I Am Part of the 9%

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

Every Notre Dame Class is outstanding in its own way. My class, the class of 2018, was no exception. With 1 in 5 students being the child of an alumni or having a sibling that attended Notre Dame and 2 in 5 being part of the top 1 percent of their high school class, I will be the first to admit that I was intimidated. In addition, three in 10 are international or minority students with rich culture and life experiences that I, a girl from a village in rural Michigan, can’t begin to understand. I didn’t know how I could possibly be part of such a class, a class with some of the best and the brightest that our country, even the world, had to offer. With students coming to study here from all over the place, with exciting lives and extensive travel experience I felt that I could never fit in. Why?

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Going With Your Gut

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It means pumpkin spice flavored everything, getting to wear sweaters and boots, and being able to go to football games again. In college, I’ve found that fall is more enjoyable than it ever was in high school just because I look forward to coming back to my second home and seeing my friends from all across the country that were doing cool things over the summer. However, if you’re a high school senior, fall is the beginning of one of the most stressful parts of your life: deciding on post-high school plans.…

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