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A Day in the Life with Maggie

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So I'm right outside the library. But before I talk about that, I wanted to talk a little bit about where I study, how often I need a study and the struggle of work, life, balance in college. So first off, I personally rarely study in the library, and the reason is because most students do, and that makes it really hard to find a desk or spot to sit sometimes, and the spots that are available are a lot of times not very cozy or comfortable. So I'm here with my friend Jasmine from my dorm and tell me, where are your favorite spots to study on campus? I would say one of my favorite spots, the Studies and Gettis Hall, just because you can have an entire classroom with, like a table in a whiteboard to yourself. There's not that many other people around, and have you taken advantage of Father Bob's coffee house and Gettys? I have not. Okay, there is. I don't know if you drink coffee, but wall Gettys is open. So business hours. There's a coffee house where you can just walk in, grab a mug and help yourself to coffee at any point like completely for free, which is kind of a hack. So I don't really have a typical study spot. It really just depends on where I am already, what I need to dio um, where my friends are and things like that. Some spots that I do enjoy to go include Thie Math Library, which is in the basement of Hayes Healy, a fun room in Jordan Hall, which, I'll show you. I do like to go to Gettys, Father Bob's coffee house, as Jasmine said. And recently, I've really enjoyed studying in the Duncan Student Center, although as an engineering student, I do have to spend a at least a focused three hours on work every single day and even more on Sunday. Sunday is the big crammed a study day, and it sometimes can be problematic that I don't have a specific study spot because for a lot of students, it helps to have one spot they always go to when they know that they need to grind and get their work done. But for me, I really enjoy the change of pace, and when there is just that one spot that I always go to, it starts to feel like the torture spot, so I don't really like that. But I can say that even as a senior at Notre Dame, I still don't have the work life balance nailed out. It's a really, really hard thing to do in college because unlike high school or working life, there is always work you can't be doing and always an event you can't be going to college students air up until all hours of the night there. So, so much stuff to do, all centralized on this campus and especially at a place like Notre Dame. It's so hard because the student body here is very much a work hard play, hard type. So they keep very busy schedules, and when we're working, we need to work, and when we're playing, we play So walking off of God cod, we are standing in front of the Lafortune Student Center, which, if you ever visit campus, you'll just hear people call this look fine in the fun. There is tons of spots for student to study. It houses all of the student government offices, and it has some good places to eat, including Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Smash Burger, which is my personal favorite. So here I am in front of the infamous Pizza Bell, as the students call it, which is open until two or three in the morning on weekends. So you'll normally see a lot of students waiting in line here on a Saturday night after going out. And how could I forget? There's a Starbucks and we have something called the huddle, which is a little mini mart for students and headed over to the huddle to give you a tour. Uh, the selection there. You can have an idea of things you can pick up with the flex points that I've explained. Hello, viewers. My name is Maggie West, and I am a student at the University of Notre Dame pursuing a degree in computer science, which at Notre Dame is exclusively part of the College of Engineering. So I will be giving you a tour today, and I'm originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and I wanted to be really excited about Notre Dame. It is one of the premier Catholic universities in the nation. We hobble over eight thousand undergrads and about two thousand grad students. But the movie Rudy and another movie, New Rock Me All American, was filmed on this campus. And so if you're a fan of any of those or college football Catholic traditions, so much more keep watching. So you can't talk about the Hesburgh library without talking about this mural. So it's called Touchdown Jesus, because it looks like Jesus is doing the touchdown symbol. That referee's doing football game also our stadium. Is right there and before our stadium was renovated toe add extra seats. You could see this mural from the stadium. So the Hesburgh library, which a lot of the students call club Hess, has thirteen stories, and it has honestly been under construction since I was a freshman at Notre Dame. It's a really