Driven by her appetite to "make every ordinary moment extraordinary", graduate of St Monica Academy in Los Angeles, USA, Chantelle Bertino-Clark, wants to use her creative talents to explore various roles within the realm of film, with the ultimate goal of becoming a successful actress.
Chantelle is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Film & Screen Production and Theatre Studies at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus.
"Notre Dame gave me the foundation to grow from, the values to live by and the wings to fly. I now have the tools to create the future and make it mine," Chantelle said.
"I aspire to be a successful actress but have discovered my passion for directing and producing. I have finally found the path which will deliver me the most fulfilment in my life; the platform that allows me to be myself and connect with those around me.
"We are all destined for greatness; we aren't just ordinary. We are unique!"
"Australia needs its leaders to be personally engaged with those whom they interact. I want to help people and that requires personal touch and workplace skills," says Political Philosophy student at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Cormac McCaughan.
Cormac, an aspiring foreign diplomat, seeks to contribute to Australian society through public life. He said Notre Dame had provided him with more than the academic and workplace expertise to be successful.
"The University also enables students to foster and develop relationships which can be lifelong and which can enhance productivity and maximise the outcome for the greater good of society."
Cormac has completed an undergraduate degree in Politics and Journalism from the University's School of Arts & Sciences and is currently undertaking a Master's degree by research in Political Philosophy at the Sydney Campus.
As one of the first students to enrol on the Sydney Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia, James Griffin, is part of the University's success story.
James began his Bachelor of Arts at Notre Dame in 2006, graduating three years later. He is now a Director of Digital Consulting at KPMG.
"It was an interesting and exciting time to be starting as part of the first cohort here in Sydney, I certainly appreciated being a part of what I knew was going to grow into something fantastic," James said.
Together with the unique application process and great connections developed through practicum placements, James said he was able to gather further understanding as part of his studies and walked out of university into a job.
"Employers have a great appreciation of the type of student that comes out of Notre Dame," James said.
"Notre Dame assisted me to establish the foundations for thinking broadly about the deeper things in life."
"Because of the uniqueness of Notre Dame and how staff care for the individual, it gave me a good model for how to care for the people with whom I work," says Notre Dame Counselling graduate, Sarah Boomer.
Having a positive influence on the mental and physical wellbeing of young people, and to help them grow, is the ambition of Sarah in her career as a youth counsellor at YouthFocus.
An international student from the USA, Sarah elected to study her Master of Counselling degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus due to its Catholic ethos and emphasis on practicum as part of the learning experience.
"I've grown and matured. Counselling can be a challenging degree and asks difficult questions. From being at Notre Dame, I was able to look into these issues and grow as an adult and as a practitioner," Sarah says.
"Working with young people is what I love to do the most. There is a lot of pressure on young people today and they don't have the support they really need.
"The highlight was the practicum experience with the skills I acquired. I have been able to grow as an adult and as a practitioner. I have since found that I'm more confident in working with young people and more confident in my ability to resolve any challenges that may present."
John XXIII College graduate, Louis Re-Matthews, says that the connections he has made with industry professionals, as well as being taught by leaders in their fields, has given him the confidence to pursue a career in commercial law.
Louis is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus.
Speaking highly of Notre Dame's deliberately smaller class sizes; the unique internship program offered through the School of Business; and academics committed to the success of their students, Louis feels positive about achieving his future aspirations.
"Notre Dame has provided me with a positive and open learning environment and a degree that is relevant and practical. I aspire to combine my interests of economics and law and pursue a future in commercial law," Louis said.
Before she even finished her Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations degree, Holly Riddle secured what will become full-time employment in the industry on graduation.
The final year Business student from The University of Notre Dame Australia's Sydney Campus said the on-the-job experience – embedded in the University's Marketing and Public Relations degree – has provided her with strong industry connections and has led her straight into a job.
"I've been able to develop strong industry connections which have led me straight into a job," Holly said.
The former NSW central coast St Joseph's College student said she wanted to become a marketing professional with the ability to work across a multitude of niches in the industry.
"Working in an agency right now is providing me the opportunity to try my skills in a range of roles and responsibilities and see what I enjoy the most. But the goal is initially to be seen as a value add to any agency that I work in or role that I assume."
