Meet Roman Bruno. He’s from Dearborn and went to high school in Detroit. Roman is a senior studying Communications and Public Relations. He enjoys watching and playing sports. While on campus, he works as the head equipment manager for the Men’s Ice Hockey team and The Michigan Journal’s sports editor. Off campus, he works as an intern/content contributor for the Woodward Sports Network.
Here’s what Roman has to say when reflecting on his first year:
“When I started my freshman year at UM-Dearborn back in 2019, I initially knew very few people. Despite being born and raised in Dearborn, college felt like unfamiliar territory.”
If this is your first year, join freshmen/Incoming student programs.
“Speaking from experience, there are many programs to assist freshmen and incoming students during the semester. Two programs that I have been a part of and recommend would be the CRUISE to Success Program and the Wolverine Mentor Collective.
CRUISE — that stands for Connecting to Resources, University Involvement and Successful Experiences — reinforces what you learn at orientation, helping you grow personally, academically, and professionally. This program typically takes place during your first semester, assisting you throughout your journey and connecting you to new students. Goal setting is a big part of this program as well.
The Wolverine Mentor Collective pairs undergraduate and transfer students with a mentor, giving you a one-on-one dynamic throughout the year. Mentors are there to help you achieve your goals, introduce you to programs, resources, and student organizations, and answer any questions. This program is catered to the student, giving you the option to interact with your mentor in whatever way you need. Both programs are worth your while and can help you succeed as you navigate UM-Dearborn.”
Consider joining a student org and plan to attend some events.
“My high school used to preach a piece of advice that I still keep in mind today: ‘Do not be a 2:45 guy.’ This means not leaving school and going home after class, but, rather, staying for extracurricular activities and events. There are so many student orgs that cover a diverse array of interests and topics. There is something for everyone.
UM-Dearborn has student org fairs, which I would recommend attending. Even if you are not 100% sure you would join, at least reach out so you can stay in the loop. Sometimes you might have to get out of your comfort zone, which is a separate piece of advice altogether.
Students also have the opportunity to start their own student organizations. There is so much potential for students to grow through student orgs. Remember that it is not about the number of student orgs you join, but rather the quality of the experience. Try to not flood yourself with so many orgs that you cannot give them all equal attention. Especially during your first semester, join one or two to dip your toe in the water.”