Notre Dame valedictorian, Marshall Scholarship recipient shares philosophy, passions

first_imgWhen 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 Carozzalast_img read more

Pallarenda popular with newcomers

first_img30 Wackett Street, Pallarenda.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 30 Wackett St is asking for offers to purchase.Mr Torrisi said it was a great entry-level property with the potential for major renovations without over capitalising.Features include an airconditioned open plan living area that opens out to an enclosed patio, new kitchen with dishwasher and walk-in pantry, renovated bathroom and polished timber floors.Mr Torrisi said Pallarenda was a tight-knit community and is made up of a wide demographic range of residents. “There are bike tracks, walkways and off-leash dog beach,” he said. “Living there is like living in a resort all year.“It’s a suburb where you have no traffic lights, no roundabouts and kids play in the street and they are safe.“You have got a mix of the older retirees and you have the younger people with kids too so there is a bit of a mix. 30 Wackett Street, Pallarenda.“It’s a very friendly suburb where everyone gets on well.”30 Wackett St will be open for inspection today from 3.30pm to 4pm.For more information, call Mario Torrisi on 0407 636 259. 30 Wackett Street, Pallarenda.NEWCOMERS  to Townsville are snapping up property in Pallarenda with buyers keen to enjoy a beachside lifestyle.Century 21 Belgian Gardens principal Mario Torrisi, who is selling 30 Wackett St, said the suburb, which offers oceanfront property five minutes from the city, was continuing to be popular.“Pallarenda is a sought-after suburb and not many properties come up there often,” he said. “When they do, they get snapped up pretty quickly.“Most people I’ve sold to are people who are new to town. We’re not getting a whole lot of locals. Some locals think it’s too far away whereas it’s only five minutes from the city, it’s a quiet suburb that’s beachside with a low crime rate.“A lot of people that buy there usually come from beachside suburbs in the Sunshine Coast or northern New South Wales and they can appreciate how nice it is living by the beach.”last_img read more

5 questions as the Angels begin Summer Camp

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Or opening day.In advance of the opening of Summer Camp, a list of the five most pressing issues starts with the obvious:How many players will test positive?Every player and staff member who has direct access to the players – a group of about 180 people – will be tested for the coronavirus before camp begins.Angels general manager Billy Eppler said the team isn’t permitted to disclose who tests positive, because of privacy concerns. However, it’s going to be difficult to hide, from a practical standpoint.Players who test positive will not be participating, and their absence is certain to be noted. If Manager Joe Maddon or Eppler are unable to explain a player’s absence, that will be telling. Major League Baseball plans to periodically issue statistics on the number of positive tests, without identifying the individuals. No one is certain what number of positive tests MLB is willing to tolerate before suspending or cancelling the season.How will the players handle the restrictions?A team always relies on its members to be disciplined in order to succeed, but that will be taken to a much higher level this year.Not only do all the players need to do their work on the field and in the weight room, but they will need to be disciplined about the way they go about their lives to prevent the spread of the virus.Is everyone going to wear his mask in the clubhouse? Will they maintain social distance? Also, will they be disciplined about doing all of that when they are away from the ballpark?This applies not only to the players, but to all of the support staff who have access to the players. If one person from the group is careless, it could lead to an outbreak within the team.The document outlining the health and safety measures had no restrictions for behavior away from the ballpark, instead leaving it up to the players. The manual went so far as to suggest that each team produce its own written “code of conduct.”How are Shohei Ohtani and Griffin Canning?The Angels would love to have both pitchers in the rotation when the season begins, so they will be watched closely throughout camp.So far, both have thrown to hitters several times, with the sessions getting up to around 50 pitches, so they aren’t far from passing the final tests before pitching in the regular season.Ohtani isn’t really coming off an injury, since he completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery in December. The only reason he wasn’t pitching in spring training was because the Angels wanted to start him late to limit his innings.Canning had an elbow issue in the spring and received a platelet-rich plasma injection.What about development?Players like Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh were on the cusp of the majors in spring training, and over the past three-plus months they haven’t had any games to take those final steps in their development.In summer camp, they’ll get to work out and play in intrasquad games. Although intrasquad games don’t provide the same competition as a normal minor-league game, or even a major-league exhibition game, they do allow situations to be manipulated more. For example, the Angels could ensure that a hitter gets more at-bats against a certain type of pitcher.How will the bullpen look?Bullpen usage may be the element that is most different this season compared to a normal year. The starters will probably not be built up to their normal level out of the gate, leaving more innings for the relievers. Teams will also start with 30-man rosters, with relievers getting most of the extra spots.Any team that has two or three reliable multi-inning relievers who can work two or three innings as a bridge to the late-inning relievers could have a huge advantage.Felix Peña and Matt Andriese are the two pitchers who seem best suited for that role, but the Angels could also try some of their younger starters, like Jaime Barria, Jose Suarez or Patrick Sandoval.Related Articles The Angels and the other 29 teams are about to embark on a baseball season that will be about far more than baseball.On Friday, pitchers and catchers will hit the field at Angel Stadium and begin formal workouts for Summer Camp, the sport’s three-week training period to prepare for a season amid a pandemic.Unlike most seasons, in which the questions are about performance and avoiding injuries, this season all of those normal questions will also be beneath the overarching issue of whether the coronavirus will even allow them to make it to the end of the World Series.Or the end of the regular season. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more