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Name: Lillian Piz

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: Biology Major/Chinese Minor

Hometown and State: Concord, MA

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

When I was a prospective student I had the opportunity to shadow classes and I was most impressed by how the Professors engaged with the students. I was happy to see how much students liked their classes because I wanted to go a school where people were excited to learn.
I was also struck by how friendly people were. I remember my own tour guide being really passionate about Holy Cross and the Montserrat program. Holy Cross felt like an exciting place but also somewhere that I could be at home.

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

I remember being very nervous about my interview, but it turned out to be very easy mostly because my senior interviewer wanted to make my interview more like a conversation about some of the things I was passionate about and why I thought Holy Cross would be the best place for me.

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I was really looking forward to my classes and having the opportunity to explore the wide range of disciplines that are offered at a liberal arts institution. It was exciting to think that I would have a major in just a year or two.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

I was worried about living away from home and having to live with other people. I ended up having a fantastic first-year living experience because my RA was very good about encouraging all the girls on my floor to keep their doors open and she would always pop in and say hello.

Name: John Dube

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor/Concentration: Political Science/Peace and Conflict Studies Concentrator

Hometown and State: Nashua, NH

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

The architecture around campus and the tight-knit community atmosphere

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

I was most worried about my interview. But once the interview started, I felt much more comfortable. My interviewer was very kind and turned the interview into more of a conversation about myself and what I would add to the Holy Cross campus.

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I looked forward to participating in the yearly traditions like the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

I was most worried about not fitting in. However once Gateways started, I was able to make a lot of good friends in my orientation group that I still have today!

Name: Catherine Cote

Class Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Psychology major, Chinese and Education double minor, Pre-Business track

Hometown and State: Hopkinton, MA

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

The defining feature of Holy Cross that lead me to choose it over other schools was 100% the people on campus. While a handful of schools “checked all of my boxes,” which were things like rigorous academics, liberal arts education, a Chinese department, a student-run theatre organization, and a reliable food allergy program, it was ultimately the people I met on accepted students’ day that sealed the deal for me. I remember saying to my parents, “These are my people.”

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

I remember being worried that my essay, GPA, grades, and test scores wouldn’t paint an accurate picture of my personality and passion. My mom suggested I sign up for an interview, and it was the perfect chance to show my true self in a conversation with a senior interviewer.

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

The sense of community!

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

I have a few dietary restrictions and food allergies, which I was very worried about initially. Holy Cross’ food allergy program is fantastic. The locked Allergy Kitchen was a great resource, as was the dietician. The Kimball staff knew me by name and could list off my allergies by heart – they would prep safe meals for me multiple times per day. Knowing that they cared about me and my safety made all the difference in my transition into college.

Name: Joseph Bellitti

Major: Psychology

Hometown and State: Basking Ridge, New Jersey

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I fell in love with the campus community when I visited the school, and I was extremely excited to get involved in that community and help others to the best of my abilities through campus activities.

What are you going to miss most about Holy Cross?

The people here.  The Holy Cross community is so unique in it’s thoughtfulness and passion that I think it will be difficult to find another place like it. The students, the faculty, the staff, every single person here is so friendly trying to do the best they can to help you do the best that you can. I will miss that so much.

Do you have any plans for the future?

I will be looking for Research Assistantships in the field of Clinical Psychology.

What did you learn at Holy Cross that you will take with you into the world?

Simple acts of kindness like smiling at people, waving hello, holding doors open, and paying compliments to people can have the most profound impact on people and their lives. One good deed leads to another, and there is no limit on spreading kindness. Holy Cross has taught me the importance and yet simplicity of genuine care for other people, and I will carry that with me for the rest of my life.

How do you feel you’ve grown over your time at Holy Cross?

I feel I have matured a great deal from the time I arrived on campus. I have learned countless information about the academics I have studied, but also more importantly about life. The experiences I have had here in my liberal arts education have helped prepare me for my next steps in life, and I eagerly await the challenges they present. I think what Holy Cross taught me about growing up was that no matter how much I have learned in my 4 years here, there is still an infinite amount of things I do not know, and that it is important to acknowledge that. I still have so much to learn, and am excited to do so as I take on the rest of life’s challenges.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

My favorite thing about Holy Cross is what I will miss most: the people here. This is a very special community, and in all my time here I have been privileged to meet very amazing, compassionate, and inspirational individuals. Holy Cross has allowed me to surround myself with incredible people who have my best interests at heart, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Name: Clare Orie

Major/Minor/Concentration: International Studies, French, Peace and Conflict Studies

Hometown and State: Sudbury, MA

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I was excited at the idea of everyone knowing everyone and saying hi to each other, since it is a small school.

