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My interview with...Adnan Hussain

After attending the Honors College from 2006-2010, Adnan has gone on to earn his Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences (with honors), a minor in Chemistry, and his Bachelors of Arts in Economics (university honors co-major) from Wayne State University in 2010. Upon graduation, he has furthered his education by attending Medical School at the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 2014. While attendingĀ med school, he worked as a Transplant Research Coordinator, where he would enroll patients who would receive organs in research studies. He is currently a resident in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Q: What was your first involvement with the Honors College, and what activities/service projects/volunteer work did you take part in while being a part of the Honors College? How did those experiences enrich your experience with the College?

The Honors College was actually my first exposure to Wayne State. I was accepted into the MedStart program which was supported by the Honors College. This program set up mentorship with practicing physicians, along with monthly seminars on medicine which I would not be exposed to otherwise. Through the Honors College, I was one of the first tutors in the Kales ACT program, where I would teach high school students who resided in Detroit, test taking strategies. Furthermore the Honors College helped me obtain a job at Wayne State University Admissions where I would answer questions about the school via the online chat. The Honors College truly enhanced my experience at Wayne State, giving me a sense of community in a large University.

Q: How did the Honors College help you earn your degree/pursue your career path?

The Honors College allowed me to collaborate with people with similar interests and career goals as I had. My peers helped me pursue my passions and kept me focused on my goals and aspirations.

Q: Did you enjoy your time with Wayne State and the Honors College? Please explain.

I greatly enjoyed my time at Wayne State University and the Honors College. Detroit offered so much more than I initially expected; I appreciated the urban aspect of the school which I did not experience before. Furthermore the faculty were excellent, especially in the Honors College.

Q: What was the biggest challenge in being a member of the Honors College? Why was it a challenge and how did you overcome it?

Being a member of the honors college was more a blessing than a challenge. Completing all of my honors courses on top of my vigorous course-work was a challenge.

Q: What is your lasting impression of the Honors College?

Excellent. I attribute where I am today due to the influences I had while in the Honors College. It gives the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college in a large University.

Q: What was your proudest achievement during the time spent as a member of the Honors College at Wayne State University?

My proudest achievement was giving the commencement speech to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2010. This was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget.

Q: What kind of advice would you give incoming or current Honors students?

Make use of the resources that the Honors College provides you. The faculty in the college are willing to go the extra mile to see you succeed. Also your peers in the Honors College will help you tremendously, get to know them!