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Ask more, do more, be more

| Thursday, November 6, 2014

If there’s one thing Notre Dame knows how to do well, it’s build community. From residence halls to athletic teams, musical groups to student clubs, there are hundreds of ways our University strives to make the Notre Dame family feel more personal and welcoming. We are drawn to Notre Dame because of this community, and we hope to find a place in it when we arrive.

However, some of us don’t find the perfect fit in our randomly assigned dorm or extracurricular endeavors. Instead, we find it in our college. Certain courses grasp our attention, whether due to a passionate professor or a field we especially connect with. The students sitting beside us in class challenge, inspire and even entertain us. A future of opportunities to learn, grow and make a difference seems to appear before us, and we’re wondering why we didn’t see it before. We feel like we belong.

These students exist in every college, and in the Mendoza College of Business, 18 of us are formally working to make our college community stronger as members of the Mendoza Student Leadership Association (MSLA). Created last fall with class and major representatives carefully selected by our founding members, our mission is to serve as a voice for students in the college and foster a stronger bond between students and faculty. After recognizing opportunities to improve the academic, social and post-graduate experience for each business student, we’ve organized our initiatives into three core divisions.

Ask More: In our time at Notre Dame, we have many occasions to experience world-class academics and network with brilliant professors and students. However, the sheer number of opportunities can be overwhelming, especially when balancing major selection, study abroad applications and internship interviews along the way. In the past, students have had trouble knowing where to look for advice when choosing between majors or trying to select the best elective courses based on their interests. With this in mind, MSLA created a peer-mentoring program that will connect underclassmen with seniors with a wide variety of experiences. This program launched on Nov. 3rd, so be sure to check out our website for more information.

Do More: One of our greatest opportunities for improvement lies in the creation of more events that celebrate and foster the Mendoza community. Last semester, MSLA organized a series of dinners with professors, which allowed interested groups of students to join professors in casual conversation over a home-cooked meal. Additionally, MSLA hosted an end-of-year charity gala bringing together students and faculty and raising over $3,000 for the Declan Sullivan Foundation. Due to the success of both of these events, they will be continued throughout the current academic year, in addition to new initiatives such as a student spotlight social media campaign. Follow us on Twitter (@ndmsla) and like us on Facebook to find out more.

Be More: Beyond our University exists an enormous network of Notre Dame graduates and opportunities that students may not know exists. Last spring, we offered “The Road Less Traveled” panel sessions intended to make student more aware of opportunities in less-traditional career paths. Students who had experience in social entrepreneurship, marketing and the sports industry shared their experiences and advice on how to get involved. One attendee said the panel was the most helpful event he had participated in regarding career discernment. With that momentum, we are looking to expand the series over the course of this year.

The MSLA is an opportunity for business students to identify what could be improved in the college and design the solutions ourselves. With the backing of the Office of Undergraduate Studies, we have the potential to create a community where future students interested in business will easily find their place.

MSLA

Mendoza College of Business

Oct. 27

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