In the midst of the third week of Notre Dame’s Flexible Learning Environment, teachers and students are creating a learning community that exists virtually but is grounded in Notre Dame’s mission and delivers on the graduation outcomes. Today’s life-long learner is one who needs to develop what Tony Wagner, senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute and Harvard Graduate School of Education professor, calls the “Seven Survival Skills for Careers, College, and Citizenship.” These skills are at the core of 21st century education and schools preparing students for their future worlds. They are considered a set of core competencies essential to life-long learning.
Notre Dame students and alumnae are doing amazing things locally, globally and virtually! Read about a few that were featured in the news over the last week.
Notre Dame alumnae are scattered across the globe, working in myriad industries and volunteer capacities. In this COVID-19 crisis, many are serving on the front lines as first responders and as nurses, doctors and researchers. Current students, although sheltered in place, are also doing some amazing work to help their ND sisters and the greater community get through this crisis. We are highlighting just a few who have been in touch with us lately. If you are an alumna or the parent of an alumna, please contact us with updates.
Julie Billiart knew well what it was like to live in uneasy times. Indeed, the tumult of the French Revolution and her own poor health could easily have been cause for anxiety. And yet, Julie gave care and attention to her own spiritual wellness in order to draw strength from the good God. And it was this very spiritual practice that empowered her to respond to the signs of the times with confidence, courage and leadership. Though we live in a very different time, the invitation to care for our own spiritual wellness is just as important for us as it was for Julie.
Each student has the opportunity to develop her leadership skills within the co-curricular program of her choice. Students develop voice and experience in our empowering environment.
In the midst of a rapidly changing world, Notre Dame's spirit and traditions remain. Whether donning crazy costumes for Spirit Week, walking downtown to attend mass, or swaying arm-in-arm while singing the alma mater, generations of women have upheld these traditions and called Notre Dame home.
Notre Dame's progressive culture of solution-finding, resource-sharing, skill-building and partnerships promotes curiosity and creativity within a unique learning environment.
A Notre Dame education extends well beyond the footprint of our downtown San Jose campus, out into the tenth largest city in the United States and the thriving center of Silicon Valley.
Attending Notre Dame has truly shaped me into the confident and passionate leader I am today. I am so grateful for the community I’ve been a part of, the rigorous education I’ve received, and the global and diverse perspective I’ve developed. I am excited to continue my lifelong journey of learning at UC Santa Cruz and to live out the same values I’ve learned from ND.
Notre Dame has allowed me to gain a more worldly perspective with an emphasis on social justice I would not have received anywhere else. I am grateful for the lasting bonds I have made here. I know that I've grown as a person and I'm confident I will carry Notre Dame's values on with me in such a modern and diverse city like Philly. Go Dragons!
I really enjoyed my time at Notre Dame. I learned a lot about the value of community and about my responsibility to fight against injustices. I chose LMU because I felt that, as a Jesuit university, it promoted similar values. Go Lions!
Most of all, I am going to miss the people I've met at Notre Dame, but I know that what I have learned from these relationships has fully prepared me to travel across the country and continue my studies at Princeton. I am beyond excited to learn about computer science and its potential social applications through Princeton's phenomenal engineering school and liberal arts curriculum. Bye ND, hello real weather, and Go Tigers!
Notre Dame has given me the opportunity to grow into myself and explore with sports, immersions and various classes. I am grateful to have attended a school that teaches us strong core values such as social justice and to have the support of an amazing sisterhood. I am excited to start this next chapter of my life and continue growing and learning at Loyola University of Chicago.
I'm so grateful for the community I've been able to build over the past four years and how it's led me to my college decision. I'm excited to continue my education in an urban and diverse atmosphere similar to ND.
Notre Dame has helped me learn a lot about how to be an independent woman in this world. A woman who isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in and cares deeply about her community. Every person I have met at ND has positively impacted my life, and I am so grateful for that. I can't wait to use all the skills ND has taught me over the past four years to make sure my experience at SDSU is amazing!
Notre Dame has helped shape the person I am today. Everyone who I have met at Notre Dame has had a huge impact on my life. It is because of my peers, teachers and mentors that I have accomplished all I have during my time at ND. Thank you to ND for the life-long friendships I have created here and for preparing me for this new journey to come. I am proud to say I will be attending Cal Poly SLO this coming fall. Go Stangs!
