BA, Tulane University
Latin America (Central & South America)
The outdoor classroom
My “Only at Tulane” moment was receiving my shiny, glittery Tulane umbrella at the end of the Commencement ceremony, where I got to dance and hug my fellow classmates and celebrate our accomplishments. Between the fireworks, brass band, and glitter, it was the essence of a true New Orleans and Tulane experience!
My “Only in New Orleans” moment has got to be participating in my favorite New Orleans festival, San Fermin (or the Running of the Bulls). Similar to Spain, we wake up early, wear white and red, and start running from the “bulls” after the blast of a horn – only instead of the “bulls” being real animals, they’re women on rollerblades carrying wiffleball bats who chase you through the Central Business District. It’s one of endless examples that prove that this city always has to put its own flavor into our events, and that we are always looking for a reason to celebrate international cultures and heritages.
Try to sit in on a class while visiting schools. I still remember the class I sat in on during my first tour of Tulane. It gave me a great sense of the classroom environment, student-professor relationships, class sizes, and overall academic engagement. Tulane was the only University where the Professor actually invited me to participate in the classroom discussion. This experience at Tulane (and other schools I visited) really helped me define what type of academic experience I wanted, and allowed me to feel more familiar with what college-level courses could be like.