ScreenPeace Film Festival 2016

Author: Katie Martin

Last year, I attended the ScreenPeace Film Festival put on by the Kroc Institute for the first time and wrote a blog post about the film I saw. These films are all critically acclaimed and deal with a wide range of global concerns from all regions of the world. This year, I had a chance to go to 3/6 of the showings for SPFF 2016

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Notre Dame Making Contemporary Topics Asscessible to Students

Author: Katie Martin

As an ITM major, a majority of my classes are technical or otherwise about some other aspect of business. That being said, the Mendoza College of Business leaves enough room for students to take other electives outside of business. To me, this is important because from what I've heard and experienced, in order to be successful in business, you can't be one-dimensional. Outside of my business degree, I've pursued classes mostly in design and Asian studies, but for my final semester, I am taking a class in the German department called "The Max Kade Seminar: Refugee Crisis in Germany."

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Securing a Job by Senior Year

Author: Katie Martin

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After graduation, I will be working for Accenture PLC in their Chicago office. Knowing this going into senior year gave me a pretty nice feeling, as I could relax and not stress about applications and interviews for my final year at ND.  I remember that some people I knew were flying all over the country for interviews, but luckily for me, Accenture had come to campus in the spring semester of my junior year for internship interviews (many large firms and companies that recruit heavily from Notre Dame hold interviews in the Career Center on campus). After completing my summer internship, my offer was extended to a full time position, no further interviewing required.

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Why I Chose Notre Dame

Author: Katie Martin

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My senior year of high school I was convinced I wanted to be, very specifically, a biological engineer. I was ridiculously ambitious (as most Notre Dame prospective students are!), so therefore I was scouring the rankings websites to see which undergraduate programs rated the highest for this particular major. As it turns out, a popular, yet competitive school in my home state topped the charts and also ranked very highly for it’s overall undergraduate engineering program.…

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Preparing Now for Your Future Internship

Author: Katie Martin

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A few weeks ago, I sat on a panel discussion in the Mendoza College of Business for Consulting Week. The week previous I had just finished my summer internship with Accenture as a technology consulting analyst, and was asked to speak to a room full of graduate and undergraduate students interested in consulting. Being that I only had 2-3 months of experience in the consulting world, I found myself prefacing my responses with “I can only speak from my experience,” as so, I did my best to give the most authentic answer I could.…

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Financial Aid at Notre Dame: My Experience

Author: Katie Martin

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For me, getting my acceptance letter to Notre Dame wasn’t my final acceptance letter. I was aware of my family’s financial situation as well as Notre Dame’s total cost of over $60,000 a year. This fact alone worried my grandmother to no end. To her, she believed my mother and I would spend the rest of our lives digging ourselves out of debt when I could’ve gone to a state school in Indiana on a full academic scholarship. I remember she couldn’t even fully enjoy the Notre Dame tour we went on because the price tag was always in the back of her mind. …

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Study Abroad Tips: Long Flights!

Author: Katie Martin

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My first international flight was from LAX in Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and it was 15 hours. I rememeber not being able to fall asleep yet feeling exhausted while everyone else was sleeping around me. I finally fell asleep, yet awoke to a tray of ice waters being spilled in my lap. There I was, sitting in a puddle of water and feeling confident that I would be moved to first class or enjoy some sort of luxury considering I could no longer sit in this seat. I was then reassured by the stewardess that there was no other open seat on board the aircraft, and I would be sitting in a puddle for the rest of the flight. To make amends, I was given an extra blanket and a free bag of cheetos.…

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Digital News and Magazines for ND Students

Author: Katie Martin

I'm a huge fan of the internet and how much information we have at our fingertips as long as we seek it out. As a Notre Dame student, I also believe it's important that we stay well-informed considering our univerisity asks of us to "become a force for good in the world." In other words, I think it's hard to accomplish this unless we know what's going on in the world and therefore can make more educated and compassionate decisions as we become leaders in our communities and beyond. The following is a short list of digital news and magazines that I believe many ND students could find value in based on the type of content and the engaging way it is presented. Hopefully, you will find one that you can see yourself following - or at least find a neat post/story/video along the way!…

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Off-Campus Notre Dame: Ethnic Restaurants & Yoga!

