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Collegiate Friars: August 2018

August 2, 2018


This summer Mulcahy (left) posed in front of the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s Mission) in Kolkata, India, while Lombard visited the Colosseum ruins (Flavian Amphitheatre) in Rome. 


Fenwick Graduation: 2017

Hometown: Western Springs, IL

Grade School: St. John of the Cross

Current School:  University of Notre Dame

 Current Major: Chemical Engineering

Summer Experiences: This summer, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy, for six weeks. I took two engineering classes and got to travel all across Italy, with international trips to Germany, Austria and Spain. Additionally, I’m spending some time volunteering at Camp Kesem Notre Dame, an organization providing a week of free summer camp for children affected by a parent’s cancer. I’m also spending two weeks as a counselor at Camp Tecumseh in Indiana for the third summer!

Career aspirations:  I hope to work in product development, particularly food and beverage development, then attend law school and work in patent law.

Fenwick achievements/activities: Cheerleading, Soccer, Italian Club, Youth Conference

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Mr. Farran taught me chemistry sophomore year, but he taught me so much more about how to live a life God wants me to live.  Mr. Farran is the main reason my passion for chemistry grew -- a passion I continue to pursue in Chemical Engineering.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: AP Calculus gave me a renewed confidence in my mathematics abilities and gave me the background I needed to survive and excel in college math classes.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I would love to relive my senior year homecoming week. As a part of the cheerleading team, I loved how much the school came together during the week to show how much pride we take in the school. In addition, it allowed the cheer team to unite around a common goal to prepare our pep rally performance.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Kairos at the beginning of my senior year showed me the love that surrounded me at Fenwick and allowed our grade to unite around each other for the remainder of our time together.


Fenwick Graduation: 2017

Hometown: Elmhurst, IL     

Grade School: Bryan Middle School           

Current School:  Purdue University

 Current Major: Mathematics and Statistics

Summer Internship: I was very lucky this summer to have opportunities to both study abroad and do research. This May, I studied abroad in India with the Purdue Honors College. The title of the course was “India: Waves of Globalization and Labor,” and the goal of the course was to understand India’s complex history of labor migrations (both historical and contemporary) as well as the literature and cultural changes these migrations evoked. Our studies took us to Delhi, Kolkata and Kochin, where we met with labor migration scholars, explored the cities and surrounding areas, and ate some of the best food I have ever had in my life! It was a month full of challenges, new friendships and a lot of learning, but I am forever grateful for this experience and the lessons I learned from it!

Once I returned from India, I began research at an NSF-funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). The focus of this REU is mathematical biology, and my specific project is concerned with modeling the basal ganglia, a collection of nuclei located deep beneath the cerebral cortex that are concerned with high-level behavioral dynamics. This experience was my first time doing research, and I absolutely loved it. It was an amazing opportunity to create new knowledge, explore the city of Indianapolis and become friends with 11 other math “nerds” — truly, a dream summer!    

Career aspirations:  University Professor and Researcher

Fenwick achievements/activities: Class of 2017 Co-Valedictorian, Math Team Captain, WYSE, TEAMS, Men’s Swim Team Co-Captain, SADD, Write Place and Friar Mentors

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: This is an especially difficult question to answer since I credit so many of my Fenwick teachers for making me the person I am today (also, my father taught my senior year theology class)! I am especially indebted to Mr. Finnell for introducing me to math; I had him in class for three years and was on his math team for all four years. He struck a masterful balance between being challenging and encouraging, and I am forever grateful for all the hours I spent in Room 32! In addition, I am truly grateful for the mentoring of Mr. Farran, Mr. Kleinhans, Mr. Quinn, Coach McGuire, and (above all) my father Mr. Mulcahy throughout my time at Fenwick.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: AP Calculus with Mr. Arscott! After just the first few classes, I realized that math would be what I ultimately wanted to pursue in college and beyond.  

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: Honestly, just the day-to-day life at Fenwick was exceptional and memorable. Being constantly surrounded by incredibly passionate, talented, and caring classmates and teachers truly made my four years at Fenwick something special.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Being on the math team truly defined my time at Fenwick. I made some of my closest friends through math team as well as fostered a love for collaboration and problem solving!  



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