Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Jobs vs. Taking Classes

I'd like to point out the value we can gain from taking a job in your field of interest. Since there's really no one to compete with, unlike summer internships, it might be very possible to secure an internship or job that is not entirely mindless. Spend some time sending out a well-written cover letter than explains your situation. I'd argue that an internship and/or job can be equally as valuable in your educational experience.

I'm not advocating taking classes at some random university. It might be just too much pressure for some people. Plus, you can probably get paid.


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7:54 AM  
Anonymous Catherine said...

I think a job is a great idea! I was suppose to start my senior year and frankly I'm really burned out on studying. my parents want me to take classes, but I think a job and maybe a computer class to learn some essential work place computer skills are better options. after some work experience we'll all appreciate out student lives more.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Mike Whalen said...

I am an incoming freshman, and as I type, more and more colleges along the east coast (myself living in Charlotte, NC) are making themselves available to Tulane students. Unfortunately, nearly all, if not all of these schools have already been in session for a week or longer. Personally, I think that rather then try to come late to a school like UGA, where I would be late, alone, and unsure of my permanent status, I would rather get a job. Any suggestions?

1:20 PM  
Blogger Tulanegrad2003 said...

Mike-- You should definitely stick it out and wait to go to Tulane. I am so glad I went there and I wouldn't trade my time there for anything.
What do you like to do? Where would you like to live? In any city in the US, I'm sure you'll find a Tulane alumni who can help you find a job and a place to live until you can go to school.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To everyone who is unsure of what to do in the meantime... There's always the option of volunteering somewhere/going abroad. There are plenty of awesome programs out there that kids can do that aren't school or job related! I personally was thinking of going to Latin America somewhere... maybe Costa Rica, and working with people there.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Meaghan Hartney said...

i live in ct and there aren't many good colleges around or colleges that i would be interested in taking classes i am an architecture freshmen, i think i am just going to try to find an internship in some architecture firm somewhere. my mom knows some people who know some people so i should find something soon. im def. not going to find classes somewhere else unless i am told to do so...its just not worth it for me.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In DC, i have heard that George Washington and Catholic Universities are willing to take visitor students for the interim while things are sorted out down in New Orleans. If you are interested, contact the schools.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Madeleine said...

I am planning to work for a non-profit in DC and have even talked to a Georgetown dean about it (after he told me I couldn't get into their school because Tulane isn't Jesuit). He mentioned that a good idea would be to take a journal of the job or internship and then to try and use that journal to get credit or at least for the basis of a paper when we do get back to school. I think it'll be fun and good preparation for the real world next year, besides, why would I want to go to school anywhere else?!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Liz Horn said...


This may be completely unrealistic for some of you at this point, but if you can, take advantage of some of this time to do some traveling. Once you're out of college and working, it can be so difficult to find the time to visit the places you've always wanted to go.

Visit friends and family around the US, backpack Europe, tour Australia, wherever your heart desires, go! Take these lemons and make lemonade. There's a whole lot of world out there to see!

Also, think about doing an independent project of some sort. On anything from disaster relief to freshman social experiences, I'm sure you can find a professor to sponsor you retroactively and you can earn a couple of credits once you're back at Tulane. Study a little, write a little, just do anything to show you're thinking! Plus, independent studies count as honors courses for all you smarties out there.

Good luck!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Glenna Gross said...

let's take this opportunity to have an amazing expeience- make a difference: get a fabulous internship, travel, help with relief efforts. Our city needs us now more than ever and we CANNOT give up on our school. I am a senior and can honestly say that the past 3 years of my life have been the best ones ever. We need to give back to the city that we love so much. So seniors- we'll graduate a semester or two late- who cares? And freshman- hang in there. Tulane accepted you becasue they want you, and even though you have yet to experience all of the great things Tulane and New Orleans has to offer, you will. And trust me, it WILL be worth it. Let's work to help New Orleans and the people that have lost everything and give back to the community that has given us so much.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Herman said...

PROTEST on behlaf of the citizens of New Orleans. The United States Government has failed tens of thousands of its citizens. The federal government has failed to organize an coherent plan for rescue and left the national guard depleted of manpower and resources.

I am watching CNN and they just announced the Astrodome is no longer accepting refugees. These people have no homes, no food, no money, NOTHING. They have no place to go now, what are they going to do in a month, in a year. The President said the recovery effort could take years.

This government can't successfully gain accurate intelligence after 9/11, can't gauge the ability of the armed forces to fight and win a war, can't navigate the "road to democracy in Iraq", can't orchestrate a rescue and recovery effort in the wake of Katrina.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on this isn't really the time for politics. Talk about how the government messed up in securing the city earlier all you want, but 9/11 and Iraq have nothing to do with hurricane Katrina. We should be coming together in a time like this, not nitpicking and complaining about unrelated issues.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

MIKE WHALEN: Have a resume and/or info on yourself and your interests? I can see what I can do with one or two ppl in your area.... Jacqueline Holmes, Newcomb '96

10:34 AM  
Blogger todd grant said...

As a Tulane Alumnus, I have been trying to figure out how to support the University and the displaced students. One idea that I've come up with is to offer internships that could provide an interesting and rewarding work-related experience for students that are choosing to hold off on taking classes until Tulane is back up and running.

I can be reached at if there are students in the RI area that would be interested in this offer.

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