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Quick Facts

Name: Marissa Shapiro

Class of: 2011

Major: History

Current Occupation: Production Assistant/Property Manager/Special Assistant

Words of Wisdom: Be open to everything, know when to work hard, develop relationships with your professors and TAs who can help you in class and beyond, think about New Orleans outside of Tulane, and enjoy Bruff on Sunday mornings.

Marissa Shapiro, Class of 2011TU Symbol - Profile Pic

Production Assistant/Property Manager/Special Assistant
Local Attorney

Tell us about yourself.  How did you come to Tulane?
My guidance counselor recommended Tulane University as a possible school for me, and on a whim I applied.  As soon as I visited (I remember I was sitting in Bruff Commons with my parents) I knew this was the place for me.  Everything just clicked.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, History    2011

Present Day

What do you do?
I supervised the production of a documentary television show filmed in Kenya and currently am supervising the renovation of an apartment building in Bayou St. John.  Sounds all over the place, I know, but I do a little bit of everything!

What skills do you use regularly?
Excellent communication skills, extreme organization and attention to detail, ability to multitask and be self-directed, ability to present information correctly and coherently

What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
I feel that I have a great relationship with my employer.  He trusts me and gives me responsibility and as a result I am learning something new every day.

Undergraduate Experiences

What did you study at Tulane?
I studied History and International Development.

What insights did you have as a college student?
I certainly learned about myself and expanded my understanding of the world while at Tulane, but truly more than anything else I fell more and more in love with New Orleans.  I realized I never want to leave this town.

What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
Take a variety of classes, and take the class you never considered taking just for the heck of it.  Also, take Foundations of Art: Glass as your art component – it was so much fun to learn glass blowing!

Actually think about your schedule and do a bit of research.  Talk to your advisor.

Sign up for more than the amount of hours you actually plan to take, so you can drop one or two after you see what your semester will be like.

Discuss a class that had a significant impact on you.
I enjoyed my History classes – the small upper level classes that were reading and discussion based.  I developed great relationships with my professors.

Lagniappe

What was your first job after earning your undergraduate degree?
Assistant to the Deputy Mayor of External Affairs, City of New Orleans

Do you have any other recommendations?
DO: Be open to everything, know when to work hard, develop relationships with your professors and TAs who can help you in class and beyond, think about New Orleans outside of Tulane, and enjoy Bruff on Sunday mornings.

DON'T: Make snap judgments about anything or be afraid to try anything once.

What do you wish you had known as a first-semester freshman?
The first semester is an adjustment period, and you aren't expected to be totally comfortable with everything about college life all at once.

Contact Information

Email: mshapiro@tulane.edu

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu