Volume III: Junior Edition

We are so happy to be back, and this time, as juniors at Holy Cross! This has been one of the busiest semesters, jam-packed with upper-level classes, study abroad preparation, and a very successful football season! 

Holy Cross Crusaders are now 4-time Patriot League Champions, and we have been with them every step of the way. Football games are a big part of the Holy Cross culture because it involves the entire student body, families, alumni, and all. 

This year, Parents’ Weekend was during one of the best football games of the season, when Holy Cross beat Fordham 54-53 in overtime! The day was filled with hundreds of parents, friends, alums, teachers, and more who came to celebrate the current generation of Holy Cross students. Nothing beats celebrating together and seeing our baseball field full of cars grilling up hotdogs and hamburgers! 

The fall semester at Holy Cross is one of the best times of the year. We are sad to be leaving for Dublin in the spring but are excited to see what UCD offers us! 


Parents’ Weekend 2022
Grace Driscoll’s Family
Grace Dolan’s Family

New Adventures: HC Ski Team

This semester at Holy Cross has been very different from the rest of our time here. Many people have begun to join clubs and intramurals to become more involved in student life here on the hill. Last semester, Gracie signed up for the HC Club Alpine Ski Team, which she says has been the best decision she has made here at Holy Cross. 

At the start of winter break, all 25 members traveled to Sunday River, Maine for a two-week training camp. While there, they stayed in a house, made dinners together, played games, and got to know each other post skiing. They had a fantastic time, made good friends from all grade levels, and created friendships that have followed them back to campus. 

Following the camp, they traveled every Friday post-classes to various mountains such as Jay Peak, Dartmouth, Whaleback, and Sugarloaf. They began their days with an early wake-up and set the courses with other schools in the Thompson Division (WPI, BU, NE, CONN, UNH, etc.). Racing all of these other schools allowed them to make new friends at Holy Cross and all around New England. They stayed there all weekend and traveled back on Sunday afternoons following two full days of racing.

 At the end of the season, the men and women teams qualified for regionals, and they went on to compete at Sugarloaf just last weekend! Unfortunately, they did not move on to Nationals, but they had the best time and had the opportunity to ski against varsity teams such as UCONN. 

The Ski Team has allowed Gracie to find her “family” here on the hill. It is an opportunity for all to become involved, make new friends, and have an all-around good time. There is no prior knowledge of racing required – it is open to everyone! We can not emphasize enough how important and fun it is to participate in various clubs, activities, and intramurals here on campus. It allows everyone to gain the full Crusader experience and make the most out of their time here on the hill!

If interested, check out the HC Ski Team Instagram for more information and pictures! @hcskiteam

HC Ski Team

Catching Up

Recently, there has been a lot going on! 

As first semester sophomores, there has been a lot of “future planning” that we have had to start. Though it is early, a big part of sophomore fall is applying for senior housing. Mount Saint James is 85% on-campus housing and 15% off-campus residence housing – many of these houses are located on streets such as Clay, Caro, and Boyden. We have just recently signed our house with seven other girls and are so excited to see what the future has in store for us! The process is straightforward and a great real-world experience because you have to communicate with the landlord, review contracts, and agree on rent. These are skills that are hard to teach in a classroom but are thankfully a part of the Holy Cross hidden curriculum since off-campus housing is prevalent here.

Another big decision we have had to make was to study abroad. Both of us have had to decide on where, when, and why to go. Grace, an International Studies major, had always been interested in going somewhere in Europe and immersing herself directly in her area of study (Europe). Gracie, a Psychology major, was interested in Europe, specifically somewhere in the United Kingdom or Ireland, to accommodate her Art History minor by being in a very artistically and culturally rich city. As it turns out, with many meetings with the Study Abroad department and our advisors, we both found that the University College of Dublin in Ireland is the best fit for us! We are both applying for the 2023 spring semester. We are so excited as we know a few other people are going and we will be able to experience the College and a new culture.

Parents’ Weekend

It should be no surprise for those of you who were here for parents’ weekend when we say it was SO much fun! We had a surplus of families come to campus to help us cheer on our football team against Colgate at Polar Park (home of the Woo Sox!) – and we PACKED the stadium. This was the first time Holy Cross has ever done this, and it was a great way to immerse our campus into the city of Worcester. Both of our families came to see us all the way from Vermont and Minnesota. Now that we are sophomores and finally know our way around campus, it was really nice to be able to show our families around campus and all of our favorite spots now that many of our COVID restrictions have been lifted. 

The weekend started with everyone greeting their families and going out to dinner with them on Friday to catch up and spend some quality time together. On Saturday, our mornings started with a morning breakfast at Ms. Woo’s, and then we went straight to tailgating (the most important part of football). Holy Cross had reserved parking lots right outside of Polar Park for tailgating! We started around one and ended at five as the entire school and their families shuffled into the stadium. Between quarters there were games on the field and dance-offs. It was an exciting weekend, and it went so well!

Grace + Her Mom
Gracie + Her Family


Volume II: Sophomore Edition

Hello again! If you are new to our blog, welcome! However, if you followed us last year, welcome back! FINALLY, after two years of waiting, waiting, and waiting, we are on campus for a Holy Cross fall! Over the past year, we have experienced different versions of college from Zoom, campus in COVID, and even the change of a Holy Cross President (by the way, Welcome President Vincent!). We are so excited to be writing about our time here once again.

This year has been what we have been looking forward to for so long. Walking around campus on the first day of classes felt so surreal. Since we can be outside and maskless, we are seeing people’s full faces for the first time and being more personable by recognizing and smiling more at each other rather than hiding behind a mask.

