Share your words of wisdom
We know you left Wayne State with much more than a degree — this is your chance to share campus tips and academic insight with today's students.
Take inspiration from what your fellow Warriors (and Tartars!) are saying in their Alumni Advice submissions.
KANYE GARDNER '02, '11
1. Be yourself — people will always vouch for those with good character. You can't fake it.
2. Be helpful without a hidden agenda. It will be appreciated, remembered and rewarded.
3. All money is not good money especially when seeking opportunities to advance your career.
4. Self-awareness is a life skill. Be aware of what you do well and develop your opportunities for improvement.
5. Continue to water your skills, talents and abilities. A desert is dry and a rough place to live.
6. Learn one, do one, teach one: The art of having experience and being a good coach.
7. Life is not fair. Learn to continue learning in a defeat. All champions lose one day.
Plus: Don't wait until your junior or senior year to find an internship or job. Start early. Even if it's a job in a different field. You gain valuable experience and discipline of professionalism and hard work. Every employer can provide you with something you can learn from and add to your resume. Every person you meet along the way is a brick in your professional network.
RAJAA SHOUKFEH '19
Life becomes more meaningful when you come to the simple realization that you only get each moment once. So take advantage of each moment: Savor the good ones and learn from the bad ones. Make meaningful connections and recognize that other people's strengths are not a threat to your own but rather a complement. These four years really do fly by, so make the most of it by seeking opportunities and pushing yourself past your comfort zone.
MICHELLE IQBAL '17
Do what you can with the time that you have to the best of your ability. How much you can accomplish, how much time you have to do it, and what your best looks like will fluctuate every day. All you can do is do what you are able to do. Stick to that, be kind to yourself, be honest with yourself, and you will always be doing your best.
DAVID STERNFELD '77
Edison gave us good advice: Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. He was mostly correct. He failed to mention that we had to keep sweating. 99% perspiration requires 100% persistence. Never, never, NEVER give up.
TAMMY SAYLES '08
Join professional associations and expand your network. By joining, you have access to different people who can be great mentors. Plus, it's a really small world and you never know who you may reconnect with.
ANNETTE MANWELL '08
Keep your priorities straight. Move around. Experience life in different places while building a solid resume. Be purposefully kind to people.
ENRIQUE REBOYRASM '19
Never take no for an answer and don't rely on a degree alone to help you penetrate the job market after graduation. Join a club and network in your field!
ADAM COOPER '15
Never give up.
LADONNA ROSE '07
Dreams will become reality, each day brings you closer, keep showing up.
MARYANNE CONHEIM '67
Learn at least one other language. Go abroad and spend time in a different culture.
ELIZABETH DARGA '86
This time in your life comes around only once. Make friends, be involved, enjoy this incredible journey!
AMY HEITMAN '84
Believe in your own capacity for success — then work really hard!
BOB FRANCIS '84
Network with professionals in your class and on campus. There is so much to learn.
CATHY CORNELL '95
This comes from my dad, Joe Johnston, another WSU M.B.A. alum. The motto is simple and effective: Don't be afraid to ask for the order. The worst you will hear is no. The best you will hear is that you got the new job, you got a promotion, you won the business, and so on.
KETRA LEWIS '94
1. Stay the course; don't give up!
2. Network with everyone!
3. Keep your grades up!
4. Get involved in your community!
5. Dream big!
MICHELLE BRUNER '00
Ask questions. Even when you aren't sure of the questions to ask, let your advisor, an instructor or a peer mentor know when you need help. The university has many, many resources in place to support you. While you may think you are the only student facing a particular challenge or with a specific question, many students are likely experiencing what you are.
ROSS BIONDO '79
You are IN. This is no longer a competition against other students for a few spots. Look around you: These will be your friends and colleagues for decades to come. So … take a deep breath, let it out, and smile. Help each other to learn your life's chosen profession!
LORI MAZUREK '91
Network, connect and enjoy every part of the journey. Good luck!
JOSH RAUB '09
Never underestimate the importance you bring to patient care. Your knowledge, your training, your expertise in pharmacology saves lives!
SARA SABIR '00
My advice is to study not just for exam but for life. Material now does matter.
RAMINDER GREWAL '74
Get a study group together.
NOELLE RYAN '88
Make a friend (or friends) that you can rely on to help get you through these next few years. If you're as fortunate as I have been, they will still be there to support you in your career years beyond graduation.
BRENDA KARAKEIAN '84
You will succeed and get through school. Remember to enjoy your time as well. Make some friends and keep them throughout your career.