popular place for students to come to study, but it also houses and a BP are all bone pain on the first floor, which is really nice if you want to grab a coffee or a pastry or a sandwich at any point during your studies. Now, I said that I don't study in the library very often, but when I do, I go to the tenth floor, which I'll show you guys now. So we're on our way on and the tenth floor is a silent floor so all see walking through your Pardon article hall, which everyone here just calls me Bart. And it is the namesake or that I'm on break. And this quad is absolutely just like they all are. And it houses purely academic buildings. So we have to Bartolo Hall, which is where the majority the classroom spaces on campus, the law school right in front of me. There one of the engineering buildings. We have me Mendoza School of Business and the Barlow Performing Arts Center at the end of the lot. So I'll give you guys. So I just jumped into deep bar, which has seventy three classrooms of all different sizes. The class is held in here are from all disciplines. So you could have anything from a film class to a history class, too, eh? Linear algebra class in de Bart and as an engineering student, a vast majority of my classes are in this building. It has the biggest lecture hall on campus, which can hold about four hundred sixty five people. It also has a computer lounge and a fun study lounge, which I will show you. Let's get into it. So I'm right outside the bar, computer, lounge and lounge, and it's supposed to be quiet in there because people do work, but all give you walk through it and insider's tip. It's a great spot. Tio taken naps because they have nice, big, comfy in bags. So I am in the biggest classroom on campus. This is to Bartolo one, Oh one. And like I said, it holds four hundred sixty five people. I personally have had one class in here, and it was a class that computer science majors, computer engineering majors and electrical engineering majors had to take, and the room was not even full. Thie teacher actually did a good job of getting participation from students, even in a huge lecture hall like this. Bye, randomly calling on people's names throughout the entire year. And if you weren't here, don't get your attendance points, so I'll show you this lecture. On the other side of the spectrum. Here is a seminar room in DiBartolo Hall, so it's pretty small. And as you can see, it has a cool roundtable where the professor will normally sit at the end and everyone can just talk. And this is often used for discussion sections, which are break offs from larger lectures. Nice days like today, Professor's sometimes have class outside, which you can see going on. All right to the which is her name's campus. Her name? Actually, really. Grodd Burning is actually replication, darling in France. So it's one seventh the size of the bridge and actually Stone Richard, right, The statue. You'll see it really great place to go any time. So before we start looking at the campus, I think something very unique to Notre Dame and important to explain is the Notre Dame dorm system. So we have, I believe, twenty nine dorms on campus, and they're all single sex. You are required to live in a dorm from your freshman to junior year. And, ah, lot of students will continue to stay on campus for their senior year. You're definitely allowed to stay on all four years. Once you're accepted, you decide to go. You are randomly assigned a dorm and a roommate for your entire freshman year. And once you got this dorm, the majority of students tend to stay there for the entire time that they live on campus. And one of the reasons for this is at Notre Dame. We don't have Greek life, but thie dorm communities kind of create that. So every dorm has whole government charity events, colors, mass gods, sports dances, other social events. The list goes on. And because it has students from freshman to senior year, you can make those relationships that air inter class very easily. Additionally, because your roommate is randomly assigned, it gives you an opportunity to meet someone completely different, which totally happened for me, my freshman year roommate Sue Jean Wass, from Seoul, South Korea. And I'm so, so glad she was my roommate. She's now one of my best friends, so I think that the Notre Dame dorm system really isn't anything to worry about it all. Of course, I'm not naive. There are people that have a hard time with their freshman year. May further dorm, but it is something you can change. And it's also something that Khun teach you an important life skill about learning Tio. Cope with a roommate That's not so great, So it's very important to know that people have a steadfast allegiance to their dorms and the quad that they live on. And in fact, when people introduce themselves, they normally include their major there year and which dorm they live in, Which says a lot about our system and another important detail that I almost forgot is I is a senior now live off