Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Don't Transfer!!

I'm too tired to be persuasive, so I'm just gonna speak from the heart. Being in my fourth year at Tulane, I have developed a special relationship with both the school and the city. Even without a big time sports team, I have as much pride for Tulane as does a fan of UT or Michigan. The reason I picked Tulane when I was a freshmen is because I felt that they would go out of their way to give me the best experience they could provide. And they did. While I knew I'd be paying out the ass for school, I felt that I was getting my money's worth. Tulane will bounce back and fulfill this same promise. In fact, they will do everything in their power to make up for the terrible events that transpired. I bet there's a fantastic party right when we get back.

Tulane needs us. If too many us of transfer, they'll lose tons of money and it will bring them down, significantly. If anything, we could do a little good in life. We can help them recruit a class next year, or we can just hang tight until we get more news on relief efforts. If you must go, then you must go. But those of you that stay it wont just be for yourself, you'll be doing Tulane a great favor.

I hear about Freshmen trying to transfer, and I'm sure some will. But let me just urge to not to. Let me urge you to wait it out a semester, take classes somewhere else, or find a cool job around home. Life is full of expected situations, but go with your gut on this one. If you feel the love from Tulane that I felt when I was an incoming freshmen, then give it a chance.

Let me make you a promise, if Tulane isn't a life-changing experience, I'll buy you a drink at the Boot.

59 Comments:

Anonymous tulane student said...

im going to be a junior at Tulane and that was a great post. i feel the same way. if you have to take a semester somehwere else..fine..do it..but for the freshman(and anyone else)..do come back..tulane is a great school and this hurricane has really made me come to realize how much i care for the school as well as the rest of the students going through this. hang in there, im sure the welcome back party will be off the heazy in the big sleazy!! haha okay thats enough

11:43 PM  
Anonymous linz said...

I haven't heard of a lot of people expressing interest in transferring. Taking classes at another institution during this time of disaster isn't abandoning the university. I just wish they would let us know what exactly they are working on so there's not so much hysteria about academics. Schools opening their doors to us aren't doing so in order to take away Tulane's student body.

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just think...If we lose a semester now, when all of our highschool friends are graduating from college and crying about how they don't want it to be over....we will still have another semester to go!!!!!!

4:14 AM  
Anonymous Andrew Basu said...

Freshmen have nothing invested in Tulane, i don't blame them for leaving. Even if all of 09 stay do you really think there will be a class of 2010? Who whould pay 40k for damaged goods?

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Sally said...

I read an article in the Washington Post today [Thurs, A11] that said Cowen was airlifted out of NOLA and is going to Houston to “try and resume operations there.” I wonder what that means….

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pres. Cowen was just interviewed by phone from NOLA on the Today Show. He confirmed that Tulane did not sustain any major damage (mostly wind damage & debris); no significant flooding on campus. He also said that within 3 days instructions would be given to students about what to do this semester. He said other universities are offering help and that TU will work with those schools to develop options for students, if it is not possible to get students back to campus for this semester. He acknowledged the concerns, esp. of seniors & freshman, and said any planning would be intended to keep students on track. It sounds like the administration understands what many of us are worried about and will be offering us a way to complete our fall semester either in NOLA or elsewhere if not possible. Pres. Cowen said specific plan & options available within 72 hours. I know all of us are anxious to make arrangements for the fall, but probably best to wait just a few more days so we understand our choices...

6:33 AM  
Anonymous melissa taylor said...

