November was an exciting month full of unpredictable weather, the beginning of college basketball season, and the Perspectives program put on by the admissions office here at Holy Cross. This is after all my favorite time of year and I was able to capture all of the glory in one weekend with Perspectives and the Holy Cross Crusader Men’s Basketball home opener. Perspectives is a program designed to showcase diversity at the college as well as give participants an opportunity to have intellectual debate, understand the selective college admission process, and envision themselves as members of the ‘Sader Nation’.
Throughout the program, the students were challenged to step out of their comfort zone and have serious conversations about diversity; from ethnic diversity to religious diversity, socio-economic diversity, diversity of opinion and more. Through conversations with each other, faculty/staff and current students they were each able to feel like Holy Cross students for the day and express their thoughts and opinions through rigorous discussion.
We then put the academic discussions aside to witness the Sader Nation in full swing with the men’s basketball team’s home opener against the College of Charleston. Nothing beats the first home basketball game, the stands were full with fans eagerly awaiting our team and new coaching staff looking to predict what the next five months will hold. We came to the game prepared…faces painted, purple, black and white shirts on ready to cheer on the men in the packed gym! Unfortunately the men ultimately fell to the Cougars but the Crusader spirit was alive in our group. I can’t wait for more!
Assistant Director of Admissions
Fall is here – school is in full swing, a light jacket is needed, the leaves are changing and we admissions counselors have been busy traveling around the country to high schools and college fairs to meet with you, prospective students, as well as your high school counselors and parents. This is when we get the opportunity to bring Holy Cross to you, let you know about all of the new and exciting things going on here on campus and also give you the opportunity to make a connection with our office in a place you know.
One of my favorite things about working in admissions is the ability to travel to your high schools and college fairs to meet with you and your families because I can learn more about you and your high school and see what your city and town is like firsthand. I remember how stressful the college process can be and having a representative travel to your school and meet with you, I hope, makes things just a little bit easier. I love walking into a room of students from one to twenty-one and being able to answer any questions they have about Holy Cross and the admissions process, in hopes that they learned something new and will think of me later if something else comes to mind big or small.
For those of you who live across the country it is your chance to interact with us counselors in person and make a personal connection. That is what fall travel is about, the ability for you to make a personal contact with an officer like me so that when you have questions along the way you have a connection with the person reading your application.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Hi! My name is Julliana Jennings and I am the new Assistant Director of Admissions/ Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment here at Holy Cross. I can definitely relate to the class of 2014 who moved in the Saturday prior to my first day. In many ways, I feel like a first year student at Holy Cross, learning my way around campus (meaning I get lost a little less each day), meeting key people who will be important to my success while here at the college, and mapping out my road to success. I’ve come to Holy Cross by way of Brandeis University where I was a member of the admissions department coordinating diversity recruitment. I am thrilled to be at Holy Cross and feel extremely fortunate to be able to work with the amazing students, faculty, and staff here and, of course, all of you. Every day I am here, I am impressed by the warm and welcoming community found at Holy Cross and am excited to contribute to this environment
I grew up in Central New Jersey, went to college in Williamsburg, VA, and now live in Waltham, MA. Exploring the East Coast has been a lot of fun thus far, but I am proud to now call New England home and I look forward to helping you learn more about Holy Cross, Worcester, and New England. I absolutely love working in undergraduate admissions. Being able to guide high school students through the admissions process is extremely rewarding to me and I can’t wait to meet any interested students here on campus or on my travels to New York City and the D.C./Northern Virginia areas. I know that the beginning of a new school year can be tough, especially one as hectic as senior year, but if you have any questions about the college process along the way, please do not hesitate to ask. We’re here to help!