22 years ago, my family moved from China to Notre Dame so that my mother could pursue a Ph.D. in economics. My parents were new to the country, and University Village was their first real home in the US. They found a community of residents who shared a similar background and met lifelong friends while living at the Village.
It was also during this time that I was born. University Village was my first home as well. For the first few years of my life, most of my time was spent at the Village or on Notre Dame’s campus. These were some of my first memories, and also the start of a lifelong dream to attend the university as a student.
My family eventually moved out of University Village when my mother finished her degree, but we’ve stayed in the South Bend area ever since. The Village has always had a special place in our hearts, and have gone back to visit many times.
I am now a senior at the University of Notre Dame, and I still love the Village quite a bit. I often times run out to the edge of campus just to visit it. It breaks my heart that it is being taken down, as it was an integral part of the lives of so many individuals. The Village gave many international families a community and a home. I know that my life would not have been the same without the Village and it had a tremendous impact on my family.