This is my final blog entry in a week long series inside the application reading process here at Holy Cross.
Our deadline to finish reading all these applications (for the second time) is this Sunday. And while, at times, this reading process can seem so solitary – when we’re reading alone in our office or in Panera with our headphones on – we are never truly alone. It takes so many people to get your completed application into our hands and but there are also innumerable people along the way who enable us to finish reading all these applications in time.
We have so much help.
There are tireless guidance counselors who fax your updated grades.
There are baristas who clean up the pile of pencil eraser shavings at the coffee shop.
There are receptionists who open the mail looking for that last recommendation.
There are slightly sleepy college sophomores who alphabetize all the incoming mail.
There are patient newborn sons who hold still during a good essay.
There are compassionate parents who provide toast with jam while we read your teacher recommendations at the kitchen table.
There are the multi-talented husbands who stir the sauce while holding our infant child allowing us to finish one last application before dinner is served.
There are considerate roommates who use headphones so as to not disturb our concentration.
There are summer employers who write about your dependability and work ethic.
There are kind-hearted boyfriends and girlfriends, cousins and siblings who listen to us read yet another essay out loud that they may or may not find funny.
And there are sweet hound dogs that wait patiently for their walk as we calculate class rank.
Andrew N. Carter
Associate Director of Admissions