DIANA HADDAD '03
Welcome to Pharmacy, one of the most trusted professions! It requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but make sure you make time for yourself and those you love! Advice to succeed in your career would be to find an internship position and figure out what facet of pharmacy you will enjoy! It helps when you've had work experience outside of the program.
MICHAEL OVERBERG '93
Protect your license! Stay in the know. Trust is difficult to earn and easy to destroy. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck … then it's probably a duck! Cherish your family and especially your parents — they won't be around forever! If you have good help, show your appreciation. We buy our techs Chinese dinner every Sunday!
LAWRENCE MACDONALD '84
"It's not just about typing and pouring and licking and sticking." – a quote from beloved Professor Frank P. Facione, Ph.D., R.Ph.
PATRICK DENNIS '79
The daily grind of school and work may seem never-ending. But you are working for a better life. Study hard, study smart. But remember to stop once in a while and enjoy life. It does go by so fast.
DAVID BERMAN '50
Follow your passion.
SAWSAN BAYDOUN '97
Study every day and study hard. Be persistent. Things will be hard but you will succeed.
DR. BETTY DAVIS '93
WSU provided me with the best learning experience — I came with an open mind in search of a major. Get a great advisor and look at a major that allows you to follow your passion!
TIMOTHY WILLIAMS '19
Stay in school. Do not wait until you get to middle age. Do it while you are young, but overall finish what you started.
CHARLES MCKAYE '02
Study at the library and go to the professor's office hours.
TANISHA GARRETT '19
Don't buy those books — rent 'em.
RONALD FRANK '99
Let's do this!
JASON BROWN '10
Don't worry about how long it will take to get your degree. Life may force you to take some time off. But don't be discouraged. What's important is that you finish what you started and get your degree.
RHONDA MOORE '10
DAVID ROBINSON '05
Don't be opposed to doing temp work to gain experience in your field.
CRAIG MILLS '08
Stay positive, stay focused. Get to know all the people in your curriculum, like advisors and professors. Meet with an academic counselor at the beginning of every school year or semester to make sure you stay on track.
SYLVIA THOMAS '93, '99
Get involved! Join organizations of interest and those that will help you guide your career path. Study abroad.
LAURIE SMITH '08
Learn to sell! Consult a small businesses; make your own money!
RICARDO THOMAS '73
Work very hard!
ONYANGO JOHNSTON '11
Please network on and off campus. Especially on campus — network with professors, students and employees because your network is your net worth.
CHARLES EDWARDS '75
Never stop pursuing your goals. Conduct research in your desired field of interest. Seek out support of fellow students and mentors. Always be prepared to address and expound on your field of interest. Be prepared to work beyond what is required of you. Enjoy yourself in your work and studies. Give back to those coming behind you.
NICOLE MIDDLETON '18
Study hard, network and enjoy the experience!
DAZMONIQUE CARR '17, '19
Get a degree that looks good on paper or something that is worth your time and money!
BRANDE EVERETT '12
Seek a mentor and support to complete your graduation.
JASMINE GRAHAM '17
Enjoy this moment — it doesn't last forever.
ISABELLA WARMBRUNN '18
Stay in school and reach out to resources.
BRENT GILLUM '76
Partner up with an upper classmate for advice.
SHERMITA MITCHELL '01, '04
Study abroad and get involved.
DARIUS BALLARD '19
Don't forget where you came from and stay strong. Enjoy your time at Wayne State. Apply what you learn in the classroom toward your life.
SUSAN LENOVER '72
Don't envy success, be a part of it.
RICHARD DOGAN '91
Study for any exam nine times, nine different ways!
HARRIET STURKEY-WOODS '81
Study and pray every day — they will both see you through!
CLAUDETTE BOND '65, '71
Study hard, have fun, expand mentally and socially, do some yoga.
MICHELLE MAY '91
Surround yourself with positive people who celebrate you! Remember to give back and pay it forward.
NANCY GIZI '19
Don't give up when things get tough! There are many people on campus who are there to help. Reach out and stay connected!
MELANIE HANNA-JOHNSON '85
Your dreams are achievable with focus, drive and perseverance. Don't be afraid to experience defeat. In fact, it is better to experience early (so that you walk humbly). Don't be afraid of feedback. Seek it aggressively so that you change a path that is off-course early. Believe in yourself, forgive often, be fearless.
PAUL ZAJCIW '84, '90
Be very proud of your school — you're receiving a great education in a dynamic city. Don't worry about your first job. Get started, show enthusiasm and continue learning — onward and upward!
