Jean Francois Boueri
What is your favorite campus tradition?
After the first snowfall of the year, the huge snowfight between South Quad dorms and North Quad dorms.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus has to be anywhere by the lake. It’s such a great place for everything.
What is your best Notre Dame memory?
My best Notre Dame memory is the game against USC in Fall ’19. The atmosphere was unmatched and it was overall a great experience.
What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal?
Either the Swedish meatballs that are offered occasionally, the boom boom chicken salad, or General Tso’s chicken in the Asian station.
What is your favorite thing about dorm life?
I am in Duncan Hall, and the community that we build here is impressive. Our words are Community, Brotherhood, Respect, and at first it was just a cheesy saying, but after having spent a year there, I understand and appreciate those words. Hall Staff is just great every year, and our rector makes sure there’s always something to do in Duncan; you just can’t be bored here.
What clubs/activities are you involved in?
The activities I am involved in are almost anything the dorm organizes or anything the Computer Science & Engineering department organizes (video game nights, getting to meet peers, section sports, movie watches, etc.)
What made you choose Notre Dame?
The thing that made me choose Notre Dame over my other options was the sense of community and belonging that everyone that has been to ND talked about. This place will make you feel at home no matter where you are from or who you are.
What is your favorite part about being an international student at Notre Dame?
My favorite part about being international is the interest people show when I tell them I am from Lebanon. They always seem very interested and ask me questions about my country which I’m always open to talking about.
How did you adjust to life on campus?
At first, I definitely felt the culture shock. It wasn’t easy to be among so many people that could relate on so many levels while I felt like an outsider. However, after a few weeks, I started getting used to the way things were here, and accepted that things weren’t going to be the same as they were at home, yet incredible in their own way.
How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND?
The huge Lebanon flag I have in my room for everyone to see. A sticker of the flag on my laptop. Blasting Lebanese music on the speakers in my room. Having Lebanese food as often as I can (really recommend Elia’s Mediterranean Cuisine!)
What advice do you have for international students?
If I have one piece of advice for incoming international students, it’s to be open minded. I know it’s hard at first, and that you might feel out of place. However, with time, you will really learn to enjoy the different culture here. Be yourself, step out of your comfort zone as much as you can, and make the most out the experience!