What is your favorite campus tradition? Singing the alma mater at the end of every game (this probably is my favorite part of the game!).

What is your favorite spot on campus? The lakes with a view of the Dome anytime- it’s always beautiful!

What is your best Notre Dame memory? I will never forget Father Hesburgh’s memorial service. It was amazing to see how many people his life had touchedand how instrumental he was in making Notre Dame into what it is today.

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal? Piadina night is always delicious.

What is your favorite thing about dorm life? Having people you can talk to anytime. Coming from so far away can be challenging and having a place and such a great community to call home is a wonderful feeling.

What clubs/activities are you involved in? I am involved in undergraduate research and I work for Harper Cancer Research Institute. I also play club field hockey and I am part of Judicial Council.

What made you choose Notre Dame? If I were going to a school so far from home, I didn’t want to be another number among 40,000 students, and Notre Dame’s focus on undergraduate students is exceptional. Whatever you are interested in, there is a way to pursue it on campus. I also kept on running intoalumni who were inspiring and gave me a sense of what this great communityis all about. Visiting campus for HISE definitely helped seal the deal!

What is your favorite part about being an international student at Notre Dame?
Everyone is always curious to learn more about my country. Speaking withthem about where I am from and answering their questions has actually taughtme more about myself and my culture than I ever imagined.

How did you adjust to life on campus? Adjusting to life on campus is never
easy, but I tried to be as open-minded about anything and with anyone Iencounter.  Keeping busy with various activities has allowed me to meetdifferent people and time flew by!

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND? I sometimes speak French
with students who want to practice their conversational skills. It’s very informalbut a fun way to practice my native language.  

What advice do you have for international students? My biggest piece of advice
is to try to immerse yourself in the community by getting involved in what youenjoyed doing at home. Notre Dame has so many resources for students and it can be overwhelming. The best way to approach this is to talk to people,whether it be upperclassmen or your advisor. Everybody has an interesting perspective and is eager to help you discover what you are passionate about.