Application Reflection

PmaloneyThe Friday before New Year’s Day tends to be a very busy one in the Admissions Office at Holy Cross.  It is the final day for on-campus interviews, so counselors are very busy talking with applicants about their goals, activities, academic interests, etc.  The mail, which does not stop coming during the Christmas vacation, has been held at our campus post office until the office opens after Christmas, and so buckets of mail are delivered on this day.  It’s also a very busy day for the phone.  Students and parents are calling about interviews, about their application, and, if they are Early Decision candidates, are wondering when they will be hearing back from us.  On the other side of things, you students aren’t as busy (that’s why we have so many appointments and phone calls).  I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but actually good, because it gives you an opportunity to reflect on your college application process.
For many of you, these days allow you to breathe a sigh of relief.  PHEW!  Applications have been completed (or should be soon for you procrastinators), recommendation letters have been sent, papers have been handed in and tests have been taken.  Take advantage of the opportunity to catch your breath and read over your application.  I hope you have saved a copy somewhere!  Start reading with a clear mind and try to imagine that you don’t know whose application you are reading – because in many cases, we haven’t met you before.  Look over those activities that you’ve listed on page 3…what do they say about you?  Turn to page 6 and re-read your personal statement for the 800th time (hopefully)…is it still the best paper you’ve written about yourself?
Most importantly, I want to you think about whether you think that your application shows the reader who you are as a person – you the student, you the musician, you the employee, you the athlete.  When reading an application, we are looking for you to tell us everything about who you are.  The more information we have, the more informed our reading can be.  If you suddenly feel as if you’ve left something out, well, it happens…don’t panic!  Take this time to identify exactly what is missing from your application and try to figure out a way to tell us about it, then send it along.  We’d love to hear more about you!
Patrick Maloney ’02
Assistant Director of Admissions

Merry Christmas

Card_4 Wishing all of you and your families a Merry Christmas!

The Holy Cross Admissions Counselors

Happy Holidays!

Kelli I know you’re all dying to go behind the scenes of our “Holiday Card.”   Well here are some of the answers to the thousands of questions that have poured  in. Okay, actually no questions have been to us, but these are my guesses about the questions you are secretly quite curious about:

How did they come up with such a fantastic picture idea?

We threw around a lot of ideas for our holiday photo this year, including a figure skating scene, a scene around the Christmas dinner table, and even something involving us dressed like reindeer.  The photo we finally settled on was Drew’s idea, proposed while we lunched at the fabulous Corner Grille on Pleasant St. (their super thin crust pizza is unbelievably good). I think it won the day primarily because: 1. The idea was cute and 2. Didn’t require a whole production crew to stage it.

How did they get the hat on the statue?

Very carefully.  It had just rained and the statue was quite slick. Nevertheless, Patrick managed the daring feat of placement while wearing dress shoes.

Who is that statue guy?
The statue is entitled, Eustache de Saint Pierre, Vetu, A Burgher of Calais (by Auguste Rodin) and is located in Memorial Plaza.  It depicts Eustache de Saint Pierre, one of six citizens of Calais, France, who surrendered the keys to the city to Edward III during the Hundreds Years War.  In 1347, Dressed in sackcloth and wearing nooses around their necks, the six volunteers walked to the English camp and presented themselves to the king. At the intercession of Edward’s queen the six hostages were spared.

Where can I get one of those fabulous scarves?
Why the HC bookstore of course!  Check the “Headwear/Accessories” category.

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Kelli Powell
Assistant Director of Admissions

Let It Snow

When students and parents visit our lovely campus here in Worcester, the most frequently asked question is, “Do you get sick of climbing all those stairs?”

Then answer is, of course, “No – half the time we get to go down stairs.”

The second most frequently asked question is, “What about when it snows?  Do they shovel the pathways and stairs?”  (Yes, I know that’s actually two questions.)

I always explain to these students and parents that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that we have the finest facilities and grounds crew in the country and they take a particular pride in maintaining the school’s walkways during the winter.

Recently here in the Northeast, we received our fair share of snow.  Last Thursday  evening we received about 11 inches of snow on top of 5 inches already on the ground.  The snow fall finally stopped around 1:00 a.m.  I arrived at work the next morning at 6:45 a.m. and as I walked to my office, I took two pictures (see below) — one to provide evidence of all the snow we received, the second to show just one example of a staircase on our campus that had been meticulously and lovingly cleaned while students slept all snug in their bed.

So to our amazing staff on campus I offer a heartfelt “thanks” and to the skies above I say, “LET IT SNOW!”

(and yes, it is snowing as I type this on Thursday morning . . . )



Common Application Supplement

Drew You’ve worked four long years in high school – history term papers, trig exams, chemistry labs, art projects, summer reading quizzes – and then finally, senior year, you tackle the Common Application.  You write your name, address, mom’s name, dad’s name, high school’s name, etc.  Then it’s time for the short answer – you rack your brain for an experience, an activity that you can talk about in 150 words or fewer that will be impressive to the admissions officer and reflective of your interests.  And then, the final push, you sit down to write the essay.  But someone gave you good advice, so you listen to your sparrow and write an essay of which you feel proud.

You click “SUBMIT”.


In school the next day, you feel invigorated, relieved that the application is done.  You’ve regained the pep in your step.  In the hallway on the way to first period, you tell a friend that you finally submitted your application to College X.

“Did you finish the supplement?” your friend replies.

“Supplement?  There’s a supplement?  AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!”

When will it ever be enough?

The Admissions Office at Holy Cross is here to say that you’ve done enough.  We do not require a supplement to the Common Application.  We know you’ve worked hard in high school and we don’t need you to prove anything else nor write any more essays.  We congratulate you on getting this far in your senior year.

Click “SUBMIT”.

Feel the relief.

Andrew N Carter
Associate Director of Admissions