Student Stories

Notre Dame endeavors to be a place where each student can grow individually in both mind and heart, and become a part of something larger than themselves. By celebrating the unique gifts each student brings to our shared community, student life is enriched immeasurably.

The stories below share just some of the ways Notre Dame students are celebrating and taking advantage of the wonderful diversity on our campus – through both scholarship and development and formation outside the classroom.

A new generation of employees is looking for more than business as usual

Notre Dame Magazine

At a recent birthday dinner, a friend asked me what she thought was an easy question. “Now that you’ve finished one decade,” she said — I was turning 31 — “what’s your vision for the next one?” I paused. For most of my 20s — perhaps even my teens — I had an answer ready for what I envisioned for...

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The liberation of literacy: Stephane Dunn found her way with words

Notre Dame Magazine

Stephane Dunn ’94 M.A., ’00MFA, ’00 Ph.D., has always savored reading. Her parents kept books around her childhood home in Elkhart, Indiana, and she frequently visited the public library with her older sister. She’s still in contact with her now-88-year-old sixth-grade teacher, who encouraged her to write and create skits in class, and also with her high school English teacher...

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Panel probes affirmative action rulings

Pauline Namuleme

Where do we go from here? Notre Dame administrators are considering that question in the aftermath of the June 29 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down affirmative action in college admissions. The ruling means race cannot be a factor in admission decisions and requires institutions to look for new ways to achieve diversity in their student bodies.…

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‘Off the Court’: ND Law hosts event in New York City with Muffet McGraw and Coquese Washington ’97 J.D.

Jonathan Bailey

Notre Dame Law School hosted a special alumni event on June 6 in New York City with two legends from the Fighting Irish women’s basketball program. Muffet McGraw, who served as head women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame from 1987 to 2020, and Coquese Washington ’92, ’97 J.D., the head women’s basketball coach at Rutgers, sat down for a fireside chat with G....

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Fulfilling her purpose with hands, heart and mind

Carrie Gates Jantzen

In her dissertation research, Abigail Jorgensen found that many women associate motherhood with struggle. It’s something she can relate to. While pursuing her doctoral degree in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, she brought home her newborn in the midst of the pandemic. Then, five months later, she contracted COVID-19 in November 2020

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What Gen Z students want us to know about their lives

Notre Dame Magazine

Daymine Snow is a junior and first-generation student with a major in business analytics and a minor in digital technologies. He was recruited to Notre Dame through the Posse Foundation scholarship program. Notre Dame undergraduates grab their backpacks, visit the dining hall and walk to class. Later they’ll head to Hesburgh Library or their residence halls with a pile of...

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A leap of faith

Office of Brand Content

How two Christian and two Muslim young women went from Nigeria to Notre Dame, overcoming tragedy and trauma to show the world-changing power of knowledge   Maijidda Haruna didn't have the words to explain how cold it was. On the day she stepped outside of O'Hare International Airport — her first time on American soil, her first time outside Nigeria,...

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Notre Dame International participates in student orientation, counselor training in Mexico City

Norma Sofia Rivera Padilla

Leah Zimmer, executive director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSA) at Notre Dame International joined the Mexico Global Center team to participate as a speaker on the topic of international students’ responsibilities while studying at a U.S. college or university. The event took place as part of EducationUSA Mexico City’s Pre-Departure Orientation series.…

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Access to opportunity?: Researching the experiences of the Windrush generation in the London urbanscape

Ida Addo

Ida Addo's capstone project builds on her interest in examining the welfare of marginalized groups across the world and the characteristics of the barriers they face. In London, she conducted research on the policies and urbanscapes that have contributed to the hindrance of economic progress among Afro-Caribbeans in the UK. 

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Meet the Class of 2027

Enrollment Division

The Class of 2027 includes a record 20.5 percent of first generation and Pell recipients, including 96 students admitted through the QuestBridge National College Match program. The class also represents a historic multicultural composition, with 42 percent identifying as U.S. students of color or international. Students currently reside in all 50 states and 48 nations. 

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Toward a more sustainable future

Erin Blasko

Growing up in a suburb of Cleveland, Audrey Miles dreamed of being a writer. Then a high school teacher introduced her to the so-called central science. “I had a really excellent chemistry teacher who made a huge difference,” she said. It may have helped that, like writing, chemistry seeks truth and understanding from within.

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Beijing Global Gateway helps secure crucifix from Chinese Artist Dao Zi

Colleen Wilcox

Dao Zi is pictured with Jingyu Wang from the BGG The Crucifix Initiative at the University of Notre Dame is adding a new addition to its collection. Dao Zi, a well-known Chinese artist who recently retired from the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University, donated his latest piece “Crucifixion on the Red Cross” to Notre Dame. Through his...

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Blazing a family trail: First-generation student Karen Angeles earns doctoral degree in engineering

Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Not a single member of Karen Angeles’ extended family in southern California had ever attended college. It just didn’t seem like a realistic possibility because it had never been done before. But Angeles didn’t stop at college—she continued onward to Notre Dame to get a doctoral degree in structural engineering.

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