Incoming freshmen right now are experiencing this tragedy with none of our nostalgic attachments. Couple this with the fact ALL their friends from highschool are having their freshmen experiences at other universities and you can understand their hesitation in staying on board. If you know them... any of them- encourage them to visit these other schools, just as you did your freshmen or sophomore year. BUT LET THEM KNOW THE TRUTH- if you think that's fun, you have no idea what's in store for you at Tulane. How many times did you hear people say after visiting other schools how happy they were they went to Tulane. How many times did you have friends visit from other universities and say, if they had it to do all over again, they would. And they would do it in New Orleans. It IS worth the wait.
In addition, for those of you worried about graduating late- good point from the person that said what's the rush? so you're six months behind. I gaurantee you all you're other friends in the real world will be jealous. Plus there's something to say about applying for jobs mid year, when the mad rush of college graduates isn't going to be competing with you. And if you think this won't fare well as a significant experience to add to your resume- especially if you're willing to help with the relief efforts- then you're crazy. We have an amazing opportunity to use this tragedy as a foundation for growth. I'm not going to sit here and say "we'll all be better people for having gone through this." It sucks. Everyone knows it. But its an undeniable fact, we will grow in ways we couldn't have otherwise. Please don't grow away from Tulane.
Tulane students are constantly criticized for using New Orleans as a four year playground and then abandoning all significant attachment to the city and surrounding community, if ever creating any in the first place. Now's are chance to prove them wrong! Don't be fair-weathered friends. Keep talking to people from school- organize habitiat for humanity builds once the city opens up, volunteer answering phones at the red cross in your hometown or helping in the shelters in surrounding cities. Red cross will begin sending groups of people into the city in three week segments after undergoing training for about a week. Even if just working to save money for when school starts again or taking a few classes to get out of the way so you can be back in full force when school starts. Don't let the comfort of your friends from home perssuade you that the return isn't worth the wait. Find articles like this and pass them along- let them be your reminders if you ever start asking why. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/30/AR2005083001809.html?sub=AR

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I graduated from Tulane & while we didn't have a hurricane of this magnitude during my time there, there was significant flooding at times that disrupted classes and all of that. The school made it work -- they had Saturday classes and things like that. I cannot imagine that school will not come up with a workable solution to keep everyone on track. As others have said, the experience of going to school there is too precious and wonderful to abandon over one lousy semester if it comes down to that. I am heartsick over what's going on and just wanted to pass on what little historical knowledge I have.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And from a freshman perspective. . .

I'm really sick of people talking about transferring and, in essence, jumping ship at the first sign of trouble. Tulane accepted us, they wanted us there, why should we bail on them at this point? I know I'm not going anywhere and I'm urging my classmates to stick it out with me.
I've been running an AIM chat 24/7 for everyone to talk about it (chat name: "Tulane") and we've had much discussion about how the university will be and I think it's bringing a little optimism back to the class of '09. I'm doing my part, I hope everyone else will do theirs.

-G. Clayman '09

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, not all the freshmen are so fickle--many of us are talking about taking classes at other schools, which I am doing, but a lot of us are doing it as visiting students for a semester and are planning to return to Tulane as soon as we possibly can. Like hell I'll go to another school for four years--there's a reason I chose to go to Tulane and not one of the other schools that accepted me, and one hurricane isn't going to change my mind about our fabulous school.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous freshman said...

That was a great post. I'm supposed to be a freshman this year, and I have seen other freshman are applying to different schools, and my parents want me to do the same. But I was born in New Orleans and know how great a city it is. And I was at school for only a week, for a preorientation program, and already was in love with the school and its students and so excited to be there. I'll definitely be back when it reopens.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Professor Hassell said...

I'm a Tulane faculty member as is my husband. We both went to Tulane. From the faculty perspective, I can tell you that we were looking forward to all of you getting (back) to Tulane. Most students don't know it, but by July we are looking forward to the new students and those returning.

Someone wondered what Pres Cowen meant with his statement about going to Houston. What he meant was that he STAYED at Tulane when everyone else evacuated. That's typical of the community that is Tulane!

So, stay tuned 'til Pres Cowen announces what's going to happen. If we don't have fall classes, there are several suggestions on this blog about how to fill your time. But Tulane will go on and be ready for you as soon as we can.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous sarah said...

Again, from the Freshmen perspective, you don't have to worry about us abandoning the school. After what President Cowen and the rest of the Administration did to ensure that we got out of the New Orleans area before Katrina hit and are still alive to even talk about things such as enrolling at other universities, there is no way any of us could consider leaving. All I want to know is when there will be an opportunity to go down and help rebuild and if there isn't, what can I do to help?