Author: Katie Martin

Even though I've been a resident of the South Bend area for 20 years, I wasn't always aware of all the different small businesses (a.k.a. not chains) that are scattered around the Notre Dame campus. Today, I would like to highlight a yoga studio along with a mix of a few different ethnic restaurants that I've discovered around town while being a student here.…

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Screen Peace Film Festival

Author: Katie Martin

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Five critically acclaimed films were shown for free at the DeBartolo Performing Art Center here on campus this past weekend (February 5, 6, 7). Each of them involved a different region of the world, including Asia, the Middle East, or Africa. Each addressed the serious conflicts within their respective regions.…

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Winter Break in Morocco

Author: Katie Martin

This winter break, I went to Morocco and volunteered at AMESIP Center for Sports while living with a host family in the medina of Rabat - the capital of Morocco. I was able to do this by applying to a program called Projects Abroad, which set up both the host family and the volunteer program and also gave me a solid foundation just in case I ever ran into trouble. Also, it made my mom less worried – originally, I was planning on running around Morocco by myself, and that didn’t go over too well in my household. Anyways, there are other programs like Projects Abroad if you are interested in setting up your own safe travel and volunteer opportunities. If you want to do something like this, just look around and see which works best for you. Make sure you read reviews and talk to people that have done the program before, preferably one in the same country. That’s exactly what I did and everything went perfectly for me.…

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December at Notre Dame

Author: Katie Martin

Here on campus, there are already Christmas lights on any tree that could vaguely resemble a Christmas tree. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but the lights are already up in some places; I’m writing this a day after Thanksgiving.

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Veteran on Campus

Author: Katie Martin

I’m the type of person that if I do something cool or noteworthy, chances are you will know about it, because I will tell you or find every possible way to creatively and “nonchalantly” refer to it in a conversation.

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Study Breaks in Hes (Hesburgh Library)

Author: Katie Martin

Study breaks: I need one every 45 minutes or so, especially if I don’t have anything pressing to do. Then again, if I’m really working at something or studying hard for an exam, then I’m in my room with 2 or 3 double-shot espressos lined up and no breaks for the night (ah!).

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Morning Routines: Before vs. After Fall Break

Author: Katie Martin

Mornings BEFORE Fall Break

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Wake up 10 minutes before my alarm. Open the curtains as the morning sun cascades across my room and the sound of birds harmonizes with the songs from my soft indie morning playlist. Walk on a cloud to the shower and return to an outfit thoughtfully preselected from the night before. Fawn over a meticulously organized make up selection and carefully place everything back in its proper place. Blow dry hair, put in contacts, moisturize cuticles, and all other necessities for the start of a successful day. It’s 8:30. Saunter over to NDH, grab a WSJ, and claim an entire table. Make an omelet, grab a coffee, learn some French, read, eat, and relax while looking over the material being covered in today’s classes. Arrive to class at a reasonable 9:22, engage in chatter, select a pen from my variety of available working pens, and title/date a page in my notebook. Hair flip and I’m ready to go.…

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ND Fall Break: Cancún, Mexico

Author: Katie Martin

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Cancún: I would recommend it. Then again, anywhere else with a beach and nice weather would probably be a good thing, too. Yet, to my surprise, rain still happens in Cancún. On the second day there, we were laying out in the sun and then all the sudden this dubious thing

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My Bookshelf at ND

Author: Katie Martin

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I can't remember the last time I bought a "new" version of a book. Almost all of the books on my shelf are ones that I bought for 50 cents or a dollar at Bargain Books in Mishawaka (10 minute drive from campus). They have a used book section, and there are always some cool reads to come across. That being said, most of what I read is happened upon by accident with the exception of two books on this list: Istanbul: Memories and the City

