I was accepted a few days ago and read the entire booklet they sent out. I was wondering a few things. I love the idea of community and the traditions of Notre Dame, but I was hoping someone who had more experience on the school could answer some questions for me.
I'm not Catholic, though have never had a problem being around people with different beliefs as me. I pretty much stand for every social cause Catholicism traditionally stands against, and I talked about that quite openly on my application.
I noticed a few professors the handbook described bring Catholicism into the classroom. How prevelant is this? Would I be out of place to raise questions or disagree?
I actually like the idea of being in an environment where there is a group of people with different beliefs than mine (I went to two really liberal undergrads, and political/ethical conversations sort of dead ended at, "So...yeah. Thats...what I think too. Exactly. *look left, look right* want to get a shot?")
Basically what I'm asking is how out of place I would be as a single, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage chick? I don't mean to imply that Notre Dame isn't tolerant of other beliefs at all, but more just how I might fit in.
Congrats! I'm a 2L, and you don't need to worry about this. You'd actually be surprised at the range of views and events they have - like a month or so ago, they had LGBT awareness week at the law school with speakers all week, which were extremely well-attended, like a con law professor talking about gay marriage and the first openly gay judge in Illinois talking about his experiences (and openly criticizing the Catholic Church and its stance on homosexuality to boot). I've had one professor who prayed before one class, but it was a small seminar class and the only class he prayed before was the last class of the semester, which he had at his house as a semi-Christmas party/discussion. When there are any sort of class discussions, for example a discussion in my property class last year on whether people should be allowed to sell their organs, you will hear a range of views, from the conservative typically Catholic view to a more unconventional view, and it goes alright (the only thing that people were really shocked by in that discussion was a guy who suggested that the government sell the organs of dead soldiers to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
). Don't worry, there are definitely people who think like you.