Sophia Koo

Residence Halls I represent: 
Baumer, Breen-Phillips, Farley, Fisher, Flaherty, Lyons, St. Edwards, Zahm


Why did you opt to serve as a Senior Fellow for Internationalization?

I wanted to serve as a Senior Fellow for Internationalization because I thought it was a great opportunity to share my personal experiences with studying abroad and experiencing the world through ND International. I am passionate about the knowledge, awareness, and experience of our world, and I would like to share this passion with others at Notre Dame.

I hope to connect the ND community to the world outside of Notre Dame, while connecting the world to the ND community. I would like to encourage more and more students to take advantage of Notre Dame's global programs, so that they might also have the chance to experience the world as I did, during their undergrad years, when they have so many resources and opportunities at their feet. At the same time, I would also like to help integrate those international students that come to Notre Dame in order to connect them to the amazing community here at ND.

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

In the Fall of 2019, I had the chance to study abroad in London. For me, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly experience life in another country by living and going to school there for an entire semester. Academically, I was able to stay on track with my major and further my studies through the classes I took while abroad. While the in-classroom experience was important, the out-of-classroom experience really enhanced my education. Studying abroad in London opened up a gateway not only to the culture of England, but to the multitude of cultures to which London is home. I learned that there is so much about the world that I do not know, and it was a humbling experience and an education in life.

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

As much as I love Notre Dame, it is often apparent that we seem to live inside our "ND Bubble," as is commonly expressed. I think it is important to promote breaking out of that bubble, making students more aware of Notre Dame’s global initiatives and the many resources that it has to offer to pursue such initiatives, in order to nurture a more diverse and culturally aware community at our school.