SUSAN VETHACKE '98
1. Make a pro-and-con list of what you want in a career (i.e. travel, work with people, sales, research).
2. Ask people why they like their job and why they pick what they do.
3. Enjoy your time at Wayne State University and take advantage of all things Detroit.
ALICIA STEPHENS '10
Don't drop out … when you become tired. When money is tight. When your heart is broken. When your confidence fails you. You will win, you just have to see it through.
NICKIA BELL '09
Don't burn yourself out. Take a breather between assignments, but don't slack off.
KOMAL SHAH KAPOOR '07
This university will give you wings and teach you to fly. Make the most of your experience here, and take advantage of the opportunities that come your way.
JOANNE SEAY BYRD '71
Embrace Detroit! It was, and is, a wonderful environment to learn the value and opportunity of a great urban experience. I arrived at WSU in 1967, post the unrest and ready to forge a new path for me and hopefully for my new home. I was fortunate to be part of Monteith College, a precursor for the Honors College. Our environment made us keenly aware of our responsibilities to ourselves and our world. Yes, there have been many trials, but as we mine the surface we can often unearth special gems and opportunities. Detroit and Wayne State fortify us all for life!
ROGER MANCEWICZ '63
Always remember in retail pharmacy that the customer pays your wages. Treat all as if they are family. If you are having a bad day, you have to remember they might be having a worse day. I always try to help anyone who seems down and out. I carry small pocket angels with me and pass them on to anyone who seems in a bad place due to health or family problems. Also remember your coworkers, techs or clerks. They have lives outside the store. Keep abreast of their lives and treat them like family. And, if possible, have a little fun each day at work. I am still doing these things after 56 years of retail.
CHERYL RODRIGUEZ '12
Always follow your goals and dreams. Never stop driving for success. your determination will pay off one day when you walk and receive your degree. Never let any obstacles stop you from following your path to your dream.
NANCY RIEGLING '90
Enjoy your time at Wayne State University. You will make lifelong friends here. Know that you are part of a university that is helping to build community in Michigan and throughout the world!
KIANTEE RUPERT-JONES '96, '05
Never settle! If someone tells you that you cannot do something, look for someone else who will support your goals and your educational vision. Do not allow anyone to put out your flame. Stay passionate about what you want and go after it.
SUSAN NETZORG HALAS '65
I went to a lot of fancy colleges before coming back to Detroit and graduating from Wayne. I got a solid education at Wayne and must say: The Motor City in the '60s was a happening place. Just remember: After Detroit, everything else is easy.
MICHELLE CUBAS '69
Trust your instincts. Find a symbol and post it around to remind yourself of what you are meant to become. Have fun and don't take everything so seriously.
YOLANDA JOINER '88
Make your health a priority. Eat the right foods 90 percent of the time and exercise daily. Study and schedule your classes around your health. Be active and read articles that will enhance your health.
LOIS MAE VAUGHAN-HUSSAIN '92, '93, '01
Everything you want in life is just a relationship away. Value the moments spent with each professor, classmate and advisor. Making connections with the diverse people of Wayne State, learning from their personal and professional experiences, can support you in mapping out your life's pathways.
E.H. WILSON '88
Be assertive as you pursue college scholarships and avoid student loans. Connect with a mentor or coach to gain support and insight about yourself and your career goals. Build a grant-writing skill set, explore volunteer options and consider business a startup.
R. ALEXANDER '03, '12
This is the beginning of something beautiful. Make every dream that you envisioned a reality.
FELDA MATTI '19
Get involved in your school and community, and get an intern position as soon as possible!
MICHAEL M. PANTEL '64
Students, I suggest you consider long-term careers and opportunities. Consider the military JAG programs and serve 20 years for full retirement benefits at age 44, U.S. Attorney General offices, or D.C. government jobs for longevity and career. You will end up with a great pension and medical at a young age. Wishing all of you the best.
LOUISE MCKENZIE '19
Be gentle with yourself. This is not an easy task but when you walk across the stage and receive your diploma in the mail, you will possibly feel like the journey was well worth it! Remember you can accomplish anything you put your time, dedication and perseverance into! Best of wishes to you as you take on WSU!
SONIA HASSAN '13
Keep all your doors open because you never know what unexpected twists life will bring! Network, make connections, and make good impressions at all times — pharmacy is a small world!
CHIDI NWANYANWU '11
Congrats — your goal is to WIN! W: Welcome other ideas. I: Invest in yourself. N: Nourish your growth.
