Jacques-Alexander Gonnard

Jacques-Alexander Gonnard
Class of 2021
  • Major: Economics/Political Science
  • Citizenship: France, United States
  • High School: France
  • Contact: jgonnard@nd.edu

What is your favorite campus tradition?

The chants and air push ups that animate the student section during football games 

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The back of North Dining hall. My friends and I have great conversations and fun times back there during meals. 

What is your best Notre Dame memory?

When Notre Dame went undefeated in 2018 and played in the Cotton Bowl against Clemson.

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal?

Southwest salad

What is your favorite thing about dorm life?

The proximity of friends

What clubs/activities are you involved in?

I am an International Ambassador for ISSA, a peer mentor for ND International, and a barista at Charron Family Commons

What made you choose Notre Dame?

The outstanding academic level, the fun athletic events, and the fact that my sister and grand father attended

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

Being able to meet students from all over the US. Being an American citizen who never lived in the US until college, I am glad that I can finally have friendships with Americans my age and immerse myself in the US culture

How did you adjust to life on campus?

Being open minded, patient, and making friends both in and outside the dorm

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND?

I fly a PSG flag (Paris soccer team) on the wall of my six man's common room.

What advice do you have for international students?

Do not give up on your international identity to try to "fit in." People will find you interesting and want to know you precisely because of your internationalism. Do not let the change of culture, landscape, and weather get to you.