The normal college late night scene is not helping me find the woman of my dreams. Whenever I call home my mother bothers me about grandchildren. I told her I have no prospects and nowhere to look. Valentine’s Day is approaching and I just want someone to buy gifts for. Please help.
Dear Lonely Hooper,
First and foremost, Valentine’s Day is simply a day observed to celebrate love and affection for anybody in your life, not just a significant other. Use Valentine’s Day as a time to appreciate how much love you share in your life. The void of a significant other is actually filled by many other important people all around you!
All of these reasons to celebrate Valentine’s Day are of course just supplement to the fact that your athletic instrument of a body does not need to intake the empty calories generated by Valentine’s Day.
To end my rant, lets talk about your search for the right significant other. You mention that the normal late night scene isn’t helping you find the woman of your dreams. To follow up this claim, I have a few questions. Do you think that you put your most impressive, valuable and unique self out there when you indulge in the late night scene? Are you really able to see the true colors and individual personality of prospects when standing across a loud, noisy, sweaty environment forced to make small talk? Are your dance moves good enough to gain attention, or are you gaining attention on the dance floor for less desirable reason? I hope that these questions have you pondering if you have perhaps been looking for love in all the wrong places.
I challenge you to put your dancing shoes aside, shelf the cologne for a night, and while in your favorite everyday, comfortable issue-gear, sitting in class gaining all the tools to push you towards a successful and prosperous life, look to your right and your left, in front of you and behind you, and see what you have been blinded from for months, possibly years! Start conversation about things that actually interest you in a classroom setting, where conversation is more open and real. Study dates and group projects are a great opportunity for you to put your cute and helpful side to the forefront. A man with drive and intellect impresses women! If the first steps go well, this will be the perfect road to success in the love department.
On this February 14th, call your mother and tell her that you are saving your money on this Valentine’s Day to be able to spoil all of those grandchildren that are now somewhere in sight!
Good luck Lonely Hooper. Put it all out there, and welcome to the world of love.
Shauna Pugliese is a Junior on the Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse team. Submit your “Dear Shauna” questions to NDeyes01@gmail.com OR tweet to @NDIrishEyes #DearShauna.
This past weekend kicked off IrishOn3, a Student Athlete Advisory Council initiative to encourage and reward student-athletes for supporting each other at Fighting Irish sporting events. To record points teams can tweet pictures of themselves at games to our account @NDIrishEyes. More Info HERE.
It was a huge opening weekend. Check out some of the highlight tweets below:
Lucky winners Ariel Braker & Markisha Wright of ND Women’s Basketball pose with their very own autographed 8x10 of Grant & Max at the halftime of the Men’s Soccer game Sunday night. The men went on to win 4-0 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA College Cup.
Unfamiliar with Grant & Max? Check em out here:
If our twitter account, @NDIrishEyes, can reach 2,000 followers by the halftime of the Notre Dame Men’s Soccer first round NCAA Tournament game at 7 PM in Alumni Stadium, we will … randomly select one lucky follower as the recipient of this one-of-a-kind autographed Grant & Max 8x10 photo!
Spread the word! Follow @NDIrishEyes! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
SAAC President Jes Christian (track & field) here, and I’m writing to let you all know that the past few weeks have been full of conversation about great opportunities for the council this year and for student-athletes as a whole!
A few weeks ago, I met up with the other SAAC officers to talk about what worked well last year, what didn’t, and what improvements we’re going to make moving forward. The topic about which reps had the most to say was The Signature Series, a project that SAAC took on in order to improve both student-athlete camaraderie as well as the attendance of all sporting events.
Though The Signature Series was a wonderful initiative, while reflecting on it, the SAAC officers and I were able to pinpoint a number of things to improve. We went to the drawing board and got to work on possible renovations.
Our goal is to unify the student-athletes and to emphasize that we are not only a part of 26 individual programs, but that we are all apart of one team: The Fighting Irish. As one unified group, we want to take on new and great opportunities together, whether they be community service or improving athletic event attendance and general support of fellow student-athletes.
Without revealing too much, just know that we are in talks with our on-campus adidas reps and are forging ahead with some exciting and wearable projects to be unveiled soon.
At our general SAAC meeting, Vice Prez Kayla McBride and I presented the Signature Series Revamp to the whole group. We touched on a lot of new and exciting but also very important ideas for SAAC this year, and I cant wait to kick things into full swing!
Last week, Notre Dame Softball hosted their first ever “Bring a Friend to Practice Day” and it was a home run (pun intended).
Softball team members Chloe Saganowich & Carly Piccinich dished us the dirt on the performances of the “friends” in attendance that day. Below are several superlatives they have bestowed upon some of the brave souls who took the field with them:
Most Appropriately Dressed - Troy Niklas (the baseball pants were a nice touch, Troy)
Notre Dame Women’s Soccer netted an insane header with 3 seconds to go in the 2nd half of last night’s game against Syracuse to win 1-0. Tons of us were in attendance. Check out the twitter reactions below…
Shout out to @NDSoccer for the last second goal to win in regulation. That was cool. #IrishFam
Twelve years have passed since that day, but it is not far from our memory. We remember the innocent victims in New York City and the Pentagon, as well as those who experienced that unimaginable loss.
Thank you to the police, fire fighters, EMT’s and military who have given so much for the freedoms we were afforded that day, and every day since. Life as we know it would be impossible if not for your courage and dedication to this great nation.
All sorts of notable and awesome things happened this weekend that didn’t garner enough attention in our opinion, so we’re collecting the goods and delivering them here:
Awesome thing #1 - ND Volleyball Super Fans
Notre Dame Women’s Soccer and Men’s Swim & Dive rolled out big time to support ND Volleyball as they took down Bowling Green. #ShirtlessDudesAndNinjaTurtles
strangest Alma Mater ever…
Awesome Thing #2 - Smash M.S.
(click picture for more pictures)
Notre Dame Men’s Basketball and Softball teams took to the court this weekend to support Men’s Tennis at their Smash MS tennis clinic. Shout out to Austin Burgett and Megan Sorlie for best performances.
Awesome Thing #3 - Oh Say Can You See…
Megan Heeder, Notre Dame Track & Field/Cross Country student-athlete, sang the National Anthem at the Women’s Soccer game against Detroit. We’re not saying that it’s the reason they won, but it just so happens she did sing, and they did win, so.
"Back to school, back to school, to show my dad I’m not a fool." - Billy Madison
With our backpacks zipped up tight and our lunchboxes filled with healthy snacks, we made our way back to Notre Dame’s beautiful campus to start another school year. Take a look at all our Back to School festivities…
As the semester winds down, the Athletic Department gets busy planning the 12th annual O.S.C.A.R.S. Show. Each year, the O.S.C.A.R.S. celebrate all of the incredible accomplishments it’s student-athletes and teams.
To spice things up this year, our Student Athlete Advisory Council came up with a new award to be presented at the show - Tweetmaster. To be decided by live vote at the event, the Tweetmaster Award will be given to the student-athlete that is unrivaled on Twitter. It could have been their funny photos, perfect hastags, or just whimsical 140 character thoughts that got them nominated… And all of those applied to this first ever go around!
ND Fans, meet your Tweetmaster Nominee’s for the 2013 O.S.C.A.R.S. Show: