The Fly, Mardi Gras World, Canes
Mardi Gras. Despite what some may have heard about the festival, Mardi Gras is a family occasion where everyone has a good time.
I really wanted a school that offered balance in three main categories. First, I wanted a school with a true campus and an exciting city. Tulane and New Orleans clearly fulfill this. Second, I wanted a medium sized school where I could have small class sizes but constantly meet new people. Tulane, at around 7,000 undergraduates, completes this requirement as well. Finally, I wanted a college where students balanced academics with a social life. Tulane is the 39th most prestigious college according to US News and it is also the 4th happiest according to Princeton Review. It does not get much better than that.
Christina Kiel taught Peace Studies and Conflict Management. During that course we learned about important and interesting characteristics of civil wars, volatile regions, and stable peace. My favorite moment of the class was a weeklong simulation in which each person was given a partner and a side in a civil war. The civil war featured the standing government and two different ethnic factions. The war was entirely hypothetical but it give extremely interesting insights into the negotiation processes that occur during such intrastate conflict.