BS and MS, Tulane University
The patio at Newcomb Hall
Typically when people think of graduations, they think of long ceremonies with lots of speakers and names, but at Tulane, we pull out all the stops and it really feels like the pinnacle of your Tulane experience. My family all came down to celebrate with me and they had not been since they moved me in when I transferred to Tulane. For the first college graduation they attended, expectations were low, but afterwards the bar was set very high. There were musical tributes, a jazz band, fireworks, Drew Brees, a second line, and I got to carry a gonfalon during the procession – a truly Tulane tribute.
The Women’s March in New Orleans in January of 2017 was one of my favorite New Orleans moments. Though this march took place around the world, participating in New Orleans was incredibly special and unique to the New Orleans community. There was a “jazz funeral” for democracy, shopping carts with stereos playing music, extravagant and fun costumes, glitter signs, second lines, and parade-style throws and props.
Try not to focus on rankings, reputation, and what you think other people want you to do. Instead, try to find a university that is a good fit in all aspects of your life: academically, personally, socially, professionally, etc. As a former transfer student, I remember the process being overwhelming, so in the end you have to trust your instinct! Also for all my transfers out there, don’t be afraid to start over. Tulane will welcome all of y’all with open arms!