"Notre Dame has opened my mind to different thoughts and issues. It's made me think about my actions and how they affect my life and the lives of those around me," explains Notre Dame Bachelor of Commerce student, Meg Syme.
Meg aspires to be a global marketing consultant and credits Notre Dame for developing in her the confidence and skills needed to take on the business world.
"I'm very confident in myself and Notre Dame has definitely made that happen," Meg said. "It has provided me with a solid foundation and given me opportunities through its ambassadorship, leadership programs and networking events where I have developed my career skills. As a final year Commerce student I feel more well-rounded, empowered, and confident heading into the workforce."
Meg said she wouldn't hesitate to recommend Notre Dame to others. "The learning environment is so unique, with the class sizes being so much smaller you can develop relationships with your peers and develop great relationships with your lecturers," Meg said.
Meg said Notre Dame's Core Curriculum had opened her mind to different thoughts, issues and perspectives.
"The way the course is structured brings students from different schools into the one room together which gives you a whole new perspective on issues," Meg said.
Linking children's health and fitness directly to improved educational outcomes is one of the platforms Max Agapitos will pursue in his role as a future primary school teacher.
Max, a third-year Primary Education student at The University of Notre Dame Australia, wants to be a motivational teacher and passionately believes in linking health and fitness to educational performance.
"I want to be a leader in my field and drive a school, students and learning into the future, with the help of mentors and staff along the way," the former student from The Scots College, Sydney, said.
Max said he had learnt that success involved more than just focussing on your field of study. "I've learnt the importance of a community-minded approach and working with passionate people. I believe you need a community-minded approach when seeking opportunity within sporting and leadership groups."
Max said he would take away from Notre Dame "a love for working with people in a place that felt comfortable to express yourself, as well as life-long connections, positive learning experiences and skills from working with passionate people".
Aspiring secondary school teacher and Mercedes College graduate, Sharna Gregson, wants to use her unique gifts and talents to build the minds of tomorrow's great thinkers.
Sharna is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus. She is also the current Secretary of the 2015 Notre Dame Fremantle Student Association.
With more than 1200 hours of practicum as part of a Notre Dame Education degree, Sharna says she feels prepared for her future vocation.
"The University gave me opportunities to help me realise my leadership potential. Notre Dame saw qualities in me that I couldn't have seen myself, and this helped me to develop as a person, not just as a student," Sharna said.
Ten years after starting her Education journey at The University of Notre Dame Australia, graduate Michelle Hamaguchi feels at home in more ways than one. Not only is she realising her career ambition as a successful teacher, but Michelle is imparting her knowledge to improve the lives of students in her home community of Broome, Western Australia.
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 2013, having successfully completed the required Vocational Education and Training pathway programs.
The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support provides students with the necessary skills to find work in roles, including an Education Support Worker, an Education Assistant, and as a Support Worker. Above all, successful completion of the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support prepares students well for undergraduate studies in Education.
"I hope to benefit the community and instil pride, dignity and a love for education into the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students that I will be teaching," Michelle said.
Aspiring physical education teacher and Corpus Christi College graduate, Kane Tomasevich, is passionate about keeping tomorrow's students fit and active outside the classroom.
Kane is currently studying a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (Secondary) at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus.
Choosing Notre Dame for its reputation in Physical Education, Kane says not only have his expectations been exceeded, but the University has provided him with the knowledge, experience and support to realise his unique potential.
"I now have the knowledge, experience and support network to succeed. My aim is to work in rural areas of Australia. This aspiration motivates me to work hard," Kane said.
The pursuit to support and nurture women in times of need is behind Santa Maria College graduate Madison Boot's decision to study at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus.
Describing Notre Dame as "unique in the way it cares for people", Madison is currently completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, through the School of Health Sciences, as well as a Pre-Medicine Certificate.
"My calling in life is to care for others and fight for what is right. These passions have led me to biomedical science and I aspire to become a doctor. My dream is to open a women's safe-house and medical centre both in Australia and overseas," Madison said.