What are you going to miss most about Holy Cross?

Walking around and seeing everyone. Everyone is so busy, and you come to associate certain areas with certain people that you know will be there. I know who I can find in the Dinand stacks in the wee hours of the morning, who I can find sitting in the Hogan chairs during the afternoon, and the like. I’ll miss spending my days always running into people I love and am friends with.

Do you have any plans for the future?

I’d like to join the Peace Corps, and eventually hope to be equipped to teach in conflict zones and refugee camps.

What did you learn at Holy Cross that you will take with you into the world?

It would take me hours to answer this completely, but to put simply, I have learned that life will pass you by if you don’t slow down through the madness, spend your days with those who brighten your days, and genuinely care about what you are doing – be it homework, a Rehm event, or anything else. Don’t be indifferent – life is too short.

How do you feel you’ve grown over your time at Holy Cross?

Abundantly. I’ve learned how to prioritize the different aspects of my life when it seems everything is a priority. I love what I study, and I love what I am involved in, and this passion has been a journey from freshman year, where I sort of just had a check-the-box approach to my classes and extracurriculars.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

I couldn’t pick. Aside from the wonderful people who make it what it is, I love how everyone cares. Everyone is busy because they are genuinely investing their time into learning more, and making this world more just and inclusive.

Name: Jerome Siangco

Class Year: 2019

Major/Concentration: Asian Studies & Global Health, Peace & Conflict Studies Concentration

Hometown and State: Renton, Washington

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

Flexibility of the academic schedule and the student population size.

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

Taking standardized tests, such as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT. It was resolved because after taking all these tests, multiple times, Holy Cross did not need any of them.

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I looked forward to being involved in student organizations and athletics.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

I was worried about living in New England, coming from the west coast. It was remedied through making friends from all different geographic locations.

The following questions are geared towards your experience as a current student.

What is your favorite thing about giving tours?

The energy I receive through sharing my experiences, knowledge, and stories of being a student at Holy Cross and interacting with prospective families.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Hogan Campus Center first floor is my favorite spot because I always see people I know and have great conversations.

What do you like talking about most on campus tours?

I like talking about Student Affairs.

What is the most common question you are asked on tours? What’s your response?

The most common question I get on tours is why I decided to come to Holy Cross. My response in a nutshell is I chose Holy Cross because I felt I would be able to grow and find a comfortable community here through a student population size of 2900 and of professor’s focuses being only the undergraduate population.

Why did you want to be a tour guide?

To share my experiences of being a student at Holy Cross and to have an impact on prospective families regarding their college admission process.

What have you learned from being a tour guide?

I learned the bell in front of O’kane disappeared over night.

Do you find that there are a lot of alumni on tours? What’s it like interacting with them?

During certain weeks, such as Alumni Weekend or when there is a home sporting event. It is great hearing their stories, of where they lived and what they did here. Some of them talking lead at points when walking or coming into Dinand.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

The community of students, faculty, and staff at Holy Cross.

Once you graduate, what will you miss most about HC?

I will miss living in close proximity to all my friends.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give to prospective students?

When thinking about college, try and picture if you would be able to live for four years at a given institution. Look around and think if you could see yourself as one of the students you see walking.

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?

The Sanctae Crucis Awards dinner. Here five alumni were awarded the college’s highest award for their service to the great community. It was inspiration to see what a Holy Cross education and experience can amount to because all five of these individuals have done remarkable things to serve both domestically and internationally.

Name: Michael Peplowski

Class Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor/Concentration: Undeclared (Leaning towards History)

Hometown and State: Pittsfield, MA

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

I was really drawn by the atmosphere and the strong sense of community that I saw on my visits to Holy Cross.

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

I was most nervous for the interview but I was interviewed by a student who did their best to calm my nerves. She actually made the interview feel more like a conversation which definitely made me feel better.

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I was looking forward to taking advantage of all the opportunities that Holy Cross offers. From volunteer opportunities to engaging lectures to sporting events, I was eager to be involved outside of the classroom and experience extracurricular activities.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

Coming from a high school of 80 kids, many of them who I had been going to school with since kindergarten, I was worried about leaving behind the tight knit school community that I had been a part of for 12 years. I was also worried about leaving my family and friends. However, my worries proved to be trivial because Holy Cross has a very strong sense of community that made me feel right at home. It is very easy to meet people and everyone is so friendly that it did not take long for me to feel comfortable and leave my fears about transitioning behind.

