Tour Guide at Tulane University
Class of 2018
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Major: Cell and Molecular Biology,
Secondary Major: Spanish
MWF after 2pm
My favorite NOLA festival is the French Quarter Festival, of course taking place in the French Quarter, which I love to walk around. The festival is full of traditional music, such as jazz and blues and delicious food, all located in the historic center of the city.
My favorite class thus far has been Introduction to Spanish Culture and Society with Linette Reed. Professor Reed is incredibly passionate about the subject and provides a native-born Spaniard's view into the culture of Spain.
My number one favorite spot in New Orleans is The Milk Bar. They have the most incredible panini you will ever get your hands on. Jazmine, a Vietnamese restaurant, and Shaya, an Israeli restaurant, are some of my other favorites. Aside from restaurants, Audubon Park and Jackson Square are my all-time favorite places to stroll around in New Orleans; Audubon Park for its nature and Jackson Square for the incredible architecture and history.
I remember the college search being such a struggle, not knowing where to apply, not knowing exactly what I wanted; yet as I compiled my list, Tulane was always there. Since my mother is from New Orleans, I have many family ties to the city and school, and while many people in Arizona do not know of Tulane, I certainly did. Tulane was always this “mysterious” college to me, however. I had not known much about it, but when the time came to narrow down my list of colleges I was applying to, I began researching further into Tulane. Immediately, I could not help but notice the great qualities it has to offer such as community service, smaller classes, and of course that it is in the heart of New Orleans, perhaps one of the greatest cities in the country. I ultimately decided to apply early action, and when I received my acceptance letter in October of my senior year, I was thrilled. It was my first college acceptance. A college accepted me—cross that off my bucket list! However, I was still unsure about the school until I attended Destination Tulane. I remember saying to myself on the tour, “This is what college looks like. This is it,” and that’s when my love affair with Tulane hit hard and the college search was no longer such a struggle I just loved everything about the campus; the architecture was exquisite, the landscaping was lush (a nice change from the desert in Arizona), and the school spirit was incredibly easy to notice among the students. It was what I imagined college to be and more. At this point, I was down to my top three choices for college, but as I searched and searched for what might be wrong with Tulane, I could find nothing. Where other schools lacked, Tulane did not. When other schools had a mediocre amount of school spirit, Tulane had ten times that. While other schools were too large or too small, Tulane was just right, and ultimately, that’s why I chose Tulane: because it was just right.