As a newer member of the Admissions Office at Holy Cross, I’d like to share some of my impressions about my first year:
1. I really appreciate the committee process and the fact that 13 of us make a decision on every applicant together.
2. It is a democratic process. Each person has a vote and every vote helped shape the class of 2015.
3. We spend a lot of time on each applicant. In the committee room, we discussed the positive attributes of each applicant and looked at each application holistically before voting. Hearing the different opinions and viewpoints of my colleagues taught me to recognize what it is to be a competitive college applicant, and what it means to be a “fit” for Holy Cross.
4. We read your essay. I found the most common question in committee was, “Can we see the essay again?” After making tough decisions all day, I found that a sweet, endearing, or funny essay could really lift the mood of the room.
My favorite memory from this year occurred when a student, whom I met on the road and interviewed on campus, stopped by my office with a smile on her face and a deposit slip in her hand. She could not wait to tell me she would be joining the class of 2015!
I look forward to meeting the 2016 hopefuls.