Whether you are a freshman looking for clubs to join or a senior who thinks it’s too late to get involved at Tulane – I’m here to convince you that The Crescent is the club for you! My name is Grace and I’m the editor for The College Life section of this digital publication. The Crescent Magazine was founded in 2011 by Tulane students Emily Godsick and Ally Frankel. For years, The Crescent has been a space for students to share their every thought, from movie suggestions to reproductive health resources.
I joined The Crescent at the beginning of my freshman year and wrote my first article about the ups and downs and inevitable struggles of developing a new eating routine in college. I still feel strongly that friends and relatives loosely throwing around the term “Freshman 15” and commenting on weight fluctuations only adds to the stress of a stressful adjustment period. I felt really nervous writing this and felt like no one was really talking about it. Titling my article “Why You Shouldn’t Give a F*** About the Freshman 15,” made me feel better and I hoped someone would read it and feel better, too.
The Crescent is divided into sections. Specifically, College Life, Sex and the Crescent City, Nola 360, Entertainment, The Common Ground, and Fashion & Beauty. Our newer sections also include Dear Diary and Humans of Tulane. These sections allow writers to explore college related topics, fashion trends, politics and current events, their deepest feelings (even anonymously!) and more. Here are a few examples of riveting headlines from Crescent writers to get your creative juices pumping: “Ranking Tulane Memorabilia I find on eBay” “An Exposé on King Cake” “A Beginners Guide to Self Tan” “Should I Be Friends with my Ex?” and “Your Clit Questions, Answered.” Serious, funny, informative, wacky–we do it all. You could spend hours reading the plethora of fascinating articles that have been published over the past 12 years.
The Crescent has inspired me to stay creative in college, which can feel challenging when you’re swamped with homework, cooking or scavenging the Commons for 3 meals a day, staying active, or hunting for jobs. I always found myself coming back to The Crescent, for the group’s positive and supportive energy and my ability to be creative. I used my creativity to conduct investigative journalism and even helped out creating article covers with the graphic design team, helping me practice my skills in Adobe. And of course, I made lots of new friends through The Crescent. I loved attending meetings, getting dinner with newfound friends, and going to Crescent Fly Days throughout the years.
I’m not going into journalism, and unless I make time for it, I might not do much creative writing after college. The Crescent is for everyone and gives anyone a platform to share their knowledge, ask critical questions, make jokes, review music, and so on. All genders, majors, personalities, and opinions are welcome. You can pitch and write practically anything and have it published. That freedom is what makes The Crescent so special. I am so thankful for the uplifting Crescent community and the opportunity to practice creative writing throughout college.
It’s your lucky day! They take rolling admissions. Just apply right here: https://tulanemagazine.com/join-the-krewe/ and see what happens.
Featured image via Grace Gottesman.
Grace Gottesman is a junior from Seattle, WA who enjoys film photography, traveling, and cooking! Through the Crescent, Grace wants to share her love for art, mental health and wellness, sustainability, and her favorite city, New Orleans.