Our Team

The production of the book was made possible by a team of nine dedicated and passionate Notre Dame students and recent alumni. Read about them below and feel free to get in touch!


Lily Kang, Co-lead

Lily graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with degrees in IT Management and Sociology. As a native of Beijing, China, she came to the United States at age 15.

Lily came up with the idea of the book in her senior year and found her co-lead, Ian Tembe, through Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement's Sorin Scholar Program. Since the book's publication in June 2016, Lily has expanded its impact by integrating it into the first-year curriculum. 

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Ian tembe, co-lead

Ian graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 with majors in Chemical Engineering and Philosophy. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Ian aspires to become a student naval aviator upon commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He was involved in many musical, political, cultural, and professional groups on campus. Additionally, Ian is a proud member of the Sorin Scholars and endeavored to enhance, facilitate, and inspire scholarly engagement throughout the university. 

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Evan Holguin, editor-in-chief

Evan is a member of Notre Dame's Class of 2018 and is currently pursuing a degree in Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). He is a writing tutor of the University Writing Center, an editor of Notre Dame Press, and has studied abroad in Rome. As the Editor-in-Chief for A Letter to My Freshman Self, Evan led a team of three editors to select outstanding letters, edit, and proofread. His effort comprised an integral part of the book's content and inspired the accent on quality in the letters.