"How does the study of a city's history affect decisions that move a city toward a sustainable future?"
The prevalence of history is of utmost importance. New Orleans is a vibrant city, with a cultural history as a port city and mixing pot. New ideas stem from an environment such as this, and as such, it is important to study the way in which these ideas arise. Without knowing the history and background of the city, it becomes a near to impossible task to explain the incredible culture that people are immersed in in New Orleans. Truly, without knowing how the city has been brought up, without knowing why the city has become what it is today, without knowing the powerful role that New Orleans has played throughout history,... without knowing all of this and more, conjectures and ideas become meaningless. For it is within this history that we can discover more about not just what the city is, but who the people who inhabit it are. It is up to us to discover and uncover these truths, and it is ultimately our responsibility to uncover who we are through the history that lies around us.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. Today is the first day that I have begun the New Orleans Scholars Program, and I am anticipating great things to come. Today my fellow scholars and I took a walk in the French Quarter, and using an app made by the New Orleans Historical Society, we compared the architecture and culture of New Orleans past to the present day, resulting in a blending of the past and present. We viewed the old fire station, the Astor Hotel, and a Holiday Inn, to name a few; each building was imbued with a history that under-lied the facade of the building, making for a story to go along with the older pictures of the region. Seeing these pictures of past architecture made me realize the emphasis and importance of maintaining the culture and history of the Quarter. My guides through the French Quarter were two of the local historians at the Historical Society, and through their lens that they introduced to me, I saw a new picture of New Orleans that I had not seen before. This experience was quite enlightening, and I hope for more to come.
Education is one of my ways to progress in life, and through this program I will have a better opportunity to make that happen. I have not always lived in New Orleans, but over the period of the six years that I have been here, I have grown to love the culture and the people of New Orleans. To me, New Orleans is a place that I would consider to settle down and live. Because I feel this way, I feel that I could be part of the change in the city; that I could make a difference in the city with ingenuity and creativity. This program appeals to my sense of ingenuity, and because of that, I would like to take part in this program to make a change in the city.
To organize programs that raise community awareness of pollution levels in Louisiana while educating elementary and high school children about the causes and effects of pollution in an attempt to minimize pollutants that affect the residents of Louisiana as well as the environment in the future to come.