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so not transferring, and shame on those freshmen who do. I am upset about the fact that I can't jump right into the "freshman" experience like all my friends, but not nearly as upset as I would be if I just bailed out now and transferred someplace else. The moment I set foot in New Orleans, I fell in love with the city, and the five hours I was on campus orientation weekend, I already felt like I was home. Now, I'm longing to go back. I am taking classes at a community college, but the moment Tulane opens campus to students again, I'm there. Tulane accepted me, I'm going there, nothing's stopping me.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a senior this year, the thought of transferring to a different university and abandoning such an amazing university like tulane would be beyond foolish. i have spent my last three years working so hard to succeed in my academics and my efforts toward dental school that leaving tulane is not an option. i believe that we will get through this and we all just have to believe that our tulane will recover.

9:22 AM  
Blogger JeromeS said...

Note to prospective Tulane transfers: don't do it!

You have the unique opportunity to be a part of the reconstruction of one of the world's great cities, one of the country's best universities. Don't trade short-term benefits associated with a new university experience with the life-long benefits associated with knowing you worked to make a difference. Altruistic reasoning aside, you have tons to look forward to. New Orleans is the most fun city in the country; Tulane is the best university in the country. There is way too much riding on the city - tourist dollars, energy revenue, etc. etc. - to abondon it. New Orleans will return, better than ever before. Stick with it; work to improve it.

Jerome Stewart
1996 Tulane Grad
Microsoft Corp.
Seattle, WA

9:22 AM  
Blogger Tiramusu04 said...

As a Tulane alumni, I definitely agree with you. Do not transfer from this wonderful university. Your experiences there will change your life and alter your mindset more than anything else. The four years I spent in New Orleans were the beginning of the rest of my life. I would not trade them for the world. The University will be back and better than ever!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Katie Sparks said...

From an Alum-
To Andrew Basu: Thanks for all that negative feedback. Exactly what the Tulane community needs! For all of you freshmen, and others contemplating leaving, please don't! Not everyone feels as apathetic about Tulane as young Andrew there. It is a great school, in a great city that WILL make a comeback, and it will be worth the wait. And there WILL be a class of 2010 because Alum like myself will make sure of it. You are not alone!

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just graduated from Tulane in may and although I no longer live there I feel as if my home town has been destroyed. I strongly agree that tulane students need to stand by Tulane even if it means graduating a semester later than planned. Shit happends and we have to deal with it and hope for the best!

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good things come to those who wait...? I don't know, that was stupid but I just think everyone should wait a bit before they all start taking classes at other schools and transferring and what not. Tulane hasn't even come to a decision yet on what they're going to do, but apparently it's real soon. And I really do think that Tulane will give us some options, have some faith... they can't just leave 6000 kids hanging because they realize it's not good for our interest and theirs for that matter. I suggest that everyone remember why they chose tulane in the first place. I for one can not imagine myself anywhere elseand I'm only a freshman. I know it's an incredible school though and I'm sure all the people who stick with it and don't wimp out and transfer will have an awesome time!!! (eventually) So don't transfer!!!!

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as losing time... we are all on the same page. Tulane administration is not going to simply leave us behind. I have faith they are going to do something to help us catch up with the rest of colleges. We may have to start late but start when we can and continue into summer to make up our missed semester. I am a freshmen, I have lived in New Orleans my whole life and I have talked about going to Tulane since I was in junior high. I am not giving up. There are much worse things than losing a semester of college, I have lost the city I have loved since I was born. I am very proud of a lot of freshmen I have spoken with. They are talking about fogetting this semester and going back when they can to help recovery of the city first. Many Tulane students are volunteering time and money to the red cross. People are organizing websites and fundraisers and trying to do everything they can for a city that is just a substitute home for them. For those people who are so compassionate and so willing to do everything in their power to help, words can not express how I feel towards them. That place is my home and it is killing me not to go back there and do everything I can. SO for people who are so "stressed" over losing a few months, you know nothing about stress.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Antoinette said...