"My aspirations are important as they coincide with my growth as a person. They have led me down a certain path and along the way I have met many people, learnt many things, and established lifelong friendships. In the end, they help me to become the best person possible."
"My aspiration is to do some kind of good in the world. I want to fight for the vulnerable when they aren't able to fight for themselves and to make a difference," says aspiring international human rights and refugee lawyer, Justine Ralph.
This Iona Presentation College graduate is passionate about making a difference to the lives of those who are marginalised in the global community.
"I would particularly like to work in refugee law, international human rights and family law," she said.
Justine is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Social Justice, at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus.
Since being part of the Notre Dame community, Justine has been tireless in her outreach endeavours and pursuit of social justice in local and international communities. In 2013, she was part of the University delegation to World Youth Day where she completed mission work in Peru and Brazil.
Justine has also worked with staff on the Fremantle Campus to find a placement for the unit 'Social Justice, Service-learning and Community Engagement' where she currently teaches English to refugee students.
"Notre Dame has developed the way I think about the world. If you really take what you learn on, you can genuinely become a better version of yourself."
Trinity Grammar School graduate and aspiring lawyer, Adrian Dimarco, is on course to embark on a legal career driven by the guidance, inspiration and encouragement he has encountered at The University of Notre Dame Australia.
Adrian is in his second year of a Bachelor of Laws degree at Notre Dame's Sydney Campus and is focusing on developing the skills and knowledge required to eventually start his own law firm, specialising in commercial law.
"My lecturers at Notre Dame have all practised law so I am learning the principles and the best ways to apply them in practice from real professionals," Adrian said.
"I have been professionally guided and inspired. I look forward to applying the principles I've learnt to approaching legal issues in my own practice one day."
Notre Dame Nursing graduate and current Bachelor of Laws student, Nikita Vidyaev, aspires to become a health lawyer. He hopes to use his skills to enact a profound change in government attitudes to health care and provide support to those in the community who need it most.
With Australia's ageing population, experts will be required to be the voice of those in the community within the areas of bioethics, occupational health and safety regulations, and tackle ongoing issues affecting children and the elderly.
Nikita says Notre Dame helped him to develop as a person through exposure to great thinkers, via the University's Logos Programme, hands-on learning experiences, and the ability to learn from leaders in their professions.
"Practical experiences expose students to the ropes of the job. My studies took me to a major law firm where I networked with a partner which benefitted my learning experience," Nikita said.
Improving health outcomes for disadvantaged women is the ambition of final year Medicine student, Amanda Bennett, currently studying at The University of Notre Dame Australia's School of Medicine, Sydney.
"After being exposed to a wide range of obstetric care and attending the UN's Commission for the Status of Women in New York, I am inspired to continue advocacy work for disadvantaged women as a doctor," Amanda said.
"This is important to me as I believe the availability of accessible, patient-centred health care is a right everyone should be able to enjoy."
The former Brisbane Girls Grammar School student, Amanda will begin her internship at St Vincent's Private Hospital, Sydney, in 2016.
"Notre Dame's small class sizes with culturally diverse, progressive, mature students from a wide variety of backgrounds has assisted in fostering a supportive and innovative approach to studying medicine," Amanda said.
"I believe that treating the patient, rather than the disease, is the epitome of quality health care. Notre Dame has taught me key skills in patient-centred care," says Notre Dame Medicine student Adam Trytell.
Having a positive influence on the health of others and to significantly improve their quality of life is the ambition of Adam in his future career as a medical practitioner.
The future surgeon is studying a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus. Adam, a graduate of Caulfield Grammar School, Victoria, is also the Vice President of the Medical Students Association of Notre Dame (MSAND).
"These skills will assist me to realise my aspiration to contribute to positive health outcomes in my future patients," Adam said.
Aspiring nurse, Grace Anderson, says the pastoral support and the community spirit of The University of Notre Dame Australia is strong and helped her with the transition from secondary school.
"At Notre Dame everyone is invested in how you are doing, they have a real personal interest in you and they care. You feel that support is there – it is tangible and you do better if you have that support, it has definitely helped me do better."
The goal of providing excellence in health care is why final year Nursing student, Grace, chose to study at Notre Dame's School of Nursing, Sydney.
