Fall Fest Week–So Much Work, So Worth It!


Danielle Lippert, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Fall Fest Week. Those three words are enough to get any Notre Dame student excited for what is to come. It’s break from school while we’re still in school. It’s a time for us to all have some fun, but what most students don’t know is how much work goes into planning this week.

I first became interested in Student Government right away my freshman year. When the opportunity to ran for class president came up, I knew I wanted to try. I ended up not winning the race, but then had the opportunity to direct my talents towards the Student Senate. I then spent my next two years in Senate working on rule changes, uniform, and making the core values more specific.

I had no idea how much effort Student Government really took until I became the Representative to Administration for this school year. The planning for Fall Fest Week all started back in June, four months before the actual week.

My job as the Representative to the Administration was to get everything approved with Mr. Schultz and Mr. Masarik. The approval process alone took two to three weeks. There was one main meeting and then constant emailing to update on changes and improvements to the plan and rules for the week.

It’s not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be showing the dress days, saying yes and moving on. I wish it was that easy, but it’s so much more difficult. Each dress day has to correspond with the theme for the week and to our core values.

Student Government is a plate full. It is so much more than what I imagined when I filled out the application at the end of my junior year, but it is more worth it than I ever thought. I have a voice. I can say my opinions on a matter and watch them take effect. I watched hundreds of students walk around the halls in dress days that I helped devise and promote.

Student Government has been so much more than Friday meetings and occasional emails. It has been so much more than just a title. It’s the actions we’re carrying out. It’s our mark we leave on the school.

For those who are interested in Student Government: Go for it. Even if you just want to sit in for a meeting, you can stop in. Most of the Executive Board meetings on every other Friday are open for anyone to attend. Take a chance and apply for a position when you have the chance at the end of the year. It’s a lot of responsibility, but it is 100% worth it.