Majors: Biochemistry and Anthropology
Clubs / Extracurricular Activities: South Asian Student Association, International Student Advisory Board, Association for Women in Stem, Biochemistry and Chemistry Mentorship Program, BP Hall Council

Hello! My name is Rhea Desouza and I’m a rising senior studying Biochemistry and Anthropology as a Glynn Family Honors student. I’ve lived in Mumbai, India all my life before coming to Notre Dame. I will be living off-campus next year but I’m a Breen-Phillips Babe at heart. I love learning from and experiencing new cultures and studied abroad in Jerusalem in my junior year. Beyond the classroom, I am involved with the South Asian Student Association, International Student Advisory Board, science mentorship programs and working as a research assistant studying cancer metabolism. Besides that, I enjoy participating in dorm activities, playing sports with my friends on the quad, baking and traveling to new places. I look forward to welcoming you to the place I’ve grown to call home. See you soon and Go Irish! 

Favorite ND Moment

Coming in to Notre Dame, I didn't have the slightest idea of what American Football was but today, football weekends at Notre Dame have grown to be my favorite time on campus. Notre Dame football is not so much about the technicalities of the sport as it is about celebrating the school spirit, community, traditions and love for Notre Dame. During these weekends, the atmosphere on campus is electric and the unity is unparalleled to anything I've ever experienced.

Advice for Incoming International Students

First of all, congrats on taking the first big step out of your comfort zone and deciding to come to Notre Dame! Although a new country, culture and academics may seem daunting at the moment, remember that stepping out of your comfort zone leads to invaluable memories and experiences. Notre Dame has a plethora of resources for your academic and personal life so be sure to make the most of them and you will end up broadening your horizons. Don't be afraid to reach out to people - whether it's asking someone to lunch at the dining hall, approaching your advisor or any faculty for assistance, or asking upperclassmen about dorm life - everyone here is welcoming and wants to help you!