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Notre Dame College President: Three Simple Steps to Make the Most of College

Notre Dame College President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., welcomed the Class of 2017 to campus by sharing with them three simple steps for success.

Of course, they each involve some work on the students’ part.

“College is simple. Note, I didn’t say it is easy,” Roth told the nearly 500 total first-year students, plus their parents, over three orientation dates this summer. “You can do a few simple things to ensure you graduate, but each of those three things involves hard work.”

The College celebrated Welcome Weekend, with its final new student orientation session and move-in for residence halls, Aug. 24-25. Fall semester classes began Aug. 26.

According to Roth, the three best ways for any student─those returning as well as just starting out─to make the most of their college education all revolve around coursework:

  1. Go to class
  2. Pay attention in class
  3. Go to class prepared

And by prepping for class, the College president said he means for students to read─and not just class textbooks and course assignments but to become “voracious consumers of information.”

“All of you have the mental power to do this to succeed,” Roth said.

“The key is whether you accept the responsibility to do these three simple things,” he added. “If you do these three things, I guarantee in May 2017 you will shake my hand, and I will give you a diploma.”

But a college degree isn’t the only end result of a Notre Dame experience. Roth also shared with the new students three things the College provides in return for their hard work in those aforementioned areas:

  1. Prepares students for their first jobs
  2. Equips students to adapt to a rapidly changing world to ensure long, successful careers
  3. Teaches students not only to earn a good living but also to live a good life

Notre Dame sets up students to make a good living in first and future jobs not just via coursework in a major and occupational experience like internships. Roth explained the College’s core curriculum imparts critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, among other liberal arts abilities, so students are flexible for the nearly inevitable career changes they will face.

“Whatever your major in college, that likely won’t be what you do to earn a living over the course of your life,” Roth said. “The job you do in the future probably doesn’t exist now, so no one knows the specific skill set required.”

As for the ability to embrace life now and in the future, according to Roth, Notre Dame encourages students to find and focus their passions through participation in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and service opportunities─an integral part of the values-based education the College offers.

“Ultimately, at the end of the day, we want you to be able to say you found the thing you love to do,” Roth said. “That might be the ultimate key to success.