Erin Blasko | November 28, 2018
As a student-athlete, Rebecca Nunge, a senior outside hitter on the University of Notre Dame volleyball team, has spent most of her summers on campus — taking classes and training with teammates. But it was only recently that the two-time monogram winner really ventured off campus to engage with the community in a meaningful way.
“My previous experience was primarily on campus; I didn’t really get out in the community that much,” said Nunge, a team captain this year. “So this summer, I feel like I just learned so much about what’s going on here and, honestly, just developed a huge love for the community.”
After a successful junior season on the volleyball court — 26 starts and a career-high 105 blocks and 276 kills — Nunge, a science preprofessional studies (pre-med) major with a minor in peace studies, spent the summer working on HIV/STD and substance abuse prevention and education and juvenile justice reform in South Bend.
As part the pilot Summer Community Health Innovation Program (SCHIP) at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), the Evansville native, who is leaning toward a career in medicine, interned with Imani Unidad, a South Bend-based charitable organization, for several weeks in June and July.
There, Nunge helped facilitate group counseling sessions and restorative justice circles and — in collaboration with the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center — lay the groundwork for a proposed youth court in St. Joseph County.
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