SARA SHIKWANA '18
Welcome to Pharmacy! Take a moment to soak it all in, then get ready to learn! Be an active participant in your own learning, and advocate for your needs and others. Don't be afraid to ask that question! You will make mistakes; learn from them. Holler for help when you need it!
KIRSTEN JORDAN '14
Don't be afraid to ask for help! Take advantage of office hours, the math resource center, and any other study/help sessions offered across campus. It really does help and the professors see that you are putting forth effort, which has a huge chance of helping your grade in the end.
JAMES STEVENSON '80, '82
Congratulations on entering the College of Pharmacy. If you're like me, you'll find that you'll get an excellent education and create lifelong relationships and a network that will benefit you throughout your career. Take advantage of the alumni in order to investigate all of the potential avenues within the profession to find a path that will be most satisfying for you. While there are always challenges in any profession, I've never seen more opportunities within pharmacy than today.
I have been a licensed pharmacist for 43 years and will be retiring December 2019. I have been a part of a profession that has greatly transitioned from back in 1976. I was a retail pharmacist for the first eight years of my career changed to hospital pharmacy practice for the past 35 years. Thank you for choosing pharmacy as a way of serving others. Always care about the people you serve. These people are your patients, physicians, nurses, and fellow pharmacists and technicians. Use your skills to make a better world!
BRENT STEINACKER '18
Sign up for things, try new activities, meet new people and put yourself out there. There are so many opportunities on campus that are available to you — try to fill your schedule!
RENEE LESTIENNET '77
Consider civil service, including as civilian pharmacists working for the Army and other branches of the military. You can travel, but I spent 39 happy years at Fort Knox.
SANTANA HILL '14
Just take your time; it's a marathon not a sprint. It's okay if you have to stop and restart — all that matters is that you finish. Keep your head up!
KIMYETTA MCCLELLAN '19
My advice is to be willing to take risks and build a personal brand. These two things will help you to become gainfully employed.
CRYSTAL RADFORD '19
Look into starting your own business. Be the change you want to see!
LAWRENCE ROBINSON '14, '18
Get involved on and off campus through service. Get a study schedule. Connect with faculty and staff.
RAYA YORK '19
Attend office hours at least twice per professor per semester. It makes a difference. Best wishes!
SHARLETTA HALL '19
Study daily. Read at least one hour of each book for each class per day.
DENISE REID '88, '19
Networking with students, advisors and tutoring groups is helpful. Being involved with the Black Alumni Organization and the Alumni Association is a plus during your college journey.
JEKHAILA CROSBY '19
Seek out tutoring and connect with organizations like the TRIO office because these are groups that usually have people who are going through the same things as you or they have already surpassed them. These people can and will help you succeed!
DARRYL GARDNER '04, '07, '19
Avoid parking tickets! Get connected! Ask for help! Apply for scholarships! Join a student org! Seek out internships!
CAROL BERRY '69
Get involved. Make friends in spite of everything that draws on your energy.
RENE VANDER EYK '69
Keep an open mind, as what you start with might not be what you end with. I got a teaching degree in secondary education and would have preferred elementary ed, but I discovered this my junior year. Should have gone back for one year to get elementary student teaching accomplished.
AUSTERINE HAMBRICK '69
Do not take the opportunity for granted; education is important and necessary. Study and never stop learning. Work toward becoming your best self.
MARILYN BOUDIA '69
If things seem tough, keep striving. It is so worth it!
PAT REEVES '69
Study, study, study! But enjoy your time here. It goes fast!
KEGHAM TAZIAN '69
Keep doing what you have been doing. I consider myself very fortunate to have graduated from Wayne State.
MARIA E. PEREZ '80
Be open to every opportunity that comes your way, and always remember that chance favors those in motion.
KATIE DAVIES '69
Take your education seriously. Study and share your knowledge with others. Remember that you can learn something every day. You're never too old to learn.
LIZ CZECH '01
You never know when and where you will meet the person who helps you get your career going and helps you succeed! Networking is key!
VENKATA MALAKAPALLI '08
You can't do well in the life of abundance just because you have good grades in school. Ensure that the work you are doing every semester was serving some kind of real world purpose. You will graduate with flying colors. You are far more competent than you think you are. No matter what type of circumstances you have experienced, you always have the ability to find the way out and create success.
RANDY JENKINS '18
The recipe for success in college is simple: Go to class regularly, take notes in class, keep up with the assigned readings, listen to questions from other students, participate in class, and keep in mind that the professor has office hours and is available for help. Warrior Strong is more than a slogan — it's a mindset and a lifestyle.
HEATHER CARTER '13
Internships! Especially if you're in communications and your network is your network! Network!
