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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

Learn to Fail

Author: Marisa Iati '14

I was denied a position at the same summer job three times while attending Notre Dame, and it ended up being one of the best things that could have happened to me. Through two summer newspaper internships, I gained real-world experience in the field that I hope to enter after graduation. My third summer job, teaching kids of recent immigrants through Holy Cross Ministries in Park City, Utah, was eye-opening and fulfilling. I would have missed at least one of those opportunities had I been accepted to my first-choice job. Read More

These Three Rules

Author: Meghan Thomassen '14

On my first day at Notre Dame, it was just my parents and me. We drove up to my dorm, car stuffed with boxes and clothes and lamps. We slowly pulled alongside the area where they were holding marching band tryouts, and all we could hear was the Fight Song trumpeting over the field. I’ll never forget that moment — I was home. I don’t know if you’ve felt that thrill yet, that surge of excitement and belonging. But I can tell you this — it never goes away. Read More

Approaching Study Abroad: A Notre Dame Guide

Author: Emmie Mediate

Perth, Singapore, Santiago, Washington D.C., Kampala, Rome. Notre Dame has study abroad programs everywhere and you have the ability to explore any corner of the world while you are a Notre Dame student. I’m studying abroad in London this semester and absolutely love it. This semester has easily been my favorite for all kinds of reasons, but primarily because the London program has been an ideal fit for my academics and personal interests. Read More

The Spirit of Notre Dame

Author: Christina Mondi '14

During that first month, I dove into a diverse course-load, attended my first-ever football game, took S.C.U.B.A. lessons in the murky waters of St Joe’s Lake, and began tutoring a local third-grader. I was now the one giving direction to visitors rather than asking for them, and I had mastered the proper NDH vegetable-line etiquette. I was getting the swing of things. Read More

The Notre Dame Family

Author: Amber Galik '14

How do I even begin to address the impact freshman orientation had on my first year at Notre Dame? To start, let me just say that I came to South Bend in August 2010 with little to no worries about “starting over” in college. Growing up in a military family, I had moved so many times throughout my childhood that it seemed normal to me to pick up and start over every few years. And although attending three high schools in three years was far from easy, I had survived it just fine and was looking forward to my next big adventure. Read More

What are you going to fight for?

Author: John Vernon '14

One important lesson I learned freshman year, and continue to find beneficial, is never be afraid to ask questions. This doesn’t make you appear stupid at all, but just the opposite. It shows that you are into the subject, processing the information, and trying to grasp the concepts that are being presented. Your professors, and other presenters will appreciate your interest and feed off of that enthusiasm, and it may even promote discussions that add value to the group. Like most things in life, what you get out depends on what you decide to put in. Extend this enthusiasm by showing up for office hours that are offered by your professors. Also, never be afraid to try even if you face the risk of failure. It is important to remember that most people gain valuable experience from things that don’t go exactly according to their plans. Read More

The Whole Experience

Author: Dea Satrio '14

Being at Notre Dame is not about the degree at the end. If it was, then excitement would rise as graduation draws near, and as a senior, I can tell you that is not the truth. We seniors avoid the topic because thinking about graduation means thinking about saying goodbye to Notre Dame and to the unforgettable times that come with it. My time here as a Domer has been largely a time for personal growth and exploration. Academics are part of it, but there’s so much more. Read More

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