Marcelle Giesemann

Marcelle Giesemann
Class of 2022
  • Major: Political Science, Marketing
  • Citizenship: Guatemala, United States, Switzerland
  • High School: Guatemala
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What is your favorite campus tradition?

Doing touchdown push ups during the football games is my favorite campus tradition. I will never forget the moment my friends carried me up during my first Notre Dame game after we had scored! I also love going to South Dining Hall during home games to eat breakfast as the atmosphere is incredible and filled with alumni, students and families. 

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The Grotto. Anytime I am stressed or worried I go and pray. I instantly feel at peace in such a serene and spiritual place.

What is your best Notre Dame memory?

Singing the alma mater in the Notre Dame stadium with all of my friends after winning every game is indescribable. You feel at one with the whole student body. 

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal? 

The Southwest Salad from North Dining Hall on Thursdays is the best. Also, the chicken stir fry in South is delicious. 

What is your favorite thing about dorm life? 

Your dorm community becomes your family. I love getting to know the girls from my dorm. 

What clubs/activities are you involved in?

I am currently in ALPFA (Association of Latino Professional For America), volunteering at Casa de la Amistad, Marketing club, Corporate Finance club and helping with NJIC (National Justice Immigration Center). 

What made you choose Notre Dame?

The people. Everyone here goes out of their way to make you feel loved and accepted. When I visited in HISE, I knew that this was the place for me. Notre Dame is a great academic institution that cares about educating the mind, heart and soul of each student. Truly there is no place like Notre Dame. 

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

My favorite part about being an international student is that I am able to teach others about where I come from and what makes me unique. I love the curiosity that arises from many students who want to get to know me and my culture. Being an international student at Notre Dame has been an incredible experience as I have learned so much about different backgrounds and walks of life. 

How did you adjust to life on campus?

Adjusting to life on campus was an easy process as I felt supported by my family and friends back home as well as from my RA and girls from my dorm. I definitely got out of my comfort zone and was open to meet new people. 

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND?  

I believe I celebrate my heritage at Notre Dame by being very active in the Latino community. This community has allowed me to meet some of my best friends from all different parts of Latin America. I am so grateful for this community as they received me with open arms as soon as I arrived.

What advice do you have for international students?

Coming to Notre Dame, there will be so many people who will be with you along the way helping and supporting you. This school will make you feel at home the second you arrive. Also, do not be afraid to try new things and explore your passions. There are so many ways to get involved on campus!