IMRAN SAQIB '17
Know what you want. Have a clear path.
CRAIG MILLS '08
Networking is key.
SAUDA MUHAMMAD '14
Take advantage of all the resources available to you!
NAVKIRAN KAUR '14
Wayne State is a great learning community. Please indulge in deep learning and volunteer in your department and graduate school as well.
BRITTANY SMITH '15
Enjoy being in college (you will miss it). Find out what you don't like (it will save time and money). Join an organization. Travel as often as possible.
LORAY CURENTON '80
Stay positive and seek your goals.
JUDY HOLMES '67
Time is life. Don't waste it!
JENNIFER BATTLES '18
Use Bureau of Labor Statistics to find out the job projections for your major; actively look for careers while in school. Really ask yourself if you need a degree to go into the industry you want. Ask yourself if a Wayne State degree will get you where you want to go. Question your professors. Make connections with the professors who are good. They can help you with internships down the line. Focus on the value a class gives you, not the grade.
KIM MOON '09
Networking is incredibly important. Get involved with Michigan Pharmacists Association and other pharmacist groups; get to know other people in the profession. Use your rotations as an opportunity to get to know your preceptors, and stay in touch with them after graduation. Be very conscious of your professional reputation, starting in school — it will follow you wherever you go. Volunteer, pick up extra skills, make your resume stand out from the crowd.
DEDRIA HUMPHRIES BARKER '77, '89
Never give up! Never, ever give up. Keep going to class. Do the reading. Take the next step. Train your inner voice to say, I can do it! Never give up. Never, ever.
TASHA WILLIAMS '03
Never underestimate the power of your Wayne State degree. It's powerful yet practical and you are always ready for what's ahead!
ALECIA HANEY '03
Start to build your network. Attend events for the industries that you want to target for employment. Get to know experts in your field. Take advantage of competitive opportunities.
RANDAL GORDON '83
Take good care of your patients and the pharmacy profession.
ASHLEY LESSER '11
Take every opportunity to engage with working professionals in your field. There's a big difference, especially in applied sciences, between the classroom and professional practice. Your classes will prepare you best if you understand their real-world context, plus you'll make connections to lean on when the time comes for internships and first entry-level positions.
JENNY KALASHO '09
Explore! Explore what the school has to offer. There are so many programs that are inclusive of all interests. Explore the campus. Get involved with different groups and activities. Explore the city of Detroit. The people are wonderful, the history right in our backyard is amazing, and learn something about every place you visit. Most of all, appreciate your time at WSU. I loved it and miss it every day. The years may seem long but this time is short. Enjoy every minute!
RIYUE BAO '12
Try to learn versatile skills during your graduate years. Avoid focusing on a small specific area of study. Equip yourself with skills that can be easily transferred to different fields, such as computational programming, project management and scientific communications. Try to take classes from different departments to gain those skills. If possible, also find internships among study years to build your connections and to try opportunities, not only in academia but also in other sectors. Learn broad knowledge; from there you will be able to lead others. Also grow deep knowledge in one field; from there you will be able to build your reputation as expert in that field.
DONALD AMBOYER '80, '91
Enter Wayne State University to learn, go forth and serve. Believe in yourself, commit to academic hard work, and develop your special talents to become a uniquely qualified professional upon graduation. As an undergraduate or graduate student, seek and apply yourself to internship opportunities in your chosen field of professional studies. Experienced professionals in all career fields often take pride in giving back while serving as mentors to upcoming, dedicated students. Find a mentor and benefit from their educational and career guidance. Every successful professional can identify at least one mentor or inspirational personality that led to their career success.
BRANDEN BUFFORD '16
Build a strong rapport with your professors and take advantage of the real-world application of your assignments in class.
CAROLYN GRIFFITH '67
Embrace the changes, which will come as years go by. Listen and consider all points of view and never, never, never stop learning.
CATHERINE VERA-BURGOS '82, '18
Do all of your homework on time or early. Put in your best effort. Ask for help from your professors. Most are very willing to review early drafts and provide feedback. Stick with it. It will eventually pay off.
AGNES GIRA '04
Never give up. You can do it! I was a student from 1971 to 2004. Wayne State was a magical place. Many opportunities to complete that degree! I don't recommend the outrageous number of years as I endured, however, the possibilities at Wayne State are endless. You can do it! Never give up!
ENID CYRUS '92, '97
Sometimes you just have to push through.
NAND KISHORE GAJARAJAN '09
Embrace being uncomfortable. Do things right once and be accountable for your actions.
