Emily Conron '13 | December 18, 2014
Emily Conron is a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame and now works for the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). She is expanding grassroot outreach through the END7 campaign, which hopes to eliminate 7 NTDs by 2020. To learn how you can contribute, see the end of this post.
My sophomore year at Notre Dame, I acquired an awkward nickname that I have since embraced. I was at a dorm party enjoying a weekend off from classes and clubs when someone I didn’t know came up to me and said, “Hey – you’re that NTD girl, right?”
I blushed, both because a nickname including that abbreviation is awfully close to connoting a very different reputation, and because it was odd to think that I was now recognizable as “That Neglected Tropical Diseases girl” on campus. It was a moment of reckoning for me – accept this unusual new identity, or shy away from it? I stared at my new acquaintance through the dorm party strobe lights, took a deep breath, and said, “Yep, that’s me – that NTD girl.”
Read more about Emily's experience at Alumni & Friends.