Axel Bjallerstedt

Axel Bjallerstedt
Class of 2021
  • Major: Management Consulting
  • Citizenship: Sweden, United States
  • High School: Sweden
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What is your favorite campus tradition?

The pregame energy at the stadium when the kickoff song plays. Football season is definitely the most active and fun time of year. It is a whole cultural experience.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The grass on south quad. It is quite nice to have picnics there when the sun decides to come out.

What is your best Notre Dame memory?

Welcome weekend freshman year. I appreciated the useful information and it was fun meeting with students. The ND family spirit and kind-heartedness is especially memorable.

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal?

Chicken teriyaki stir fry at south dining hall.

What is your favorite thing about dorm life?

It is a cultural experience in and of itself.

What clubs/activities are you involved in?

I have been active with ND International, Students Consulting for Non-Profits and Student International Business Council. I also enjoy participating in the annual Bookstore Basketball Tournament.

What made you choose Notre Dame?

Although the Mendoza College of Business is what initially attracted me to Notre Dame, I have learned that the close-knit campus community here makes ND quite special.

What is your favorite part about being an international student at Notre Dame?

Getting exposed to various cultural experiences that one can only have at ND.

How did you adjust to life on campus?

Notre Dame is a very welcoming place which made my transition much smoother. I engaged with great mentors through MSPS Building Bridges and made new friends through my clubs/activities. I also explored our lovely campus and found my go-to study spaces.

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND?

When asked, I enjoy sharing fun facts about Swedish culture. My family sends me Swedish candy once in a while which is always nostalgic and whenever I run into a fellow Swede on campus, we get to speak svenska.

What advice do you have for international students?

Get involved. Attend welcome weekend, attend campus events and join social clubs, because you will meet those that will become your good friends down the road.