YOLANDA JOINER '88
Stay focused on your studies. The three main strategies to use to stay focused: 1. Is the current issue more important than my next assignment? 2. Can I tackle this issue after class? 3. Balance your time between homework and research.
DR. DONNA SMITH '78, '91, '95, '99
Ask questions: You're paying for the privilege. Don't be afraid to appear moronic. Pay off all student loans before you make any significant purchases, such as a house.
DR. MARY JENKINS-WILLIAMS '97, '03
Search out and surround yourself with individuals who will inspire, motivate, and encourage you to do your best and support you in your efforts to graduate. These individuals may include family, friends, colleagues, peers and even professors. Your success will not only benefit you but you will become an inspiration to others to show what is possible through hard work, sacrifice and dedication.
WALLACE HOOD '05
Hello to my fellow Warriors! My experience there on campus was wonderful! There was always the buzz and vibe in the air from the electricity of the many brainwave activities of the student body. My advice to you as my fellow Warriors is to savor the moment and get the most out of this wonderful time and opportunity, and strive to be the best at what you aim to become. Stay ahead of the game and plan for your future. Visualize yourself in your dream career. Lastly, take care of yourself because without good health, there will be no career. Go Warriors!
SARAH COBB '82, '84
My advice to future students of WSU is to prioritize your learning experience and put forth all efforts to achieve your educational goals, especially the future social workers. Only apply to this group if you are not looking to be rich because of your degree, but have a genuine commitment to helping others be the best that they can be in their lives!
MARY THOMAS '18
It's going to be a long journey. There will be good days and there will also be bad. If you really want to aim for your goals, whatever they may be, go for it! Do not limit yourself based off age, time frames, or what is and is not already completed. Pace yourself, self-evaluate and set goals!
FRANK LAZUR '18
When it comes to your career interests, it is often difficult to say which jobs or responsibilities you like or dislike if you've never tried them. Be courageous and try new things even if you think you lack the skills!
SHERMITA MITCHELL '01, '04
Take advantage of every opportunity. Study abroad and do an internship.
THERESA FOWLER-WALLACE '83
Keep the faith while working toward your goals. See the finish line before you get there. Repeat positive affirmations day and night. Thank God for your blessings each day. This will keep you motivated when you are discouraged. Always know you will make it happen.
ROBERT MCLELLAN '71
Wayne State University was, is and will always be a great urban university. When I was a student there in the 1960s and 1970s, I received a great education at a very affordable price. And in my case, it was sort of a family affair. My father also attended WSU, class of — would you believe it — 1939 and 1941! So I am definitely from a Warrior family.
PAMELA HALL '94
Establish positive relationships with your peers and professors. Having a support system will lighten your load. Get involved with campus organizations. They are the foundation for training future leaders. Give back by volunteering your time and talents to the less privileged because you can make a difference and inspire someone.
RHONDA JOINER '88
Determination is the key to your success. Time management allows you to accomplish anything in life. WSU is a wonderful school with great staff and dedicated, competent and caring professors. Study, ask questions, obtain a mentor, join an organization, and most importantly, do your best.
ANGELA ROSS '89
Get your required reading material. Be familiar with your syllabus and read the information before class. It should help with following your professors and so the lecture doesn't sound so foreign.
DAVID CROSKEY '82
Keep it positive! Positive attitude combined with effort is an extraordinary formula. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing and whomever your dealing with: The power of positiveness in all regards will help carry you through life.
ORLETTA CALDWELL '91
Take it all in because it will be over before you know it.
DENNIS PATTON '89
Party only after your homework is done.
ALICE RHEIN '95
Join a club that is out of your comfort zone. Broaden your horizons and meet new people. Have fun.
KEVIN GARY '15
Stay disciplined. Stay committed. Stay dedicated. #WarriorStrong
ANGELA RANKIN-YOHA '73
When you are able, seek out intern opportunities to get an experience in the area that you are studying. This will serve you well when applying for jobs in your field of study after graduation. Also, stay connected to Wayne State by becoming an active member of the alumni community.
ELISABETH STEEL '13, '18
Take a holistic approach to your studies and life. Undergrad is the first leg of your journey to independence. Do what brings you joy with honor and integrity; prosperity, success and love will follow.
JAHQUAN HAWKINS '04
Don't be afraid to ask for help. You're not going to have all of the answers, so connect with people who can provide you with the tools you need to be successful.
CAROL L. RICE '82
Of interest to students desiring to enter medical dietetics (undergraduate) or physician assistant studies (graduate): Embrace the sciences and seek to enjoy the process. You will be well rewarded!
