Most of us have begun to settle into our new situations. Whether it be a university close to home, a university far away, or taking time off to pursue independent endeavors; it is safe to say that many are beginning to feel a sense of home again. At the same time, I could easily argue that many aren’t feeling a sense of home, but instead, a sense of pandemonium. Questions regarding graduation, transferring and most importantly, HOW WILL WE CATCH UP, are clouding our hearts and minds. Where do we begin to put our lives back together? Do we meet new people at our new school, or just try to find all the Tulanians? How much money is this relocation going to cost us?
The past few days have been uniquely difficult. I have to make a tough decision whether to drop one of my majors, as it is just too hard to catch up three weeks in four classes. Moreover, there is significant stress resulting from moving in a new place, getting acquainted with a foreign university and trying to sustain some type of social interaction. For me, this confusing state of mind has been mitigated by the support of the school that I am now attending, USC. While catching up (we started three weeks behind) has been difficult, the faculty and students have shown complete support for the 112 students from the
One hour of one of my classes was allocated to discussing the hurricane. With seven out of 30 students coming from Tulane, we had a great discussion about everything from the federal, local and state failures to feelings about our individual experiences. During the discussion, a few very interesting points were made. I stated that something about the Tulane community is different than the way it works at other universities. And then I think I figured it out. Tulane is very much made up of people from far away. I would say Tulane is one of the unique schools where many students don’t have the option to go home on the weekends. This compels us to make New
Another interesting point was made by another Tulane student in my class. People asked us if we “lost everything,” and what that meant. The immediate response was no, most of us didn’t lose much of anything, and then we’d explain how many people’s lives will not be the same for many years, if ever. But the second part was the interesting point. A Tulane student said she didn’t care about losing some stuff, that there’s just no way we can when people lost everything. But she is upset about losing one thing- the experience. If anything, Katrina took away a good 4 months of memories, experiences, and relationships that we all know you just can’t get anywhere else. There is no replacement for the French Quarter, the streetcar, Voodoo Fest, Halloween in
So my best advice right now is to hang in there. Some people are happy, some are still very depressed. Enjoy what you can of your new experience, whatever it may be. Things are truly coming together. The outlook for uptown has never been better. They say they are planning to open next week for people to come get some stuff. That would be extraordinary. We will be in