As a Tulane Grad (05), I am so happy to see the optimism on this website. Class of 09, stay strong, wait for Scott Cowen...he truly cares about you and won't leave you hanging. I think the fact that so many students, alum, and faculty have had so many great things to say about Tulane should show you just how committed everybody is to getting Tulane back on track. And anybody that questions whether or not there will be a class of 2010 obviously has not experienced the Tulane that the rest of us have. The admissions staff is a group of highly committed, motivated individuals that love Tulane and New Orleans. The fact that so many alum have even been on this site shows you just how much Tulane and New Orleans mean to us and how committed we are,even after graduating, to getting Tulane back and ensuring that there will be future classes to have the same life-changing experiences that we had. Tulane and New Orleans WILL be back. As so many of the class of 2009 have stated, you fall in love with New Orleans and Tulane the second you arrive. Tulane is not just a four-year love affair that ends abruptly when you receive your diploma..it's a long lasting commitment. There is absolutely nothing like driving over I -10, seeing the skyline of New Orleans, and experiencing the complete joy of knowing that you are home. And that feeling doesn't end when you graduate, it doesn't end when you leave new orleans. I know that all of the alum can agree with me on that. So please, stick it out. Melissa is right, you can take this opportunity to gain valuable working experience. I will tell from personal experience that applying for graduate schools and jobs after college isn't as easy as it seems. Everybody has a college degree. Everybody has some volunteering experience or has worked is some office. You will be competing with thousands of applicants from other top 50 schools. You need to something to stand out. Taking this semester to help the red cross or other organizations to rebuild a stronger New Orleans is the perfect opportunity to do so. People will see this as a character building experience and a sign of dedication. More importantly, you will be helping all of those who have lost EVERYTHING. go to the red cross website. Do what you can. If you decide to take classes as a visiting student, you can still help.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a freshman, I've enrolled as a visiting student at another school, but I will definitely return to Tulane once it reopens. I've seen some administrators and faculty members post, and I was wondering if anyone knows any way to alert anyone in the administration as to the current plans students are making for themselves--either an email address so we can notify officials that we're taking classes so we can have some credits when Tulane is open again, or a phone number, or anything....Shouldn't there be some way for us to tell the administration what we are doing? Perhaps that would help them make their own decisions for opening this semester.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another freshman perspective....
I enrolled at Tulane and intend to attend Tulane whenever it reopens. This will just be a gap semester and an opportunity to help rebuild a city and university that so quickly enchants those from around the world. I do, however have a semesters worth of credit already and understand the concerns of those who do not and intend to continue on to law and medical programs. I will stand by Tulane and believe most other freshman will as well.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Tulane alum of several years, and it's so wonderfully heartwarming to read these posts amidst all the gloom and doom in the news. I was only mildly excited about attending Tulane, but all that changed on freshman move-in day. It truly was the beginning of the rest of my life. I was aware everyday of how I should cherish my experience there because it would not last forever. I would often walk on campus and feel...just plain happy and that the world was a beautiful place. How often in life do you feel that way? I'm sure some students, especially freshmen, don't have these emotions tied to the school yet, but I definitely recommend everyone return once the university opens again. Take whatever classes you need to at another school, but please come back! While I'm certainly enjoying my life now, nothing can compare to the years I spent at Tulane.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Investing in Tulane is actully investing in yourself. The higher Tulane's status becomes, the better jobs we as graduates can get after graduation.

Tulane is a great school with a great reputation. Cowen has put in a lot of effort to make it better each year.

Please don't abandon it.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous newyorkginman@yahoo.com said...

I have a suggestion...don't transfer...take the semester off and do something that will change your life and help those people that have had their lives upended by this tragedy. Volunteer to help the city or anywhere in the gulf coast recover. Make a one semester commitment to work to rebuild. Then go to Tulane and party hard. Put that on your resume when you graduate and you won't have to worry about getting a job and you will have started off your adult life the right way. Consider it. I would if I hadn't graduated 10 years ago. I'll buy you a six pack for your first day at Tulane if you do. I hope to be getting Sharpe drunk one night next year.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous tulane 95 grad said...

