I want to prove to myself that I will actually post on this blog before I start advertising it and sharing it with other people. I have a tumblr and belong to a couple other similar social sites, but I really feel like blogging in a medium that's more focused on writing is better for me.
My name is Samantha and I am currently 19 years old. I am currently studying Anthropology at Tulane University, which is located in New Orleans. I am fond of all sorts of foreign times and cultures, but my deepest academic passion is studying the Classic Maya and their writing system.
Although I'm originally from Chicago, I feel more at home in New Orleans than I have ever felt anywhere in my life. I think of it less like a city and more like a living, breathing organism that I have built a relationship with. There is a quote from a musician named Ellis Marsalis that I believe to be the most accurate way to describe life in New Orleans: "In other places, culture comes down from on high. In New Orleans it bubbles up from the street". Culture in New Orleans is a collective. Everybody is part of something bigger than themselves, and they know it. Right now, I'm back in Chicago for the summer, but I can't wait to get back to school and capture the life I see throughout that city. I miss it every day.