Month: May 2013

Master of Public Health

Well, it’s been real, Tulane, BUT I can’t say I will ever miss walking into Tidewater. On Saturday, May 18, I finally received my Master in Public Health (MPH) from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. I giddily realized that I now get to add those three little letters behind my name while making and ordering new business cards. Both ceremonies were great! During the Unified Ceremony I had the privilege of having the 14th Dalai Lama deliver a very inspiring commencement address, got a mini concert from Allen Toussaint and Dr. John (who were both receiving honorary degrees), as well as a performance by Topsy Chapman and Dr. White’s Jazz Band who sang “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans.” New Orleans, I will definitely miss, Tulane…not so much. But the people I’ve met and opportunities I’ve had will definitely be missed and cherished. I think the highlight of the Unified ceremony was watching the Dalai Lama with the Second Line Umbrella that was made for him that …

Cruises, Culture, and Responsibility

So I realize I haven’t posted in a good minute. My practicum, the last requirement for my degree, really took over my life; I’m not being hyperbolic. I wasn’t cooking very creatively, I wasn’t cooking much at all, and I just couldn’t breathe a second long enough to think to take photos of anything or post about anything. But now that’s all over and I actually got to take a vacation. That’s what this post is about–my cruise to Cozumel on Carnival. Naturally, my parents were a bit nervous about my going on this cruise given Carnival’s recent bouts of ship issues, but luckily the one I was on had no mechanical problems. There were some other problems… [Warning: this is a long post.] The morning the ship sailed I took my last final of grad school. I ran out of there in under an hour after furiously scribbling down answers. Since I live pretty close to the port we took a cab there and luckily got on board pretty quickly. It didn’t register at …