Ellie Thuy Tran
Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam
Major: Counseling with a minor in Communication Studies
Transferred from: Huflit (Saigon) and Orange Coast College (California)
Future plans: Graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Travel to Germany to further education and work. Work for UNICEF.
Tran is an international student as well as a transfer student. She came to Wayne State College mainly because of affordability but quickly found much more. She expressed gratitude that faculty helped her find housing for free, along with adjusting her class schedule to fit her international education goals.
“Wayne State has a lot of faculty willing to go above and beyond to provide transportation, meals, and much more,” Tran said.
Tran knows five languages: Vietnamese, German, Spanish, Korean, and English. While here at WSC, a professor took the time to individually teach her German for free. She said the kindness she has received has been vital to her success here, even for normal questions about American culture.
“Staff and professors are always available to help,” she said, “and the student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1 has an immense impact on being able to effectively understand and learn the content of my classes. Because of the small campus, WSC is able to cater to students more than a big university. You aren’t just a number here.”