What do you love most about interacting with prospective students/families?

I enjoy engaging the families and prospective students and trying to make them feel comfortable. I remember how uncomfortable and nerve-racking some of my college visits were and I do my best to make sure that the prospective students and visitors do not feel that here at Holy Cross.

What types of things do you enjoy talking about with prospective students/families?

Many prospective students and families are interested to hear about the transition process and extracurricular activities at the school. While these seem cliche, I actually enjoy talking about them. I think that my transition from such a small school to here was so seamless that I can honestly tell the prospective students and families that Holy Cross does a wonderful job of helping students transition. That conversation shifts into extracurricular activities, which played a huge role in my acclimation process. I participate in several extracurriculars, all of which I am passionate about, so it is very easy to talk about those while touching on the importance of getting involved to help the transition process.

What do you find prospective students are most concerned about and what advice would you give them about it?

Many prospective students are concerned about finding a major and a career path as soon as they enter college. They think that they need to have an idea and plan for their college career as well as their postgraduate life. While some people  may like to have this, it is totally not necessary. I came in with no clue what I wanted major in, let alone do for the rest of my life after graduation! My advice to those with no clear path, would be do not worry. You have plenty of time to figure things out. Just take classes that you are interested in and fill some of those general requirements along the way. Keep an open mind! Take classes that you are unsure about. Explore. When you find a subject that you feel strongly about, pursue it. Overall, do not stress major and career path if you do not have one.

Why did you join the outreach program?

I joined the outreach program because I feel strongly about Holy Cross and I wanted to spread the word. I also want to do my best to make all prospective students and families feel calm and comfortable during what can be such stressful times!

What makes HC special for you?

Holy Cross is special for me because it feels like home. I am not sure exactly how to put it into words but I just knew that Holy Cross was right for me and I still have that feeling today.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

My favorite thing about Holy Cross is the people. The faculty, staff, and students here make Holy Cross the place it is. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and it is these people that allow Holy Cross to have the feeling of a tight knit community.

Once you graduate, what will you miss most about HC?

When I graduate, I will miss the people the most. I will miss all my friends as well as the faculty and staff that I have grown close with. Also, I will definitely miss fall on campus. The foliage on the buildings is wonderful.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give to prospective students?

Relax and enjoy the ride! Do not let the college process stress you out. Find the school that feels like home for you.

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?

The most exciting event that I have attended this year was when Judge Leon came to my American Government class. Judge Leon, a Holy Cross Alumni, came back to campus to give a lecture in the Rehm Library the night before about his job and some of the high profile cases that he has ruled on, which was very interesting. My American Government class was lucky enough to have him come in and talk to us and answer our questions. It was a great experience to have a high profile figure who happens to be a Holy Cross Alumni come talk to a our class. (Shoutout to Political Science Professor Hindman for making that happen!)

 

 

When I first came into college, there were many things I was nervous about. Would I make friends? Would I get along with my roommate? What if I get homesick? Am I actually prepared to take these college level courses? I ended up making friends, getting homesick a couple of times, passing all of my classes and rooming with the same person for three years. However, there was a part of my life that I was mainly preparing for throughout my time here: finding a job. As a senior, the thought of finding a job has a lot more pressure and meaning behind it than it did when I was a first year student worrying about a roommate. However, now that this has become an upcoming reality for me, I need to take the steps to ensure that I would graduate with a job. To me, finding a job I was happy with would be the icing on the cake of my Holy Cross experience. So I took to the Center for Career Development (CCD) to get some help.

I began going to the CCD when I was a first year student. The career counselors were and continue to be some of the friendliest faces I know on this campus. As soon as you walk in, you are kindly greeted and asked what the purpose of your visit is. During my first year, the office’s Alumni Job Shadowing Program provided me with the opportunity to shadow two alums at their own jobs, allowing me to realize that I no longer wanted to pursue Psychology and instead was interested in Marketing. Once I had an idea of what field I wanted to go into, it became easier for me to focus on jobs particularly associated with Marketing. During my sophomore year, I began to schedule various appointments with Julie Draczynski, who specifically focuses on Marketing amongst other industries. Her specialized knowledge allowed me to gain valuable advice such as how to format my resume in a way that would specifically attract Marketing employers. I learned how to write cover letters and was able to receive feedback on each and every one of them. All I had to do was email a Career Counselor or stop by the office. The availability and  quickness of the counselors in this office has been one of the most helpful things- as a Holy Cross student who has multiple jobs on campus and is involved, I don’t necessarily have the time to wait in an office for 45 minutes before I am actually helped. The CCD does a great job of making sure every student is helped out in an efficient manner which is extremely helpful.