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Themes in Mendoza

Author: Katie Martin

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I am entering my second year in the Mendoza College of Business and am starting to notice some reoccurring themes in all of my business courses. This is my list so far:

1. Suits, Jackets, Ties, Collared Shirts and A-line Skirts

Especially by junior year, I can’t go to a single business class without sitting next to someone who’s dressed up for something, whether that be an interview, networking event, or a presentation for another class. I’m surrounded by high-achievers and go-getters in Mendoza; and there’s constantly chatter about internships, interviews, and projects.…

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Notre Dame Yik Yaks

Author: Katie Martin

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Yik Yak is the new app being used by college campuses as an anonymous bulletin board where people can create, view, upvote or downvote "Yaks" within a 1.5 mile radius. Every now and then, I find some heart-warming Yaks that I know only Notre Dame could get. Here are some of my favorites from the past few weeks. Enjoy!…

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It's a learning experience...

Author: Katie Martin

I’ve had multiple incidents this week that I could classify as “learning experiences.” The best I can do is flip them into advice for my future self or anyone else who might find them useful!

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1.     Have a back-up device (or person) for important alarms.

I had to be at work early on Saturday morning, so I plugged my phone into the wall and set my alarm like I usually do. Well, this time my charger finally quit on me, and I woke up to a dead phone. Luckily, I still woke up relatively early (I had to skip breakfast :/) and was only a few minutes late to work. I’ll keep this in mind next time I have exams and set an alarm on both my Mac and phone. Also, having a friend make sure that you’re up for an exam will ensure that you both have a solid plan, too.…

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Competition and Charity

Author: Katie Martin

The idea for this blog post came after I passed a Women's Care Center 5K run poster on the way to a Baraka Bouts Boxing practice while wearing my Holy Half Marathon t-shirt. It got me thinking about how easy it is to be charitable on this campus. I'm not sure about other universities, but I know that one thing Notre Dame is really good at is combining charity with competition. We do it so seamlessly and effectively that I often forget the fact that I'm contributing to a greater cause because I'm so wrapped up in the competition itself! :-) Here is a short list of the many "competition-charities" here on campus:…

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Journey through my major

Author: Katie Martin

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It starts with engineering.

Specifically, chemical engineering - I think I just Googled "what is the hardest undergraduate major" and picked it. I spent most of high school proving that I could keep up with any and all Honors/AP classes offered, and I came in with that same mind-set here, too – I just had something to prove. I never even thought to ask, “what would I actually

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Dorm Room Nonessentials

Author: Katie Martin

Once you've gotten all of your dorm room essentials, it's about time to acquire your nonessentials. Here's some ideas:

1. Décor - Thrift Stores or Online (allposters.com)

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I'm a fan of personalizing my space when I'm bored and have a lot of free time. So, alright, about these penguins: I got them at Salvation Army for 50 cents each my freshman year, and they've stayed with me ever since. In the beginning, I was never specifically on the hunt for framed penguins, but it just shows that you never know what you'll find! Then again, if you're looking for some normal posters, I have a few that I've gotten for a decent price online, too. Try Amazon or AllPosters.…

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Looking Forward to the Return

Author: Katie Martin

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With school less than a week away, I’m starting to get excited about all the things I’ve had to do without over the summer. Here are just a few:

DIY Omelet Maker at NDH

Let’s be honest – I lack the skill and timing needed to make an actual omelet, but I can scramble eggs with the best of them. There’s usually a line to make your own omelet/scrambled eggs, but it’s never too long and I spend most of my time planning and selecting various precut vegetables and other things that go into my scrambled eggs (yes, bacon bits!). The DIY omelet line shuts down at 11 a.m. – seriously, they cut you off then so plan your class schedule accordingly.…

