Residence Halls I represent:
Alumni, Carroll, Keenan, Keough, Lewis, Pasquerilla East, Sorin, Stanford
Why did you opt to serve as a Senior Fellow for Internationalization?
I wanted to serve as a Senior Fellow for Internationalization because I believe in the value of gaining an international education and understanding of the world's diversity. I have always had a passion for international differences in culture and life. I have always been fascinated by the vastness of our world and how each country has developed differently. This job gave me the opportunity to educate and share my passion with others.
I hope to be a source of information, inclusivity and encouragement. I want to be able to have educational conversations about internationalization with anyone interested. I want to ensure that every person regardless of their cultural background feels included in our university as members of our community, no matter where they come from. And I want to encourage others to seek opportunities to further their own internationalization.
Talk about your international experiences and why they are important. How have they served you (academically, personally, professionally, etc).
I have a few defining international experiences of which include spending the fall 2019 semester living in London, England, a medical shadowing trip to Montevideo, Uruguay, and the Notre Dame Pre-College program to Rome. Each trip provided new insight into a culture different from my own and a chance to gain experience in cultural competency.
Why do you think it's important to focus on internationalization at the University of Notre Dame?
People come from all over the world to attend Notre Dame, as students, faculty and staff. I think it is important to see internationalization is right here in our close community, and in order to understand our community we need to understand the culture and diversity that surrounds us. While in addition, realizing that when we leave Notre Dame there is a vast world where we will encounter a diverse range of people and cultures. Which we can begin preparing for right now at Notre Dame by focusing of internationalization.