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Anna Gonzalez (’16)

  1. Managing the Dream Team

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:18 PM EST

    Head football equipment manager Ryan Grooms with senior managers Andru Creighton, Sean Hannon and Case Sketch at the Notre Dame Monogram Club's Fall Letter Jacket Ceremony.

    Football student managing is as competitive as any sport. It’s a time-consuming job, but it has plenty of perks, so lots of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students vie to get into the program. Approximately 40 students enter the program as freshmen. Depending on which semester they join, they work both fall and spring practices…

  2. A Work in Progress

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    There were 10 Apollo missions before a successful moon landing. J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before someone took on her “Harry Potter” series. The Wright Brothers didn’t fly on their first attempt. And we all know Rudy Ruettiger had to try several times to make the Notre Dame football team–after his many attempts…

  3. Irish in Oklahoma: The Game

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    The field-sized American flag spread for the National Anthem gave me chills. I can't thank our servicemen and women enough for all they do.

    I’ve lived 3 hours from OU my entire life, but I had never been there. The campus was prettier than I thought it would be, the fans were nicer than I thought they would be*, and I was more excited than I thought I would be. *Seriously. The OU fans were unbelievable. Instead of saying…

  4. Irish in Oklahoma: The Decision

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:41 PM EST

    The traveling fanatics! Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium was beautiful. (But doesn't even compare to Rockne's House.)

    Spur-of-the-moment decisions are not my thing. I like to plan things out, make lists, feel organized, and not worry. My decision to travel 879 miles to Norman, Okla. for a football game was not planned at all. It started with my friend Sarah. Her brother told her that he was going to OU for the…

  5. Standing in the Rain

    Oct 16, 2012, 5:44 PM EST

    Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

    There are a few things you should know about me. First, I hate rain, but only when I’m in it. Second, I love football. I mean that I have a deep burning passion in my gut for watching the game. Third, I’m never going to forget October 13, 2012. When I saw the weather forecast, I…

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