During my junior year, I went abroad and once I came back to campus, I was hit with a wave of anxiety as I realized that I needed to find an internship for the summer. I can say with all honesty, if it were not for the CCD, I would not have had an internship. Once I arrived on campus, I was on Crusader Connections daily, looking for internships that sounded appealing to me. I applied for Cosmopolitan magazine, Time Inc., HGTV and more. I was taught how to use the Career Advisory Network, a database filled with the contact information of alums from every industry who are interested in speaking to current Holy Cross students. This was a great way for me to build connections that I still maintain today. I ended up securing an internship working for a non-profit organization called Sanctuary for Families. If it were not for the CCD, I would not have been able to accept this internship because it was unpaid, which was something I could not afford to have. However, as I mentioned before, the CCD really saved me. Even before I began applying for internships, I was encouraged to apply for the Crusader Internship Fund- a program in money has been donated to provide students with funding in case they obtain an unpaid internship. I ended up receiving the funding and once I secured an internship, I was all set. Because I already had funding in my back pocket, the unpaid aspect of my internship was not a problem. I ended up meeting amazing people, learning so much and enjoying my summer because of my internship.

As a senior, I am now working at the CCD as one of the Marketing Peer Career Assistants. Not only am I building skills for my own career, I am also helping other students by reviewing cover letters and resumes during Drop-In hours. My experience involved with the CCD throughout my time at Holy Cross has provided me with such valuable insight into what I need to do to improve my chances of obtaining a job by the time I graduate. Although I currently do not have a job, I know that I have the support of the CCD to help me in every way possible when the time comes to begin applying. I feel more prepared because of the knowledge I gained through them- I receive monthly newsletters giving me information about job openings within my industry, I have access to Crusader Connections and the Career Advisory Network, I know how to write a cover letter and have Career counselors to help me revise it. All of these tools are open to every student showing how much of a wonderful resource the Career center is. As a current Peer Career Assistant, I hope to continue embodying the greatness of the center and help other students in the same way I was helped throughout my time at Holy Cross.

 

written by Nerelly C. ’18

Name: Maeve McNamara

Class Year: Sophomore

Major/Concentration: Political Science/Peace and Conflict Studies

Hometown and State: Brewster, MA

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

The alumni are what stood out to me about Holy Cross. They are so involved with the school and are clearly very excited to help out current Holy Cross students when it comes to networking, internships, and jobs.

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

My interview at Holy Cross was the most nerve-racking aspect of the admissions process. It was really more of a conversation, though, with no trick questions, so there is no reason to be as nervous as I was!

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I looked forward to feeling at home and a part of the community at Holy Cross. Transitioning to college life can definitely be a challenge, but you pretty quickly feel like a member of the community.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the first floor of the Hogan Campus Center. It is the perfect place to see people you know or to hang out and study. There are so many beautiful spots on campus, though, so it is hard to choose just one!

What do you like talking about most on campus tours?

I like to emphasize the connection between professors and students at Holy Cross. Due to small class sizes, students are actually able to go to office hours and really get to know their professors. Holy Cross has really incredible professors so it is a cool opportunity to get to know them outside of class.

What have you learned from being a tour guide?

From being a tour guide, I have taken notice of places or things on campus that I would not have otherwise. As students, we get used to the campus around us, but to a family that has never been here before, certain things stand out. I have had several families visiting for the first time who were shocked that we had a cemetery on campus. It was never something I thought was really peculiar but, as a tour guide, you get that outside perspective that makes you look at the campus differently than you might otherwise.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

My favorite thing about Holy Cross is the opportunities it has given me, in meeting amazing people and professors, and all the opportunities I will have after graduating.

Once you graduate, what will you miss most about HC?

Once I graduate, I think I will miss being a student at Holy Cross. Although I won’t miss all the homework and papers, I think it will be really strange to come back and visit as an alumna, rather than a student.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give to prospective students?

The admissions and interviewing process can be really overwhelming. I would advise prospective students to simply show passion for something. You have to think about what you offer a campus community. Find that thing that makes you different or special, or simply something that you are passionate about!

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?

The most exciting event I attended this year was the Hanify-Howland lecture given by former U.S Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. It was an incredible opportunity to get to meet her and hear her speak!

