Summer Experiences and COVID-19: Scholars Pursue Virtual Opportunities to Advance Post-grad Plans

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

For many Notre Dame students, the idea of summer “vacation” is a relic of the past, even during a pandemic. June, July, and August provide a valuable chance for students to pursue research opportunities, volunteer at nonprofits, or work relationship-building internships. COVID-19 challenged many scholars to take these opportunities online or coordinate new arrangements altogether; however, they still found unique ways to put their talents to use and continue molding their future careers through summer experiences.

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ND Scholars share passion for Notre Dame as members of Cheerleading Team

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

Senior leprechaun and Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Conal Fagan treats every game as though it is his last and someone else’s first. Conal has been wearing the famed Notre Dame leprechaun mascot’s green suit since his sophomore year and has defined many fans’ experiences along the way. After meeting one family from New Mexico visiting for their first game, he kept in close touch with them and has watched their children grow up. At another game, he fulfilled one lifelong fan’s wish of meeting the Notre Dame leprechaun before he passed away. 

The leprechauns are always at the center of football game days, as well as other athletic events. This year more than ever, though, all eyes have been on them as public examples of mask-wearing, social-distancing, and keeping a positive attitude in the ever-changing campus environment. What hasn’t changed is their commitment to the position and their passion for representing Notre Dame. 

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