Clarinsa Djaja

Clarinsa Djaja
Class of 2023
  • Major: Finance
  • Minor: Politics, Philosophy, Economics
  • Citizenship: Indonesia
  • High School: Indonesia
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What is your favorite campus tradition?

My favorite campus tradition has to be the first snowfall and snowball fight on South Quad at midnight. It was truly one of the first times where I felt a sense of belonging in the Notre Dame community.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The small picnic-like area by St. Joseph’s Lake: the view is serene and has stunning sunrises and sunsets no matter the weather

What is your best Notre Dame memory?

The USC highlight game my freshman year and Chicago trips with my SIBC team.

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal?

Southwest salad days at NDH are always worth the long lines!

What is your favorite thing about dorm life?

Living with my closest friends and always knowing that there is a close knit community of friendly faces nearby.

What clubs/activities are you involved in?

Student International Business Council (SIBC), Undergraduate Women in Business (UWIB), Notre Dame Institute of Global Investing (NDIGI), International Ambassadors, Indonesian Students Association, Asian American Association, Iron Sharpens Iron

What made you choose Notre Dame?

I knew that coming to Notre Dame was an opportunity for personal growth. As I would  constantly be challenged with experiences out of my comfort zone, coming to Notre Dame would teach me to be truly open minded, discover my own worldview and perspectives in the midst of receiving an valuable business education at Mendoza.

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

People are always interested in Indonesia and life back home. A popular question I get a lot: Why was Notre Dame worth the 22 hour flight?

How did you adjust to life on campus?

I had amazing IAs who reached out to me prior to being on campus and organically branched out my friendships from meeting other students at International Orientation and through student clubs.

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND?

I am a true foodie at heart which is why I’m always excited to introduce my friends at ND to Indonesian food and culture. For instance, during my first winter break home, I smuggled back an extra suitcase filled with over 10 boxes of pineapple pastries and Indonesian snacks to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. In addition, helping start up the Indonesian Student’s Association has allowed me to bring awareness on campus to my own unique culture.

What advice do you have for international students?

One of the best parts of being a Notre Dame student has to be the Notre Dame community. I've always had a great experience with looking to upperclassmen for help on classes, career advice or simply adjusting to life at Notre Dame; it is as if upperclassmen jump at the opportunity to mentor and guide freshmen every year. Moreover, it’s important to stay grounded but always open minded! From my RA, project leaders or faculty members, reach out to the welcoming and loving community that is Notre Dame.