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Unplanned

| Friday, May 13, 2016

The best things in my life have been unplanned. They haven’t all been accidents, but rather decisions where I didn’t realize the ramifications until well after I had made the choice — or didn’t make the choice at all. This is somewhat of a startling realization for a woman read more

One true home

| Friday, May 13, 2016

Several times over the past few weeks, people have posed the question, “Why did you choose Notre Dame?” The truth is, I didn’t. At least not directly. I can recall the excitement and pride I felt over five years ago when I learned I was accepted to my top-choice read more

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Find joy in change

| Friday, May 13, 2016

A lot can change in four years. When I first arrived at Notre Dame four years ago, my dad, like many other fathers, helped me move into my new dorm. He carried boxes, lofted beds and sweated along with the rest of the class of 2016 and their parents read more

Leaving a legacy

| Friday, May 13, 2016

When I was little, I knew where I was going to college: Notre Dame. And this Sunday, sure enough, I’m going to graduate from this University. It’s strange to realize my life has unfolded almost exactly as eight-year-old me envisioned, minus playing center field for the Baltimore Orioles. And read more

Thank you, Pangborn

| Friday, May 13, 2016

Almost four years ago, I opened an email link that heavily shaped my Notre Dame experience, probably more than anything else during my time here. It was Fourth of July weekend, AKA the time each year when incoming freshmen find out their dorm assignments, and I was nervous as read more

On this day

| Friday, May 13, 2016

When Facebook first introduced its On This Day feature, I cringed a little. Do I really want to see what the high school version of me posts? Do I want to see the pictures containing my highlighted hair, awkward smiles, and questionable fashion sense? Can I resist feeling the waves read more

Becoming my own man

| Friday, May 13, 2016

I’m obviously not exactly a stud athlete, but I have a bit of a confession to make — when I play pick-up basketball, I’m not exactly the most confident player on the court. Even when I’m playing well, I don’t always start off with oozing amounts of swagger and read more

My last will

| Friday, May 13, 2016

As my time at Notre Dame comes to a close, I feel it incumbent to give to you, my friends, family and mentors, my last will and testament. I, Lesley Stevenson, of over-zealous mind and undying school spirit, leave the following: To my fellow 2016 graduates: nothing but my read more

Little piece of Notre Dame

| Friday, May 13, 2016

Graduating seniors, have you ever read through a list of “things to do before you graduate”? I’m sure many of us just recently reviewed that list and with a stroke of panic realized you may have to fail one of your finals to give yourself another year to check read more

Accessibility

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thank you, The Observer staff, for your thoughtful series last week on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. It is an extremely important topic worthy of continued attention and priority. We agree wholeheartedly that our community must be inclusive and accessible in order to allow students, faculty and read more