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A Bit on Conserving Flexpoints

Author: Katie Martin

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As far as meal plans go, most of us resident undergraduates (99%) choose the defaulted Gold plan, which comes with 14 meals a week and $390.00 flex points a semester. If you don’t spend all your flex points in fall semester, then they carry over into spring semester. Spend them all by spring semester, though, because they don’t carry over into the following year! Flex points can be used at the Huddle as well as various cafes and restaurants on campus. For more information about what you can buy with flex points, visit food.nd.edu

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ND Jobs: Catering, ABP, and Boxing Manager

Author: Katie Martin

A good thing to know about is jobs – where can you work at Notre Dame? There are so many different jobs you can get on campus (or even off campus) but today I’ll start with a little about the jobs my friends and I have worked.

Catering with Catering by Design

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Thinking of Sundays

Author: Katie Martin

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I grab a coffee from the Huddle and head over to the lakes to find a wooden bench to sit on. I bring a book because I might read a few paragraphs in between glancing at the lake, people, geese – anything that catches my peripheral eye and attention. Mostly, I look at the blank margins of the page as I daydream and replay old stories and conversations. A rare, yet cool breeze is the "cherry on top" of this quick getaway.…

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From 40,000 feet

Author: Katie Martin

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We came into Bombay at 1:00 a.m. and were driven on a private bus to our hotel. The bus was silent as everyone was glued to his or her window, looking out at the streets of Mumbai. “Oh my,” I’d said and turned to my roommate next to me, “those are the slums.” It was chilling – I’d seen pictures, but here they were, life-size, and unavoidable in the dark of the night. There were people, women, children, and families, asleep on the side of the streets. It had just rained here. Men still walked down sidewalks or gathered at corners.…

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CATs and the 'Pillar of Friendship'

Author: Katie Martin

I love Indian food.

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This looks like a staged photo, but I was honestly just the first to sit down and get started. The restaurant, Saffron Bay, is on the Arabian Sea so there might have been a view that everyone wanted to see. Me, on the other hand – I love Indian food and I don’t like to waste time. When I finally looked up from the menu, I remember thinking, “oh, look, no one else has sat down yet and… hey, they’re taking a picture of me!” quickly followed by, “yeah, I think I’m going with the Chicken tikka masala…” My favorite so far!…

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Here in Bombay

Author: Katie Martin

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Mumbai.

Actually, no – not a single Indian has referred to this city as Mumbai. They always call it Bombay, as it was before the change in 1995. The last time I heard “Mumbai” might have been at the airport.

I could start calling it Bombay, too, in order to blend in, but I feel like blending in here is just a losing battle for me. Last night I was taking a picture of a store with a uniquely Indian window display and I suddenly felt self-conscious about how touristy I looked. Then I realized I’m unmistakably as white as it gets and there’s no hiding here. Like a good tourist, I got in everyone’s way on the sidewalk and took my picture, proudly.…

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Mumbai Summer Study Abroad: thoughts from my family room.

Author: Katie Martin

Thoughts on India from my family room

Why India?

I don’t know… and I can’t think of anything grand to make up.

If anything, I guess I am your stereotypical “adventurous” American college chick, who is, unsurprisingly, a self-declared yogi. Nothing beats laying out a mat, lighting some candles and straining to bend your limbs right before the brink of a medical emergency – all in the name of relaxation.…

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Notre Dame, ice cream, and other good things.

Author: Katie Martin

notre_dame_ice_creamI read on the admissions website, “There are no ordinary days, only extraordinary ones.”

Yet, for me as a rising junior, I have had plenty of ordinary days.  The campus buzzes around me as I’m walking to class, but I’m not even thinking about the extraordinary vs. the ordinary – I’ve just got five minutes to make it to DeBart. There are days that’ll I’ll see someone taking a picture of touchdown Jesus or even the Golden Dome and I have to stop and think, “Oh yeah, that

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