the last two years of college and am determinded to be the top of my class. I wish I could tell my younger self to stay in school and finish a good degree, and get good grades, so I could avoid all the suffering I go through now, working 40 hrs a week and going to school full-time, and having to fully support myself. Life is hard so I would tell my younger self to stop being so niave, and start being a sucess!

Juleka

Take all the AP courses that is available is high school and take the senior seriously and do very well on ACT scores. Join clubs and organization.

Greg

Your friends may not be coming with you, but you can still remain friends. Stay away from alcohol, or at least don't go overboard. Be nice to your parents, overbearing as they may be. Be nice to your girlfriend - she's going to be the town bike when she gets to a real university, and its partly your fault. Your degree is worthless, but don't cave in to your parents - you will still have a degree, and they wont. Ration your hate, you have 5 years to go before you meet someone going to the same places you are. You're friendly, but people still won't call you to hang out - seize the day, seek adventure, don't hide in your dorm room. Cafeteria food sucks, trust me. Those stomach aches arent from the food or the booze or the stress - go see a doctor sooner instead of putting it off for 4 years. Don't let the slackers get to you, its always been you and whoever you can team up with to get work done; those without the motivation to swim will drown. Above all else, enjoy it and thank God you're going.

Justine

I would definitely tell myself to go on to college directly after highschool. Instead of going to college after graduating highschool, I got married and got a job at a bank. When I was 22, my husband died in a car accident, and I had to provide for myself. I did pretty well at the bank, up to a point. Education is something that is prized in the banking industry. I finally decided that after 15 years of working in different jobs at the bank that I would get my bachelors degree. It has been very difficult competing with younger people in my field at my age. It would have been much easier for me to do college at 18, instead of my doing it now at 37.

Breauntae

I would tell my self prepare early as possible. When it comes to finacial aid because paying for college is just as important. As attending a school because you cannot start until the payment is somewhat or all paid off. Also don't worry about making friends. If you're meant to have friends at your school so be it. Or if not don't worry about Breauntae, care about yourself and your education.

Ankur

Every day that you walk through life as if you can hit rewind at any moment, realize that the rewind button you are counting on to be there is being phased out as we speak. That's right, everything you're doing is going on film, and that film is going to be your life. Make each day worthy of being recorded and watched by you one last time with no editing. Whatever happened in the past all happened for a reason. The important thing is to make those experiences, positive or negative, a strictly positive influence on what you do now. And, even more important, don't just know what you need to be doing, do it! Start acting on what you have learned from your life. I was once a high school student with a GPA below 1.5 or something tragically close. That ended with my getting a GED after a few years of not attending school whatsoever. And it had nothing to do with my learning abilities. But once I realized what I wanted to do with my life, I was able to start college with a whole new attitude and believe me, it?s working!

Monica

I would tell myself to learn how to study better. I would also make sure I would have applied for more scholarships.

Ahmed

Budget your time wisely. In high school, the time you spent on your studies was structured for you by your teachers and your parents. When you get to college, nobody is going to force you to go to class or to go to the library to study. You are responsible for yourself. However, this new found freedom is a double-edged sword as college life is riddled with distractions. My best advice is to sit down after the first week of class and create a schedule of assignments and exams. Make sure you budget study time wisely - you may want to study 2-3 hours for every hour you spend in class. Additionally, it doesn't hurt to make a financial budget. No more home-cooked meals means that you have to feed yourself and food gets expensive real quick.

Amanda

"Amanda, put that confidence you exhibit everyday here in high school in your backpack and carry it to all your classes. Use it anytime you feel overwhelmed with the course load and the expansive nature of college itself. Don't be shy, go out and make friends and play a sport. So what Wayne State does not have a Track and Field team, play an intramural sport...I heard they have a pretty cool ultimate frisbee team. Stay ahead in your class, and no more procrastination...you are only hurting yourself by putting things off until the last minute. College does not stop for you, so you have to go strong for it. Good luck...you might not need it, but a little luck and a lot of hard work can go a long way."

TaRon

The main advice I would give myself would be to start applying for Scholarships and grants previous to enrollment. I will stress that having fun is not as important as achieving success with academic progress. I will also emphasize on staying focused, dedicated and hard working to obtain my goals and reach my potential to exceed my own expectations. The stress of college life will reward you with more than graduating high school!

launa

Make sure you study day and night, and make sure u dont fall behind the first semester at wayne state. Make as much frinds as possible you are gonna need them in the long run. Noone cares how you look like so it doesnt matter if you dressup or not.

