Assistant Rectors 2012-2013Joe Miller is from Huntly, Virginia and is the assistant rector on the 3rd floor. He is a second year law student hoping to eventually practice international law. He graduated with a degree in economics from George Mason University. Joe spent 5 months in 2010 volunteering for Mother Teresa's Mission in Calcutta, India.
Welcome to the next chapter in your life! This is an exciting time for you. Soon, you will be meeting new people from all over the country and world, taking classes from esteemed professors, and cheering your faces off at football games. New beginnings come with new opportunities. As a freshman at Notre Dame, there are so many ways you can grow as a person. My advice to you is to go for it all.
Don't ever forget that you are a student first. Dive into your courses head first and strive for academic success with an open mind. With that being said, so much of your time here will be defined by the friendships you form, especially among your brothers at Sorin College. It's easy to find a drinking buddy (you could find one at any university), but it's hard to find people who encourage you to be the best human being you can be. Notre Dame is unique in this way. Take advantage of it.
As a resident of Sorin College, the bells of the basilica will always you remind that this is an institution rooted in faith. There is opportunity on top of opportunity to grow in your faith. Don't let them pass you by. Alright, some last suggestions: think about studying abroad (I did twice in undergrad), volunteer for something, play interhall sports, and go to basketball games.
So go for it all. Take advantage of all this unique university has to offer and strive to form not only your head, but also your heart and soul. Welcome!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!