This semester we explored the roots of New Orleans in order to better understand how and why the city functions as it does. This semester I studied the colonial aspect of our city's history. It taught me why the city is built physically and culturally as it is. These studies can help us move towards a more sustainable future because we have have learned what has helped the city to progress as well as what has prohibited it's growth.
This past Tuesday was the first of many Tuesdays participating with the New Orleans Scholars Group. I was a little confused as to why we would need an app to explore the French Quarter but I went ahead and downloaded it. As it turns out, this app allows people to take pictures of buildings and mash them up with much older pictures of the same buildings. This proved to be quite a cool tool. I chose this picture of Jackson Square then and now because, not only is it the only picture where I was somewhat able to align the two buildings (my photography skills are far from stellar), but because I have always found the Cathedral and Square to be one of my favorite parts of the quarter. It is very interesting to see how some of my favorite parts of my city have changed which this app has allowed me to do.
In second grade, my family and I were displaced by Hurricane Katrina to Baton Rouge. Living in Baton Rouge allowed me to discover the uniqueness of New Orleans. I plan to go to college and graduate school out of state to gain a broader perspective on life and then return to start a family and contribute what I can to this city. I view education as the best way to prepare my peers and I on how to secure our city’s future. The diverse styles of education I have been exposed to has allowed me to approach problems and think creatively. Because I plan to settle in New Orleans as an adult, my education is very important in order to improve the city while preserving its rich culture.
To mandate that all Mardi Gras beads have warnings describing the potential hazards contained in them in an effort to encourage the localization of Mardi Gras throws which would, in turn, better the economy and environmental impact of New Orleans.