CLAS of 2026

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is proud to welcome its newest Warriors to campus! We asked first-year students about their dreams and plans for the next four years and beyond. This is the "CLAS" of 2026!

  • Kayla CollinsPsychology, minor: criminal justice

    People are society, society is people, and I want people to know they are worthy and capable of being loved. In the next four years, I’m excited about not only the learning process but the social experience of college life.

  • Mason DoornaertHistory, minor: pre-law

    Creating systems of fair opportunity and ridding out oppression is an impact I want to make on the world. I see myself questioning others. Whether that be as a teacher, as a politician, or in a courtroom, I see myself challenging the thoughts and social customs in the world.

  • Francesca AbbemaBiological sciences

    I want to show people that not everyone does things for money and that many do things because of the passion they have towards the goal. In 10 years, I will be a successful doctor helping others, opening centers to help children and elderly people.

  • Alexa LutfyCommunication sciences and disorders

    I want to be able to help people overcome their speaking difficulties and gain confidence in themselves. Wayne State has my program, and many of my family members attended this university and loved it.

  • Paris WrayPsychology, minor: African American studies

    I aspire to help people understand their minds and use that understanding to live better. I want to improve the negative view the black community has of mental health.

  • Mary MerhebBiological sciences

    A biological sciences degree can not only help me pursue my interest in uncovering knowledge about life, but as an aspiring bilingual dentist, will also allow me to (literally) bring a radiant smile to people’s faces.

  • Valden DenhaNeuroscience, minor: sociology

    The biggest problem I want to fix in society is poverty. Poverty is linked to many health issues that our society is not aware of. In 10 years, I see myself in a hospital wearing a white coat saving lives.

  • Elizah Davis-BurnettHistory

    I want people to realize that everyone has a purpose in life. I want more women of color to understand that we are not confined to having a certain kind of occupation in this world. We can be anything we so desire. I’d like to lead by example and show the next generation that.

  • Isha ShahBiological sciences

    I love learning about the science behind how our body works. Being multilingual, I want to help to translate and explain to people who are illiterate about medicine. In 10 years, I see myself working in healthcare facilities as a physician assistant.

  • Sofia ContrerasPsychology, minor: Latino/a studies

    I want to be able to help people who are in need. Help those who do not have the same advantages and privileges as me. In 10 years, I see myself helping others and hopefully making an impact on them.

  • Leah BlazoffPolitical science, minor: law

    I want to make more people in the world feel safe and cared for. The family legal system is severely outdated and flawed. I want to make a positive impact on people's lives through my work.

  • Lee StiekesEnglish, minor: creative writing

    For the first 15 years of my life, I lived in stories. Now I'm ready to bring them into the real world. I want to connect people to versions of themselves they don't know yet, and the versions that they used to be; to bring honesty into how we perceive ourselves and our place in the world.

  • Autumn Jackson-ButlerBiological sciences

    As a future optometrist, I want to impact the world by making a profound and lasting difference in the lives of my patients. A problem in society I want to fix is being able to assist with the availability of, or lack of, health care.

  • Aysiah HubbardPsychology, minor: criminal justice

    I grew up watching crime documentaries and now I want to study people and their mental states. I chose Wayne state to make my college years an adventure in learning about different cultures in our world today.

  • Haley HandCriminal justice, minor: psychology

    My dad inspired me to choose my major. As a detective, he always told me stories about his cases growing up. I want to help those who are struggling to afford mental health care.

  • Rowan IsaSociology, minor: gender, sexuality, and women's studies

    I want to bring awareness to the toxic cycle that people contribute to because of their upbringing. I want to break the generational trauma so many of us have suffered because of a lack of knowledge of how to do better.