Jennifer

I would make sure I liked the location of the University. I went to WMU my first semester and I hated it because it was in the snow belt and there wasn't alot to do there accept partying which I don't like to do so I ended up coming home practically every weekend. I love where Wayne State is located. It's downtown and it makes me feel like I am in a big city like Toronto, which I love.

Jocelyn

Don't worry! Everyone is in the same boat, and everything will be okay.

Ernada

If time allowed me to go back in time and give myself advice, I would tell myself to enjoy college life more. Each day in college is a day full of new knowledge and experience. Therefore, I would stay focused on my academic pursuits, but I would also absorb my surroundings more because college is a time in my life that will shape me not only as a student, but as an individual.

Ayat

I would probably tell me to stay focused on my school work more, and try not to let anything distract me from my goal.

Matthew

Don't procrastinate about getting in applications for schools and scholarships. Spend whatever free time you have getting money and getting to the next level. Although senior year may seem like a time to slack off, colleges look at your grades through your graduation day. After college, you can relax for the rest of your life, but for now put in the extra time and effort to get to that next level. The money and acceptance letters you eran now will make the future that much easier for you. No matter what you do, never give up and always keep looking ahead towards those goals you have set for yourself. It is so easy to get distracted and you have worked too hard to get where you are to just give it all up. Keep your head held high and never let anyone bring you down. Ten years from now, they will look back and realize that the fun they had is nothing compared to the money you are making now. The extra effort now will pay off in the long run.

farah

study hard and dont fail classes

Melanie

If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to stop spending so much time on schoolwork and actually live a little. You're only a senior once, so why not live it up while you can. Also, I would have told myself to apply to more places and sooner so I had more places to pick from and possibly more scholarship opportunities.

Karamjit

I would tell myself to still work hard, and to try my hardest on figuring out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

Melanie

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would say make sure to have some time and enjoy it. Don't spend so much of your time focused on school and all of the extracurriculars that you do not have any time for yourself or friends and family. Also, I would say to apply earlier to colleges so I would have an increased chance of getting accepted to several places and having more options of where I want to go. The last thing is to never give up. Although times may seem hard, it is never worth it to give up. Better things are definitely on the way, which you will miss if you do not perservere.

jacqueline

it all depends on you. go to the campus and visit before deciding. Enjoy college and make the most of it because there is no other experience like it.

Rita

Look at all the programs available and the availabilty of courses inorder to finish at a reasonable rate. Then look at the financial status of it all, education is very important but should not be something that runs you dry. If commuting, think about transportation, cost of gas, and parking costs. If rooming, think also about cost, area (how safe and close to campus).

Jamal

When a student is looking for the right college to attend to you gotta look for acedemic majors that are offered, extracurricular possibilities, look into the location as well to see if you want to stay near home or out the state. Check the academics programs and campus life for better opportunities. Make sure you check the cost of the school your going to attend too thats very important, and look into diversity on campus as well. Future students remember to be responsible and never give up, college will be stressful for first year students, it was for me too. Just be dedicated to your work and take breaks to reduce stress build up. Have fun and have time for yourself when needed. Parents my advice to you is to always be supportive in your son or daughter cause your opinion does count talk it over with your children and come up with the best solution that the student and parent can agree on. Last piece of advice stay focused and pay very close attention.

Stacy

Don't judge a college based on where it is, some of the best colleges can be missed that way. Don't ignor your childs point of view on college and take everything they say into concideration. Find something that will test your child and make them a better person all around, not only acidemically, but on a personal level as well. College isn't only about what you can learn in your field of study, it is what you can learn about the world around you, the different kinds of people in that world, and, most imoportantly, about yourself.

Nour

I would tell them to do whatever they want to do. Have the students themselves choose where they want to go and what they want to study. So many students have parents choosing where they should attend, and what to study and that impacts the students behavior in college

Laura

My advice to parents as well as students is to do your research. When it comes to choosing a college, be conservative. Think about the cost factor in relation to the degree, which should never be generic. Be specific, have high demands and realistic expectations. You will never want to borrow more than you can afford to pay back; neither in finances such as loans, but academically as well. Although no one can predict the job market, always try to fall back on your interests and goals. Remember to always have a back-up plan just in case the first option doesn't work out to your interests, as they may sometimes do. Finally, I would suggest that after a few decisions are narrowed down, pick the best one and run with it. Have fun, learn lots, be creative, and always appreciate your efforts.

