It was a Friday night. She was at the mall with friends, and Hurricane Katrina was stirring in the Gulf of Mexico. The next day, her school, the University of New Orleans, implemented a mandatory evacuation.This was how junior psychology major Courtney Hamilton began her college experience.
After the evacuation announcement, Hamilton sought shelter with friends on her swim team in Baton Rouge, La., then continued home to Southlake.
The next week, they were told classes were canceled for the rest of the semester.