What is your favorite campus tradition? Singing the alma mater after every football game
What is your favorite spot on campus? South Dining Hall
What is your best Notre Dame memory? Taking a Mexican politician, who was teaching at Notre Dame for a semester, to dinner at South Dining Hall.
What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal? The famous omelets by Tim Beard, also known as “the Grill Master”. Check out this article written on him by Scholastic Magazine!
What is your favorite thing about dorm life? The roommates I’ve had throughout my time at Ryan Hall have helped me grow so much as a person. I’ve enjoyed getting to know my hall-mates – we all do such different things and it’s great to have a space to come back and share our experiences.
What clubs/activities are you involved in? I’m part of the International Scholars Program, where I’ve done research with Professor Guillermo Trejo. I’ve been involved in planning Notre Dame’s Human Development Conference. I’m a Tour Guide for Undergraduate Admissions, and I also work in International Admissions organizing the Hesburgh International Scholars Experience. I love going for a swim at the Rolfes Aquatic Center and taking Zumba classes at the gym.
What made you choose Notre Dame? I chose to come here because of the campus culture. I had read a lot about it before applying, but did not truly realize its extent until experiencing it. There is an incredible culture of service to others andto your community – people here really want to help you succeed, and inspire you to help others succeed as well.
What is your favorite part about being an international student at Notre Dame? I enjoy sharing my experience and learning from others around me. I’ve taken my roommates back home to visit in Mexico, and I’ve gone to visit them at their homes as well.
How did you adjust to life on campus? International students in their first year at ND arrive a few days earlier than the rest of the freshmen. This helps to meet people in a smaller setting. The dorm culture also helps facilitate that transition, as there are a lot of activities planned throughout the semester to meet your fellow hall-mates as well as people in other dorms. I also became involved inclubs since the first semester, where you met other students who share similar interests.
How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND? It may sound counterintuitive, but I’ve grown closer to my country while at Notre Dame. I’ve had the opportunity of doing undergraduate research on topics relevant to Mexico, and am currently writing my thesis on a similar topic. In addition to the research I do, I’ve been able to attend conferences in different parts of the U.S. as well as abroad that focus on Latin American studies. There are many ways to celebrate your culture at ND – from participating in clubs like the International Student Network and the Student International Business Council, to conducting research or doing internships abroad.
What advice do you have for international students? Come with an open mindand eager spirit. You will meet some of the brightest minds that are hungry to get involved and make this world a better place. Immerse yourself in classes and extracurricular activities. Take your time in making and solidifying relationships, as these will go a long way. Find mentors – there is an amazing support system here at Notre Dame that will help you discover and reach your goals and passions. These will be some of the best years of your life, so make the most of it– and don’t forget to have fun while doing so!