What New Orleans Taught Me

During my week-long visit to New Orleans, I learned quite a few things. Some are hilarious, others are more applicable to my life. Nonetheless, here they are:

  1. Bourbon Street is chaos. Enough said.
  2. Most drinks come in styrofoam containers. You name it, it is probably served in a huge styrofoam cup with a straw.
  3. Embassy Suites is a really, really great hotel chain. I highly recommend.
  4. Smoothie King needs to be opened closer to home. Seriously.
  5. Keep in touch with your parents. If you think you’ve spoken to them enough, call them again.
  6. Escalators are everywhere.
  7. You have to be 21 to purchase Powerball tickets in Louisiana.
  8. Meteorology is such a cool field to work in. I’m fairly certain I’m in the right place.
  9. Don’t be afraid to network with professionals. Even if you mess up, you’ll learn how you can improve for next time.
  10. The new people that you meet will either make or break your trip.
  11. Laugh. A lot. All the time. Never stop laughing.
  12. Take advantage of free trips and new opportunities.
  13. Take more pictures and videos. You’ll smile when you are looking back on them months later (or just the morning after).
  14. Clean up your messy hotel room. Don’t be a slob.
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