Michelle Iqbal <i>Biological Sciences, 2017</i>

Michelle Iqbal Biological Sciences, 2017

Michelle Iqbal Biological Sciences, 2017

Your name, major and perspective year of graduation

Michelle Iqbal, Biological Sciences, 2017

What are you involved in at Wayne State?

I am the president of the American Society for Microbiology, a member of the WSU PlaceMakers (an on-campus placemaking initiative), and the biological sciences student representative on the CLAS Student Advisory Board.

How has Honors prepared you for your accomplishments?

Being a student in the Honors college has allowed me to make connections with and work alongside not only my fellow Honors students, but also WSU faculty members and Detroit community leaders to help WSU and Detroit enter a new era of rejuvenation and prosperity. The four pillars: community, service, research, and career are integrated into the honors curriculum to allow students to identify their niche by exposing them to what the world has to offer in our small part of it.

What makes Honors at WSU unique?

The coolest part about being a Wayne State student is the ability to call Detroit my backyard. Honors at WSU helped make my transition to college life in the city easier by taking students around Detroit as an extension of class. Imagine having class at the Detroit Historical Museum, visiting the Guardian Building to do some on-site research, and holding interviews with local food vendors and farmers at Eastern Market. All of that and more was made possible for me by being a student in Honors at Wayne State, and I look forward to see what opportunities Honors has to offer in the future.

What's your most memorable experience in Honors?

My most memorable experience in Honors was participating in Honors Day of Service my freshman year. My group volunteered with Detroit Blight Busters, and it was a great way to release some tension and build some friendships.

What class or professor has shaped you the most and how?

The best, most impactful class I have taken at Wayne State is HON 1000: The City. My discussion professor for the course, Dr. Montgomery, started off the semester (and my college experience) by telling us "minds are like parachutes: they only work when they're open." This saying has stayed with me and has influenced how I experience everything from exploring the city to taking classes to my interactions with people. HON 1000 introduced me to my lifelong love affair with the city of Detroit, and I could not be happier. 

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