One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.
Preparing for Permanent Departure
Whether you are departing the United States after graduation or will be away from the University for a semester, please consider some of the following suggestions for organizing your documents and possessions.
Immigration Documents (For F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders)
Put your immigration documents in good order by reading the weekly ISSA emails, consulting ISSA, and submitting immigration requests well in advance of your travel date.
Housing and Household Goods
Review the Office of Residence Life and Housing’s procedures and policies, http://housing.nd.edu/, for preparing your room for departure.
Notify your landlord in writing of your departure date. If you have paid a security deposit, discuss with your landlord the condition in which the apartment must be left in order to secure the full return of your deposit. Make clear arrangements as to when the deposit will be returned.
Notify all utility companies—telephone, gas, electric—of your departure date and arrange for final payment of any bills and refund of any deposit.
Donate reusable items such as clothing, furniture, appliances, and dishes to charitable causes or retail shops.
Arrange to ship your personal items. Check with your particular air carrier regarding the maximum weight allowed for luggage
Documents, Mail Forwarding, Settling Accounts
- Leave a forwarding address with the Registrar's Office and the Post Office. Provide an address to companies from which you expect a bill.
- Settle your University account. Return all library materials and other borrowed items.
- Obtain official copies of your transcript, diploma, and other important documents such as medical, dental, and children’s school records if you are leaving the United States.
- Close your bank account in writing rather than allowing the balance to drop to zero.
Arrange for the sale or transfer of your vehicle by consulting the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' website at http://www.in.gov/bmv/. Do not leave your old license plates on any car you sell!
Expiration Dates for University Accounts
Students who graduate may expect to access InsideND and ND email accounts up to 90 days after graduation. After that time, in order to continue receiving email through an ND account, students must apply for an alumni account through myNotreDame: http://mynotredame.nd.edu/. You can also search for and join domestic and international alumni clubs through myNotreDame.
The ND student IDs usually expire about two weeks after the graduation date (see your individual card for the expiration date). After that time, you will no longer be able to enter RecSports facilities, check out library books or otherwise use your student privileges.
F-1 students participating in Optional Practical Training will NOT retain access to their ND email accounts throughout their employment period. ISSA will send periodic important reminders through the non-ND email account that is submitted with your OPT application.
When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.