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.

Keough School of Global Affairs opens at Notre Dame

Renée LaReau

Housed in the newly completed Jenkins Hall, the Keough School now enrolls 38 students in its new master of global affairs program. The students come from 21 countries and bring a wealth of professional experience in international development, education, peacebuilding, environmental conservation, human rights, humanitarian assistance, journalism and other fields.

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International Ambassadors help students feel at home at Notre Dame

Teagan Dillon '18

For the average incoming freshman, leaving friends and family to go to college for the first time is often an overwhelming experience. But for international students, these nerves and uncertainties are amplified, as they must travel longer distances and face an entirely new culture and language. That’s where the Notre Dame International Ambassadors step in.

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Inked with signs of faith

Robert O. Smith

My experience of Holy Week in Jerusalem this year was marked by deep tragedy and profound compassion, tied together by . . . tattoos. The tattoo design was Coptic; it’s from Razzouk Tattoo, a family that has been inking Christian pilgrim tattoos in Jerusalem for close to 700 years.

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Class of 2021: Intellectually and globally diverse, dedicated to service and leadership

Erin Blasko

A New York Times best-selling author. A Paralympic athlete. A national debate champion in India. The founder of a nonprofit that teaches Latin to inner-city students. These are just a few of the 2,052 students who comprise Notre Dame’s Class of 2021, an intellectually and globally diverse group and the first to feature more than 1,000 women.

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The globalization of a heart

Thomas Doran '19

Rome is the epicenter of the Catholic Church, but there is much more to the Eternal City than papal authority and Baroque architecture. It has many of the same problems that cities face the world over. East of the Vatican lies Termini railway station. Here, the train tracks end. So does the hope of the refugee.

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Caleb “C.J.” Pine: 2017 Valedictory Address

Notre Dame News

"We all have our story, the unique place and family that we come from. And during our time at Notre Dame, our stories have become interwoven and linked. We have lived and studied alongside people very different from ourselves, who have become our friends and family. I want to tell you about two of my friends who have shaped my...

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