I think this explains my current situation pretty well right now...
In the mean time, I had an event to go to for the annual "Newcomb Big/Little Sister Pinning Ceremony." It's always a bit hectic, but this year I decided to volunteer as a check in person for a big group of big/little pairs. It was the first day back for freshmen, so they were stressed and excited as it is. Add in a hurricane and a bunch of big sisters having to cancel to prep their houses off campus for high winds and you get ... a lot of little sisters paired with one big sister. It could have gone better, since I didn't really get to chat with my real little sister much, but they managed to pull it off quite well for the circumstances!
Packing was a guessing game as I also tried packing up anything on the ground and all of our electronics from midnight to 3 am (when I left for the airport!). I'm really hoping our apartment doesn't have any major damage. It was silly thinking we wouldn't have to worry about hurricane problems since our past three years went by with no signs of major flooding or high winds, but the weather is always there to reconfirm how little power we have in determining what's going to happen in life! And it's times like these when I think of the kids I used to teach in the upper ninth ward, the families with no cars, small, ground level homes, and little money to live off of, let alone to spend on evacuation for a week! I think Tulane is doing a really good job sheltering students and making sure everyone has anything and everything they need, I just hope the same goes for the majority of New Orleans and everywhere else that's been hit.
I received a notification on my phone today saying classes are officially cancelled along with all activities on campus for Thursday- Saturday. Classes and everything else will resume Tuesday. One week late is much better than the alternative the Katrina classes had to face 7 years ago to the day, making me even that much more thankful for the week off and knowing that this storm hasn't been as disastrous as it could have been! (but it's not over quite yet, so I'm crossing my fingers!)