BETTY ONG '71, '74, '97
Building collaborative friendships during your class time will help with future networking. Take the time to make connections yourself instead of waiting for class requirements to participate in group work.
RACHELLE WARREN '01, '03, '16
Work hard. Finish your degree program. Then take what you have learned into the world and make a positive difference. You will be proud of yourself. That is very important.
JON BOYLE '87
Explore as many of your interests as you can! Challenge your professors to get at the truth. Value your degree from Wayne State. It is a valuable asset that can take you far!
WALTER HAILS JR. '08
Take advantage of everything Wayne State University has to offer! When you are done, start giving back right away so you can help other students and your alma mater thrive. Go Warriors!
DIANE CRAWFORD '73, '79
Follow your passion. Give back. Volunteer.
APRYL BROWN '83
Push past your fears! Dream big!
TIM KOOS '70
Travel, be open to other countries and ideas. Never stop learning.
TED WEASMA '98
Go with the flow!
GORDON DRAPER '56, '64, '68
College is different from high school in that you don't usually have daily assignments — you have long-term deadlines. Don't fall in the trap of leaving it all until the last minute. Set your own short-term goals. You're not always going to make them but you will make some progress. Take some classes just because you like the area. I was an education major but took a geography course almost every semester.
CAMERON FREEMAN '07
Embrace the perks of not living in a "college town" and learn from the regular adults around you in addition to the student body. Ann Arbor, Lansing, etc., are too singular-focused on school, but Wayne State's biggest asset is being integrated into a thriving, tough, savvy city.
CARMEN HARRISON '81, '92
Network, network, network!
DR. CYNTHIA CHOW '63
Do what you love and you won't want to retire.
SUSAN GREENFIELD '70, '75
Make as many friends and connections as you can. Friends will support you for life and you never know when a school connection will be invaluable to you.
CAROL BRADY '80
Persevere. Don't stop even if discouraged. There is wonderful support here and getting a degree is more important than ever! Great profs, too, by the way.
JAMES HILL '91
Being in the heart of the city, WSU is the perfect place to be near businesses and companies where you can get internships. And that hands-on experience is invaluable!
DEVIN DUPREE '05
Follow your heart and your dreams no matter what people say to try to discourage you! The money and success will come as long as you do what you love.
RON SHELL '66, '72
1. As a first semester freshman, don't overload your class schedule. Your need some time to adjust to college life. 2. Use your summers to gain work experience. Ideally in or close to your desired field. This will help you to plan or reinforce your field of study, prep for the real world and give you a break. 3. After graduation, take some time to travel abroad before you start your career or advanced degree. Don't wait too long, you need that first job for your resume or before you lose your study habits. 4. Years later, you will realize that your college experience was one of the best experiences in your entire life. Don't rush through this time of freedom, growth and fun!
ANDREW REID '12
Take the time to actually shadow the people and positions you are considering getting a career in. Know what you're pursuing before you blindly decide to go for it. Do not, I repeat, do not, do something just because your parents want you to. If a career is not something that you want for yourself, then you will be miserable doing it. It is a very scary road to become your own person, but once you figure it out, you will be glad you did it. I started out studying biology and hated what I was learning — but was only doing it to become a doctor (which my parents wanted for me). When I decided I wanted to become an entrepreneur, I studied courses online and couldn't stop loving what I was learning. That's how I figured out what I was truly passionate to study and do with my life.
TRACEY SHAVERS '11
A few things to keep in your cap as you go through the undergrad college experience: Finish the things you start, even if it takes you longer than you anticipated to complete it. You are on one of the most diverse campuses in the state. It's an incredible opportunity to learn about other people and cultures and still be able to sleep in your own bed at night. My first two jobs out of college resulted from relationships I established during undergrad. Cultivate a network now and you will watch the rewards years down the line. Know your counselor and consult with them often.
EVELYN HOLMES '06
Search your heart and make sure that you are capable of loving, caring and being willing to teach every child who enters your classroom as if they were your own child. Get to know the culture of children from various backgrounds and respect their practices whether you agree or not. Finally, remember that no two children learn exactly the same way. Differentiated Instruction is inevitable, will ensure learning success for every child and will enhance your skills as an educator. Take your studies seriously and commit to excellence. Shortcuts are not an option when you are preparing to stand before your students and impart wisdom, knowledge and best practices. Enjoy the process of teaching and the miracle of watching children learn. Very rewarding experience!