Louisiana and New Orleans need Tulane now more than ever. As the largest employer in the state, Tulane will be a huge part of rebuilding the city and the Gulf Coast.
After graduating ten years ago, I have returned to New Orleans and Tulane again and again. I lived in New Orleans for a while post grad school, got married there (at the Newcomb Chapel) and have missed only one Jazz Fest since 1992. My husband (a Tulane grad) and I return to New Orleans several times a year and have many good friends in New Orleans. Tulane and the city of New Orleans need Tulane students more than ever and you won't be sorry you stuck it out.
Tulane and New Orleans become a part of who you are...don't give up on them.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Jenell said...

I chose to come to Tulane University because of the education that the school would offer me and the experience that both the school and the city of new orleans would provide me with. if it means that when we move back into our dorms, that we help rebuild the campus or the community, then by all means we should help. It is part of us being citizens of this community that we help those in need. I know there are many other students out there that are willing to help. i just hope that we can all pull together to get things started.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Mannie Fresh said...

While pacing around my house, I can to the following realization: This stuff is all going to work out fine.

"Why?" you may ask.

Because here is what Tulane can do:

They can break down the semesters into trimesters, and we could start later and still finish up in June like other trimester schools and not miss anything.

If Tulane gets postponed for 2 months, they could still have two semesters. Semester 1 being Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb (with a much abbreviated Christmas break), and Semester 2 being Mar, Apr, May, Jun (which a much abbreviated Spring break). Then we would finish in time for everybody to get jobs and/or go to law school or whatever.

Just a few options. I'm sure Tulane has more. It's all going to work out.

All possible. All viable. Be all that you can be.

The more you know.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're totally right. this will all work out. they'll just reshape the semesters a little bit...or offer a semester for the summer. they'll work it out, everyone be patient and have some faith :)

kelli

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a freshman, and the most dissapointing thing about evacuating was missing out on all the "freshman experience" stuff I was looking forward to: sleeping in a dorm, meeting new friends, starting classes and bonding with people you meet in clubs, etc. Then I realized, after getting through this together, '09 will probably be the most bonded and spirited class in the country. Especially if a lot of us participate in the recovery effort. Because of all that's happened, I feel connected to the school even after only one day. No way I'm leaving

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with that last post!! There's no way we can all bail out on tulane now.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Tony said...

I completely agree. Though Im trying to be neutral and unbiased on my site, I'm posting your entry.

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6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newcomb('91) alum here. Don't leave. Seriously, the best 4 years of my life were at Tulane. One semester won't make a lick of difference. Enjoy this time "off". Do something good for the world, or for yourself. You'll have a great bonding experience with your classmates when you get back to school. Be grateful you have a warm bed to sleep in. DON'T TRANSFER!!!!

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Courtney A Werpy said...

I'm a freshman, i'm not transfering. Tulane University was the only school I applied to. I have 12 credit hours already, so if I lose a semester I'll be able to make it work. Tulane University as Scott Cowen said has been around forever. They can't just screw over all of the studnets and faculty. They will figure out something. I for one may take one or two classes somewhere close to home, but I'm not transfering. I was in the city of New Orleans for 10 hours, and I feel in love with it. I saw the city before, and I will see it after. Don't leave. We have a chance to make the best city in the country even better...

7:47 PM  
Anonymous jenn lemay said...

I'm a freshman and I will be loyal to Tulane. I can't imagine going anywhere else. And everyone else's comments have lifted my spirit's tremendously. thanks i was afraid i was alone in wanting to stay at tulane.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One person wrote in that he was afraid of missing out on the freshman experience (though it was a positive comment overall, and thanks!), but you guys, you will still get that experience! "Sleeping in a dorm, meeting new friends, starting classes and bonding with people you meet in clubs", etc. That will all be there when you return. College will be everything you imagined it to be and more.

Use this as an opportunity to better yourself and the TU community, and don't run because your first semester didn't turn out the way you thought it would. Guess what? That's exactly how life works! You guys got the lesson a little early however, so you're totally prepared for whatever else comes your way in the next few years, while all your friends will be reeling from not being able to deal with whatever minor crises befells them.

