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ARS Sophomore Class Takes Louisiana By Storm

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It’s nearly 10 at night, and the Ann Richards sophomore class has been on the same charter bus for coming on 10 hours.

Over the three days of the trip, the girls visited four college campuses, stopped in five cities, crossed the state line twice, stayed in two hotels, watched eight films, sang with two concert pianists, spent over 20 hours on the same charter busses, and had the time of their lives.

“The trip was exhausting, but it was worth it,” said sophomore, Maya Nuñez, recalling the life-long memories she made in New Orleans. “The college visits were great!” Nuñez later added. The sophomore class visited Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and Tulane University and Loyola University in the great city of New Orleans.

The sophomore class sitting on steps at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Of the colleges the class visited, Nuñez said, “Tulane seemed like a really good school and I liked LSU too- I think I’ll definitely apply there.”

Fellow sophomore, Helen Onuorah, shared a similar opinion with that of Nuñez.

“I liked LSU just because it was so big, and I just liked the feeling of being on the campus. Something about it was welcoming.”

Sophomore, Helen Onuorah, stands in front of a hotel on the LSU campus. (left- Katherine Henderson, right- Kelly Friedman)

In recalling favorite memories of the trip Onuorah also said, “I liked when we got to walk around the French Quarter [of New Orleans] and the beignets!”

Sophomore, Sierra Melomo, also couldn’t resist the beignets, and even ended up buying some beignet mix at the legendary Cafe du Monde. Despite the mess of powdered sugar the sugary treats inflicted, Melomo declared the beignets “worth every bite!”

Sophomore, Sierra Melomo, at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans

The sophomore class came home exhausted on Friday night, but full of stories to share, memories to cherish, and maybe even some plans for the not-so-distant future.

Meredith says if you give her a train ticket, a cup of tea, a camera, good literature, a friend, and a sprig of French lavender she'll be happy forever. Meredith is also a varsity swimmer and co-captain on the school’s swim team, a Model UN delegate, a student ambassador for the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), a Girl Scout, and of course, a staff writer here at the Polaris Press.

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