Student Spotlight

Participating in ND's DC Program: Sarafina Joseph

Author: Sarah Snider

By Sarafina Jospeh

During my time at Notre Dame, I explored different areas outside of my academic interests which included faith-based groups, student government groups, and even worked as a research assistant. Each contributed to my growth as a Notre Dame student. Over the course of that exploration, I added Africana Studies as a minor and have since been dedicated to advocating for social justice, particularly in urban communities throughout the nation. Participating in Notre Dame’s DC program provided the hands-on experience I needed to learn about the policy making process at a ground level. An opportunity that led eventually resulted in a great summer opportunity.…

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Loving and Living Life in London: A Study Abroad Reflection by Arielle J. Flowers

Author: Sarah Snider

I don’t even know where to begin with this reflection. There were so many absolutely amazing things that I got to see and experience while studying abroad in London: Buckingham Palace, the British National Museum, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Hyde Park, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Bath, Stonehenge, Durham and York and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter Studios, just to name a few. The places that I have been to and the people that I have met along the way have left such a profound impact on my life and I am extremely thankful to have had those experiences. However, if I were to reflect back on anything, it would have to be on the experiences I had participating in the Drumbeat Program unique to the London Global Gateway, the immersive nature of the classes and special trips, the personal growth and sense of community/belonging that I felt within the city.…

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Study Abroad Reflection: Joseph Ong

Author: Ke'Ana Bradley

Botanic gardens- Joseph Ong

One of the funniest things about being in Southeast Asia is my identity as “American” changes depending on where I am. In America, for example, everyone speaks to me in English. In Singapore, however, while the other students will speak to me in English, whenever I interact with Singaporeans from the older generation when at the airport, buying groceries, or trying to order food, the uncles and aunties will address me Chinese. In Taiwan, even though I addressed the airport staff in Chinese, the airport staff would reply to my questions in English only. I guess I come off as “too American” in Taiwan but not so much in Singapore.

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