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Onward together

| Friday, August 20, 2021

Howdy first-year students,

Our names are Allan, Matty and Alix and we serve as your student body president, vice president and chief of staff, respectively. We write to you from a world that has changed in ways we are sure you could not have anticipated when you began your college search journey. However, we all find ourselves in this place, at this time, hopeful and ready to begin. We now know that we cannot promise you that the world will look the same in four years as it does at this moment, but we also know that from immense uncertainty comes immense possibility. So, as we all enter the world a little fatigued, we want you to know that we are marching onward with you.

We want to say that while the transition to university life is not always the smoothest, it is full of newness and hope. Soon, each of you will settle into your routines, figure out the quickest way to your classes, find out what your favorite meals at the dining hall are and bond with your friends. You will realize that each of you belong in this community, and our family is better off now that you have joined us. Notre Dame is best when as many voices as possible make themselves heard.

So, do not ever believe that this campus is better off when you are silent. Try out dorm mass or hall council. Go to a club you never would have joined in high school. See a play in DPAC. Attend a service immersion with the Center for Social Concerns or just invite other people in your residence hall section to dinner. Raise your hand in class and ask that question you have. You will be amazed how much of college life is found in little moments that may feel inconsequential, but can shape your whole experience. 

We are coming out of a period of fear, division and uncertainty. However, we are all entering a period of opportunity for positive growth and development. We know that each of you will make a difference with your voices and impact your communities and this campus for the better.

As we march onward together, just know that we are never too far! We encourage you to visit us in our office in 203 LaFortune or follow us on Instagram at @ndstugov so that we can get to know you and hear what motivates you. We cannot wait to see what all of you accomplish!

Welcome home.


Allan Njomo

student body president, Notre Dame


Matthew Bisner

student body vice president, Notre Dame


Alix Basden

student body chief of staff, Notre Dame


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