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How’s the water?

| Wednesday, August 24, 2016

David Foster Wallace’s internet-immortalized commencement speech “This is Water” delivers his thoughts on living a compassionate life by beginning with a conversation between three fish. It goes like this: There are two young fish swimming along, and they happen to go past an older fish swimming the other way read more

Spirits lingering on SMC campus

| Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Going to school at Saint Mary’s comes with a lot of unique opportunities and situations. As an all-women’s college, many of our courses are tailored towards women’s voices. As a small, Catholic, liberal arts college, many of our courses are discussion-based and draw on all areas of a student’s read more

The Irish, and other goodbyes

| Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I haven’t been at home for more than two weeks at a time in the past two years. I’ve lived in South Bend, Ireland, New Hampshire, South Bend again, Florida and now Ireland again. In between these travels, I have stopped at home in Chicago, but never for much read more

To build bridges, not walls

| Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Injustice, in modern America, is a problem that is alive and well. Few in our society are ready to build relationships, to build bridges. As a community, our response is rather negative, a definite misunderstanding; our perceptions have become polarized; and our response, lazy. At the University of Notre read more

Get out of your comfort zone abroad

| Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I never thought I would be the type of person to write about my experiences abroad. Yet here I am, about to tell you all about some of my experiences in London, Paris and Berlin this summer. A lot of study abroad blogs talk about food, but the food read more

Brexit wasn’t as simple as most think

| Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On June 23, 52 percent of the British people voted for their country to leave the European Union. Around the world, the decision was criticized and even mourned as a fatal blow to not only the world economy, but to the United Kingdom and to Europe as a whole. Political commentators read more

The problem with weed out classes

| Tuesday, August 23, 2016

As a rising junior, I have now completed exactly half of my Notre Dame education. In that time, there has only been one class that I absolutely hated. Well, technically two. It was a two semester course, Biological Sciences I and II, required my freshmen year. It was awful. read more

Mind, body and spirit

| Friday, August 19, 2016

Dear Students, This comes with my very best wishes to all new and returning Notre Dame students. Whether you are arriving on campus for the first time or returning after a summer away, we are very glad you are part of the Notre Dame community. As we celebrate the read more

Writing the next chapter

| Friday, August 19, 2016

Dear new students, Like generations who came before, you are embarking on a journey at the University of Notre Dame where you will have an opportunity to advance your knowledge, develop your leadership skills, deepen your faith, learn from others and form lifelong friendships. Whether you are a first-year undergraduate, transfer, professional or graduate student, read more