Why I love(d) studying in Louisiana!

Last week, we told you why people love working in Louisiana and shared a list of the organizations hiring in Louisiana. But there are also some great colleges and universities in the state, and in this post, one student and one alum share why they enjoy(ed) studying in the Pelican State.


Alexandra Bruell is currently a reporter at Advertising Age in New York City. She graduated from Tulane University in 2006, with a degree in English Literature, and, in her senior year during Hurricane Katrina, saw the effects of the disaster on New Orleans and Louisiana overall.

Here’s why she loved studying in Louisiana:

I’m from a suburb of Philadelphia originally. When deciding to attend Tulane, I hopped on the phone with second cousin who had gone to Tulane for undergrad and was attending med school there at the time, and he sold me after five minutes. Then I visited New Orleans and couldn’t imagine a cooler place to live.

I loved being around some of the best food in the world at all times. There’s something about the combination of fresh ingredients, over-the-top presentation, and the courage to over-season and over-butter. I also miss the hole-in-the-wall bars and the grit that we’re seeing less and less of in cities like New York. In New Orleans, somehow the grit is charming.

Katrina happened during my senior year, so when I returned to the school in the spring I had friends who were constantly volunteering in the Ninth Ward with organizations like Habitat for Humanity. As for me, coming off of an internship with Footwear News’ editorial department, I reported on the NOLA footwear industry to show people what business was really like post-Katrina. It wasn’t quite the same, but I was able to contribute in a non-traditional way.

I’ve never met a Tulane alum who wasn’t obsessed with the school. Most people feel the need to return to NOLA at least a couple of times a year. The wacky, laid back culture is like no other, and once it’s in your system, it’s like a disease you can’t shake, but in a good way.

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Steven M. Nicksic lived in Louisiana while he was in the Air Force and eventually moved back to the state to be closer to his wife’s family. He completed his undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS) and is currently in the first semester of his masters program in Nonprofit Administration.

Here’s why he likes living and studying in Louisiana:

There is a lot of emphasis at LSUS for students to take part in volunteer activities.  I know of many of my fellow students that volunteer in the community at a variety of nonprofit organizations on a regular basis. I see them start out just trying to get experience and something to put on their resumes but over time I have seen many of them begin to take ownership of their community and the places they volunteer. Many of them also belong to clubs on campus that take part in fundraising for the community.

Louisiana’s music, culture, and food are things that the people of Louisiana have been coming together over for years. People in Louisiana are proud of these traditions and I believe that in trying to preserve these traditions is one of the reasons they are willing to go out of their way to help one another.

My favorite part about studying in Louisiana is being part of the community outside of the classroom.  Louisiana has a lot of great people and tons of attractions for me and my family to take part in.

Are you or were you a student in Louisiana? Share what you love about the experience in the comments!

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    • A. Irie
    • April 11, 2013

    Great article. No, I didn’t study in New Orleans although I got accepted to Tulane. I had to go to the number 1. Social Work Master’s degree program since I got in. But now I can’t wait to move back to New Orleans. I’m originally from New Orleans (pre-Hurricane Katrina) and left when I was 10. I love the culture and hope many students stick around. I hear the city is in desperate need for long-term residents. Anyway, there’s no place like NOLA.

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