Adrian is a repeat First-Year student passing as a Sophomore in the College of Arts & Letters, where he studies Anthropology and Peace Studies with a minor in International Development Studies. Originally from Cartagena, Colombia, he maintains a weak understanding of American idiomatic expressions, but likes to believe that he can get by nonetheless. Adrian is passionate about social justice issues, and is involved in environmental advocacy and labor rights campaigns, but he moonlights as a radio show host and an amateur journalist for the local newspaper. In his free time, he enjoys sounding like a fool in languages over which he has little grasp.
Anna is a senior from Atlanta, GA majoring in English and Visual Communications Design. She worked with the Notre Vision program this past summer and works as a catechesis at Little Flower Parish in South Bend. In her spare time, she loves hiking and camping and has been to 47 of the 50 states.
Arwa Mohammad is a sophomore Science Pre-professional and Arabic major from Fishers, Indiana. She spent three weeks this past summer in Jerusalem and the West Bank studying Theology, and fully intends on going back to study Arabic and to better understand the conflict and its effects on the lives of Palestinians. On campus she is involved with the Muslim Student Association and is a Chemistry tutor in the First Year of Studies. Of a mixed Palestinian and Egyptian background, she loves her Middle Eastern culture and is always in the mood for falafel or shawarma. After graduation she intends on obtaining an M.D. and volunteering in health services throughout the Middle East.
Asha Barnes is currently a junior from the South side of Chicago, residing in Cavanaugh hall (GO CHAOS!). She has a major in Anthropology, focusing on the cultural aspect, and a minor in Africana studies. In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry and short stories, watching Doctor who and binge watching the LOTR series. She also in enjoys a good mug of tea.
Brendan Besh is a junior from Slidell, LA, majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in Constitutional Studies. He is a member of Notre Dame Mock Trial, Notre Dame Right to Life, and works for the Center for Ethics and Culture. He is interested in all the different aspects of a liberal arts education and in their cultural importance at Notre Dame. He aspires to go to law school to continue his education.
Daniel Barabasi (Class of 2017) is a Neuroscience and Behavior major from Newton, MA. On campus, he works in Dr. Zoltan Toroczkai's group at iCeNSA. While not prematurely fretting over the GRE, Daniel enjoys swing dancing, drinking filter coffee and trying to hide his Bostonian accent. A passion for writing has driven him to contribute and edit for both The Observer and The Huffington Post. Outside of school, he has researched at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the MIT Media Lab, while also playing an active role in the local chapter of Hungarian Scouts.
Emily is a junior from Irving, Texas majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. On campus she is a philosophy and theology tutor for the First Year of Studies program where she also works as a Monitor. Off campus she continues her passion for debate acting as a remote coach for her alma mater’s speech team. As an anglophile, Emily was happy to have spent time studying abroad in London in the fall of 2016. Outside of the classroom, Emily is a prolific reader of current events and enjoys playing piano. After graduation, Emily plans on attending law school and one day having a career in politics.
John Haley is an Film, Television, and Theatre major from North Mankato, Minnesota. He is also planning on pursuing a minor in Peace Studies. He is a member of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program and the Kellogg International Scholars Program and is involved in Notre Dame Student Government. John recently completed an internship at ART WORKS Projects, a Chicago-based non-profit that focuses on using film and photography to advocate on behalf of human rights violations around the world.
Joshua is a sophomore Political Science and Chinese double major with a minor in Catholic Social Teaching. Born and raised in Tianjin, China he now lives in Alumni Hall. Joshua is a trumpet player in the Marching Band, a member of the Kellogg International Scholars Program and a Chinese Peer Tutor at the CSLC. In his free time he likes to watch Impractical Jokers.
Jeremy Cappello Lee is a junior studying philosophy and applied math, though he plans on dabbling in as many fields as his schedule permits. Originally from the island of Malta, he now calls Tempe, AZ, home. He writes humor for The Scholastic and tutors at the Writing Center. His hobbies include learning languages and playing the piano.
