Carissa Baldwin

Undergraduate ROTC Student, Biological Sciences Major and Italian Studies Minor – Class of 2020

Although she grew up in a military family, Carissa never thought she would end up joining the service herself. But as the years passed, she realized that she felt called to join the military and to serve her country. In her ROTC application process, Carissa stumbled across the University of Notre Dame in a list of impressive Navy ROTC units. The school seemed to call to her, it had everything she wanted and more in a college, and the academic challenge, dedication to service, and uniqueness led her to fall in love with Notre Dame. She then received the ROTC scholarship to Notre Dame, followed by acceptance to the University, which she immediately accepted.

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Finbar Berry

Undergraduate ROTC Student, Finance Major – Class of 2020

Finbar and his brothers wanted to attend Notre Dame for as long as he can remember, having grown up watching Notre Dame, their father’s Alma Mater, play football.  When his oldest brother began his freshman year at Notre Dame, Finbar loved visiting him on football game weekends, and envisioned himself one day walking the campus as a student.  After a rigorous application process, Finbar joined Air Force ROTC here at Notre Dame, having been inspired by the Air Force’s mission and abundant opportunities.

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Zak Biek

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.

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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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Sammie Escamilla

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.

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Olivia Feldpausch

MBA Student Veteran, Mendoza College of Business - Class of 2020

As the daughter of a Marine, Olivia has always had a passion to serve. In 2015, she commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Michigan State University and was assigned to the United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska.  She was subsequently selected for a special program to teach at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), who sponsored her to earn her MBA.  

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Justin North

Law Student Veteran, The Law School - Class of 2020

Justin grew up in Pasadena, California and was a junior in high school on September 11th, 2001. In December of that year, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  Following 3 years of enlisted service, including a partial deployment on USS Nimitz with VMFA 232, an F/A-18 squadron, he was accepted to the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland.  Notre Dame Law School stood out to Justin because of Notre Dame’s close connection to the military and its unwavering emphasis on morality.

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Kevin Schieman

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].”

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