Name: Allie Silge

Class Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Economics Major, Art History Minor

Hometown and State: Lake Forest, IL

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

I was drawn to the small class size and liberal arts education.

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I looked forward to the Jesuit education and clubs available on campus.

What do you love most about interacting with prospective students/families?

I love sharing with them my own experiences and how I have grown as a student, person, and friend while here at Holy Cross.

What do you find prospective students are most concerned about and what advice would you give them about it?

I think that prospective students are most concerned with the academic rigor. I reiterate to them that the professors are more than willing to help you succeed and there are so many different resources available on campus to do well.

What makes HC special for you?

I love the community present on campus.  It is so inclusive and feels just like a family.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

My favorite thing at HC are the variety of clubs and activities available.

Once you graduate, what will you miss most about HC?

I will miss my friends the most when I graduate.

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?

The most exciting event I attended this year was the Open House! I love the energy!

Name: Mike Ward

Major:History

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I was really looking forward to advancing my Jesuit education from high school and seeing how I would transition what I learned into college

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

I was incredibly nervous for the interview, but this was resolved by how much I actually enjoyed my conversation with the admissions counselor.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

I was worried about not being friends with anyone going into school and this was solved with my roommate being one of my best friends to this day.

What stands out to you the most in an applicant during their interview?

A drive or a passion for something they want to pursue in college.

What is something applicants shouldn’t do in an interview?

Applicants should not be passive and give one word answers, we want to learn more about you!

What are you going to miss most about Holy Cross?

I am going to miss being around such amazing, motivated people everyday.

Do you have any plans for the future?

I intend to work on a US Senate campaign

What did you learn at Holy Cross that you will take with you into the world?

I will take in the positives about being involved with so many different things on campus and having the ability to relate them to one another and apply my experiences in the workforce.

What piece of advice would you like to share with prospective students?

Holy Cross was the best choice I have made in my life, jump into the college experience with two feet.

How do you feel you’ve grown over your time at Holy Cross?

I have matured so much since I first arrived on the Hill. I have learned how to take care of myself and challenge myself in ways I did not think were possible

What is your favorite thing about HC?

The community

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?

Senior Ball

Name: Maggie Scanlon

Major:History Major with Peace and Conflicts Studies Concentration

Hometown:Wakefield, MA

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

When looking at Holy Cross I was able to pick up on the sense that all students were involved in the campus community in one way or another. Whether that be in sports, music or community service. I was really excited to be surrounded by people that were so enthusiastically engaged in their campus community.

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

I was definitely most nervous about my interview. Since Holy Cross was at the top of my list for schools when applying, I made sure to do some practice interviews before coming into my interview at Holy Cross. I also made sure to do my research about Holy Cross before my interview and made sure to read the admissions blog for helpful tips.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

I was really worried about making friends and adjusting to the academics of Holy Cross. The best thing that I did was get involved right away. This does not mean go out and join every club that Holy Cross offers, but get involved in a club or organization that you are passionate about and you will be able to meet so many people from all class years. I joined the Student Government Association as a freshmen and it was a really great experience. I was able to meet so many upperclassmen who became mentors to me while also participating in something that I am really passionate about. In terms of academics, it takes time to adjust to the college work load. As a freshmen, you cannot come in thinking that study habits and things you did in high school are going to cut it. You definitely have to put in the time and effort, but if you make sure you are prioritizing  your academics you will be able to do well without a problem.

What stands out to you the most in an applicant during their interview?

I am really impressed with applicants that have been involved in unique things in high school, that have clearly does their research on Holy Cross and applicants that are clearly very interested in coming to Holy Cross. I also look for applicants who are able to carry on a conversation really easily and are engaged and prepared with good questions.

What is something applicants shouldn’t do in an interview?

Applicants should never wear jeans. This is my biggest pet peeve. Dress to impress is the rule of the game. When you dress professionally it shows that you care about the interview. Also do not tell me how much you hate high school. I want to know what things you did in high school but I do not care about how you got into a fight with your ex-best friend and cannot wait for college because you do not have to see her everyday. Focus on talking about you and the things that you did in high school.

What are you going to miss most about Holy Cross?

The people. The people at Holy Cross whether that be the students, faculty, staff, facilities, dining services employees and anyone else at the college really make Holy Cross so special. Everyone from my roommates and my freshman history professor that I still visit frequently to the cleaning ladies in Figge and the facilities workers in the library who always offer words of encouragement. There are a very special group of people at Holy Cross and I feel so lucky to have been able to get to know many of them.

Do you have any plans for the future?