SANDRA BICKERSTAFF '96
Have a racially diverse group of friends and study buddies. I have learned so much about so many cultures at WSU. Keeping in touch with your professors is priceless. Give your money and time after you graduate. Network always.
ERICA DEAN '00, '04
I am a proud two-time graduate of the College of Education. As the first of my immediate family to attend college, I encourage you to feel good about attending Wayne State. Don't be tempted to compare it to other local institutions. Instead, focus your energies on learning all you can from your professors and classmates. Then go forth and be great so you, too, can give advice to the next group of Warriors.
JOVAN MORGAN '18
Get involved as much as possible with activities and organizations that aid with your personal and educational development.
NARGIS RAHMAN '10
Take every class you can possibly take to learn as many versatile skills as possible. It's okay if you don't land that dream job right after graduation. Keep networking. When the time is right, opportunities will fall into place.
DEVIN DUPREE '05
Network in order to identify a mentor. Whether it be a business professional or professor, their work ethic and dedication to a mutual cause can inspire you. The person should be modeling what you envision yourself becoming upon graduation. An ideal mentor will make the time to invest in you to ensure your success and manifest your Warrior pride!
RON WOOD '75, '80
For students pursuing studies in mathematics or any of the numerical programs — it is essential that you supplement your learning with classes in business writing and oral presentations. The ability to translate complex numerical analysis, both written and oral, to decision makers who are not mathematicians or data scientists is critical to your growth and the value of the contribution you bring to your place of business.
BESSIE ALLEN '17
When it seems impossible or you're feeling a bit frustrated, remember the impact in the world you have been called to make. Warriors for life!
DORIS TAYLOR '91
Hang in there! You can do this! Wayne State teachers are great at helping you succeed!
RICHARD WINFREY '14
Don't be afraid to fail. The lessons learned from failing are tools needed for success.
SHAWN KIJEWSKI '15
Put your best foot forward now because you never know what doors it will open later on in life.
CAROL HILL '90
Take your real work problems to class. There is an abundance of experience in your fellow classmates and instructors. Take advantage of this wellspring of knowledge. Seek out free seminars that are happening daily across campus that line up with your career goals. And always, remember to pay it forward by helping another student with your time, talent and/or treasure.
KENDRA FISHCOSY '15
Apply for a job you don't necessarily qualify for. Companies put out standard job descriptions for positions and they are often willing to hire someone outside of the qualifications listed for the position. A lot of positions will require two to four years of experience, and that generally scares away a person who is educated with no experience. Take the risk and apply for the positions you want. Companies want to see passion for the business. Skills can be taught.
TITILAYO AKINMUSURU '10
Look for any and all opportunities to get involved. WSU alums are everywhere and are ready and willing to be of assistance. Take the risk. Do the thing. Be willing to try.
MARK S. BUSH '90, '92
Be (and learn to be) an excellent communicator — write well and be able to do public speaking! That is what makes you stand out and succeed in your career. It's not just about being an excellent engineer.
TUDO PHAM '06
Have a resume first semester. Get an internship after freshman year and every subsequent summer. Have fun and enjoy the college experience.
AIDIA GREENLEE '04
Don't rush through. Enjoy the learning experience.
Enjoy your experience! Whether you're an undergrad with four years or a grad student with two to three, relax and dwell in the moment. Get involved and give back!
KENNY ROBINSON '74, '82
Don't be deterred or set back by failure. Pick up your [butt], put it in a bag and continue on.
BILL MOSKAL '78
Enjoy every episode of your journey. Each season makes a difference.
GENE MAJEWSKI '49, '57
Travel: Go overseas. Go to Europe. Enlarge your horizons. See and experience the world.
HEATHER CARTER '05
Make the most of your college experience. Attend the events on campus, go to office hours, utilize the services Wayne State has to offer. It's the best time of your life! Enjoy it!
MAI NGUYEN '99
Use the placement office. My current employer interviewed and I received an offer 18 years ago. Best thing that happened ... promoted many times … now in LA but still kept up with what is going on in metro Detroit.
DR. YOUNGKEY CHUNG '10, '11, '15
Be kind and make friends everywhere you go! You never know when your paths will cross in the future!
DINAH BERLAND '63
Follow your passion and don't let anyone or anything stop you! You'll be glad you did.
MELISSA WATKINS '12
Meet and collaborate with as many faculty members and fellow classmates as possible!
TARINA POUNCY '66
Enjoy life. Intern. Spend time abroad. Volunteer. Explore the city. Have fun!
TED WEASMA '98
Never go with the flow!
KENNETH EGANS '98
Identify your goals and pursue them relentlessly!