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Collegiate Friars: November 2019

November 2, 2019

NU student Mr. Gresik tested out his camel-riding skills near the Treasury Building in Petra, Jordan, while studying in the Middle East, while the versatile Ms. Babbo, a former runner now at ND, is musically inclined.

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DYLAN GRESIK

Fenwick Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Riverside
Grade School: St. Mary Riverside
Current School:  Northwestern University
Current Major: Journalism and Political Science

Summer Internship: This past summer, I interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, where I operated at the intersection of the executive and legislative branches. There, I helped advance Secretary of State Pompeo’s legislative agenda through assisting with Congressional testimonies, staff briefings and committee hearings. For my internship’s “capstone” project, I drafted a diplomatic cable to all 30,000 U.S. diplomats in our embassies and consulates around the world.

Career aspirations: After graduation, I am looking to translate my internship experience and passions to work full-time in the federal government in some capacity, specifically in the realm of foreign, defense and national security policy. Interning in Washington has allowed me a glimpse into the inner-workings of our government, and I am interested in affecting positive change in this area.

Fenwick achievements/activities: Evans Scholarship recipient, Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society Chapter President, AP Scholar with Distinction, Boys’ Basketball Manager, Kairos Leader and Rector, editor and writer for The Wick school newspaper, and tutor for The Write Place.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Fenwick’s faculty sets the school leagues ahead of its peer institutions, and many, many Fenwick teachers have influenced me in different ways. If I had to choose one, I think the teacher who had the greatest influence on me was Mr. Richied. I had him two years in a row – both junior and senior year. He taught me that the most rewarding course in life is the relentless pursuit of the truth, no matter where it takes you, and the glorification of God in all that you do. These are two pieces of advice that I keep in mind every day and, in my opinion, two aspects that cut to the heart of Fenwick’s mission as an educational institution.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: AP Calculus senior year with Mr. Arscott [now retired]. I am by no means a “math person,” but Mr. Arscott refused to give up on any of his students, myself included. Despite the difficulty of the subject, I saw first-hand the benefits of truly working hard, facing academic challenges with resilience and receiving continual support from an instructor. Mr. Arscott’s love for teaching and for his students has been an inspiration in finding my passion in life.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: Short of saying all four years, I think one Fenwick experience I would like to live again is the very first day of freshman year. Sitting in the (hot) auditorium listening to Mr. Borsch address our class, I remember such a mixture of emotions associated with that first day of high school. I would go back to that day because it means experiencing the sheer excitement of anticipating a great four years at Fenwick and the joy of being a newly minted Friar.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Without a doubt, the Kairos retreat. I was fortunate to be both a leader and rector senior year. Kairos is the culmination of four years of memories, experiences and lessons learned at Fenwick. It uniquely captures the essence of a Fenwick education: knowing yourself, loving others and growing closer to God. The Kairos retreat is a shared experience across generations of Friars, and it provides an exclamation point to a great four years at Fenwick.

GRACE BABBO

Fenwick Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Grade School: Roosevelt Middle School
Current School:  University of Notre Dame
Current Major: Majors in Music (Piano Performance), Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books), & Italian

Summer Internship: At Internet Equity Research at JP Morgan in New York City, I helped initiate coverage on a stock, assigned a price target and investment rating to this stock, and created a financial model and financial analysis report. It was a great experience to get out of my comfort zone and work on building new skills from the foundation of my studies in school.

Career aspirations:  I want to be happy and financially stable, but other than that, my future is wide open.

Fenwick achievements/activities: Cross-country, Track, Orchestra, Scholastic Bowl, BFG, editor and writer for The Wick, State WYSE Team, Lawless Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, National Merit Commended Scholar.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Coach Roche is one of the Fenwick teachers that had a great influence on me, because he was constantly challenging me to perform to the best of my abilities both in and out of the classroom. He gave me a leadership role on the cross-country team and believed in me, and he improved my confidence and character. He remains great resource and mentor for me, and I am very grateful for the potential he saw in me and his sound advice throughout these past years.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Mr. Sullivan’s freshman year English class was a wonderful experience because he pushed me to develop my writing skills and challenged me to read texts more closely and critically. I still use what I learned in his class in my college classes today.  

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: One of my favorite Fenwick experiences was qualifying for the state track meet with the 4x8 relay my senior year. I also had a great time competing in the WYSE state final my senior year, when Fenwick took home first place.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: The experience that changed me the most is hard to pinpoint, but I’d say a pivotal moment for me was being a captain and varsity member of the cross-country team my senior year. It really built my confidence and allowed me to give back to a team that had given me so much, including life-long friends and a love for running.

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