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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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