It is with warm enthusiasm that I welcome all new and returning students of the University of Notre Dame. In particular, I wish to congratulate and welcome our first year and transfer students. We are thankful that you are here and that you have chosen to share and develop your intellectual and spiritual gifts with our community. We will strive to nurture your growth during your time as a student.
Make the most of your time here. Be open to engaging new friends, those who may have very similar or very different personal stories and perspectives. Embrace each classroom experience as an opportunity to learn, hone your talents and share your ideas. If you live in a residence hall, explore the multiple ways that you can contribute as a leader. When you face challenge, know that you are not alone and do not hesitate to seek support from those around you. Finally, in all that you do, take a few moments each day for personal reflection to refresh your spirit.
As a Catholic university, we are dedicated to developing people who will be prepared to make positive contributions to the Church and the world. We are confident that you possess the talent and desire to make meaningful and lasting contributions.
Once again, welcome to Notre Dame. May you soon come to feel at home on this campus, and to love it, as do so many graduates before you. I hope to meet you in person over the course of your time, and throughout that time, I will keep you in my prayers.
In Notre Dame,
Fr. John I. Jenkins
President, University of Notre Dame
Aug. 16, 2012