When Eva says, “I like to keep busy,” no one disagrees with her. In order to graduate a semester early, she has taken 24 credit hours each of the last two semesters. Not only that but, in addition to a double major, she is minoring in Art History.
When not studying, she enjoys being a campus tour guide, tutoring accounting students and serving as the 2008 Accounting Director for the Student International Business Council (SIBC). She was awarded a Crimson Summer Exchange (CSE) fellowship, normally given only to students from Yale, Harvard or Cambridge universities. Eva was the only one outside this group to receive a fellowship, and taught and mentored high school students for five weeks last summer in Zhejiang Province, China.
She was also part of the ND team – the only team from North America – to present a project to KPMG in Dubai in April 2008.
This summer she will intern in London, working with a corporate tax firm. Eva plans to use this experience after graduation as she pursues a job in accounting, perhaps as a precursor to returning to school for a law degree. Eventually, she would like to work for the World Trade Organization or the United Nations.
Even though he occasionally looks down the road to life beyond the University, Aaron keeps firmly focused in the present. He has to. His “jobs” as a student and as Marching Band Drum Major seem to fill more than 24 hours a day.
His position as returning Drum Major involves at least 20 hours per week, and he says that he’s busier in the spring – selecting leaders for next year, helping with show selection, supervising logistics for games, and band camp – than he is during football season. In “the other season,” he plays trumpet in the basketball band.
Aaron sees a direct correlation between his class work and his extracurricular duties, particularly in relation to learning how to organize and how to deal with different personalities. He believes that “band is a lab for Intro to Management” because of the study of teamwork, strategizing, problem-solving and learning to be a leader, in addition to sorting through the politics involved with band logistics.
As the recipient of several scholarships, Aaron knows the importance of balancing his academic life and his other obligations. He credits Mendoza advisors for helping him stay focused, and knows that he can depend on them with he’s ready to join the working world.
JOHN “JAKE” JEFFREY
Speaking more like a Marketing major than a Finance/Economics major, Jake says he would like a little publicity for his business, asking ND students to go to www.dormdrinks.com. That’s where he and a partner take orders online in preparation for twice-a-week dorm deliveries of water, Gatorade, iced coffee, energy drinks and hot coffee.
Jake’s entrepreneurial adventure began during his sophomore year when he recognized a need for dorm-delivered drinks – a need with a projected $10,000 income this semester. While he intends to continue his enterprise next year, he’s already looking for someone to take over the business when he graduates.
Of course, there’s homework and study abroad to consider. Jake earned 15 credit hours during his Fremantle ’08 trip, with educational opportunities that included a trip to Singapore’s busiest port and a meeting with representatives of Deloitte & Touche.
His cultural experiences incorporated camping with Aboriginals, visiting a giant sheep farm and biking 60 kilometers a day for five days on a New Zealand bike tour. Although he says he wasn’t prepared for the rigors of the bike tour, he’s getting in better shape back on campus as he delivers dorm drinks.
While Jake is interested in investment banking, he realizes the current market situation, and for now is looking ahead to corporate finance or consulting.
Erin appreciates the University’s commitment to foster “sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many.” And her interest in Spanish and anthropology have led her to make a difference where she can.
Before she enrolled at ND, she checked other colleges’ study abroad programs, but found them to be lacking. With her interest in the global economy and the opportunities available to her at Notre Dame to make a difference, the choice of university was easy. She has already participated in Toledo ’07 and Santiago, Chile ’08 programs.
Before her travels, she immersed herself in the Spanish language, literature and culture of each country. All of her classes abroad were conducted in Spanish and when she was in Chile, she lived with a family and studied with Chilean students.
Back on campus, Erin is involved with ND8, promoting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – goals adopted in 2000 during the United Nations Millennium Summit, goals that are to be achieved by 2015. The Notre Dame group raised $35,000 last year to build a school in Uganda.
After graduation, Erin plans to use her Spanish and anthropology interests, pursuing a job in marketing and living in a Spanish-speaking country for a few years.
From Montrose, Penn. (population 1,800) to a northern Indiana university, to a Toledo ’09 study abroad program, Amber says she has had plenty of time to “find my true identity.” She played soccer for the University during her freshman year, but knee injuries led her to a new position as the Student Leader for ND Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
This “blessing in disguise,” as she calls it, opened her eyes to the reality that she truly was brought to Notre Dame “for such as time as this.” There is nowhere else she would rather be – growing and developing into an individual who will change the world – and is excited to see what God has in store for her.
Amber is the undergraduate representative on the Business College Council, an opportunity she feels allows her to represent the University and Mendoza College of Business as examples of stellar education standards, integrity and service.
After her return from Spain, Amber will intern in Jacksonville, Fla., with Vistakon, the eye care division of Johnson and Johnson. She will work in marketing, a precursor to their Marketing Leadership Development Program. She is excited about the opportunity and feels that the values and work ethic instilled by her parents, and supplemented by everyone at Notre Dame, will fit perfectly with the driven, dedicated and transparent culture at Johnson and Johnson.
Kevin Vater is optimistic about the future. Not only his future, but the future of his peers. While others may struggle with doubts about job prospects in his chosen field of investment banking, he feels that his Notre Dame classes have prepared him for whatever lies ahead. He says that the Mendoza focus on problem-solving and exploration of possibilities will serve him well.
Involvement in extracurricular activities has also played a role in his preparation for life beyond the University. His membership in Student International Business Club, Investment Club and O’Neill Hall government allows him to interact with an “interesting variety of people and situations.”
Kevin’s study abroad experience in Fremantle, Australia, last year opened his eyes to a culture and country vastly different from the United States. He was able to visit with Aboriginals and immerse himself with their lifestyle, as well as explore the beauty of the landscape. He returned to campus having made what he calls “life-long friends.”
His advice for students: “Meet as many people as you can. There’s a reason you chose Notre Dame. It’s a caring school where both students and faculty know how special it is and work hard to always improve the University for those coming after them.”