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Nicholas Meli

Helping Your Neighbor

What school activities are you involved in?

I am involved in wrestling, lacrosse, football, and I play tenor sax in the school band.

What does the school mission mean to you?

Being a Christian man, an upright citizen, and an academic scholar are guiding values for my life. I want to be the best Catholic Christian man I can be and help others in my community.  

How do you strive to live as a Christian, citizen and scholar in school and in your everyday life?

I strive to be a good Christian by praying every day, going to mass and being compassionate towards others. I try to be a good citizen by volunteering in my community and doing things like shoveling snow for my neighbor. I strive to be a good scholar by focusing on my studies, being curious and having a thirst to know “why.”

What is one example of how Marist values influenced/encouraged you to approach a problem or challenge differently than you might have before? How do you think those values/skills will help you in the future?

The Marist values have influenced how I deal with challenges. I used to worry a lot about things in my life, but now I really let go of the worries and trust in God. This has brought me closer to God and gives me peace. I feel I can confidently face any future challenges.  

What is one of the best things about being a Notre Dame student?

One of the best things about being a student at Notre Dame is being part of the student community. We have students from across the state of Michigan as well as from other countries. There is a rich mix of different heritages, customs and beliefs. Coming together and sharing our differences allows us to learn more about ourselves and the world around us. 

What is your favorite school event, and why?

My favorite school event is Irish Week. I enjoy spending time with the entire student community as we compete against each other, laugh together, and build stronger school spirit. 

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