it offers the best mix of academic and social life. I was excited about Tulane when I applied but after visiting in March of my senior year of high school, I was sold. I could tell from listening to my tour guide and talking to current students that Tulane's professors do a really good job of including events happening in and around New Orleans in the curriculum somehow. Now that I've been at Tulane for almost three years, I can attest to that. Last year one of my professors gave out extra credit to any student that could attend the festival going on over the weekend and write a short summary of what they saw, applying it to what we were learning in class. Not only does Tulane have engaging teachers, but it also offers an environment where you can grow as both a student and a person. I've been exposed to so many different personalities and backgrounds by going to school in New Orleans yet at the same time the city has such a great community feel to it. It is truly a home away from home.
My favorite class happened to be with my favorite professor. I loved taking Elementary Italian with Elena Daniele. Tulane makes it really easy to explore areas that have nothing to do with your major, and that was what Italian was for me. It was a fun way to earn credits but also take a break from my harder major classes, and Elena made learning Italian seamless and exciting. She would also bring in fresh prosciutto and bread and stay late with anyone who wanted to watch Italian classics with her. A great professor knows that the key to students' hearts is food!
Plum Street Snowballs and City Park. Plum Street Snowballs is a quick walk from campus and I love going there for a study break. City Park is a little harder to get to if you don't have a car, but is a nice way to get out of the 'Tulane bubble'. It's sometimes easy to get used to your routine on campus, and having Audubon Park nearby is really convenient, but City Park is much bigger and really beautiful in the spring. Sometimes there are free exercise classes offered there, too!
Mid-Summer Mardi Gras. It falls on the first or second weekend of school in August and most underclassmen don't know about it, but if you have the chance, definitely go! It gives you a little taste of what Mardi Gras is like and is the best way to experience night life close to campus. It is always my favorite day of the school year and a great welcome back each year.