“How ‘bout another round of oysters?” — Biography

Left to Right: Robert Grady Aitkens (Dad), Me, Rob Aitkens (Brother), Terri Aitkens (Mom), Wills Aitkens (Brother).

My name is Lorry Elizabeth Aitkens, but please call me Liz. I am a Biology/Psychology double major here at UGA and have no idea why I decided to challenge myself with a multicultural English course. I have two older brothers, Rob and Wills Aitkens that are both currently living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is where we were born and raised, but the vast majority of my family’s history is located in Cajun Country Louisiana.

The first time I went to New Orleans I was 11, the year UGA played the Saints in the Sugar bowl. I automatically loved the French culture that surrounds your senses in the area. The French quarters, the courtyards, the spirit, the colors, and especially the Cajun cuisine. Everything was so different from what I was used to, but yet I loved every bit of it.

The last time I went to New Orleans was this past January for a formal event. This time, I was older and able to really understand why they call it the “Ragin’ Cajun” culture. However, just like my first visit, I felt right at home.

It’s surprising to me that before this project I was completely unaware of how deep my family’s past is rooted in Louisiana. Nonetheless, this semester I’ve spent hours upon hours brainstorming, researching, and attempting to be creative enough to make this project as captivating as possible with my limited writing capabilities. Despite my struggles, I have learned more than I could have ever imagined about Cajun culture and my family’s past. So, without further adieu, please explore the rest of my medium website, starting with my project’s proposal!

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