Mairead Dillon

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 really enjoyed my study abroad experiences, so the chance to work in a position where I could encourage others to study abroad was really appealing. One aspect of my study abroad experiences that I especially enjoyed was getting to know people from other countries and learning about their cultures, so I liked the idea that I would get to meet more international students through this program.

I hope to get to know more international students and make them feel welcome on campus. I also hope to make more people understand the value of internationalization.

Talk about your international experiences and why they are important. How have they served you (academically, personally, professionally, etc).

I first did a summer study abroad program in Jerusalem. This program really brought me out of my comfort zone because I got to experience life in a place very different from the United States. I also learned so much about an area of the world that I did not know much about previously and realized the value of learning outside a classroom. I then spent a semester in Galway, Ireland. As an Irish studies minor I benefited greatly from the opportunity to take classes in this field that I would not have been able to take at Notre Dame. Additionally, my grandpa was from Ireland and getting to live in the country he grew up in was a very special experience.

Why do you think it's important to focus on internationalization at the University of Notre Dame?

Notre Dame prides itself on educating the whole person, and through internationalization Notre Dame gives students the opportunity to meet people who come from different backgrounds and bring different experiences and viewpoints to a variety of topics. This not only provides a great learning opportunity for students to learn about and experience different cultures, but it also allows us the opportunity to challenge our beliefs and understand our role as citizens of the world.