Kirsten

My advice to parents and students about finding the right college is to start looking early in high school. Make several visits to the campus(es) you are really considering and see if they have a program where the student can stay a few days and really learn about the campus from a student's everyday point of view. Ask questions; even if they seem very simple. Advice for the parents: don't force your child to go to a specific school; let them choose. If the parents choose the college, the student won't always be happy about the choice and won't necessarily try to succeed. As for making the most of your college experience, I would say, learn how to balance school and your social life. School is not your entire life and neither is socializing; you need to find a happy medium and stick to it. Remember to have fun, but keep an open mind about learning. Learning in the sense of other cultures, people, and your field of study. Branch out of your comfort zone and network with others! You never know what positive outcomes may occur from it!

Laura

You have to consider what fits good with your lifestyle and what career path you want to take. Wether you are looking for a place with diversity and different nationalities coming togther, or maybe looking to commute to school to save money on living expenses. Always take the opportunites of the free services the college offers for you and engage in extra curriculuar acitivites to make the most of the college experience. Make sure you do not pick a "party" school because that will hurt you in the long run. Focus on your career and figure out if a small Univeristy with smaller classroom with fewer students is best for you.

Alexander

Focus and maintain your gpa. College can be costly and loans can be difficult to come by.

David

Visit the different schools you are considering to attend. Find out what programs they are best known for.

Fauzi

I advice other parents and students to attend Wayne State University because of its great counsling staff. It also has a great diverse student body which makes it very unique.

Paul

Focus mainly on your academics for at least the first year so that you dont fall behind. Dont worry too much about the social life because it will be there regardless. Create a facebook account and build your friends network starting with the people you encounter in your classes. You may want to look into some sort of student organization during your second year. Dont try to do too much at once and take it one day at a time.

Jason

I would tell any person that you need too look at what others say about the colleges you are interested in. Also look and check with people in your field of study about the professors in the particular department you are interested in. As for making the most out of your college experience, you are there to learn, and that should be first and foremost, but having a social life is important as well. Forming study group and exchenging notes with others is a great way to do both. Just make sure that overall, noting stops you from reaching your goal, whatever it may be.

Shandia

One peice of advice that I would give to parents as well as students, is to make sure that the college that they interested in is the college for them. There are so many opportunities and advantages of attending a 4-year college. Students are able to incorporate what they have learned in the classroom, into everyday experieces whether it pertains to the workplace, or interacting with other fellow college students. College not only prepares an individual for their future, but it also opens up doors for career pathways as well as further educational advancements. This school experience molds a student into the person they are destined to be, and academically enhances the minds of individuals who may feel that they can only go so far throughout their collegiate years. College gives you a chance to choose which educational path is right for you and it also allows you to gain life long friends who may be helping hands throughout your college years. Above all. the college experience is what you make it, so if you put in the hard work, dedication, perserverance, and inner-will, the possibilities are endless. And that is the biggest award you could ever recieve.

Theresa

To recent high school graduates, those atteding college for the first time and their parents I would recommend taking time to think and weigh out all your options before choosing a school to attend. Researching the programs each school has to offer is important, you want to find the school that offers a strong program that holds your interest. Looking at the cost of tuition as well as how often that school raises its tuition costs is also very important. College is very very expensive and you need to be sure taht you get the best value for your money. I believe new college applicants also need to consider their own study habits before applying for schools. If you know that you need silence to study, living in the dorms may not be the best choice for you. If you know you need to have access to the library and other students to get the best value out of your time at school than dorm life maybe for you. Above all your own happiness and satisfaction need to be top considerations in your decision on the right college.

Joanna

Start early. By the beginning of the sophmore year, start thinking about what you want to study. If you can, spend some time shadowing someone in this field. If possible, acquire a related part-time job or volunteering position. Take the required standarized tests early: often students take them more than once to improve their scores. Before the beginning of your junior year, do an indepth search for colleges or universities. Consider the following and decide what three are most important: cost, prestige, location, campus life, acessability for special needs students, job placement rate, acceptance of A.P./ college credit transfers, and avaibility of programs. Visit the schools meeting your criteria and apply to the ones that have "passed the test". Apply for any available scholarships, public or private. Scholarship packages can be a deal breaker for a school. In the end, the student should be the one to pick where they will further their education and spend several years of their life.

Ayat

Try to pick the college that offers your intended field of studies, not the one that looks good for your reputation. College is about being successful in what you love doing most, enjoying your time, and being yourself, so make good use of your time there and make friends they might last you a life time.

