I'm out of the Detroit area of Michigan.
Seems you're in the same metro area, around Detroit, as me. This a bit off topic but if you're within about 20 miles of interstate 75 and 15 mile road, Big Beaver, in the city of Troy is where a nice repeater is located you can use for GMRS. It's a closed machine but all you need to do is email the owner and ask permission. Several friends have done the same and he doesn't have a problem letting the public use it. He just wants to know who is accessing it. I think all you need to do is ask for permission and give your FCC assigned call sign. The listing is in the "myGMRS.com" site's repeater database. Look for the state of Michigan. The repeater is listed as Troy575. There are two shown. You want the second one in the list. The first one is an older listing for the same machine but the data and contact info is wrong or out of date. That's the topic of another thread elsewhere, bad, out of date repeater info in the database.
This should be the correct link below.
You will need to register on this site and login to get the input, output frequencies and access tones or ask for it in your email from the owner.
There is another one listed in the Westland/Canton area which is an open repeater, no permission required, but the coverage map shows a smaller area. I haven't accessed it yet from my location and I don't know if it's currently in operation. I think the owner is still in the process of setting things up and this is a fairly new listing.
This is the link:
The owner of the Troy575 machine sent an email out, to the people requesting access permission, about a week or so back asking if there was any interest in setting up an informal "net". The idea was the various users can get together to chit-chat for a while. The repeater doesn't see much use and I monitor it frequently along with several Ham UHF machines near me. I haven't heard anything further about the net from the owner.
Congratulations on getting licensed!