Katie Fitzpatrick, a student in the Master of Preservation Studies program in the School of Architecture, is the Graduate Assistant in the Honors Program.
Katie Fitzpatrick, a student in the Master of Preservation Studies program in the School of Architecture, is the Graduate Assistant in the Honors Program. She loves the intellectual and creative work environment she has become a part of, and advocates that all students work to engage with the Tulane and the New Orleans community.
Katie enjoys working in an office where she is surrounded by people enthusiastic about learning. In particular, she has loved watching students in the Honors Program go from the kernel of an idea for a Thesis project to the finished product, which they submit with a combination of pride and exhaustion. She admires the time commitment and creative intellect demonstrated by all Honors students, especially her favorite co-worker Jake, whose April Fools’ email she found hilarious.
Katie earned her undergraduate degree in Architecture from Texas A&M University. She graduated a semester early in December 2016, before enrolling in her Master’s program at Tulane last Fall. She was no stranger to New Orleans, having visited here from Mississippi and Georgia throughout her childhood, but has enjoyed living in the city for the first time and getting involved with the community.
In the spirit of community involvement, Katie also works as an intern at the Leona Tate Foundation for Change, through which she is fulfilling her program’s practicum requirement. The Foundation runs the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum, which has exhibits on the history of the neighborhood and the wider city, including school desegregation and the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Katie will be working with the Foundation for at least the next year, continuing after she attains her Master’s degree in December. She is currently working on a traveling exhibit about school desegregation in Louisiana, which will soon become a permanent exhibit when the museum moves into its new space.
Katie’s long-term plan is to work for the National Park Service, managing a site and creating educational programming. Her job in the Honors Program has given her valuable experience with educational administration, as has her time with the Foundation for Change. She recommends that younger students get involved, both on and off campus. She’ll be spending her summer continuing her work in the Honors Program and at the Foundation, and trying to shake off the slight British accent she picked up from someone in the office.