Alyssa

Visit campuses, make sure you know what classes transfer if you have an inkling of leaving the school you're in. And if your school gives you trouble, you're just not comfortable there, or you're sure things won't get better- LEAVE. There is no shame in finding a better fit for you. College is about experiencing new things. Don't just doggedly approach your major. Take fun things like art classes, tennis, dance, creative writing-- explore who you are! This may be your only chance to. Also: books? Make sure when you get your book lists to try to buy them online. You can get them for an extreme amount less sometimes. I got a $100 USED political science book on Amazon.com for $15.00 and shipping. This isn't the only time I've done that either. Make sure to check out the school's testing policies. You can get out of TONS of basic requirements with such tests as APs, CLEPs, and IBs. And finally, make sure to visit government websites, as well as regular scholarship websites, to find need-based scholarships.

Sadiyah

When planning for college its never too early to start. The longer you put off researching and applying the more you lessen your chances of getting good dorm and financial aid situations. It doen't hurt to stay in touch with colleges, go for a visit, establish a relationship with an admissions representative or advisor. Once you've made your decision, first plan for financing your education gather W-2s and other tax related documents, they will be needed to do the FAFSA, which determines the amount of government AID you're eligible to recieve; then prepare everything you need for school: immunizations records, dorm essentials etc. Finally communicate every one should stay on the same page, parents, student, advisor etc.

Michelle

After graduating high school, I didn't want to go to college. After a few years, I realized I needed a change in my life. I turned in my application, was accepted, and before I knew it, I was living on campus. Making the decision to go to college was the best decision I've ever made. For those still in high school, the best advice I could give you is to do your absolute best. Take extra time to study for tests. If you're having trouble, have a family member/friend/tutor help you out. To the parents: support your child through their education. Encourage them to do their best. It will help them be more prepared for college, which is a huge step in their lives. Winning this scholarship would be a huge help. I have loans that I will be paying for a long time. I also work very hard at my job, but it's still not enough. On top of tutution, there are books, supplies, rent, and other every day expenses. This money would allow me to ease some of the stress in my life, and not have to constantly worry about money.

Dante

Finding the right college for yourself is not exactly an easy task. It should be well analyzed and thought out. Personally, I did not put too much effort into determining where I wanted to attend school; which I believe was not smart on my behalf. Luckily, I did end up at a good university that I am learning at and still able to enjoy myself. For those considering universities, they should become familiar with the city; what goes on around the campus, crime, social life, etc. This individual should also consider how strong the school is in their planned area of study. If you are planning on majoring in the business field, why would you be attending a university that is strong in the medical field? Take good time to get to know the college that interests you. After all, it will be a place that you will be spending a lot of time at, why not make it worthwhile?

Kimberly

I would advice parents to search as many scholarship sites as possible. Tour several colleges before making a decision. Please make sure your child remembers to stay focused, work hard and make the most of it. This can be done , it won't be easy but well worth it. Please, please do not take a break. I graduated from high school in 1988, started college the "took a break" and 20 years later realized without a degree I have nothing. Now the cost of finishing up is extremely expensive and the work load is much, much harder especially when you work full time at a high stressed job, have 2 children and attend school full time. It's a rough, expensive lesson that I hacd to learn.

patricia

Talk to each other and keep your options open. If finances allow try to get involved on campus as much as possible. If you have to work while your in school set a study schedule to stay on top of your work. Don't be afraid to talk your parents if you are having trouble.

Matthew

Don't make the chioce based on the name of the school. Look into the teachers, the students, the administration. Just because the name is not well known around the world does not mean you can not get a world class education.

Corey

Visit the campus during a school day to see what activities are going on. Meet the professors or sit in on classes to get a feel for the culture of the college. Learn about financial aid early so you know what your options are and how to apply for the aid you need. Be as involved as possible in extra cirricular activities and in the community surrounding the college. Rest and relaxation are as important to your academic success as studying. Find a healthy balance of study and play.

Mojahed

Let your son/daughter live on campus, and dont let money be an issue. Check out the school before you accept to go to it.

Latrease

make sure you do the research for whatever school you plan on attending before you apply there. Also be sure that after you do apply to a school and get accepted that you keep in touch with the financial aid department and the admissions department.

Syeda

I would tell students and paretns to look at each college choice carefully. They should pick a college that is affordable. they should pick a college that has the major the student wants to have. Also it should be easy to go to the college and there is no problem in living arrangement. Students can make the most of the college experience by being responsable but also having fun at the same time. They shouldn't be afraid to meet new people or take classes on new subjects. They should take every chance they get to something exciting but safe.

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