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Thursday, May 23, 2024
The Observer

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Those unseen forces

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J.J. Post reflects on transferring to Notre Dame and what it was that made him feel at home.


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Stay here

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“Stay here, stay in this moment. It’s a really great moment, no matter what comes next.”


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I know the end

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“I freaking love this place and everything it has given me. But if I were to spend another year on campus, doing the same things I’ve been doing for the past four years, I would probably feel like I had overstayed my welcome.”

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To those who got me here

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"True to form, I turned in my final college assignment — a 10-page research paper on Bob Marley — Friday night, less than 45 minutes before it was due. That was expected. What I didn’t expect was the wash of emotions that followed."


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Both sides now

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Claire navigates uncertainty about graduation with the wisdom of Joni Mitchell.

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Embracing the unexpected

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"I’ve learned and relearned over my four years at Notre Dame that even the things that seem permanent can change within a week or two."



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Home is where the heart is

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"Thinking of leaving a place as special as Notre Dame makes me feel prematurely homesick. What I’ve realized, though, is that my family here on campus is just like my family at home."


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Irish goodbye

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“If drunken Johnny can leave a bouquet for graduation, maybe I, too, can say goodbye and leave a few flowers for those people who have made the last four years lovely.” 


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A home under South Dining Hall

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“Then all of a sudden I see an opening for a graphic designer. I thought to myself, “Why not? The worst thing is that they could ignore your application again!” And so, I sent one in.”