Going away to college. It’s all at once a rite of passage, a turning point and the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. For students whose paths lead them to Notre Dame, it’s also the beginning of an extraordinary journey filled with learning, discovery, faith and friendship.
Like generations of Domers before her, incoming freshman Emmie Mediate of Colorado Springs, Colo., was drawn not only to Notre Dame’s academics, but also to the way students here weave service into the fabric of their everyday lives.
“Notre Dame had all the characteristics I was looking for in a college – a great education, strong faith life, and a focus on social justice and responsibility in society,” Emmie says of her decision. “Both of my parents graduated from Notre Dame, and I know a few people from my hometown who have attended, so I’ve seen how Notre Dame becomes an integral part of a person’s education and personal formation.”
While Emmie says she loved her high school experience, she’s looking forward to her new independence and the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds. For her parents, the send-off is bittersweet, but there’s comfort in knowing she’s headed to a familiar place.
“When I saw the ‘welcome home’ part of her acceptance letter, I knew that Notre Dame could be a second home for my daughter, especially considering she will be so far from her family,” says her mom Vicky Mediate, a 1989 Notre Dame graduate. “That's the difference with Notre Dame. It isn't just a four-year decision – it's a lifelong decision, because it will reap benefits and provide opportunities for the rest of her life.”