And finally, be thankful that you are safe. Even if your stuff is messed up, it's just stuff. You can replace the computer and the bedspread and the cool clothes. I can't help but feel that students are so worried about the next few months and a few off-at-college possessions, and are forgetting that so many (undoubtably some of which are tulane faculty and staff) have lost their entire homes and more. It's not like they can go back to Best Buy or Target to replace what they've lost. Be thankful that you are okay and put your energy towards helping those who aren't.
Tulane '02

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Tulane Junior said...

I'm a rising junior at Tulane, and have come to love the nuances of New Orleans over the past two years. If you are an incoming freshman, I understand your plight only slightly, but will attempt to relate, nonetheless. Without established ties to the school or the city, you inevitably feel compelled to explore other options. Please listen to my plea before loosing face (and perhaps, before loosing faith). I realize it must seem that New Orleans was smashed by the furious wrath of God's own hammer, and that you stand weak-kneed under the crushing weight of this catastrophe. You're probably thinking, "It was never supposed to be like this...these things happen to other people, but not me, never me..." Honestly, you are correct. It was NEVER supposed to be like this. No measure of prescience could have forseen this. No measure of preperation could have prevented it. When meteorologists construct disaster scenarios, this is outside even their considerations in all but the darkest of designs. I fear that those who are contemplating transferring are allowing their demons to talk down their better angels. Do not be so short-sighted and narrow-minded to believe that in this, our darkest of days, you are best suited by yielding to the urge to flee. You have to see the blackest of nights to appreciate the dawn. Do not confuse the darkness with the waning of our beloved institution. Twilight is so very different from the night, that you would know it if it were upon you. Most men lead lives of quiet desperation because they are not presented with the chance to attain to greatness. Do not retreat from the first battle of your lives, or you'll be tempted to do so for the remainder of it. The difference between oblivion and mediocrity and between mediocrity and greatness is ambition. You need to WANT to be better, to be more than what you are to become that which you revere. You need to want to fight the fights worth fighting. If you are not of that caliber, perhaps you ought not be at Tulane in the first place.

To all Tulanians who are not incoming freshman (to be read with as much fervor as possible):

I swear to God that you're completely, FUCKING WORTHLESS if you attempt to transfer. If you think for one second that ANY graduate/medical/law/business school is going to hold against you the fact that you stuck with Tulane through the worst of it, you are horribly misguided. In fact, if I were an admissions officer, I would set fire to the applications I received from the weak-willed SOBs that couldn't stick it out for ONE SEMESTER and then piss out the flames. If after a year or more in New Orleans you haven't developed the physical/mental constitution to navigate a slight detour in the 'road of life,' you're a PUSSY, and you haven't been drinking enough at 50-cent-night.

If any of you mental midgets wish to stand up for yourselves, you should know that any argument you make, I'll thrash. I'm a dean's honor scholar, I chose Tulane over Yale and Columbia, and I will own you. I am not done, not NEARLY done, and relish the thought of trouncing lexis brought against me.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Tulane Senior said...

I feel very glad that this forum is here and that everyone is communicating about what has happened to us. I'm very pleased that so many freshmen plan to continue at the university when it is set up again. However, i think there are some other things consider: many returning students and especially seniors will perhaps find it beneficial to take advantage of the opportunities other universities are giving us. We don't have to transfer--they will let us go to school and then send our credits earned this semester back towards our Tulane degree. This might be a good option for a lot of students. I mean, we're looking at months before the city itself is safe to come back to; maybe some alternate plans would be good to set up while we can. Personally, I'm going to wait and see what cowen says before making final decisions, but you'd better believe i've started calling other colleges, and i think other people should too.
The other thing i want people to remember, especially those who are so intent on partying when they get back to Tulane or insist that things will turn out just fine, is that there are THOUSANDS dead in the city, and TENS OF THOUSANDS still trapped within it. I love Tulane, and I love New Orleans, and the best way i can show that is by being respectful of those who have lived here longer than I and who had absolutely no means of evacuating. I think that it's extremely important to remember how priviledged we all are as Tulane students to have had the resources to have made it out of the city early and easily. Please continue to show some respect for those who weren't so fortunate, and please, try to remember all the New Orleanians affected by this, not just those from Tulane.

