Dastan Tursaliev

Dastan Tursaliev
Class of 2023
  • Major: Environmental Engineering
  • Citizenship: Kyrgyzstan
  • High School: Kyrgyzstan
  • Contact: dtursali@nd.edu

What is your favorite campus tradition?

One of my favorite campus traditions is drummers circle on Friday nights before football games. It is a time at the end of a stressful week where you can get a sneak peek at the excitement and energy that will cover campus on the following day.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the northwest side of the first floor of the library where I convince myself I will be productive and get ahead on work and somehow end up wasting away my time, fooling around with friends for hours on end.

What is your best Notre Dame memory?

My best Notre Dame memory, which I believe many will share, was the night of the Clemson game in 2020 when there was “pandemonium in south bend.” The excitement of having such an intense game with a top team, buzzed off of the energy in the stadium, and the anticipation of rushing the field when the win was secured is unmatched by any other feeling.

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal?

My favorite dining hall meal is the stir fry. It is the meal I am willing to wait the longest in line for.

What is your favorite thing about dorm life?

My favorite thing about dorm life is obviously the sense of community and knowing that I can talk to anyone if I need anything but and honorable mention is the tradition of covering all the halls and hallways with festive decorations in anticipation of Christmas at the end of fall semester.

What clubs/activities are you involved in?

I am an international admissions assistant as well as a member of AAA and engineers without borders.

What made you choose Notre Dame?

Notre Dame showed a great sense of community and togetherness as well as a very respected academic standard and alumni network. I knew that here I would be surrounded by individuals such as myself which cared about contributing to their community and also valued their education and career.

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

My favorite part is the interest that most people have about learning more about my experiences as an international student as well as learning more about my culture and perspectives on various topics.

How did you adjust to life on campus?

My first semester was tough but with trial and error I learned how to balance academics, social life and personal time. By trying to different approaches once in a while I learn what makes me comfortable and allows me to succeed.

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND?

I believe I am a tiny minority coming from Central Asia so celebrating my culture is kind of difficult. Being part of AAA definitely helps with it to a certain extent but just staying in touch with my family and relatives back home has been enough for me in my time here.

What advice do you have for international students?

My advice would be to go out into our rich community and explore everything that Notre Dame has to offer from experiences and classes, to clubs and to other international students. All the while make sure to not forget where you came from and be proud of the diversity you bring to our community.