Published as an Undergraduate Student

Lindsey Pytrykow

Student, NDMU Class of 2022

English, Secondary Education Certification

"Getting a paper published in an academic journal was never something that I thought would be attainable, especially at 21 years old. However, the advice and support of NDMU's English Department allowed me to realize my writing potential, which led to this accomplishment! Despite the English Department being small, every professor has an immense number of outside connections that they are ecstatic to share with English majors." Lindsey’s paper, “Colonized Education in I, Rigoberta Menchu, An Indian Woman in Guatemala,” written in ENG223, will be published by Johns Hopkins in the Richard Macksey Journal.

Exemplary Student Leadership

Rochelle Thompson

Student, NDMU Class of 2022

English, Political Science

An outstanding Notre Dame of Maryland University student leader was recognized for her community involvement with the prestigious Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education. “It is a great honor to be a part of so many communities and use my voice to promote change on a local and national level while advocating for those whose voices are silenced or ignored,” said Thompson. "My commitment to leadership is demonstrated through my acts of service, love, and compassion."

Summer Leadership Opportunity

Jolisse Gray

Student, NDMU Class of 2023

International Studies, Political Science

Jolisse combined her love of service and politics in an eight-week summer leadership program, Leadership + American Presidency, through The Fund for American Studies (TFAS). She had the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. while immersing herself in hands-on simulations and case studies that examined some of the greatest leadership challenges in history.

Improved Self-Esteem

Katherine Martinez Argueta

Alum, NDMU Class of 2020

English, Spanish

Before coming to Notre Dame, I knew I had potential, but I was lacking the confidence to go after what I wanted. In every course here, my instructors challenged me to get better and better. By the time I graduated, my self-esteem improved a lot, and I think that is one of the most valuable things I gained from NDMU.

Beyond My Comfort Zone

Allison Trumpler

Alum, NDMU Class of 2021


Notre Dame has truly helped me become a leader. I’ve had so many opportunities to grow beyond my comfort zone. As an Elementary Special Ed major, I’ve been able to work in multiple schools already, even before starting my student teaching. Overall, I’ve been able to become the best version of me.

Importance of Caring Science

Antoinette Goosby

Alum, NDMU Class of 2021

Nursing (Entry-Level BSN)

One of the unique aspects of the nursing program at Notre Dame is that we learn about caring science. It’s a term I was not familiar with before coming here. The faculty emphasize that we as nurses need to take care of ourselves before we treat our patients. We ourselves need to be ok in order to treat someone who’s not ok. I’ve carried that with me throughout my work experiences so far, and I know it will stick with me in the future.

Grateful for New Experiences

Trinity Soto

Student, NDMU Class of 2023


Notre Dame fostered my abilities to research, network, and connect with others—skills I had not had an opportunity to develop before. I’m also grateful for the chance to meet new people and experience new cultures.

A More Confident Leader

Bria Foster

Alum, NDMU Class of 2021

Modern Foreign Languages

When I first came to Notre Dame, I was a little shy and I was not accustomed to serving in leadership roles. Here, I found many leadership opportunities and a close-knit community that helped me grow into a more confident leader.

Advocating for My Success

Ashley Anderson

Student, NDMU Class of 2022


“Notre Dame has definitely helped me to become an advocate for myself. Being here has made me a stronger leader as I pursue internship opportunities.” Ashley is a 2021-22 scholar in the Sr. Alma Science Year program that places top NDMU students in research internships in labs at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Realizing My Potential

La Vida Cooper

Alum, NDMU Class of 2003


Notre Dame saw the potential in me as a whole person, when other schools didn’t. The SSND were a sort of secret force for good, helping me build confidence that I didn’t even realize I needed. The advocacy of Sister Eileen Eppig and Dr. DiRienzi, in particular, strengthened my efforts as I laid out a path to eventually becoming an enterprise level Technology Manager within the civil space and aerospace field.