The Freshmen Will Come Back
You are faced with a decision of grave consequence. No one blames you for wanting your "first year experience," but I feel that Dr. Cowen should be giving you a bit more guidance and encouragement to make accomodations to return to Tulane in the spring. It seems that Dr. Cowen has built into his agreement with other universities that they will only take you for a semester. This is a good thing and let me explain why. If you all have to come back in the spring, you will, together. Some of you may try to get your old acceptances back at other universities, and basically fully enroll in another school. Don't do that. Most students won't have the opportunity to fully enroll or get their acceptance back, they will just be visiting students for the semester. This means you all will be compelled by your visiting institutions to return to Tulane for the spring semester. It means you will all be in the same boat. It means things will be relatively normal right after we get back. I hope you can see the benefits of this. First, it allows you to have a fabulous freshmen year, visiting another school and then coming home to Tulane with your classmates. Also, it helps Tulane! It helps prevent them lose a percent of their freshmen class, something than can be relatively devestating to Tulane's future.
So the solution is simple. Hang out at a university near home, if you can. Then everyone come back in the Spring. We, the older students, will guarantee a full freshman experience, plus you will all be in the same boat that you were in the fall. You all will return to Tulane as a unified class, ready to experience the wonderful party scene that is Broadway and the Boot.
I ask you to consider this,