My favorite spot in New Orleans is Ba Chi Canteen, a Vietnamese restaurant on Maple Street, only a few blocks from campus. Not only does Ba Chi serve a mean vermicelli bowl, it blends the barrier between Tulane student and New Orleans citizen. Tulane’s campus is wonderful, but Tulane’s unique integration into the New Orleans community is what takes the university from great to exceptional. Perhaps one could argue that the numerous partner organizations in the city are more important, but my favorite spot in New Orleans remains the place that serves my favorite dinner.
As part of the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship minor, I took Design Thinking with Professor Allison Schiller, the most memorable class I’ve taken at Tulane to date. Professor Schiller taught an engaging and unique course to learn and practice design thinking, a type of problem solving unlike another thought process I’ve ever known. Not only did this class open my eyes to new career goals, I’ve never had so much fun in a class that shaped my personal and professional growth.
From the moment I walked on campus, I felt the excitement and love that students had for their community. Maybe it was the humidity in August getting to my head, but I was overwhelmed with a sense of belonging. While the picturesque campus was appealing, it was discovering the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship minor that guided me to making one of the best decisions of my life. While I didn’t quite understand the minor or purpose of its department, I knew that I wanted to attend one of the leading universities engaging in social change through innovative tactics and collaborative efforts. In making my college decision, Tulane showed to provide a community for students to balance an active campus life and renowned academic resources. I am thankful and proud to be the happy, dedicated, and passion Tulanian I am today.
My favorite NOLA festival is Strawberry-Fest! Every spring in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, strawberry-lovers of all ages come together for great music and mouth-watering treats! There is nothing better than spending the day with good friends and friendly families like a true local. I highly recommend the chocolate-covered strawberries.