"I aspire to be the kind of nurse that others turn to for advice, because they see that I strive for the highest standard," the former Loreto Kirribilli student said.
"And all the teaching staff have been incredible, they are all experts in their own field, and great teachers as well, helping me to achieve my goal."
Aspiring Registered Nurse, Rodger Beermier, wants to ensure his hands deliver healing, support, treatment and comfort to those who require it the most.
The former school chaplain and current remedial massage therapist is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus. Rodger was drawn to the University for the high amount of practicum hours as part of the Nursing program, as well as the personalised learning environment provided to all students.
"I aspire to be a competent Registered Nurse, compassionate and skilled in delivering holistic care to patients – to treat people the way I would like to be treated and provide quality care to patients," Rodger said.
"Being empowered to turn lifelong dreams into reality comes through the determination and commitment you invest and the direction Notre Dame provides."
Having graduated from her HLT32512 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance in 2014, Kim Bulstrode is inspired to become a compassionate Registered Nurse, committed to delivering quality care to those in most need.
Kim is currently continuing her Nursing studies at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Broome Campus. The HLT32512 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance ensures that all students are prepared for employment in the health industry, through a blended delivery format comprising a synchronous virtual classroom and on-campus delivery blocks.
"As a nurse, it is good to be part of the health care profession which is focused on caring for individuals, families and communities," Kim said.
John XXIII College graduate and aspiring physiotherapist, Tim Jones, is driven by a "thirst for knowledge" and personal aim of reducing the pain of patients in his care.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy / Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus, Tim is focused on developing the knowledge and skills required to become a valued physiotherapist.
"I want to always be learning and improving my knowledge and skills, allowing me to become the best clinician possible. Constant reflection and learning through a thirst for knowledge is required," Tim said.
"Notre Dame empowers us all to think big and realise our capabilities."
Tim said the University's personalised approach to learning and more than 1200 practicum hours as part of the Physiotherapy course largely influenced his decision to study at Notre Dame.
Mercedes College graduate, Caitlin Cocks, is passionate about helping people to achieve optimal health. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus and aspires to achieve clinical and professional excellence.
Caitlin's ambition is to use her knowledge and skills, acquired through her practical experience as a physiotherapist, in the study of medicine.
"Clinical experience is very important to me. I'm motivated to facilitate optimal function and health through my work," Caitlin said.
"Notre Dame's Physiotherapy course is the best in Western Australia due to the extensive hands-on learning it offers all students.
"In order to fulfil my long term goal of medicine, I decided to maximise my education as a physiotherapy student by choosing Notre Dame's course. I'm really happy with my choice so far.
"Receiving support from industry professionals ensures that I will graduate with a high level of practical ability; a huge benefit to my future career."
"I have a desire for questioning and reasoning and looking for the truth and answers – it's such a great foundation for all knowledge," Deborah Civardi, Philosophy (Honours) student at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Sydney Campus, says.
Deborah is studying a Bachelor's degree in the University's School of Philosophy & Theology and plans to enter postgraduate studies to continue her quest for knowledge.
"I have learnt so much from studying Philosophy that I'm going to continue with further postgraduate study after Honours."
Deborah has always had a desire to study Philosophy but found her course at Notre Dame has also given her the essential skills to excel in life as a good human being.
"The personal attitude of the staff at Notre Dame is exceptional – you don't feel part of an assembly line and are not treated like a number. The lecturers actually care and support their students to succeed," she said.
"I am graduating not just with a degree and knowledge about philosophy, but with the tools to think well and live well."
Aspiring author and philosopher and Guildford Grammar graduate, Tobias Nuttall, has an ambition to explore the thoughts and arguments of some of the world's greatest minds in an effort to ask the question: what am I put on this planet to achieve?
Currently studying a Bachelor of Philosophy at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus. Tobias says, "Notre Dame offered me a still point from which to view the sky".
"My aspirations are to reach an independent, rationally founded vision of existence in order to share it with others through writing and speech," Tobias said.
"This is important to me because, in my own short life, I have found solace in the intellectual and emotional charity of others. It is only fair to share with the world what has been gifted to me by people and places like Notre Dame."