Congratulations, you have made it to Fall Break. This is a time that everyone needs because you have completed much work with lots of tests and papers. It seems like mid semester exams have been going on forever. I was at USC on Sunday and they were going through the same thing. You are more fortunate than those students because they do not have a Fall Break. This is one more thing that makes Notre Dame a great place. Enjoy this coming week as you visit family and friends and relax, catch up on sleep and enjoy delicious meals that your Mom provides. There is nothing like a good home cooked meal. There are students who will be doing service and other things next week. They will be doing a variety of things like building homes or learning more about the environment and the care of the earth. Some are going abroad for the week to visit families and friends.
It is hard to believe that a few weeks ago we did not know our first year students. They have moved into Ryan and helped make this a great community. I hope they know how much we appreciate them and how grateful we are that they are here. We have several adopted transfer students who do not live here, but they are welcome at all Ryan Hall events. If you have not met them, try to after Fall Break. They and the Freshmen are wonderful women and we are fortunate to have them living with us and building our community.
I want to thank all those who help clean up after FJ’s. We have a solid plan in which members of a Section sign up and help. We have been fortunate the last three weeks that we have had volunteers from Alumni Hall who have come to help. They have taken some kidding, but they have all had a good experience. I want to speak about the Sections who have provided 5 or 6 women to help at the end of the night. I have appreciated it and want to thank those who have helped.
I want to thank CoCo Kelly and all the women who have baked this first half of the semester. There are many experienced bakers and some first time ones. We all know that they have produced some amazing things which puts a smile on the faces of everyone.
I want to thank Caitlyn Clinton and the members the executive board of the Hall Government on the many events they have organized the first half of this semester. Everything has been first class and the Formal last weekend was wonderful. Everyone said they had a great time and made good decisions. Congratulations to everyone.
I want to thank Allyse and the Hall Staff for their love and care for all of us. I think we are fortunate to have people around us who are dedicated to building a great Community. We are blessed to have these women leading us.
I will pray for safe travel and a wonderful Fall Break for everyone.