Winners of Notre Dame Magazine’s 2016 Young Alumni Essay Contest
Notre Dame Magazine is sponsoring its fourth annual Young Alumni Essay Contest. The magazine’s editors, who will judge the 2016 contest, are looking for original, previously unpublished, creative nonfiction essays. The editors are seeking evocative first-person works that would appeal to a college-educated audience.
Alumni are active in various projects with an eye to aiding veterans.
When a customer popped into Friends by Design, asking when the fashion boutique would start displaying swimsuits for sale, owner Susan Mason ’87, ’96MBA gave her a definitive answer: “Never.” Selling bathing suits does not fit the vision Mason has for her specialty women’s clothing shop in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan. “I want you to feel great when you walk out,” she says, “and not feel disappointed in your shape or size.”
Creative works by Notre Dame people.
Notre Dame graduates in the news.
Notre Dame graduates in the news
Graduates from the class of 2010 won first and second place in the magazine’s third annual Young Alumni Essay Contest.
“Everyone loves a royal romance,” Nicholas, the prince of Wales and Great Britain’s future king, tells his girlfriend, American Bex Porter, in The Royal We, a novel that imagines a life lived once one’s prince has come.
Notre Dame alumni in the news.
When he was 22, Rourke O’Brien’s life plan was relatively straightforward. “I wanted to put on a suit and tie and make money,” he says. O’Brien ’78 was thrilled when he landed a job as a stockbroker in his hometown of Bellevue, Washington. He stayed in the world of finance for more than 20 years. Then came 2001. The stock market crashed. Terrorists attacked the United States. And O’Brien agonized over the meaning of his life.
Even Rachel Ourada ’05 sounds a bit surprised by what she does for a living. “I make fabric buttons,” she says. “This is a real career.” The jewelry artist, who turns those buttons into earrings, necklaces, rings, hairpins and cufflinks, is not being defensive, however. She’s just pleased that she created a successful business out of something she started doing for fun.
Creative works by Notre Dame people
Stories about Notre Dame alumni.
Books and CDs by Notre Dame people
Imagine if Notre Dame lost legal ownership of its campus, and the Main Building with its Golden Dome was bulldozed to make way for the golden arches of McDonald’s.