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Christi Pilkington

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Senior Admission Counselor

Birmingham, AL


BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham


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Favorite NOLA Restaurant: 

Jacques Imo’s and Felix’s Oyster House

My “Only at Tulane” Moment: 

My “Only at Tulane Moment” has to be the time I spend with the amazing interns in our office! Getting to know each student, how their classes are going, what they do for fun, and how they are contributing to the campus community and the city of New Orleans is totally inspiring! As a first-generation college student, I was not aware of how a place and the people in that place could change the trajectory of my future. While I loved my college experience, it allowed me to see that being a Tulane student has advantages! It also is an affirmation that we selected the best, brightest and happiest students in the country to be a part of the Tulane family!

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!