Justin Pizzimenti is a senior Political Science and Psychology student here at Notre Dame. As a former resident of Siegfried Hall, Justin now lives off campus but is still very involved with the Ramblers. Outside of his course studies, Justin plays on the Men's Rugby Team, works as a Calculus and Microeconomics tutor, and is a Peer Advisor for the First Year of Studies. He is excited to lead the Dean's Fellows this year.
Katie is a junior anthropology major with a supplemental major in ACMS. She currently lives in Farley Hall but hails from the western suburbs of Chicago. Katie is interested in studying human origins - she basically just wants to dig in the dirt forever. She is involved on campus as an officer of the Anthropology Club and plays violin in the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra.
Margaret Hynds is a senior from a suburb of Washington, D.C., appropriately studying Political Science with a minor in Business Economics. When not in class or asleep in Pangborn Hall, you can find her in the basement of South Dining Hall in The Observer's office, where she serves as the daily newspaper's News Editor. An avid lover of coffee and young adult fiction, she hopes to pursue a career in writing.
Mateo is a sophomore from Racine, Wisconsin currently living in Zahm House. He is an Economics and Political Science double major, a Stamps Scholar, and a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program. He is a proud member of Chorale (Notre Dame’s mixed concert choir) and Student Government, where he serves on the Department of Constituent Services and the Campus Life Council. Last summer, he spent three weeks in Israel and Jordan as part of a Notre Dame Study Abroad program. Mateo enjoys playing piano, singing, and engaging in late night chats about almost any topic.
Mimi Teixeira is a junior from Hingham, Massachusetts and is currently living in Lyons Hall. She is studying economics and political science and hopes to work in politics in some form after college. She is currently the secretary of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter and the secretary of BridgeND on campus, and is a member of the Right to Life club. Her interests include tax policy, immigration policy, and social mobility in the United States. In her free time, she likes to attend sporting events, catch up on the news, and watch reruns of the Office and Friday Night Lights.
Moira is a senior Gender Studies and Pre-Health double major from Lakewood, Ohio. She will be studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico for the Fall 2015 semester, but lives in Ryan Hall at ND. Moira plans on going to medical school to pursue a MD/MPH dual degree in order to work directly with patients while working to make policy change in women's health. In her spare time, Moira is a cellist in the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Notre Dame/Saint Mary's Irish Dance Team.
Molly is a sophomore English and FTT major from Southport, CT who is also planning on pursuing Studio Art and Business and Economics minors. Molly writes for the Sports section of the Observer and is a member of the Notre Dame Club Field Hockey Team, as well as a tutor for Academic Services for Student Athletes. In her free time she enjoys journaling, playing sports, listening to her favorite singer Vanessa Carlton, and drawing and hopes one day to pursue a career in writing.
Nandi Mgwaba grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nandi is double majoring in African Studies and Film, Theatre and Television. She is passionate about using theatre and film as mediums for problem-solving both in education and community building. Nandi hopes to return to work in South Africa in order to (re)capture the voice and narratives of her community and share them globally.
Becca hails from the beautiful New Smyrna Beach, FL. She is a proud student in the College of Arts and Letters, where she studies Political Science with a supplementary major in Peace Studies. On campus, she works as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, and in Student Government where she is the Director of Internal Affairs. Last summer she spent several weeks doing research on the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka with the help of the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement and the First Year of Studies, as well as another few weeks in Ireland backpacking and participating in the Inside Track. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, talking about politics, and attempting exercise.
Sara Abdel-Rahim is a senior Political Science major from Tampa, Florida, but of Egyptian origin. Aside from the Dean’s Fellows, she is actively involved in the Muslim Student Association and First Class Steppers. In the future she would like to attend law school and become an international lawyer or an immigration lawyer. She loves baking and cooking.
Sean is a senior currently residing in Keough Hall. He is an Honors Mathematics major with a minor in Actuarial Science and is a part of the Glynn Family Honors Program. When he is not engrossed in his studies, he enjoys serving his residence hall as both its senator and co-operator of its late-night pizza kitchen, Keough Kitch. Sean hopes one day to marry his two passions—math and food—into one amazing career, but in the meantime he spends his free time drumming, playing volleyball, and playing disc golf.
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