My South Bend Summer Bucket List

Author: Mary Kate Healey

Although Notre Dame students have opportunities to spend their summers around the world, a surprising number of students (and alumni like me, who we can’t seem to get rid of) choose to spend their vacation right here on campus.

Summer is a great time to be in South Bend because students tend to be less busy than the school year, so there is more time to explore the city and surrounding area. Additionally, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation

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Eight Ways to Prepare for College Academics

Author: Mary Kate Healey

Transitioning from high school to college comes with a lot of new experiences: new friends, new campus, new schedule, and new independence. But school is, most of the time, about academics, so learning how to adjust from a high school classroom to a college classroom is important.

Here are a few tips from someone who’s been there.…

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I’m Here to Help You Pick a Fine Arts Requirement

Author: Mary Kate Healey

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The First Year of Studies system is beneficial to students for many reasons: it allows them to study a little of everything and gain a strong academic foundation; it provides a cushion to students who don’t know their major coming in or decide to switch; and it ignites conversation and curiosity in subjects that would not be covered specifically within your chosen major or minor.…

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What to Expect from Campus Ministry

Author: Mary Kate Healey

Freshman and sophomore year I worked for Campus Ministry as an “Office Assistant,” meaning I did a lot of “behind the scenes” work that makes the department run smoothly, like making copies and running errands. It was hard to leave (I wanted more design-related work) because I worked for such an amazing group of people, but my two years of having an insider perspective taught me a lot about what you should expect from “Camp Min.”…

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You Will Fail At Notre Dame

Author: Mary Kate Healey

“Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.” - Coco Chanel

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No matter how many inspirational quotes tell us otherwise, Notre Dame students tend to think failure isn’t something we’ll experience first-hand. Like many first years, I came in without a lot of experience being told “no.” At ND, we boast our statistics - most of our students were varsity athletes, top of their class, leading organizations, excelling at service. It’s all wonderful and impressive until we are all thrown into the same pool, competing for the same things, and we have to learn to be a little humble. Rejection is a part of life, and learning to handle it with grace, grow from it, and bounce back quickly is much more important than padding one more thing onto your resume.…

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Can I Eat Here?! Vegan/Lactose Intolerant Edition

Author: Mary Kate Healey

Throughout this series, I’m exploring a new diet every post to learn more about having dietary restrictions at ND. I also have my own dietary restrictions,

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specifically vegetarianism, which means there will be no meat or fish any days. This also means my diet will overlap with many religious diets because I will not be eating pork or shellfish on any day.

Luckily, our dining halls are incredibly accommodating. There is a labeling system in place to alert eaters of potential allergens and a special diets website that lists foods that apply. We even have a full-time registered dietitian that can meet with students one-on-one to talk about options and help with meal planning. But most of all, we have tons of delicious food that fits every diet.common these restrictions are, it can still be tricky to plan meals.

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Fun Facts about LaFun

Author: Mary Kate Healey

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In December 2017, the new Duncan Student Center will open, 134 years after LaFortune Student Center (the then-science building) was built. Sure, the new building will have plenty of assets, but the student have no doubt that LaFortune will stay a popular on-campus spot for 134 more years to come. Here are some fun facts about this oldie but goodie.

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8 Ways to Survive the "Lent Diet"

Author: Mary Kate Healey

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Every year, there are a handful of days the Church asks us to give up meat. For many, this can be difficult, confusing, and frustrating if they don’t know how to eat pescatarian. Fortunately for me, this is easy, because I go 365 days a year living the veggie life. Because of this, I have plenty of experience with “The Lent Diet” that I’m always willing to pass along.…

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Revue and Me

Author: Mary Kate Healey

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February can be a difficult month. The holiday season is over, but it’s still freezing out. The semester is in full swing and midterms and deadlines are approaching. Despite this, February has two of my favorite ND traditions, always in the same weekend: the Keenan Revue and Galentine’s Day.…

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The Beginning of the End

Author: Mary Kate Healey

Senior year seems like a string of “lasts.” I have already had my last move in, last football game, last dorm dance, last Carroll Christmas, last class registration, and last first day of school. I went pumpkin-picking with my dorm for the last time and I got in trouble with hall staff for keeping my rotting (yet festive) pumpkins for too long for the last time. This past weekend, I had a particularly difficult last - my last dance showcase.…

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A Definitive Ranking of Notre Dame's Food Masses

Author: Mary Kate Healey

On campus, mass is celebrated over 140 times per week. Every dorm has mass at least twice a week in their chapel, on Sunday and at least one other day. For many dorms, their weekday mass is a great time to also share snacks afterwards! I believe there is no better way to meet new people and talk about faith than over a delicious treat, so I compiled an objective list of the best options on campus. For the complete list, check out the website here!

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A Very Merry (Lyons) Christmas

Author: Mary Kate Healey

Note: The author lives on the first floor and because of this is very biased.

It’s against Community Standards to have an open fire to roast chestnuts, but that doesn’t stop dorms from getting into the spirit of the season. From Howard Halliday to Carroll Christmas, every hall has their own way of celebrating that often involves hot chocolate and sweaters. Although every RA has had their fair share of hanging string lights in their hallway and drawing snowflakes on their white board, but in Lyons Hall, we take it to the next level.…

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