John Kavanagh

Class of 2020-2021

Xavier University, 2019

Why I chose ESTEEM:

I chose ESTEEM because it is the perfect integration of a Science background into Business. Also, the opportunity to attend Notre Dame and participate in the Notre Dame community is an incredible experience. Since joining the ESTEEM program, I have been able to meet like-minded people who share the same passion and interests as I do.

My capstone project and why I'm excited about it:

My capstone project is with AppointmentThing, which is a startup based in Silicon Valley. Working with a startup has been an incredible and challenging experience so far. There is a limited structure, so I am given quite a bit of freedom with my projects. Coming from a background in Biology and Chemistry, I chose this project because I knew it would take me out of my comfort zone and challenge me in ways that I couldn't have imagined. So far, it has been everything and more than I expected. I am looking forward to the next year of working with AppointmentThing!

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

After ESTEEM, I hope to either go into consulting or work for a pharmaceutical company. I would love to have a career that integrates my undergraduate education, along with the things I am learning in the ESTEEM program.

What I like to do when I'm not working:

When I am not working I'm either hanging out with my friends or training for my next triathlon.