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Moreau Instructor Guinan Connects With First-Year Students

Author: Justin Nortey '19

The Moreau First Year Experience course sequence, FYS10101 and FYS 10102, has become an integral part of the lives of first-year students at Notre Dame. Currently in its second year, this course is designed to help them make a seamless transition to life at the University by facilitating the integration of their academic, co-curricular, and residential experiences. The instructors for the course, drawn from units all over campus, are the heart of this experience.

Mr. Tom Guinan, Associate Vice President for Administrative Operations for Notre Dame International, is an example of a non-traditional instructor who relishes the opportunity to connect with first-year students. Read More

The Value of a Minor

Author: Justin Nortey

At Notre Dame, there are three curricular configurations: Majors which are comprised of eight to ten three-credit classes, supplementary majors which require twenty-four credits, and minors which require fifteen credits. What is the benefit of a minor? Read More

Balancing Athletics and Academic Goals

Author: Anne Fick '20

First-year fencers Christina Boitano and Julia Barry were asked about the hardest part of being a student athlete. Both replied, “Time management.” Time management can be difficult any first-year student, but even harder if you are an athlete. Read More

Ask Annie: What Do I Do With My Midterm Grades?

Author: Anne Fick '20

If you are like me, you may not know your exact grades in many of your courses. Several of my professors do not update grades in Sakai, so I will not see some of my grades until midterm reports come out. Coming from school systems where students and parents can see updated grades at any moment online, this can be nerve-wracking to first-years, myself included. Read More

Ask Annie: How Do I Fix an Exam Conflict?

Author: Anne Fick '20

Hello everyone! My name is Annie Fick, and, as a freshman at Notre Dame myself, I’ve had a lot of questions about adjusting to college life. That gave me the idea to set up this column: Ask Annie. I will be answering questions asked by you guys — ND first-year students. The question I am answering today is one of my own: “How do I handle final exam conflicts?” Read More

Peer Advisors: An Important Resource

Author: Claire Radler '19

Coming to Notre Dame, I knew almost no one. Sure, I had met a few people at admitted student events or tours, but I was nowhere close to feeling comfortable when I first arrived on campus. The moment that really hit me was during the opening First Year Mass when I looked around the completely full Joyce Center and realized the only people I knew besides my roommate were the people standing to either side of me, my parents. Read More

Welcome Weekend Launches Moreau First Year Experience

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Amid all the excitement of moving into their residence halls, meeting other members of the Class of 2015, and getting to know the Notre Dame campus, incoming students also went to their very first class. The inaugural sessions of the new Moreau First Year Experience took place on Saturday, August 22. One hundred and nineteen instructors met with over 2,000 students to start a new Notre Dame tradition. Read More

A Place of Refuge

Author: Joanne Norell

I first experienced the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes when I visited Notre Dame as a prospective student five years ago. It was Holy Thursday, and my dad and I attended a beautiful Mass at the Basilica. It was also sunny and warm, and the tulips on God Quad were in full bloom. In other words, it was perfect. Read More

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