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Fearless Notre Dame Students

Our archive of Fearless Notre Dame students that are going to transform the world!

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Amy Tania Anand '18

Major: Pre-Pharmacy
Minor: Art
Hometown: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Who do you think is a fearless woman and why?  

I think Amy Carmichael is a fearless woman because she gave up her comfortable life in England and crossed oceans and continents to rescue innocent little boys and girls who were in danger.

What age do you feel right now and why?

I feel 12. A large part of me never wants to grow up, but the other part is still trying to shake it awake, telling it that time has moved on.

Which of your dreams can you make a reality?

I believe that I can become an artist and travel the world, helping people whatever way possible.

What did you learn today?

I learned a new digital art style today online!

If you could wake up one day having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

The ability to turn invisible. Sometimes it'd be nice to melt into the background (or scare friends!).

What makes you a fearless Notre Dame woman? 

I try to be kind and nice, and sometimes even brave, but it's still a work-in-progress!

What's your favorite spot on campus to hangout/study?

My room or the Otenasek house for the quietness and solitude.

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Zanobia Jones '16

Major: Political Science & International Relations Concentration
Minor: Law & Civic Engagement and Peace & Justice
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Who do you think is a fearless woman and why?  

I think all of the Trailblazers, first generation college students, are fearless women. To go out into the world to pursue higher education, and not having any knowledge of the process and the way it can shape you is really scary. Every day, I thank the women before me who started the path and encourage my generation and the generation after me to not only continue that path, but forge other paths. 

What did you learn today?

My legal reasoning lass forced me to look at a First Amendment case regarding a Klu Klux Klan member without bias and I learned that it is really difficult when reading a case to actually give my decision without my own personal bias. I have learned this semester that law looks at humanity as well as evidence and facts.

If you could wake up one day having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

I would want the ability to process words at a rapid rate in order to consume as much knowledge as possible.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

I am most grateful for the people that I have in my life and the friends I have made. My family, my grandmother especially, has been so supporting in my move to Maryland and the course of study I have decided to take. The professors in the History/Political Science Department have taken me under their wing and given me amazing opportunities. Dr. Susan Barber, my partner in crime, has given me a second family. I have made fantastic friends while here at Notre Dame and I know that I will keep these friends after graduation. Truthfully, I don’t have enough pages to talk about what I am grateful for. 

How can you do better than the generations before you?

I don’t think it’s about being better per se, but I think that it’s about taking the foundation they have laid and building upon it, finding new innovative ways to mold it into something stronger. Some of the older generations say that social media and the Internet is destroying the young generation. Well, I say instead of talking about how it destroys our future, start using it to our advantage. Use it to promote future ambassadors, scientists, and educators. Talking negatively about something only drives home the message that it will always be that way.  I want my generation and others to look at the future in a more positive light. Yes, there are tragedies in the world. But wallowing in them doesn’t fix them. We need to actually do them.

What makes you a fearless Notre Dame woman?

I think I am a bit of an unorthodox Notre Dame Woman. As people know on campus, I am not afraid to speak my mind.  If I see that there is a problem, I will try to move heaven and earth to figure out the solution and to make sure it never happens again. In my opinion, Notre Dame Women  walk in beauty and carry a grace about them, but I also believe they have a fire within them that burns brightly throughout the world. I would like to think that I can join their ranks and make a difference. 

What's your favorite spot on campus to hangout/study?

In term of studying, I love the first floor study area in Meletia. Usually, I can be found in someone’s room or on the 4th floor of Gibbons with the PoliSci professors.   

Diana Sagastume '17

Major: Physics & Engineering
Minor: Math
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

What age do you feel right now and why?

I feel 20 years old (my real age) because I feel like I'm stuck between being a teenager and an adult. Since at this age, sometimes you aren't treated as an adult but at the same time you are old enough to take on more responsibilities than before, so you aren't a teenager anymore.

Which of your dreams can you make a reality?

I believe that I can make my dream to become a Civil Engineer a reality. WIth hard work, determination and faith, anything is possible really.

What did you learn today?

I've learned that there is still a lot of racial discrimination and division in our society. Yes, there has been progress but I believe we can do much more about it.

How can you do better than the generations before you?

I believe that going to college as a Trailblazer and graduating is how I can do better than the generations before me. I hope to also inspire my future generations.

What makes you a fearless Notre Dame woman? 

I believe my determination to finish my studies, my goal at becoming a professional in a  male dominant field and my desire to make a better future for me and our society is what makes me a fearless Notre Dame woman. I feel that without the Notre Dame community, I wouldn't have that confidence I now have to pursue my goals.

What's your favorite spot on campus to hangout/study?

I like the computer lounge in Knott that is next to the elevators. It's really convenient since there are computers that you can use as well as chairs if you want to sit and read/study.