Clara Ritger

School: University of Notre Dame

Year: Class of 2013

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

College activities: I currently serve as the editor-in-chief of Scholastic magazine, Notre Dame’s student monthly news publication founded in 1867. My other great passion in life is theatre, and I regularly perform in shows with the Film, Television and Theatre department. I’m also a fellow in the International Security Program, which has been such a great experience meeting some of the world’s greatest international relations theorists over dinner. On the side I take classes, report for NDtv News, give undergraduate admissions tours and act in student films. The campus Starbucks knows my name.

How do you see the evolution of the newspaper in the next five years?

I hope it is not going away. I love paging through the paper in the morning, even though I could easily look at it on my iPad. While there is more profit to be had in an online format, I think there’s enough old souls like myself to keep the paper subscriptions around, at least for the next five years.

Five reasons you love your school:

Notre Dame is never boring. Just when you thought football was irrelevant, bam, back in the national title game. Thought the health care mandate was old news? Not a chance. Somehow we always seem to get people’s blood boiling, no matter how cold the lake effect snows may be. So there’s one. The other four? God-Country-Notre Dame. And the new Au Bon Pain is pretty nice.

Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?

Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew). He’s one of the few journalists who has attempted and succeeded at tweeting witty personal commentary as well as news headlines.

If you could travel to any country, where would you go?

Italy. I took some Italian in college and ever since I’ve wanted to go.

What is the most interesting article you’ve ever written?

My sophomore year I started a series in our magazine called “Behind the Scenes.” For a whole year I went to places on campus that few students had ever been before. It took me into the underground tunnels, the Basilica bell tower and the top of the Golden Dome, to name a few.

What was the last (non-required) book that you read?

Last summer I finally got around to reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. His stream-of-consciousness writing style opens his narrative up to this incredible vulnerability that I think is very relatable to twentysomethings. I’m looking forward to seeing Promised Land, the movie he wrote with John Krasinski, out in January. He writes material to be performed, as seen in AHWOSG and his other project with Krasinski, Away We Go.

What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

A teacher. I adored my teachers in elementary school and wanted to be just like them.