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.

Michael Hagerty, '13 J.D., is fighting for unaccompanied immigrant children

Denise Wager

After his first year as a law student, Michael Hagerty, ’13 J.D., spent his summer hiking the desert trails of the U.S.-Mexico border. As a research assistant for Paolo Carozza, a Notre Dame Law professor and director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Hagerty was trying to better understand the challenges of migrants and the governmental and societal...

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From soldier to scholar

Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Kevin Burke wasn’t ready for college coming out of high school. Not mature enough, not dedicated to his studies. And there was the lingering trauma of his aunt's death in the Twin Towers collapse on Sept. 11, 2001. There were other things he felt compelled to do. So he joined the Army and served three deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan over...

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Liberal studies alumnus uses big data to fight inequality in education

Jack Rooney

For his entire academic career, Sean Reardon ’86 has sought to use his passions — the humanities and quantitative research — to make a difference in the field of education. One of the nation’s leading experts on educational inequality, Reardon researches how opportunities and outcomes vary in the United States for students of different racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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Big business in Beijing

Ryan Millbern

With the launch of Notre Dame’s Beijing Global Gateway, the university ensures that an even greater number of MBA students can gain professional experience in a country that is shaping the way the world does business.

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Internships in the Middle East and Washington, D.C., shape student’s career plan

Teagan Dillon

Notre Dame senior Sarah Tomas Morgan has always had an interest in global issues. And the College of Arts and Letters has enabled her to explore that passion through her coursework and a variety of international and internship experiences. Coming into her first year, Tomas Morgan intended on majoring in political science. But after completing a University Seminar in the Program...

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Mendoza students in Brazil

Daily Domer Staff

Through the International Portfolio Management course, students will understand investing from a global vantage point, contribute solutions in a collaborative setting, and build connections with practicing industry professionals abroad.

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Building community partnerships for ethical global engagement

AAC&U News

Each semester, global learning educators set out to change the way their students see the world. Global service-learning experiences, whether they occur internationally or within local communities, can be transformative experiences that strengthen students’ global self-awareness, identity formation, and understanding of diverse cultures.

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