Zsanett Darabont

Zsanett Darabont
Class of 2022
  • Major: Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Preprofessional Studies
  • Citizenship: Hungary, USA
  • High School: Hungary
  • Contact: zdarabon@nd.edu

What is your favorite campus tradition?

Nothing beats a Notre Dame home football game, but I also really love my dorm's signature event, Mr. ND, where one guy from every men's hall competes in a pageant. It’s quite entertaining.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

South Quad when the weather is nice. Everyone is tossing frisbees or chilling in their hammocks. Sadly, this only happens in early fall and late spring.

What is your best Notre Dame memory?

My freshman year on my birthday it snowed for the first time that year and we had a huge campus wide snowball fight on South Quad. 

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal? 

Indian food at South Dining Hall. 

What is your favorite thing about dorm life?

Lounge culture! My friends and I love to spend time in our section lounge where people are always studying/baking/watching Netflix/napping. Recently we even started having painting nights to destress. 

What clubs/activities are you involved in? 

I’m a lifeguard at Rolfs Aquatic Center, and I’m on my dorm’s Hall Council. I also recently joined the Swim Club and the Math Club. 

What made you choose Notre Dame?

I came to the Hesburgh International Scholars Experience and instantly felt like I belonged here. Notre Dame had everything I was looking for, and I was so excited to start my college experience here.

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

I love the questions I get when I tell people that I'm from Hungary. "What language do you speak", "What was it like growing up there" and "So what's up with your prime minister" are some common ones. 

How did you adjust to life on campus? 

It wasn’t hard to adjust because the community was so welcoming. Welcome Weekend was a fun way to get to know everyone and how everything works around campus. 

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND?

There is only one other Hungarian student here that I know of, so it’s fun to spend time with him and talk to him in Hungarian. I also like telling people about our fun traditions and explaining the differences between life in the US and back home.

What advice do you have for international students?

This is the start of the best four years of your life. Make the most out of it! Join clubs, get involved, but make sure you aren’t spreading yourself too thin.