Assistant Rectors 2012-2013Patrick Duffy is from Mobile, Alabama and is the Assistant Rector on the third floor. He is currently a third year law student and plans to work and live in Chicago after graduating. Patrick earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 2010, majoring in English and History. He spent a year working for a Catholic parish in Wexford, Ireland before starting law school.
Gentlemen, welcome to the University of Notre Dame, and more importantly to the Sorin College community. I remember the excitement of preparing for my freshmen year at Notre Dame, and am somewhat jealous of the opportunities and experiences that you will have over the next four years. I firmly believe that there is no place like Notre Dame in the world, and I encourage you to take advantage of all that this place has to offer.
If there is one thing that I have learned in my time here, it is that Notre Dame is a place that is primarily about people. Your time and experience at this University will come to be defined by the friendships that you form and the relationships that you build. For many of you, these friendships will start right here in our Sorin College community. I am excited that you will be joining us in the fall, and look forward to getting to know you in the coming year.Greg Mitchell is from Falls Church, Virginia, and is the assistant rector on the second floor in 241. He studied economics at George Mason University and is currently a second year law student. Greg's hobbies besides law include reading the Washington Post op-eds and playing Jerry Garcia guitar solos.
Welcome to Notre Dame! By now I'm sure you've heard plenty of platitudes about how college will be the best four years of your life and gotten a lot of advice on how to take advantage of the many opportunities you will have during your time here. At the risk of repeating what you've already heard, I want to note for you two features unique to Dame that I think will help you to make the most of all that these years have to offer.
You'll be here for four years, so this is a great time to focus on developing yourself, but it's also an opportunity to be a part of a truly committed community. The Notre Dame family of students, professors, and alumni is full of talented individuals. You'll benefit immensely from the diverse range of experiences and viewpoints, which will help you to grow both personally and professionally, beginning on orientation day and extending past graduation. I think it's hard to overstate the degree to which the Notre Dame family can help you succeed and develop. And within Notre Dame, Sorin is a community of its own. There's a good chance you will stay in touch with Sorin guys for the rest of your life. The strong friendships you form here will aid you and your peers in becoming the people you want to be. It's worth taking all the opportunities you can to contribute your perspectives, personality, and abilities to both communities.
Notre Dame is also exceptional in that, in addition to the all the resources of a top-tier university, it offers you the opportunity to develop spiritually. I encourage you to try to work spiritual development into your schedule. If you're Catholic, think about going to Mass on a weekday -- there are over a hundred Masses on campus every week, including one right in Sorin Monday through Thursday. If you're not Catholic, you can always pray or enjoy some quiet time in the beautiful Basilica right next door. I'm confident you won't regret it if you do.
Congratulations on joining the Notre Dame family, and welcome to Sorin College!