Unsung Hero #39, Mary Ann Sobieralski, Lead Monitor at South Dining Hall (Unsung Heroes of Notre Dame)

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What is one piece of advice you would give to students?

“Number one, be true to yourself. You can learn a lot of things from books, but sometimes life experiences will teach you more. If you get knocked down, get back up again. Life isn’t a barrel of roses all the time, so you need to learn to not take everything to heart. Be yourself and enjoy, one day at a time. Also, money isn’t everything. Family and friendship are most important. Nobody will love you like your family. You can always depend on them. We’ve all had some bad experiences, but we’ve also had a lot of good ones too. So be yourself and just enjoy, one day at a time.”

Unsung Hero #35 – Andre Bridges, Lieutenant & Supervisor for the afternoon shift (University of Notre Dame)

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“..I had a student come to me once. She had lost her debit card and it was right at break so kids are getting put out of the dorms. And she didn’t have any money, she panicked, she came here and asked if anyone had found her debit card and I said ‘where’d you lose it?’ she said she thought she’d lost it on 23. I said it would have never made it back here. Now she’s upset, crying. So I said ‘call your parents. Let them know.’”
“So she did and I talked to her Dad…and I asked him ‘What does it cost for her to get home?’ And so I said ‘Well why don’t I give her 200 bucks and that’ll get her home, and you can just write me a check and just send it back to me.’ And he said ‘You’ll do that?’ ‘Pshh yea, consider it done.’ … I would want someone to do the same thing for my kid, treat her like part of the family.”
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