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Christi Pilkington

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Christi Pilkington


Senior Admission Counselor

Birmingham, AL


BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Greater New Orleans area

Favorite NOLA Restaurant: 

Jacques Imo’s and Felix’s Oyster House

My “Only at Tulane” Moment: 

 I purchased two pieces of pottery at the Student Christmas Art Sale over twenty years ago. Throughout my many moves across the South, those two vases always prominently displayed!  I would look at them and have fond   memories of my life when I worked in the Admissions Office at Tulane. The vases remind me that I own a piece of history (Newcomb Pottery) and of the rich creative history of Newcomb College. I keep one in my office, so feel free to stop by and have a look when you visit campus!

My “Only in New Orleans” Moment: 

My first Jazz Fest was such an amazing experience and one I will never forget! I love there is always a FESTIVAL going on somewhere! Whether is the Crawfish Festival, Essence Fest  or Jazz Fest, the people of New Orleans love to get together, eat good food, listen to music and dance. The locals  have so much pride in their city, know how to celebrate life and share their passion for Louisiana culture with newcomers.

My Best College Search Process Tip: 

These are my top three tips/pet-peeves about the college search process not only as an admission profession but from the perspective of a former college counselor as well:

  1. Never choose a college based on the athletic program (unless you are an athlete)- You will spend over 2,000+ hours in the classroom and less than 24 hours a year at sporting events.
  2.  Where your best friend/significant other plans on attending college-This is your life and living it for others leads to disappointment and resentment.
  3. Choosing a college without visiting campus- You will be spending the next four years of your life with your cohort, on campus and within the community where you choose to go to college. If you can not visualize yourself on campus, keep looking until you get the “this is MY PLACE” vibe!