Mike Atkins

Active Duty Law Student, Notre Dame Law School - Class of 2022

For Mike Atkins, an active duty Coast Guard lieutenant, Notre Dame was a natural choice for law school. A lifelong Catholic whose ancestors emigrated from Ireland during the Potato Famine, he was drawn to the application of Church traditions in a legal context. There, too, was a powerful sense of purpose, manifest in the ethos that a career in law isn’t just any career: It is a mission, a vocation, a means by which to effect positive change. And, of course, the added appeal of watching the Fighting Irish on fall Saturdays cannot be denied.

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Jhordan Baque

Undergraduate Student Veteran, Aerospace Engineering Major – Class of 2024

After serving in the United States Marine Corps as an aircraft mechanic, Jhordan decided to pursue a a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. 

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Maureen Bullis

MBA Student Veteran, Mendoza College of Business - Class of 2023

When it was time to pivot from the U.S. Army to her graduate education, Maureen selected the two-year MBA program at Notre Dame for its active veteran engagement, faith-centered values, and extensive Alumni network. 

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Kevin Camson

Undergraduate Reservist, Business Analytics Major – Class of 2022

Having grown up watching Rudy and Notre Dame Football, the first sounds Kevin made as a baby may have been humming the Notre Dame Victory March. When it came time to choose a college, Notre Dame’s prestige, mission as a force for good in the world, and special place in his heart drew him to South Bend. Before his freshman year, Kevin was working as an employee at Burger King when he was approached by a Marine Corps Recruiter and decided to enlist in the Marine Corps.

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Christopher Escamilla

Undergraduate Military Dependent and ROTC Student, Computer Science Major and Business Economics Minor – Class of 2023

As the son of a U.S. Marine, Chris always wanted to serve his country. As he grew older, he set his sights on ROTC at the University of Notre Dame.

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Morgan La Sala

Undergraduate ROTC Student, Mechanical Engineering Major – Class of 2022

Morgan grew up hearing her father’s stories about his time at the United States Naval Academy and his service as a Submarine Officer. He always hoped she would follow in his footsteps. This sparked an interest in service. While she considered attending the Naval Academy, Morgan ultimately chose to forge her own path at Notre Dame as a non-ROTC student. During her freshman year, she felt called to Naval ROTC. She began as a college program student in the spring of her freshman year and later earned a three-year NROTC scholarship.

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Jake Leporte

Undergraduate ROTC Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering Major – Class of 2022

Both of Jake's parents served in the Navy, but with his mother getting out before he was born, and his father retiring when he was still fairly young, neither he nor his two sisters grew up with the military at the front of their minds. It was only after Jake's high school physics teacher and a friend from the graduating class before him set his sights on Notre Dame that he zeroed in on aviation and the Air Force as a career goal.  After getting accepted to Notre Dame, he enrolled in an Air Force ROTC class and has never looked back.  

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Shauna Staples

Undergraduate Student Veteran, Neuroscience and Behavioral Studies Major - Class of 2025

Shauna always knew education was important to her. After serving six years in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Electrician, she decided to further her education at the University of Notre Dame. 

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