I am asked this question all the time. All. The. Time.
I meet students who have researched Holy Cross, love the academic offerings, admire the culture and tradition and can’t wait to be a part of student life . . . “but what about all those stairs?”
I’ve offered so many responses to this question over the years:
– What stairs?
– You know, you do get to go down them sometimes, too . . .
– Oh, it’s not THAT bad.
– Have you heard about all our elevators?
Recently, though, I’ve thought more and more about it.
We love our college – not in spite of the hill but, in part, because of our hill. Anyone who has witnessed a fall sunset from the Hart Center on top of the hill would never complain about the view they get from this hill. Anyone who has endured a muggy spring day in May would never complain about the cool, spring breeze afforded to us on this hill. Anyone who has gone sledding and finished their run just steps away from the hot chocolate in Kimball Dining Hall would never complain about the hill.
So, in the future, when applicants ask me about the hill, I now know how I’ll respond.
“I know. It’s pretty great, isn’t it?”