Name: Karina Chamorro

Major/Minor: Political Science, minors: Peace Studies and Education, Schooling & Society

What is your favorite campus tradition? Singing the Alma Mater after every football game and at the end of important masses or events

What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot is under a tree between Badin and CoMo in South Quad.

What is your favorite Dining Hall Meal? Indian Night at SDH

What is your favorite thing about dorm life? The sisterhood developed within dorms and how over the years you become a family.

What clubs/activities are you involved in? I volunteer in the South Bend community through Take Ten, a program by the Robinson Community Center and with the Logan Center. I have also taken multiple CBL courses that given me the opportunity to get into the community. I also work for the Audio Video Technologies department at OIT.

What made you choose Notre Dame? I knew how Notre Dame looked in terms of stats, rankings etc., but it was my visit that made me chose Notre Dame. Once here, I just felt and even though it might sound cheesy although Notre Dame wasn’t my dream school it is the school of my dreams.

What is your favorite part about being an international student at Notre Dame? Being an international student has many advantages. My culture often gives me a different view on certain issues in both social and academic situations, and I enjoy learning from the different perspectives people from different cultures can have.

How did you adjust to life on campus? I've tried to be open since day one.

How do you celebrate your culture/heritage at ND? I am really proud of my culture and all my friends are aware of that. I always like to tell my friends about my country and my customs. To me, it is pretty interesting to see the cultural differences and to not only teach others about my culture, but to also learn about others’ cultures.

What advice do you have for international students? Be open-minded at all times. Going to college abroad is a great opportunity and you should take full advantage of it. As I begin my senior year, I am looking back at how much I have learned and changed since coming here and I realize it is because I have tried to be open-minded. Do not hesitant to question what you or others believe in. This is the time to do that, and begin to form your own opinions and values. Also, don’t be afraid to explore. Whether it is through classes or majors (I’ve changed majors like 5 times) or other ways in which you can get out of your comfort zone, do it. You will not regret it.