Updated: Oct 6, 2022
You did it! Congratulations! You were
accepted to the MJ program at Tulane
University. Now what?
Can I really do this? What if I fail? What it I can't keep up with the
other students? Am I too old for this?
These where all the questions that were running through my mind
when I was accepted by Tulane for the MJ program. I had been
contemplating doing the program for over a year and finally had
the courage to apply and start in January 2021.
I am here to share some advice to help you get over the nervousness
and anxiety of your first semester.
Keep in mind that this program was created with the intent for working
students to succeed. It is designed with reasonable timelines and
direct access to the professors.
To be successful, you must keep up with your readings and assignments.
Staying organized and on task are key. If you miss a deadline or you think
you won't able to meet a deadline, it is imperative that you
communicate with your professor. Most professors are understanding and
they might give you an extension.
An important part of surviving your two years is to join a study group or
simply create one. I joined a study group that met once week, or once a month,
depending on the course. We helped one another with the materials, shared ideas,
supported one another or simply were there for each other, knowing that others
were stressed about submitting a paper, or just being able to reach out to someone
who knew more about a topic that I did.
I think the most important part of this program is being open to making
friends with wonderful people from all walks of life, from different parts
of the country. Having a support group helped when I had doubts or just
simply to confirm my understanding on a topic.
Enjoy your experience. Keep up with the work, and meet as many people
as you can in program. You will find the two years will pass by quickly!
About Ilda Andaluz:
Ilda is Human Resources Professional with over 20 years of experience in Global HR. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology form McGiIl University, an MBA from
University of Phoenix and will be graduating with a Master of Jurisprudence from Tulane University in December 2022. Ilda is originally from Montreal, Canada and moved to Houston, Texas in 2016. She lives with her husband and two sons. She speaks, reads and writes Spanish, French, English and Italian.
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