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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

First Steps on a Journey

Author: Kelsey Han '14

I don’t think I will be able to stress how much I actually loved Frosh-O. A lot of people always talk about how awkward it was and about all of the people that they still see today that they remember but pretend to forget. I loved Frosh-O; I got to meet so many new people. I was scared about being in a new place, but everyone else was in the same boat! Though some people knew each other going into Frosh-O, it didn’t matter. Mostly because they were put in different dorms, and by Saturday (the second day), new friendships were already made. Read More

We are ND. But Who Are We?

Author: Grace Chiarella '14

This is it—the part where you look at the great people and opportunities surrounding you and ask, how am I going to define me? How am I going to define my Notre Dame? Yes, I know. Those are some pretty big questions. But believe it or not, they don’t always require big answers and you most definitely don’t have to discover those answers alone. Read More


Author: Lizzie Helpling '14

When I was littler and my parents wanted me to try a new food, they would get my sisters to start a chant: “You can do it, you can do it, you can do it Lizzie!” Eventually, annoyed enough by the noise, I would try the new food, and, sometimes, I would like it. When I came to Notre Dame as a freshman, I did not even need the chant to try something new. I decided that I wanted to reinvent myself, and the easiest way to do that was to try everything new! Read More

Uganda is...

Author: Emmie Mediate

Uganda is yellow, as the worn jerry cans that villagers carry, sometimes for miles, to and from the stream to fill with water.
Uganda is green, as the lush foliage that sustains lives and provides a child’s playground.
Uganda is pink, as the soft bellies of monkeys that swing through the trees and sing you to sleep.
Uganda is blue, as the broad and commanding Nile running through the country. Read More

Those First Few Days

Author: Rachel Wright '14

I still remember what it was like to move in: it was scary and stressful and overwhelming. I was so concerned about trying to figure out where and even IF I would fit in at this amazingly cool and brilliant university. I was also worried about my parents: I am the first-born, and I was worried that they would be worried about me. I wanted college to meet all of their expectations for me, and all of my expectations for myself. Read More

Don’t Fear the Specter

Author: Alex Coccia ‘14

My first-year experience had a profound impact on my academic pursuits, because I was struck by the inspirational words of Dr. Richard Pierce in one of my orientation sessions on being a student-athlete. In the midst of lectures on NCAA rules and procedures, Dr. Pierce spoke about what it means to be a student-athlete. But it was less a speech, more a poem, a charge, a call to action, and a challenge. He told us, “Don’t fear the specter” – the daunting challenges that lie ahead. Read More

First Year Freshness

Author: Nikitha Taniparti

It’s always difficult to describe my experience at Notre Dame. My story has not only elements that everyone can relate to, but also has instances that are indescribable. Undoubtedly, my first-year experience was full of moments I’ll never forget, and also of moments I won’t remember. I had officially begun my journey with one of the best life-decisions that I had spent the last 18 years preparing for. Notre Dame became my home away from home, and my new family. It comes with all the aspects of being in a family – I’ve laughed and cried more than times than I imagined doing, and my first year here introduced me to unlimited wealth of opportunities that were to come. Read More

Judge Wisely and Fear Not

Author: Jeff Ulrich

My 4th year here was accompanied by our football team’s run to the national championship. I promised early in the season not to shave until the team lost. Refusing to fear the consequences of this decision and trusting my judgment that I was doing something memorable and meaningful, I went through job interviews, dances, and most of boxing season with a full beard. I even turned down a chance to go to Donald Trump’s Christmas party because my date did not think I would look presentable enough unless I shaved. Read More

Looking to the Future

Author: Kaitlyn Krall

Congrats on making it through your first months of college! Hopefully you are starting to form your foundation at ND. I wanted to write this article today for the people that know what they want, those people who have 1-year, 3-year, and yes, even 5-year plans. Coming in, I pretty much knew what majors I wanted to pursue, so I took classes in my majors to make sure and, around this same time last year, I was set in my choices. So while everyone else is running around trying 50 different majors, you are already ahead of the game. What do you do now? Read More

The Beauty of Our Lady’s Community

Author: Nancy Joyce

After arriving on Notre Dame’s campus in the fall of my freshman year, I learned two things fairly quickly: first, that in the early weeks of the year when the sun is still shining and before the perma-cloud has arrived, our campus is stunningly gorgeous. Second, I learned that Notre Dame people are incredibly friendly. You would be hard-pressed to walk across campus without having someone smile at you, hold the door for you, or ask how you’re doing. Read More

After a Year of “Firsts,” Here’s to New Beginnings

Author: Kate Christian, '15

Last year marked a lot of “firsts” for me. First college-level courses, first time cheering for Notre Dame, first time sharing a room, first time living in snow, and so many more. And I love firsts. But I love beginnings even more, because beginnings are an opportunity to experience those “firsts” all over again in new contexts. New roommates, an engaging class schedule, and the start of football season were all “firsts” last year, but this time they’re more familiar and are now the beginnings of the adventure I like to call sophomore year. Read More

The Darling Buds of ... April

Author: Madeline Gore, '15

I may have had my doubts in the beginning of January, but winter didn’t actually last forever. Spring has officially sprung on campus. The extra sunshine has given my mood the extra boost of Vitamin D that it desperately needed. We didn’t experience a snow-pocalypse, so technically we had it easy. But hey, this girl isn’t complaining. Read More