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.
Undergraduate Student Veteran, Film, Television, and Theater Major – Class of 2020
When transitioning to civilian life, Zak attended a Notre Dame Alumni Association event near Camp Pendleton, California. At this event, he met Director of Admissions Bob Mundy, with whom Zak shared his deep love of Notre Dame. Bob encouraged him to apply, and Zak was subsequently accepted.
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.
Undergraduate Military Dependent, Anthropology Major and Business Economics Minor – Class of 2020
The summer before her senior year of high school, Sammie found out her family would be making another in a long line of moves, this time to Japan. The family motto had always been “As long as we are together everything will be okay,” so even though she wanted to go to Notre Dame, she was terrified of living halfway around the world from her parents and three younger brothers. But now Notre Dame feels like home.
MBA Student Veteran, Mendoza College of Business - Class of 2021
Originally from Omaha, Rory is a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and earned his commission through completing Marine Corps Officer Candidates School in Quantico, VA. Upon completing subsequent training in Quantico, he was designated as a signals intelligence officer. Recently transitioned to the Marine Reserves, Rory was thrilled to return to Notre Dame, a place with unparalleled community while espousing the tenets of servant leadership, to pursue his graduate degree.
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.
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.
Active Duty Graduate Student, PhD Philosophy - Class of 2021
Kevin is actively serving in the United States Army while working towards his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, he will hold a professorship at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA). Among the other qualities he searched for in a graduate program, Notre Dame’s strong sense of community drew Kevin to this program. “It is such a rare opportunity to have so much freedom in choosing where to live and work while serving in the military,” he says, “so we’ve been very grateful to have to chance to raise our family as a part of the community [at Notre Dame].”