campus. But for three years I lived in a pastoral East Hall. Just actually where I am now and past released is on Mod squad. I was very involved in the hall government and chose to move off campus, too. Learn a little bit more about cooking for myself, budgeting and having that freedom before I'm a full blown adult, so you didn't. Now nothing from it's happening. Fine, Ben. I welcome to Ryan Hall. So he's a super double. So a lot of upper class and Brian get the choice of living. And either quatre supernova. Lt's a little bigger, has a bay window. But we still have all the standard furniture. So our beds, you can have it down like this, or you can lock it up in the air. And then we have dressers, nightstands, deaths and arm arms. Yes, additionally, in all the rooms and Ryan, we have a sink and a near cabinet over here. So you can see way, have additional stories down there and then our cabinet here to store anything else? Uh, which is wonderful. Teo, brush your teeth. Way. Also have a fresh here. This is something that does not come with room. However, you are allowed to have a fridge in your dorm room. Additionally, a lot of students, as you can see over here, that some sort of Bhutan in their room editions. So that way, when friends come over or if people are saying, I can lecture people around. Awesome. So cute in here. Thank you, Julia and Julia You can already to get now. Hi there. We're going to save it all. Come on. Did some. What kind of room is this? Um, this is a super double in Stanford Hall. Super double means that it's a little bigger than the normal room. So it's got, like, an extra couple feet on the sides and then also in this corner, in a normal double, you'd only have built in closets. But in our room, we don't have a built in closet. So we have a little bit more space. We still have this modular furniture. So we have two closets. One for each person, the room, and then each percent their own bed. And you have them. We have them bunks, Yuki. They're bunk them. Or you can have them on the ground. Or you can loft them. They are lofted with one desk on one side. And in the death, Excuse me. One dresser and then a desk. There's two deaths over there, one for each person. And you can loft your bed with the desk and the dresser to give yourself a little bit more space. So explain how you've tricked out this room. Kind of customized it a little bit with supernova. We've had a little more space, so we booked our bed to put in the corner here and then a TV fridge. And then all our storage over here said he's also come with the room there, like two storage units, and they just hang on the wall. They could hang anywhere on this side of the wall or on that side of the wall. We chosen to put aside my side over here, and then we have our deaths over here and then decorations on the wall. We hung up lights have, you know, some scarves and decorations and stuff and your hardwood floors and the armed forces. So we have hardwood floors on this side, which we put down. And then we have carpet on this side of the room, which isn't were like, the living area over here and over there is more like it. Social area. You have your Yes. We have a thing mirror. So you brush your teeth and everything Can I'll be done here and then communal bathrooms. That's pretty standard across all the dorms. Notre Dame? Yes, Yes. Thank you, Ryan. Now. This is a campus landmark, which the students call Stone head but is actually a war memorial for veterans from both world wars, Korea and Vietnam. It is at the head of North Korea, and another really fun thing about this spot is See those trees. They line all of these sidewalks leading up to Stonehenge and are really great place to throw up a hammock. On a nice day like today, I'm actually surprised there aren't students out here doing it. So North Quad is also a residential quiet, and it has North Dining hall, which I'll give you a little walk through. So we have tons of cereal to choose every meal wants. Here we have a little build your own Asian noodle station. One. We have pizza, which is available for dinner every night. This station changes out every day. Looks like chicken vegetables here, always basic with red sauce. Vegetables right at the end. There was a hand station here. You can build a sandwich or grab some yogurt at any time. What you're getting for dinner tonight? Rice and some bourbon place. Oh, that's got to go. Pick up some fruit farming, please. Ham. Well around me. There was a crew over there. Here they have grilled cheese, burgers, fries, chicken. And these amazing chicken and waffle sandwiches. Here is the very popular kind of build your own label line. Last night in the area. Fantastic. Thank you. Personal pizzas be fresh salad bar, thirteen toppings, but cheeses, cranberries, always. Lots of dressing here are all fresh. That you really great. Don't forget desert. And when you leave the dining hall, you khun, bring one drink, one piece of fruit or one dessert, which Emily has got down with her PV