When senior Sofia Carozza first arrived on campus, she knew she wanted to take as many risks as she could, especially if those risks scared her. This journey is what led her to shave her head for The Bald and the Beautiful, join Women’s Boxing and participate in Show Some Skin, among other activities.It also may have led her into some of her accomplishments. Carozza was named valedictorian for the class of 2019 and in December she was named a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship. In the fall, Carozza will head to University of Cambridge in England to pursue a Ph.D.“The only thing I knew I wanted to do when I got here was take as many risks as I could,” she said. “Basically anytime I heard something that someone else was doing and my first reaction was, ‘Oh, that scares me,’ that meant I had to do it.”A self-described nerd, Carozza said she has always been interested in mental health and how the brain works, partially due to her own experiences with mental illness. This interest took form at Notre Dame as she chose to major in neuroscience and behavior with a supplementary theology minor as well as a minor in philosophy, politics and economics.“I’ve always been fascinated by the human person and human behavior in particular,” Carozza said. “During high school I suffered from mental illness, … and several people who are dear to me either experienced trauma in their childhood or suffered from mental illness. So, it was really a way for me to look at the way that biology interacts with human experience to make us into who we are and to come to terms with the fact that who we are today is a product of our experience over a lifetime.”Carozza is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, a Glynn Family Honors Scholar and a de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture Sorin Fellow, but she said her community involvement has made the biggest impact in her life at Notre Dame. Carozza has spent her summers dedicated to the cause, tutoring children with developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders in Paraguay, researching effects of stress on the brain and implementing ideas of community-based change in South Bend and beyond. “I do some work with the juvenile justice center, and I’ve been involved with the Catholic Worker, and I’ve volunteered for several community organizations that do mental health related stuff for early childhood development stuff,” she said. “Those relationships with community members have really transformed the way that I think about my education and the potential and the responsibility that I have to put it in the service of other people, not just in some abstract future, but right now.”Carozza is a South Bend native and has lived there her whole life. Still, Carozza didn’t see herself coming to Notre Dame. During decision season she was choosing between two schools — Harvard and Notre Dame. She said she chose Notre Dame because of the care she saw professors take with their jobs and their students. “I went abroad my junior year of high school,” Carozza said. “After getting back, I was pretty sure that I wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t in South Bend because I had experienced more of a cosmopolitan city life, and I really wanted to pop the bubble a little bit. But it was over the course of my senior year when I realized that the things that were most meaningful to me were the relationships I had with really caring mentors and experiences that really helped me grow as a person. “When I came here to visit, I was really blown away by the mission of the University and how that’s enacted on a personal level — that the professors are really here because they care about us and that students are looked at as their whole person. [They’re helped] to develop into who they’re called to be and how they’re called to serve the world.”Looking forward, Carozza said she would love to return to Notre Dame’s campus to teach.“I’d love to be back here at Notre Dame,” she said. “I love this community, and I think that the role of a professor in my life has been absolutely transformative — to have mentors who can educate me as a scholar, but also accompany me as a person to my fulfillment.”For right now, however, Carozza said she is taking some time off.“This summer I’m going backpacking some places. I’m going to pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then I’m going to be spending the rest of the summer working on a farm in northern Colorado,” Carozza said. “I’m so excited to just be immersed in silence. I do best when I’m alone in a place that’s beautiful and I can read and write, so that’s my happy place.”There were times she questioned her decision to attend Notre Dame during her first couple years, Carozza said. But by now she knows she made the right choice. “Really reflecting on everything that’s happened to these past four years and all of the relationships that I’ve grown to have, I cannot imagine having made a different choice precisely because I’m a very different person than I was in high school. I’ve grown and been formed a lot, and I have a deep faith now and an awareness of who I am and what I’m called to do,” Carozza said. “Honestly I can’t imagine it having come as easily at a place other than Notre Dame.”Tags: 2019 commencement address, Commencement 2019, Marshall Scholarship, Notre Dame valedictorian, Sofia Carozza
The 68th annual Tony Awards ceremony is almost here! We’ve pulled together some frequently asked questions about this celebration of Broadway’s best so that you can find all of the answers in one place. Where will the Tony Awards ceremony be held? Radio City Music Hall in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. What fun stuff can I do during the telecast? Follow Broadwaycom on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. You can also follow members of the Broadway.com team on Twitter: Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek, Managing Editor Beth Stevens, Features Editor Lindsay Champion, News Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber, Photo Editor Caitlin McNaney and Photographer Bruce Glikas. How can I watch the Tony Awards ceremony? Tune into CBS from 8-11PM EST to see the presentation of the major awards and performances. If you are in New York City on June 8, you can watch a live simulcast in Times Square hosted by past Tony nominee Kerry Butler and Wicked star Justin Guarini. Who is the 2014 Tony host? Hugh Jackman! The Tony winner is hosting the ceremony for the fourth time, having charmed audiences in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Jackman starred on Broadway in The Boy from Oz in 2003, for which he won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also won a Special Tony Award in 2012 for raising almost $2 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS during the run of his solo show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The actor also appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain in 2009. He will next appear on the Great White Way in The River, which begins performances on October 31 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Jackman was Emmy-nominated for hosting the Tonys twice and won once (in 2005). Can I watch the Tony telecast if I am not in the U.S.A.? The following international broadcasters will carry the show: CHCH in Canada, Film & Arts in Central and South American and the Caribbean, Sky Network Arts Channel in New Zealand, Foxtel Arena Channel in Australia, Wowow in Japan, ABS-CBN in Philippines and Armed Forces Network Television, which is available to the U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside of the United States. Check local listings for more info. What shows will be performing during the Tony Awards ceremony? As always, there will be plenty of singing and dancing on the telecast. The show promises appearances by the stars of the nominated shows, including divas Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia Barrino with the cast of After Midnight, as well as the stars of Aladdin, Les Miserables, Beautiful, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Violet. The show will feature performances Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson singing a number from the upcoming Finding Neverland and Sting performing a selection from his upcoming musical The Last Ship. The evening will also feature performances from Cabaret, If/Then, Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky, as well as a tribute to Wicked, which is celebrating a decade on Broadway. Who are the presenters at the 2014 Tony Awards? A starry roster of presenters and participants will include Kevin Bacon, Orlando Bloom, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tony Goldwyn, Jonathan Groff, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Judith Light, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Rosie O’Donnell, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum, Liev Schreiber and Patrick Wilson. Where can I find photos, videos and features about the big event? On Broadway.com, of course! Check in during and after the ceremony for a complete list of winners, photos, video and other highlights of Broadway’s biggest night. When are the 2014 Tony Awards? Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 8PM EST. View Comments Who are the 2014 Tony nominees? Click here for a complete list of the 2014 Tony Award nominees. Want to know the nominees’ deep dark secrets? Watch these videos.