9:11 PM  
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9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't even imagine going to some other school. I'm still having trouble even thinking about taking a few classes at some other school for the semester. I'd rather just work for the semester and graduate in the winter. It's one semester, who cares! I can donate some of my money to the hurricane relief and use the rest to help build the economy of New Orleans by drinking heavily at some of the local bars. I love Tulane and couldn't live with myself for giving up on the Green Wave. This hurricane might have knocked us down for a little bit but we are going to get up again and continue to fight. This bitch Katrina can't keep us down too long. We will be stronger and closer when we come back when the school opens. This year's Mardi Gras will be amazing. It will be the biggest celebration of life this country has ever seen. No one should miss out on the Tulane experience

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer O'Brien said...

I'm so glad to see that I'm not alone in wanting to get back. I was with the refugees (pretty well kept all things considered) at JSU and the people I met are amazing. I have only spent two and a half days in the state of Louisiana in my life, but it is now almost as much my home as the place I've lived for 9 years. I'm taking a couple of classes at the local community college (mostly to keep up with some of the brilliant kids I met), but I'm telling my professors that I will drop them as soon as anyone can get into NO to help clean up and rebuild. Thank you so much for the morale boost; I really needed it after hearing a couple of my new friends had to transfer and don't know if they'll come back. I respect that, but it's rough, and I will certainly miss them. And I hadn't thought to call the Red Cross to volunteer, but I will tomorrow.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another freshman perspective. . .

One of the reasons I decided to come to Tulane was because of the atmosphere. . .And even though I am now 1200 miles away from the school, this website keeps that feeling going. Tulane is a wonderful school with wonderful, supportive people running it. Cowen will NOT let us down. Have a little faith. . .He understands what it's like waiting for SOMETHING to happen. Afterall, he was down in NOLA, cut off from everyone for days. I have faith that he will do everything he can to give us a fall semester. Just understand that it's as hard for him to make a decision about the school as it is for us to wait to hear the decision. Also know that, while Tulane sustained only minor damage, the students' return to the school depends solely on the condition the rest of the city is in. . .Roads WILL need to be repaired, pipes, power lines, the sewer system, infrastructure, and most importantly, the levees. . .and all that WILL take a lot of time.

Pres. Cowen is optimistic about the situation. Why shouldn't we be?

So we freshmen miss out on the "experience." The way I see it, we really won't. The "freshman experience" is basically all about living away from home, making new friends, blah, blah, blah, right? We'll still get that, whether it's this semester, next one, or next fall!

Just have a little faith. . .The people of Biloxi, Gulfport, and New Orleans do, and most of them lost EVERYTHING. All of us displaced students only lost a semester or two. We still have a place to live, all our possessions are intact. If those people who lost everything can have faith, why can't we?

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To everyone commenting on the "freshmen experience," or even the overall college experience: what's more of an experience than being able to say you weathered the "hurricane of the century" during college? Or what about saying I helped put the school and the city back together with my friends?

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received my PhD in Latin American Studies from Tulane a couple of years ago. The years I spent there in classes and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of both the university and the city are years I truly treasure. There is no other place on earth that could have given me what I received in those years. To those of you who are considering going elsewhere for a semester--DON'T!! Tulane does not have the well-deserved and outstanding reputation that it has because decisions are made in haste before all of the information is available. This is one administration you should trust to keep the best interest of the students in mind. Personally, I believe that this should bring a unique and everlasting bond to the group of students who wisely make the decision to take advantage of any arrangements that President Cowen is able to make for you. You will be a part of history--not just that of Tulane, but that of the city of New Orleans. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kay

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Freshmen specifically, don’t transfer for good until you at least give Tulane a second chance. Perhaps it is the strong camaraderie among the students or the energy and drive that no other students have, but once you begin your Tulane experience, I promise that you will be hooked. Tulane has changed my life and I am forever grateful.

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