Meet Some Current Transfer Students

When it comes to the Notre Dame experience, our students say it best. 

Emma

Emma Mazurek

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Major: Science Pre-Professional Studies, Classical Civilizations
Minor: Compassionate Care in Medicine

How did you become interested in transferring to Notre Dame?

Notre Dame has always been on my radar. For my freshman year, I decided to attend a school in Washington, D.C., instead because as a Midwest girl at heart, I was exhilarated to explore a different part of the country and live in an urban setting. However, about a month into the year, I began to question whether I had made the right choice of not attending Notre Dame. The student culture at my previous school was incongruous with what I have come to value and love most about being a student at Notre Dame. The Irish community truly is a unique entity to which I feel privileged to belong, and this ultimately informed my decision to transfer my sophomore year (Fall 2018). At Notre Dame, achievements are celebrated by peers instead of looked upon as competition. The hallmark of the Notre Dame community is the cultivation of a supportive and encouraging network where intellectual curiosity and diversity of thought and experience are appreciated and seen as an indispensable asset to the university.

How did you choose your major and minors? 

Notre Dame has afforded me the opportunity to pursue the areas of study in which I am most interested. It is here where I not only discovered my love for classics, but was introduced to the Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine which has contributed to an insightful, intentional, and valuable meaning to my pre-medical education. I entered Notre Dame as a neuroscience and behavior major, but I soon discovered the flexibility of the science pre-professional major which allowed for a classics major and compassionate care in medicine (CCIM) minor. Medicine is intriguing to me because it involves continuous learning and collaborative and interdisciplinary problem-solving. The CCIM minor pairs well with this, as its goal is to bolster pre-health curricula with regard to clinical skills and a holistic understanding of patient-centered care. As for my classics major, I have always been intrigued by Greek and Roman history, culture, and mythology. My first classics professor was influential in my decision to pursue the major because his comprehensive narrative style of teaching revealed to me the art and diversity of the field. Classics allows us to explore the world through a different cultural lens; this perspective in conjunction with an understanding of narrative contributes to my training as a hopeful healthcare provider. I feel thankful that my Notre Dame education is preparing me as an aspiring physician to communicate effectively, analyze critically, and problem solve creatively. 

Which extracurriculars and/or research are you involved in? 

This past fall, I felt privileged to be involved with Transfer Welcome Weekend. Together with the other co-captain and 19 ambassadors, we planned and organized the five-day Transfer Orientation through which we welcomed the nearly 200 new transfer students to Notre Dame. Transfer Welcome Weekend involved events specifically tailored to preparing the new students for Notre Dame and cultivating community. The transfer community is very strong at Notre Dame, and I am thankful to be a part of a network of like-minded individuals with diverse experiences, creative ideas, unique interests, and a passionate pride for Notre Dame. In addition, I am involved with the CCIM Club as the service coordinator. In this club, we volunteer with organizations in South Bend and engage in meaningful dialogue about clinical ethics, public health issues, and personalism in medicine. Through CCIM, I learned about the Center for Hospice Care and began volunteering here in the spring after I transferred. This experience has taught me the value of accompaniment and important skills involving compassionate service to individuals and families at a vulnerable time. In addition to extracurriculars, I participated in a three-week course in Ancient Corinth, Greece, this summer as a part of my classics major and the Notre Dame Study Abroad program, and I look forward to studying at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in the spring. Although I felt that I had entered the game a little late as a transfer student, Notre Dame has provided ample opportunities to get involved with study abroad, volunteering, and various clubs.


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Anna Gallagher

Hometown: Jenkintown, PA
Major: Political science
Minor: Hesburgh Program in Public Service, Computing Digital Technologies

How did you become interested in transferring to Notre Dame?

I knew about ND through my older brother, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2017. I did not have the opportunity to attend freshman year and although I loved my previous school and made great friends there, I felt like I still wanted the chance to be a part of Notre Dame. I was hesitant to go through the application process again,  especially since I was not unhappy at my previous school. My interest does not stem from a discomfort with where I was, but I am wondering about where I could go. 

What aspects of the Notre Dame experience appealed to you as you considered transferring? 

The faculty and staff and the care that the school gives to each student. Working with people from ND feels like a very personalized experience. [Also], the people I worked with through the application process. 

How did you choose your major and minors? 

I chose to major in political science because I love reading and writing. I wanted to apply these skills to understanding public and private institutions that affect everyday life. I wanted to be a part of the Hesburgh Program in Public Service because its curriculum is a great augment to a theoretical education, as it focuses on practical policy problems and solutions. I added the Computing Digital Technologies minor later, as a junior, once I was finished with my STEM requirements. I realized that I still wanted a challenge, to try to learn something new, and to have variety in my coursework. Technology shapes society, which in turn makes it significant for me, as a student of political science, to understand. 

What kind of research and which extracurriculars are you involved in outside of class? 

I became more involved when I transferred as junior by applying to research apprenticeships. By reading philosophy and political science that was outside of my curriculum, I began to develop many new interests and a more purposeful approach to my studies. I attended many extracurricular lectures and found out about the Tocqueville fellowship program. I am also a student affiliate for the Klau Center for Civil Rights.

I was also a research apprentice for Professor Ruth Abbey, for whom I read, edited, and commented on her work on the  political philosophy of Fredrick Neitzche. I was also a research apprentice for Professor Diane Pinderhughes, who was compiling her works on identity politics. 


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Kevin Carthy 

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Major: Biochemistry

How did you become interested in transferring to Notre Dame?

Growing up in Indiana, becoming a student at Notre Dame was always a dream of mine. My parents immigrated to the great state of Indiana from Ireland and placed me into the Catholic school system for my entire life. As a result of my Irish-Catholic upbringing, Notre Dame always seemed like a sort of home away from home for me. When I originally did not get into the school, I was disappointed but took it as a sign and went to college about a thousand miles away from Indiana. Although I had a good experience at my old school, I really missed home and was reminded of my feelings for Notre Dame. As a result, I applied to transfer here, and the rest is history!

What aspects of the Notre Dame experience appealed to you as you considered transferring? 

I have had the privilege of meeting many Notre Dame alumni in my life, and their descriptions of the wonderful times they had at the school made it seem awesome to me. The rich culture and history behind the school, the unique and inclusive dorm life, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team are some of the things that I longed to experience for myself. Furthermore, the school itself is renowned for its rigor, prestige, and incredible faculty and staff. These are just a few of the things that appealed to me when thinking about coming to Notre Dame.

How did you choose your major and minors?

Going into college, I always knew that I wanted to be some sort of science major. My parents both have PhDs in chemistry, so I’ve been surrounded by science my entire life. I have always found chemistry interesting, but having taken biology in high school, I realized that I liked both. As a result of my indecisiveness, I kinda just picked both!

What kind of research and which extracurriculars are you involved in outside of class? 

At the moment, I am not currently a part of any extracurriculars or research. However, I have been trying to become more active in those respects at school!