"Notre Dame's inclusiveness, its sense of family and community, knowing that I can rely on my peers and that my lecturers are willing to help beyond the classroom are what makes Notre Dame great."Find out more >
"Notre Dame's mentoring and leadership programs and practical experience have helped me develop professionally. I now implement the theory within the corporate world."Find out more >
"It's about getting the experience and meeting people who inspire you to work hard and be passionate."Find out more >
"Notre Dame's mentoring and leadership programs and practical experience have helped me develop professionally," explains Notre Dame Business student, Angie Torrisi.
Angie's inspirational and enlightening education experience at Notre Dame sees her strive to better integrate corporate social responsibility into the business environment.
"Essentially I want to be a corporate social responsibility consultant," Angie said. The former St Vincent's College student is currently completing a Doctor of Business Administration at Notre Dame, following on from her Bachelor of Marketing & Public Relations.
"I found the practical experience which Notre Dame offers, through its mentoring and leadership programs, especially within the third year of my undergraduate degree, definitely helped me develop professionally. I feel I can now implement the theory within the corporate world.
"The University's Core Curriculum, which runs across all Schools, has definitely given me the capacity to critically think and reflect and I can use this within my research degree now, which is very beneficial."
Angie enrolled at Notre Dame under the Early Offer Program, beginning at the University eight years ago. "I've seen the University grow and my knowledge has grown and developed with it," Angie said. "The University offered a very tailored degree which other institutions didn't offer at the particular time. It was great to be accepted into a university and doing the course that I really wanted to do and at a university I really wanted to be at."
Zack, a second year teaching student at Notre Dame's Sydney Campus, credits his primary school teacher with helping him to succeed. He now wants to share his experiences to assist students with learning difficulties to overcome the odds.
"When I was young I struggled with my dyslexia and had severe learning difficulties, but my year four teacher was able to turn that around. And from there I started to believe in myself," Zack said. "My goal is to give back as a teacher – giving children with learning difficulties the opportunity to overcome the odds.
"You can do anything, no matter what, even if you are dyslexic, you need the right teaching methods, encouragement and role model
"I want to encourage young students to reach for the sky. They need to know no matter what negative things they are told – it is possible to achieve your goals."
"As student teachers we gain up to 33 weeks of professional placement – that unique experience will give me the practical knowledge, confidence and insights for when I graduate and work in my first school," Zack said.
"Notre Dame's inclusiveness, its sense of family and community, knowing that I can rely on my peers and that my lecturers are willing to help beyond the classroom are what makes Notre Dame great."
Rebecca aspires to become a lawyer "who is well-rounded, passionate and genuine".
Rebecca is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Laws at Notre Dame's Sydney Campus. Her course has provided her with incredible opportunities to put her legal training into practise – such as winning the 2016 William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna this year.
"In the legal industry, it's about getting the experience and meeting people who can not only help you get further experience, but also inspire you to work hard and be passionate. Notre Dame has provided me with incredible opportunities to put my legal training into practise.
"The University's Mentoring Program has been very valuable and incredibly rewarding while the Vis Moot offers such a unique opportunity to push beyond the walls of the classroom," Rebecca said.
Rebecca tied for the highest individual award – taking out this year's Martin Domke Award for Best Speaker in the Vis Moot general rounds – the first Australian to do so since 2005.