My Post Grad plans change depending on the day. At Holy Cross I am really involved in student government association and the spring break immersion program. It is my hope that I am able to combine my passions for those two organizations into a career, possibly working in communications and marketing.

What did you learn at Holy Cross that you will take with you into the world?

One thing that I have learned at Holy Cross that I will take into the world is to always be questioning the things around you and how to ask questions. This may seem like something very simple but it is something that has been ingrained in me since my first day at Holy Cross. Whether that be asking questions in class or asking tough questions will friends at dinner regarding a political issue. It is so important to make sure that we are always asking more and making sure that we are always questions the things that we do. The slogan of “Ask More” is something that can be applicable to any situation in any career or relationship and is so important despite its simplicity.

What piece of advice would you like to share with prospective students?

The more that you reach out to Holy Cross, the better. Holy Cross loves applicants who love Holy Cross. Do everything that you can do to show them that they are at the top of your list. Whether that be doing a tour, going to an open house, having an interview or simply going on an online chat. Every single thing that you do to show Holy Cross that you are interested in them helps you.

How do you feel you’ve grown over your time at Holy Cross?

I feel like I have been able to grow inside and outside the classroom. I have been able to take on a variety of leadership positions and have learned how to work with my peers and also faculty and staff. I also have been challenged in the classroom which has increased my capacity to think.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

My favorite thing about Holy Cross is the traditions that we have every year. Whether that be the fall fest dinner in kimball dining hall, the lessons in carols in the chapel right before Christmas or the homecoming weekend football game. All of these events are a time for the Holy Cross community to come together and they are always something that I look forward to each year.

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?

The most exciting event that I have attended this year has been Senior Ball. Senior ball is a formal event for the senior class every fall at the DCU Center. It was great for everyone to get dressed up and come together as a class. It was such a fun night

 

Name and Volunteer Position: Kelly Connors, Outreach

Class Year: 2020

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Leominster, MA

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

The sense of community and the welcoming atmosphere!

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

The most nerve-racking thing about the admissions process was making sure that everything was sent in on time. What I didn’t know was that I could submit things one at a time at Holy Cross.

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I looked forward to experiencing taking a wide variety of class since it is a liberal arts institution.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

I was most worried to move away from home but as soon as I got to campus I felt so welcomed and Mount St James quickly became my home away from home.

What do you love most about interacting with prospective students/families?

Hearing everyone’s story is the thing I love most about prospective students. We all have a reason to why or how we got to Holy Cross and hearing everyone’s different stories is a great way to interact with them.

What types of things do you enjoy talking about with prospective students/families?

I enjoy talking about the Jesuit, liberal arts aspect of the college. It really helps the students see what Holy Cross is all about.

What do you find prospective students are most concerned about and what advice would you give them about it?

Most prospective students are afraid to leave home. I try to explain to them how Holy Cross becomes like home and most feel very comfortable here and that makes it so much easier to leave home.

Why did you join the outreach program?

I joined the outreach program to be able to show how much I love HC to other people and hope to get them to love it as well.

Do you meet a lot of alumni during your greeting session(s)? If so, what is your favorite aspect about meeting/talk with them?

I do meet a lot of alumni and they always say how this building wasn’t here or that was just being built when I graduated. It is interesting to see how much the college has expanded and grown since they graduated.

What makes HC special for you?

HC is special because it is my home away from home. I feel so comfortable here and I absolutely love the friends I’ve made here in and outside of the classroom.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

My favorite thing about HC besides the grilled cheese in lower Kimball is the sense of community that we have here on campus.

Once you graduate, what will you miss most about HC?

I will miss 7pm mass on Sunday nights with my best friends the most when I graduate.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give to prospective students?

The college process is very stressful but in the end, you will end up where you need to be…and hopefully that is HC!!! 🙂

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?

The most exciting event I’ve attended this year is the Outdoor Edge. This occurs right when we get back to school in August and it is a time when you finally get to catch up with your friends that you haven’t seen all summer. Everyone gathers on Kimball Quad with music and dancing. It is the BEST way to kick off the new school year.

Name and Volunteer Position: Liza Goodman, Outreach

Class Year: 2021

Major: English and Theater

Hometown: Manchester, NH

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

I always loved the sense of community here. My parents are both alums so I have been coming to visit HC ever since I was little and I have always felt a big sense of community so when I moved in It already felt like home.

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

I was mostly nervous about my standardized test scores, but HC is test optional and I was able to decide whether or not I wanted to send in my scores.

