The Hullabaloo’s Survival Guide to Your Sub Sea Level Campus

It’s understandable why Tulane was named one of TIME magazine’s “most beautiful campuses” with our famed live oak trees and centuries-old buildings …  Apparently it didn’t hear about our lack of a proper drainage system. Many Tulane students have experienced the dreadful walk to class when a hurricane-season storm hits, so here are some helpful tips on how to make it to your next class — sans soaked clothes.

Justin Marcano | Staff Photographer

Give yourself a few extra minutes to check the weather for the day.

We all know how much those few extra minutes of sleep help, but getting into the habit of giving yourself time to check the weather right when you wake up will help you plan your day accordingly — and avoid the unpleasant surprise of a torrential downpour.

Always keep your rain jacket and umbrella in your backpack.

It may seem like a lot to carry, but you’ll thank us later when you skip tip No. 1 and that unexpected shower hits.

Invest in rainboots.

This is where you can thank the drainage system. One of New Orleans’ favorite fun facts is our below sea level topography — which also means that when it rains, the water collects, creating another social pool no one asked for. Your new rainboots will be a fashion statement and keep you dry.

Keep your books, notes and laptop safe with a Waterproof Backpack Cover.

Remember that assignment you spent hours on? Imagine pulling it out of your backpack drenched from your marathon through the monsoon. A Waterproof Backpack Cover. $15.

If you forget everything we just told you: lose the shoes.

Take your shoes off and bask in the comradery of barefoot commuting. Everyone (who has not read this article) will be right there with you. 

Try to rework your route to stay covered.

If possible, take a longer route if it has more covered area. Going through buildings or under large trees could keep some of the rain off if you’re in a pinch.

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