Once a Tiger, always a Tiger.
I value the all-girls education that NDB uniquely offers, as the experience enabled personal development by strengthening my confidence and my ability to communicate well with others. I work with researchers, doctors, nurses and all kinds of patients and communicating effectively is very important. An NDB education allowed me to enter college and the workforce with confidence.
An NDB education shaped the foundation of who I am as a woman and business owner. NDB was where I learned how positive self-talk can transform a girl into a woman. My time at Notre Dame gave me the confidence and ability to handle life’s greatest challenges, to not be afraid to ask for help, persevere through adversity, and most importantly, be exactly who I am. Women supporting women is so incredibly powerful and I believe receiving an education in such a positive and encouraging environment is what helped to develop my courage, grit and determination. Go Tigers!
At NDB, I was always encouraged to speak up, make mistakes, try new things, challenge myself, and be a go-getter. This made me fearless in college and starting my professional career. This propelled unbelievable passion, ambition, and growth that I continue to build upon today. There was also an unbelievable support system between faculty, staff, and fellow peers, which taught me the importance of community and its impact. Anything is possible when there is a sense of community and purpose, and I learned that at NDB.
What I learned most from NDB was determination and the belief that I could achieve anything I wanted. I studied kinesiology/athletic training in college which at the time was predominantly a profession for men but was starting to see an increase of women joining the profession. At times during my career, I would be the only female amongst a group of all high level collegiate male athletes and coaches, working as the lead healthcare provider for mens' athletic teams. I never felt intimidated or insecure and always earned respect for my professionalism and expertise. I gained so much confidence in myself because of my time at NDB.
I am appreciative of NDB’s variety and rigor of coursework, which prepared me for the next chapters in both education and life. The most important benefit of an all-girls education is a growing sense of confidence. By the time I graduated from NDB, I was ready to take on the world.
NDB taught me to work hard. It taught me to not give up. It taught me to advocate for myself and for others. It taught me empathy. I didn't know I was learning these skills at the time. Then, I thought I was simply learning to study and how to be a friend. But looking back? NDB wasn't just preparing me for my career working with at-risk LGBTQIA youth, it was preparing me for life.
Notre Dame instilled in me the conviction to pursue my dream to become a physician. My high school experience gave me the confidence to strive as a woman in the field of science. My Notre Dame roots have helped me to succeed as a compassionate physician, daughter, wife and mother.
In celebration of the NDB Centennial, you are invited to join us on Friday, September 22, 2023 for NDB Alumnae Centennial Cocktails & Couture. Join us to reconnect with your NDB family while enjoying appetizers, signature cocktails, fun surprises and an NDB Across the Decades Fashion Show!
NDB is not just a school; it is a lifelong community. When an NDB alumna meets another NDB alumna, there is an instant, unspoken understanding that the person who stands before them upholds the same gospel values of compassion and service. This is the power of sisterhood that penetrates far beyond the classroom — it is a connection for life that binds NDB sisters within and across their industries, neighborhoods and communities.
Reengage. Reconnect. Reunify.
Alumnae Leadership Board Mission Statement
We engage with fellow NDB Alumnae through effective outreach to create a community that supports all graduates professionally, socially and spiritually.
We connect with and support NDB's mission to develop unique gifts and talents of all students so that they may achieve their full potential and serve the world.
We unite to create a NDB sisterhood that forms with alumnae contact during the students' four years and continues for a lifetime.
We would love to feature you as an NDB alumna on our website and marketing materials. Whether you are a teacher, CEO or college student, we would love to hear from you! If you would like to be featured, please send your job title (or former job title, if retired), headshot, and response to the following prompts to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- How did NDB prepare you for your future?
- Why are you grateful for an NDB education?