Camp Young Judaea – Texas
Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
Growing up in Houston, I visited family in New Orleans all my life and loved the city. I also liked Tulane's campus, size, and classes that were offered.
Bachelor of Science in Management, Consumer Behavior/Marketing 2012
What do you do?
I work for a non-profit summer camp and year-round retreat center. My day to day tasks include speaking with parents about sending their children to camp, organizing payment plans, growing enrollment, and keeping a critical eye on changing the organization for the better. I organize marketing campaigns by sending gifts and designing cards to send to campers and their families. I also meet with the scholarship committee on amounts that should be allotted to families in need.
How did you get to where you are today?
It's all about who you know and the experiences you've had. A relative of mine told my present employer about me, and a day later I received an email asking for my resume and to set up an interview. Ultimately, they hired me because of my background in camping and my Consumer Behavior/Marketing degree and Jewish Studies minor from the best university in the country.
What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
Camp Young Judaea is a small non-profit with only seven full-time employees in my office. My co-workers have become like family to me, and I have been able to network with board members and camp families if I decide to move on to something else in the future.
Some of the cons?
Because we are such a small office, each person has a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes it is hard to separate myself from work life and personal life.
What insights did you have as a college student?
My four years at Tulane taught me to try new things. Tulane has so much to offer and it's silly not to participate in everything you can. There is a club for every interest and if you do not know what your interests are, college is where you find them. It is important to find a balance between work and play. Go to the library with your friends and work on your paper, but don't forget to celebrate acing a test by hanging out at The Fly or hearing music on Frenchmen Street.
What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
Try to figure out what topics truly interest you by taking various classes. If you take classes on things you actually care about, you will do well and it will help you figure out what profession you might want in the future.
Discuss a class that had a significant impact on you.
My Jewish Studies classes taught me so much about my ancestry and the history of the modern world. It made me want to learn more about different religions.
Do you have any other recommendations?
When I studied abroad in Vienna, Austria it taught me that even though we come from different places and cultures, humans are all the same- we all have the same needs and wants in life. If you can, travel!
Study abroad anywhere, but do it in the fall - you don't want to miss springtime in New Orleans (that was my mistake). Try new food like alligator and oysters, and try to leave the Tulane bubble at least once a week. New Orleans has a lot to offer that you would never see as a tourist or by just staying Uptown.
What do you wish you had known as a first-semester freshman?
I wish I had known what profession I might want once I graduated so I would have had a better idea on what classes to take early on.
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