Tour Guide at Tulane University
Class of 2018
Hometown: Inverness, IL
Major: Public Health
I love Jazz Fest! The last two years, I have volunteered and been given a ticket, so it's a fun way to engage in the community with friends.
I really enjoy Audubon Park, for running on my own, picnicking with friends, and relaxing or doing work on nice days. Some of my favorite restaurants are Rum House, Milk Bar, and Sucre. Maple and Oak Streets are great too!
Issues and Strategies in Public Health has been my favorite class so far; led by Dean Keating, we explored current topics in tropical disease. One of our modules was on Guinea worm, and even the few weeks we spent on it prepared me to talk to an expert at the World Health Assembly over the summer for over half an hour. Even in a very large lecture class, Toni Weiss encouraged me to pursue an Economics minor, and is still one of my most influential professors.
While many schools reinforced the pressure I was already feeling, demanding what I could do for them, at Tulane, I felt supported and was shown what the school could offer to help me grow in all capacities, which has not ceased since my arrival on campus. I made a leap of faith in choosing Tulane, since I confirmed my enrollment without stepping foot on campus after a family emergency prevented me from my scheduled Top Scholars visit, and I have not once regretted it. I was welcomed by the community and quickly found that I was not alone; so many of my peers also sought the more relaxed, supportive, but still academically rigorous and internationally renowned environment. Classes were engaging and stimulating; I found the focus to be on doing well, not doing better than everyone else. Tulane introduced me to public health-- the words to my passion I had spent my life trying to define. The world class faculty and research opportunities, especially at a university of this size, set Tulane in a class of its own. I have been able to learn from professors who travel the globe for research on days they don’t teach and to have interned at an NGO run by a twenty eight year veteran of the WHO on my Tulane study abroad trip. I am an intended candidate for the 4 + 1 Masters in Public Health program, and I cannot wait to see the ways that Tulane continues to help me excel, academically and in my career. I am absolutely in love with Tulane, and look forward to sharing this passion with others. Choosing a college is more than just the May 1st deadline, and I appreciate my decision to come to Tulane every day.