I never really expected to sign myself away to eight weeks of summer service. I thought I was going to return to California this summer and simply relax on the beach with my friends. However, something drove me to seek more from my break. I wanted to do something that would extend beyond the needs of myself. It’s clear that my time at Notre Dame has truly changed my perspective on how I should budget my time, and I wholeheartedly believe it is for the better.…
Research is something that I have always wanted to do. As a young student at my quaint little elementary school, I would often observe the behavior of worms or look at ladybugs through the lens of my magnifying glass. No bug was safe from my inquisitive eye. It was clear that I wanted to conduct experiments. I wanted to research things, and make new discoveries. I wanted to learn about the world’s greatest mysteries. I never expected that I would have the ability to make my own little mark the moment I stepped on campus.
While walking outside my dorm to get a late-night snack over at LaFun (LaFortune Student Center), small white specks of dust gradually began falling from the sky. The inner Californian in me ran giddy with disbelief to realize that this would be my first experience with snow.
Spirituality has never really been a strong aspect of my life. Although I was baptized Catholic, I was not necessarily raised Catholic. For the first half of my life, I was actually on the opposite side of the spectrum – a Pentecostal. There was even a short portion of my life where I became highly skeptical of God – almost to the point where I would consider myself an Atheist. A few changes in thought, and a few key moments in my life have led me to the very place I am now – undergoing the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults to become a true Catholic.
You never really know ‘till you try. Throughout high school, there is one word that continually lingers until graduation: “College.” Seniors in high school fill out application after application in hopes of being accepted into their dream schools.…
It was Activities Night. I had my mind made up. I was pretty set on joining a few theatre and service clubs; and calling it a day. As it turns out, this was not the case at all. By the end of the night, I ended up joining somewhere around thirteen to fifteen clubs!
I’m nervous. I have no friends. There’s no way I can keep up with everybody else.
These were the thoughts that ran through my head on the days leading up to college. Everything around me was changing so quickly. I didn’t quite understand how to respond to the rapid change in lifestyle that would follow my departure from California. It felt like I was being reborn into a new life.