My Week in ESTEEM - Week 23

Author: Wes Terrasse

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Welcome back to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experiences in our program. This week's blog is brought to us by Weston Terrasse (ND '15) who discusses his first week back from Spring Break. 


The opportunity provided by the ESTEEM Program to travel to Silicon Valley over Spring Break was an incredibly valuable and greatly appreciated experience.  The week was filled with visits and tours to various companies located in the area, such as Uber and Facebook.  ESTEEM students were exposed to some truly incredible speakers and networking opportunities within the world of entrepreneurship. Despite the incredible experience that we had during our trip, the minimal sleep that we got and the hectic daily schedule made the return to South Bend for the closing months of the school year a universally welcomed one.

The week began bright and early Monday morning for several of my classmates and myself, as our red-eye flight from San Francisco got into Chicago at 6am (which made for a very long day). Fortunately, our class load the first two days of the week was quite light which allowed us to catch up on some sleep and readjust to life back at school. The week of class was quite interesting as we began several new courses: Introduction to Applied Operations Research, Funding New Ventures II, and Leadership.


Outside of the classroom and all of our thesis related activities and assignments, this week was certainly a fun and exciting one with the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of March Madness. St. Patrick’s Day in South Bend here at Notre Dame is a fun-filled event with activities all day, and it certainly did not disappoint this year. Coupled with tremendous basketball games going on all weekend and the exciting Notre Dame wins over Michigan and Stephen F. Austin to make it to the Sweet 16, this week was a great one and should set the way for an exciting closure to our time here at Notre Dame!