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I looked forward to experiencing the Theatre Community here at HC and I was able to be apart of the Fall Mainstage show “Fuente Ovejuna” and it was the most rewarding experience at HC this far.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

I was worried about being incredibly homesick but luckily as mentioned before I was able to feel right at home with this wonderful community and I met so many people in my first few weeks that I am able to call my friends.

What do you love most about interacting with prospective students/families?

I love answering their questions and being able to get to know new people who will hopefully be future crusaders within the next year!

What types of things do you enjoy talking about with prospective students/families?

I love talking about all the amazing opportunities that HC has to offer through both academics and extra curricular.

What do you find prospective students are most concerned about and what advice would you give them about it?

I find that they are most concerned about deciding what you want to major in and I tell them that the liberal arts education gives everyone time to explore different interests and they have time to decide what the want to major in and to always major in something that you love.

Why did you join the outreach program?

I vividly remember my greeters when I first toured here and I wanted to repay the favor because he gave me such a good impression of the school when I talked with him.

Do you meet a lot of alumni during your greeting session(s)? If so, what is your favorite aspect about meeting/talk with them?

I have met some alumni but not many and I love talking to them about how much we all love HC and hearing their memories but I also enjoy meeting new families and sharing all the memories I have created here at HC and how much fun I have been having at school!

What makes HC special for you?

I love HC because My parents were alums so I love having a deeper connection with them by being at this school

What is your favorite thing about HC?

My favorite thing is the people in the theatre department here. I have made so many good friends in such a short amount of time and I am so grateful to all them for creating such a friendly space.

Once you graduate, what will you miss most about HC?

I will definitely miss HC but I have just started here so I haven’t been thinking about what I will miss when I graduate. I am just so many

What is one piece of advice you would like to give to prospective students?

Trust yourself and be confident! It’s a long and stressful process but everything will turn out ok and just trust the process.

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?

I would say the most exciting event for me was being in the fall production of Fuente Ovejuna and it was rehearsal every night but I was so grateful to be a part of it and it was an amazing experience.

Hi! My name is Gabby and I am one of the Social Media Interns in the Office of Admissions at the College of the Holy Cross. The study period for finals week ends today, so I wanted to write about finals at Holy Cross from a student’s perspective and provide tips for prospective students on how to survive (and thrive!) during finals week.

My first tip for finals week is to take detailed notes throughout the semester. Whether you’re taking a biology or a political science course, your notes will be one of your main studying resources when it comes time to prepare for finals week! If you miss class, ask a classmate if you can borrow their notes. In my experience, my notes have been crucial to being successful during when studying for exams.

 

Sleep. I know, this is certainly not easy when you have four exams to study for, but sleep is so important for being successful during finals week! Sleeping gives your brain a chance to rests and recharge, helping you remember more, feel better, and giving you the energy you need to crush your exams. Caffeine is helpful, but getting those 8 hours of shut-eye each night will make the difference.

 

Be active! Go for a walk around campus. Hit one of the on-campus gyms. Getting up and moving will make you feel so much healthier and less stressed during finals week, when students are sitting at their desks for long periods of time without moving around. Not to mention, exercise is known to have so many health benefits, from keeping you younger to helping your memory!

 

Go to office hours. Questions on a specific topic you learned in class? Want to know what your professor expects you to know for your exam? Want to vent? Head to your professors’ office hours. These are beneficial because they show your professor that you care about your performance in class, are driven to succeed, and are asking questions, which professors love.

 

Finals week is far from easy, but these tips can help you stay stress-free and focused. Use them and you’ll survive and thrive!

Name and Volunteer Position: Julia Palmerino, Senior Interviewer

Major: History and Music

Hometown: Sudbury, MA

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?: I was excited to be a member of such a close-knit, passionate intellectual community.

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?: I was most nervous after I handed in my application and before I received my decision.  I spent those months making the most of my senior year, and also kept a close eye on admissions social media accounts so I would know the second that decisions would be released!

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?: I was worried about living away from home, since I have lived in the same place my whole life.  I think getting involved and finding a community was very important for me in remedying that.  Follow your passions and you will find like-minded people!

What stands out to you the most in an applicant during their interview?: When applicants are really passionate about something, whether it is a class, an academic discipline, an activity, or something small, it is great to see people that care about something.  I want to know what makes you special!

What is something applicants shouldn’t do in an interview?: I get frustrated when it is clear that an applicant hasn’t even done basic research on the school.  Make sure you know simple information, and that your interests align with what Holy Cross offers in its curriculum.