I am so grateful for the friends I've made and the support I've received during my time here at Notre Dame! I know I'll cary these lessons and friendships with me to college and beyond. I'm excited to attend USF in the fall, along with some fellow Vipers, and study environmental studies in an urban setting! If you need me, I'll be 50 minutes away. Go Dons!
I am extremely thankful to Notre Dame for teaching me that my voice matters and helping me tremendously in developing that voice. I hope to continue to develop and use my voice to enact change next near at George Washington University. Raise High!
Notre Dame has taught me how to ask the important questions, including the questions that lead me to decide that a gap year is the best option for me. Currently, with ND’s support, I am applying for three different internships, one of which I will be working this coming fall. ND has made sure that we understand what it means to be a global citizen, and so for the latter half of my gap year, I plan on doing a bit of volunteering and traveling abroad through Workaway.
I have always enjoyed helping others, and the social justice emphasis at ND has only helped me grow as a leader and global citizen. I am excited to be attending Whitman College next year where I will be able to pursue my two passions; biology and soccer. I look forward to spending the next four years in a truly unique place with the tools that ND has provided me with. I am absolutely excited to see what my future has in store! Go Blues!
Notre Dame's focus on creating Women of Impact and social justice gave me the confidence and the drive to work towards creating a better world. Notre Dame has shaped me into a strong and independent woman. I chose to attend Carnegie Mellon University because of the glimpses of Notre Dame that I saw in it; the collaborative and supportive environment and the push to create impactful students. I am excited to take what Notre Dame has taught me to Carnegie Mellon and further build on the Woman of Impact that Notre Dame has turned me into.
My experience at Notre Dame has made me realize my passion for helping others. Through my experience here I have grown to love community service and I am excited to continue this work at Gonzaga. My academics at Notre Dame have prepared me for success at Gonzaga and I cannot wait to continue studying Spanish. Go Zags!!
Notre Dame has taught me the value of a rich and diverse education where my ideas are constantly being challenged and expanded. I chose NYU because of its extended global community, which ensures I will be surrounded by people from all walks of life. I am beyond excited to take what ND has given me to the Big Apple this fall and continue to be a lifelong learner at NYU!
I'm so grateful for Notre Dame's small, tight-knit community that has instilled a passion for global education and social justice within me. USF reminds me a lot of ND through its diverse community, small class sizes, and even the same school/class colors! I am so excited to head to the city to continue learning about the world and its people. Go Dons!
I love Notre Dame’s supportive all-girls environment, and I always knew I wanted to go to an all-girls college. Scripps has a beautiful campus with an amazing psychology program, supportive faculty, and a diverse student body with students from out of state and other countries! Go Athenas!
Notre Dame has taught me that you will never have to face any struggles in life alone. Being able to walk into a teacher’s or counselor’s office at random and talk was the best gift ND has given me. Thanks to ND I know that I deserve and can find support at anytime and any place. I decided to chose a university that shares this great quality and the minute I met my psychology advisor at the U of O, I knew it was the place for me.
Notre Dame’s early introduction to social justice and making a change in our society really inspired me to continue on the path of helping and understanding more about others in our greater community while in college. Because of the kind and supportive community here, I was able to grow into the positive leader I am today who is ready to take on the new challenges ahead of me. I will definitely miss the family I have made over my last 4 years, but I am also excited to take on the next chapter of my life with all the lessons and memories Notre Dame gave me.
Notre Dame has truly been an enlightening experience which brought out the best in me. I found a home filled with amazing friendships, numerous opportunities in leadership and academics, as well as a strong network of women committed to improving our world. At UCLA, I will continue to immerse myself in research, pursue my love for biology and enjoy the never-ending sunshine. Can't wait to be a Bruin!
The experiences I've gained while attending Notre Dame, both educational and social, have helped me grow as a rising adult. Every class has been a new learning opportunity for me to discover my passions and values. I'm so excited to start this new chapter of my life at Cal Poly Pomona and apply all of the valuable lessons I've gained from Notre Dame.