Archive for February, 2010

Second-Reading Applications

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

JuliaSandersSurrounding me:   Piles of files, post-it notes, mechanical pencils, and caffeinated beverages.

What I’m doing:  Double-checking the “first reads” Drew Carter did of your applications.

Provoking anxiety:  All that’s left to do.

Quashing anxiety:  This is the final push.  Committee starts Monday.

Why the HC admissions officers second – read:  To make sure our colleagues didn’t miss that AP course, that service trip to Malawi, or the note you left when you passed through the admissions office on the way back to New York.  Also, because you work really hard, and we want to make sure we capture the most brilliant snapshot of you we possibly can before heading into committee.

What would make it just a tad easier on us?  Reminding your guidance counselors to  send us your mid-year (or first trimester – if that’s all that’s available) grades, if they haven’t already.

Thanks for all your hard work.

Files left to go….

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Julia Sanders
Admissions Counselor

Visiting Holy Cross in February

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

TranKim-Senior.BLOG2When it comes to the college application process, it’s never too early to start.  At this point as a junior or younger in high school, you may not know exactly what you want in a college,  and that’s perfectly OK.  You should treat this period as your window shopping stage where you’re simply going out and checking out a whole bunch of different things to see what you absolutely do NOT like and what you kind of like or really like.  The college tour is the best way to window shop for colleges.  It’s quick and gives you a great overview of what the college is all about.  From there you can hopefully get a sense of whether you prefer a big school or a smaller school;  a school right in the city or one in a more remote area.  You should check out all the schools you can so that you can get a better sense of what type of school best matches who you are.

With that said, I invite you to come visit Holy Cross to see if we might be good match for you.  Now is a great time to start visiting our campus and taking tours because it’s the down season for college visitors so you’ll be getting some personal one-on-one time with our tour guides.  Even if you and your family members are the only group to come for a tour, a tour guide will take you out and show you around.  Students are also on campus at this time so you get to see what the vibe is like and get a better sense of the Holy Cross culture.  Summer is a wonderful time to see college campuses as well, but you won’t be able to see many students during that time.  February break  (Feb 15th -19th) is coming up in a couple of weeks so be sure to set some aside to start scouting for colleges.  We are open for tours and information sessions all week long.   I should warn you that we do get busier than usual during this week because so many students do take advantage of that break so you won’t be able to get the one-on-one experience as much.  But the advantage of that is you’ll get to be in wonderful company with many other prospective students about to embark on the same and hopefully exciting journey as you.  Who knows, you might even meet a future classmate!

Just as a reminder, tours are available every day in the spring (exceptions are noted on the admissions website) at 10 AM, 12 noon, 2 PM and 3 PM and during the week of February 15-19, information sessions will be available at 11:15.  If we can help you with your travel plans, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 508-793-2443.  Don’t forget your walking shoes!

 

Tran Kim-Senior
Assistant Director of Admissions
Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment