|getting ready for sunset|
|sunset on the lake|
|fireworks by boat|
#2 - When at Notre Dame, take time to explore and enjoy the campus at all times of day.
One of my professors put it this way - he said he was getting a big head, working at Notre Dame and all. He looked up one day under the gaze of Mary atop the golden dome and realized (and I quote), "Holy sh**! I work here with so many amazing people." He said it was very humbling. I was humbled many times this summer by the phenomenal people who taught and walked alongside me this summer.
|ND basilica and golden dome|
|God. Country. Notre Dame.|
|another view of the dome and basilica across the lake|
|Holy Cross chapel|
|Andre Bessette (first Holy Cross saint) stained glass window|
#3 - Surround yourself with good people. They'll help get you where you need to go, especially in those times when you struggle to do it on your own.
An African proverb reads, "If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." Until this summer, I didn't 100% understand that. But I could NOT have done what I did this summer without relying on my classmates and friends. I'm capable of doing a lot, but it's not enough (and it's not quite as fun on your own) and it's not always the best way, as much as it hurts to admit it. The people are who make the journey worthwhile. Through ACE, I have been blessed with amazing professors, classmates, and friends.
|fellow Phoenix ACEr (a few years behind me)|
|ACE 15 representing it at the Backer|
|ND football tour|
|We are ND|
|me and my summer roommate|
|time for some ND football|
|the larger ACE family|
|ACE RLP 15 - my cohort|
|fist to five, how was your summer?!? (5, no question)|
There's something unexplainably special about this beautiful spot. It's probably no surprise, then, that it's my favorite spot on campus. So many people pass through, light candles, and pray at any given time: families, athletes, visitors, students, old, and young...Through Mary's intercession, prayers are brought before God, our Father. Incredible...
#5 - Ancora Imparo: Still, I learn.
Michelangelo was a source of inspiration this summer. As one of our professors told his story, he showed how even at the age of 87, after having accomplished so many astounding pieces of art, Michelangelo realized he still had much to learn. And we have much to learn from that. Growth mindset - always learning.