University of Notre Dame
BackgroundInterview Date:May 2019
Gender Identity: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Biracial: Half Latino and Half Black, since I’m a little darker I’ve felt more included in the larger Black community
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Graduation Year: 2019
High School Experience: Public school in Fort Wayne, IN with a graduating class of about 500 students. Even though Indiana generally isn’t diverse, my high school was very diverse. There wasn’t a strong culture of going to college. For me to go from that high school to Notre Dame was a really big deal.
First-Generation College Student: Yes
Major: Business Analytics
Minor: Public Policy
Extracurricular Activities: A lot of the activities I was involved in were centered around diversity. I [had a leadership role] in Shades of Ebony, which is a club for women of color on campus; I was involved in the Black Student Association; I helped the Vice President of Student Affairs with the Race and Ethnicity Committee; and I was a multicultural commissioner for my hall. I also held a few different jobs on campus including a role where I worked with admissions.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
The biggest one was my role in admissions. Notre Dame has [the Reilly Spring Visit Program] where we invite about 300 high school students, [many of which are first-generation and low income], who applied early action or early decision and were admitted. We invite them on campus for four days where they stay in the dorms with current students and we have a bunch of different events for them ranging from spiritual life, athletics, academics, and extracurriculars so they are able to view the entire school before making decisions. I went on that program when I was a high school senior and it’s great that they can all relate to me and I can talk to them about what Notre Dame is really like and the good, bad, and the ugly. They appreciate my honesty and they also have a greater appreciation for what Notre Dame really is, so that’s had a huge impact for me.