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First-year Files: What Do I Do With My Midterm Grades?

Author: Annie 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

First-year Files: How Do I Fix an Exam Conflict?

Author: Annie 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. The question I am answering today is one of my own: “How do I handle final exam conflicts?”

As soon as I had all of the syllabi from my classes, I wrote down important due dates and exam times in my planner. After looking at them all together, I figured out that I have three finals in one day. On December 14th, I am supposed to take my Spanish final exam at 8am, my Cosmology final at 10:30am, and my Microeconomics exam at 1:45pm. I thought this day was just going to be exhausting and that there was nothing I could do to change it. However, after speaking with some of my classmates, I learned that actually I might not have to take all three exams in one day. I heard several different and confusing suggestions on how to make exam schedule changes, so I decided to find out the real process myself. 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

First Quarter Recap

Author: Joanne Norell

By now you are probably fully immersed in the uniquely Notre Dame culture and traditions. So in true Fighting Irish fashion let’s do a recap of the first quarter of your “big game,” otherwise known as freshman year of college. Read More

It's Not Really Over

Author: Lizzie Helpling '14

This year, AnTostal was particularly poignant for me as a senior. Everything has started to become the “last” of everything, and nowhere was this more evident than this particular week. Read More

Welcome Home

Author: Nikitha Taniparti

It was my senior year of high school, and it was the day before the deadline to commit to a university. Notre Dame was hardly on my radar. As an international student from India, I had applied here on mere whim, and after studying French for six years, I was convinced that the school was in Paris, or at least somewhere in France. Before making a decision by that ominous May 1st deadline, I knew two things: that I wanted to study Economics and that I wanted to have a lot of fun at college. These two gallant motivations in tow, I browsed the ND website, as well as the more dubious third-party college discussion boards online. Read More

Quality Over Quantity

Author: Meghan Thomassen '14

I grew up measuring myself. Even though competition wasn’t a big deal in high school, once it was time to turn in college applications, the questions I had thus far avoided inevitably reared their ugly heads. Did I have good enough grades for this school? Did my participation in basketball count even though we never won a championship? Had I spent enough hours volunteering? Read More

Time Moves Fast, Hold On While You Can

Author: Kelsey Han '14

As I have gotten older, I have realized that everything has gotten relatively smaller. A dollar as a kid was a coveted candy bar, and $20 was the best Christmas gift. Now, as I look to my future, I speak in tens of thousands of dollars, and it never seems like enough. Back in the day, a five-minute car ride was an adventure, and a 15-minute timeout was an eternity. With one month left of my college career, I feel as if time is a rug that is being ripped from underneath me. Read More

The Dorm Family

Author: Dea Satrio '14

There was a time when I was nervous about dorm life. I wasn’t sure if I would get along with my roommate, or if I would like living with 200 other girls. As it turns out, PW has been so much more than just a shared space. It has been the birthplace of my fondest memories, the backdrop to many nights spent laughing along with my classmates. Read More

Christmastime at Notre Dame

Author: Maria Kosse '14

There’s nothing like Christmastime at Notre Dame. The excitement for the holidays is tangible post-Thanksgiving break, as dorms light up as part of Christmas decoration contests; the Dining Hall staff goes above and beyond in providing the perfect dining ambiance; and the first big snow leads to the infamous campus-wide snowball fight. If you close your eyes for a second, you truly feel as if you are in a winter wonderland. Read More

Discovering the Spirit of the Fighting Irish

Author: Bright Gyamfi '16

The day was November 3, 2012 a memorable occasion that would be forever engrained in the memory of those who watched the football game between the Notre Dame fighting Irish and the Pittsburgh Panthers. This game silenced all those who had underestimated the fighting spirit of the Irish. Read More

It is all about hope

Author: Antoinette Pusateri '14

As I was serving breakfast to our guests, I overheard a man talking to one of my friends. I am not sure what the circumstances were that brought him there that day, but despite his joblessness and homelessness, this man was bubbling over with hope. I heard him speak of this new part time job he got at a local shop, and how he truly believed this gift from God was the start of a new phase of life for him, one in which he would work as hard as he could to be able to contribute to his community to the best of his abilities. “It is amazing to see what the Good Lord places in our paths when we least expect it!” he announced with joy. Read More

The Enchanting Magic

Author: Kate Christian, '15

I know it’s early in the year to be talking about winter. I realize that it’s mid-November and the temperature has dropped below freezing during the day. I get that I’m cold and wearing scarves and hats far sooner than usual. But the snow…let’s talk about snow for a minute. It floats gracefully, even on the South Quad wind tunnel. It blankets campus with a pristine, fresh coat of snow that just screams bliss. It’s captivating…magical…enchanting. Read More

Minnesota Summer

Author: Kate Christian, '15

It’s amazing what a summer can do. It can teach you new skills, give you corporate work experience, force you to cook for yourself (still a challenge…), and even let you bike seven miles a day. These were just a few of the many benefits to living in Minneapolis, Minnesota this summer. For this past summer, I worked as a Technology Services Intern at Target’s corporate headquarters in Minneapolis. This ten-week experience was wonderful in so many ways, including the introduction into the office working world, the autonomy to have complete responsibility for an important project, the out-of-office intern activities, and the wonderful people with whom I interned. Read More