What are you going to miss most about Holy Cross?: The campus!

What did you learn at Holy Cross that you will take with you into the world?: I think my time at Holy Cross has taught me the importance of context and perspective.  This is built into the liberal arts curriculum and the Jesuit ideals, but particularly as a history major I think I have discovered the importance of thinking critically and understanding different points of view on a given issue.  This broad approach to learning and thinking is something I will absolutely carry with me into the world.

What piece of advice would you like to share with prospective students?: Don’t be afraid to try new things, and soak up every opportunity Holy Cross gives you.

How do you feel you’ve grown over your time at Holy Cross?: I have always been very independent, but I think being a student here has solidified that for me.  From navigating roommate challenges, to studying abroad, to writing a thesis proposal, every aspect of my time here at Holy Cross has taught me how important it is to advocate for yourself and others.

What is your favorite thing about HC?: The professors.  They are consistently brilliant and wonderful people, and I have felt supported and challenged by each and every professor I have had in class.

What is the most exciting event you’ve attended this year?: Senior Ball! It was great to be with the whole senior class, especially since many of us were away last year.  It was a great way to kick off the celebration of our final year here!

 

Name and Volunteer Position: Connor Durkin, Tour Guide

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Merrimac, MA

What was something that stood out to you about Holy Cross?

The community. Everyone was so friendly! It’s like everyone knew each other.

What was most nerve-racking about the admissions process, and how was this resolved?

Probably getting ready for the interview process. But the senior interviewer was so nice, I had nothing to worry about once I stepped in their office!

What was something you looked forward to experiencing at Holy Cross?

I was really looking forward to working with the Psychology faculty, who helped me expand my thinking exponentially.

What was most worrisome about transitioning to college, and how was this remedied?

Finding a new group of friends. However, both Summer and Fall Orientation really helped me create new friendships. My best friend is someone I met during orientation!

The following questions are geared towards your experience as a current student.

What is your favorite thing about giving tours?

I really enjoy knowing that I am helping a prospective student make the extremely hard choice of choosing their next step in life.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Probably Crossroads. For Pub Night, 10 Spot, the events held on the weekends, etc.

What do you like talking about most on campus tours?

SPUD and all the amazing opportunities that we are given in order to give back to the community.

What is the most common question you are asked on tours? What’s your response?

Probably, “Why did you choose Holy Cross?” My response? I feel like a valuable member of the community here. Holy Cross is a family in which I’m glad to be apart of.

Why did you want to be a tour guide?

I wanted to be able to help prospective students with their difficult choice of choosing their next step in life; choosing a college is big decision, and I want to help them out!

What have you learned from being a tour guide?

I’ve learned a lot about why I, personally, love Holy Cross. It’s given me an opportunity to reflect on my time here and share it with others.

What is your favorite thing about HC?

100% the community. The community aspect of Holy Cross is amazing, which definitely makes it stand out from other schools.

Once you graduate, what will you miss most about HC?

Seeing my best friends everyday.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give to prospective students?

Choosing a college is a big decision, one that shouldn’t be made lightly. Before you choose a school, make sure you love it! That love will only grow once you start your first semester until you graduate your senior year.

 

Hi! My name is Gabby and I am one of the Social Media Interns in the Office of Admissions at the College of the Holy Cross. In November, Joanna (the other Social Media Intern!) and I went to see Lope De Vega’s Fuenteovejuna, a Golden Age Spanish play set during the Spanish Civil War. The Theatre and Spanish Departments worked together to present a bilingual version of the play, which is typically only presented in Spanish!

Fuenteovejuna was the first play I’ve ever been to at Holy Cross, and it definitely won’t be my last! With dynamic student actors and musicians, beautiful costumes and props, and meaningful content, Fuenteovejuna was an amazing show. It was presented in the Fenwick Theater, which is located on the second floor of O’Kane Hall.

One of the best parts of going to theatrical performances at Holy Cross is seeing your friends do something they love- whether it’s Midnight Theater (individual acts put on late at night) or the Spring Musical! I saw so many students in Fuenteovejuna that I didn’t even know acted! It was so exciting to see what Holy Cross students are capable of outside of the classroom!

I highly recommend that students and their families participate in the arts at Holy Cross. Although I’m not an incredibly artsy person (I draw stick figures!), the arts are a crucial part of the liberal arts education Holy Cross provides, and they add great substance and detail to the Holy Cross experience.

 

Learn more about the Department of Theatre and Fuenteovejuna here: https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/theatre

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