We proclaim by our lives even more than by our words that God is good. As I think about this first hallmark, I think it is laudable, but not necessarily practiced throughout the school. There are many reasons for this, not everyone in today’s world considers themselves believers. I think there is most likely a much larger portion of the population that considers themselves to be “atheist”, though I don’t believe many people understand what that truly means.

For myself, I do believe that GOD, the UNIVERSE, however one wants to term this has an incredible impact on my life. I believe that everything happens for a reason and has it is meant to. I strive to be a decent human being and member of the various communities I belong to. I think that that is where GOD lives within us and helps us to be the best that we can be. Or at least lights the multiple paths we can each take. I think that is the true sense of where “free will” comes into play.

It is extremely important to me personally that I live each day with positive intent and action, and that as this hallmark says, that is far more important than using words to describe what a “good person” I may be and that it flows from GOD’s grace.

We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.

No one person is better than another, no one person deserves more than her community members. Each and everyday a person walks this world in their own manner. We do not know what that individual is going through, even as they do not know what are journey is like. It is incumbent upon me to understand those things, and appreciate each person for the uniqueness they bring into the world.

We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world.

Fo me, this hallmark does not speak so much as to who or what I am, but the impact the instructors at NDNU have had on me. Have they guided me through my courses, while fundamentally ensuring that I understand my role in the universe.

Overall, each and every instructor that I spent time with, provided me with a different perspective of the necessity to be good stewards and care givers to our fellow man. To not just think about what is happening around me, but, what the right thing to do is. Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking – C.S. Lewis

We commit ourselves to community service.

This hallmark is a little bit of a challenge for me, because I think about it in terms of helping at center’s. I don’t have a lot of free time, and the program I am in certainly focuses on community service, which is great. All that said, I am committed to being the best person within all of the communities I belong to I can be.

We embrace the gift of diversity.

To me the thing about this is that I think every individual is unique and different. I try to base my relationships or actions with others simply on how they are interacting with me. I love learning about people and their own personal stories. This is the way I think about this hallmark.

We develop holistic learning communities which educate for life.

I believe this is a true statement. I also believe that its a narrowly focused “life”. I am not sure that it could be any other way. I have taken many life lessons away from different classes I have taken at Notre Dame and used them in both my personal and professional life.