I chose Tulane because I was very attracted to the service-learning opportunities offered in and around the school. I had done a lot of community service in high school, and was excited to go out in to the New Orleans community and meet and help the locals. I also chose Tulane because it was so geographically diverse. Meeting people from around the country and around the world, I knew I was going to be introduced to many new cultures, as well as expand my professional network to every major city in America.
One of my favorite professors is Dean Amjad Ayoubi. While he is the Dean of the Academic and Career Advising, he was also the teacher of my TIDES course. All freshmen are required to take this seminar class, and Amjad made the experience interesting, educational, and fun. He took us all over the city, taught us how to cook signature cajun dishes, and even brought us to the annual Po-Boy Festival. Furthermore, Amjad took time out of his busy schedule to have individual meetings or lunches with each of his TIDES students. He even helped get me a part-time job doing research for one of his employees. While I am no longer taking his class, we still check in on each other all the time.
While Mardi Gras was one of my favorite weeks of my freshmen year, I also really enjoyed attending Jazz Fest. I got to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers with all of my best friends which was so much fun. While Jazz Fest has a lot of headliners, they also have a lot of local musicians as well. I am very excited to see who will be performing this year.
One of my favorite places to spend my afternoons in called "The Fly." Alongside the Mississippi River, it is a beautiful stretch of grassy fields less than a mile from campus. It is a very popular location for Tulane students as well as locals, and watching the sun set over the water is very calming. Another popular spot I enjoy going to is Magazine Street. It has block after block of fun stores and high-quality restaurants. Three of my favorite restaurants are all located on the same block!