Oneile Gorata Baitlotli

Oneile Gorata Baitlotli
Class of 2021
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: Peace Studies, International Development Studies
  • Citizenship: Botswana
  • High School: Botswana
  • Contact: obaitlot@nd.edu

What is your favorite campus tradition?

The Drummer Circle. It is always really fun to be in front of the Dome at midnight with my friends watching the drummers do an incredible job.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

Bench in front of the Log Chapel that is facing the lakes. It is really beautiful in all season. I usually visit it when I am feeling home sick or sad because it cheers me up.

What is your best Notre Dame memory?

Having debates with my friends in North while having dinner.

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal?

Indian food

What is your favorite thing about dorm life?

The sisterhood in Welsh Fam

What clubs/activities are you involved in?

Iron sharpens Iron, African Students Association, Black Students Association and Mercy Works. 

What made you choose Notre Dame?

Academics, student life, and financial aid. Notre Dame is great academically, there are a lot of international students from around the world and they give great financial aid to international students.

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

The ISSA office. When I first arrived, they helped ease a lot of my worries especially Cynthia Reeves. 

How did you adjust to life on campus?

I surrounded myself with international students then we helped each other figure out how to become a greater part of the ND community.

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND?

ASA has events that gives us a platform to share about our countries and cultures through events such as Africa on the Quad and Africa night.

What advice do you have for international students?

Be patient with yourself when you arrive, it might take some time for you to adjust. Also keep in mind that you are unique which makes you a great addition to ND. ND is lucky to have you.