Minor: PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics)
Clubs / Extracurricular Activities: SIBC, Indonesian Student's Association, AAA umbrella group, and ISI (Iron Sharpens Iron)
"Hi everyone! My name is Clarinsa Djaja, and I am a rising sophomore majoring in Finance with a minor in PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics). Before setting ground this past year in Notre Dame, I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia (no, not Bali) with my Chinese Indonesian heritage. On campus, I am involved with the Indonesian Student’s Association and its umbrella club, the Asian American Student’s Association, along with every Mendoza student’s favorite stereotypical club: the Student International Business Council (SIBC). Outside of class and clubs, you will find me eating my way through South Bend, baking with friends past midnight, attempting to have multilingual conversations with my lackluster Mandarin Chinese skills, or simply hanging around the library with a box of Insomnia cookies or donuts from a recent trip back from Chicago.
If you ever want to drop by to hang out, have brunch or chat about how much we constantly miss home, my door is always open! I’m so excited to meet you all next semester and stay safe!"
Favorite ND Moment
The first snow fall during Fall Semester 2019, freshman year, remains my favorite moment in Notre Dame. Not only was it a new experience for me to see snowfall, but the legendary snowball fight between South VS North was so much fun. It was one of the first times I truly enjoyed being a part of the Noter Dame community with its people, traditions and belonging.
Advice for Incoming International Students
One of the best parts of being a Notre Dame student is the Notre Dame community. I've always had a great experience with looking to upperclassmen for help on classes, career path advice or simply adjusting to life at Notre Dame; it is as if upperclassmen jump at the opportunity to mentor and guide freshmen every year. From my RA, project leaders or staff members in the Career Center, reach out to the welcoming and loving community that is Notre Dame.