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Engage and experience

| Friday, August 18, 2017

By the end of my first semester at Notre Dame, I had changed my major four times. The frequent visits to my first year advisor were not spurred on by the level of difficulty of my classes or the demands of the curriculum, but instead, by my rapidly growing interests and passions. Every time I attended a new lecture, joined a new club or interacted with a new professor, I found myself re-envisioning my academic future and the possibilities that Notre Dame has to offer. From my topical science, Biodiversity, inspiring me to travel and research elephant conservation, to Religion & Politics pushing me to critically question and grow my beliefs, I learned and integrated a unique set of courses into what has now informed my education.

You will have an opportunity here, especially in this first year, to engage and experience in ways you never would have thought possible. My advice is to never dismiss a requirement or class outside your major, always take the chance to go outside your comfort zone and get excited about the opportunities that will be surrounding you every day. Get involved in clubs that not only peak your interests, but also expand them. Figure out what you want to change in the world and make your difference. College is a lot more than learning inside the classroom, and there is no better place in the world to start that journey than here. Welcome to Notre Dame.

Rebecca Blais
student body president
Notre Dame
Aug. 17

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