With fall well on its way, we have also entered football season! Our first official Holy Cross football game was everything we imagined it to be. Blessed with gorgeous weather and families visiting with dozens of fold-up tables worth of food, we cheered on Holy Cross. This year has been so much fun, and we have finally been able to enjoy it the way it should be: no Zoom, more people, and all of the fun traditions and festivities!



Becoming Campus Locals

After a few weeks on the Hill, we can say we LOVE it here! The past few weeks have been so much fun with classes, exploring campus, and of course, meeting new people. Though it seems confusing, the campus has been so much fun to figure out – especially since there are now in-person classes taking place (Grace has one!). Last week, it was 66 degrees outside, and the campus finally felt like college: people were out playing football on the Hoval and set up hammocks all around the Hill, and we are so excited for more days like that to come, especially now that we can watch sports games! Holy Cross has made a new social media platform called myHC, which lets us know about events and games taking place, and this week, we signed up for the football game and new food trucks on campus! We are so excited to start participating in more things like this. Additionally, the new fitness center called “The Jo,” which is also where we get tested, is now open for use! The building and equipment could not be nicer, and we are so excited about it. With everything now open, we have finally been able to get a routine down and are starting to feel like Holy Cross locals!


New on the Hill

Happy New Year!

We wanted to update you on our first official week of college! After a long time coming, we are finally moved into our dorms and started spring semester classes. Although we are no longer roommates, we conveniently both live in Brooks Hall! We have found these past few days to feel overwhelming, to say the least, and very exciting as we are getting to meet new people and become familiar with the campus.



First-year students had a week alone on campus to have the time to learn the ropes and familiarize themselves without the chaos of having all of the other grade levels there at the same time – we both liked this a lot. We found it to make the transition of going to college much smoother. Once we were on campus, each student was put into an orientation group of 6-8 people to get to know and further understand what it means to be a Holy Cross student. Although orientation was not the same as it usually would have been because of COVID-19, Holy Cross still made it enjoyable and helpful while also keeping its students safe.

Recently, we just started our classes for the spring semester. We are both taking classes that fulfill common requirements and balanced out our schedules with classes of our interests at the same time. Although Holy Cross encourages students to arrive undecided, we are prepared to declare our majors next week – students can declare their majors as early as the second semester freshman year. We both started college with majors in mind, and after taking some classes to explore these interests, we are confident that we know what we would like to study for the remainder of our time here at Holy Cross.

We are very exciting to finally be on campus and we will update more as the semester progresses!

Wrapping Up: First Semester

We recently wrapped up our first semester at Holy Cross! With the end of our first semester, we have learned more about ourselves as students, what kind of learning styles work best for us, what areas of study we are more interested in, and how to be a productive and dedicated student even at home.

Although ending with finals is stressful for all, the school accommodated and created the best environment possible for these at-home exams. Most of our finals this semester for our specific courses consisted of essays more than exams. We found this to be very generous, considering the circumstances, and made it as reasonable as possible. The essays also allowed us to go into more detail and demonstrate what we have learned this semester rather than struggling to memorize information for exams. Both of us are more writing inclined and found this to work very well for us since we have found that we learn best by putting our thoughts into words.

Furthermore, one thing we have learned from these few months is to utilize our professors’ office hours as often as we can. Throughout the semester, our teachers have been beyond helpful with making time outside of class for their students. Especially during this past week with finals, teachers had been holding review sessions over Zoom. They were also adding additional times to their office hours to ensure their students received all of the help and assistance they needed (which we greatly appreciated!).

We cannot wait to see what the second semester has in store for us!
Happy Holidays!!

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! We thought we would share a little bit about how accomodating Holy Cross has been during the first part of this semester (especially this week), keeping up the school spirit, academics, and holiday fun! Though the semester is online, we still have our RA’s, and they have been so outgoing with their job by hosting virtual game nights and so many other fun activities. Holy Cross has also given us the week off to get time to work on our studies and have fun with our families during these trying times. Our teachers have been so gracious during this break by not assigning work but giving us time to really put in the effort on some “end of semester” assignments such as presentations and research papers. Although this time of the year can be stressful sometimes, we are both beyond grateful for the support we have received during this holiday, especially as freshman approaching our first college finals!

Volume I: Freshman Edition

Our names are Gracie Dolan (Stowe, Vermont) and Grace Driscoll (Minneapolis, Minnesota), and we are freshman at the College of the Holy Cross, Class of 2024. We are so excited to have you follow our blog about our first-year experiences on and off the hill during these unique times. As part of our first official blog post, we would like to briefly introduce our friendship and how we are currently adapting to current situations.

We both grew up in Stowe, Vermont, but unfortunately, Grace moved away in middle school. During those years apart, we were lucky enough to be able to maintain our close friendship. To our surprise, we both fell in love with and decided to apply Early Decision to Holy Cross. 

Initially, we did not plan on rooming together, with hopes of making new friends. However, after it was announced that this semester would be remote, our families decided to move us to Boston together for two and a half months. By doing this, we could obtain the independent feeling of being at college and being away from home while also gaining a new experience.

We are both really excited to be a part of the Holy Cross community as we start to join new clubs and explore our interests. Both of us have joined different clubs like SPUD and the Purple Key Society as well as looked into other organizations like Ski Team and ROTC. Though Holy Cross encourages all freshmen to apply undecided, we both have prospective areas of study we hope to pursue. Gracie Dolan is interested in a Psychology major and an Education minor. Grace Driscoll is interested in studying International Studies on the Pre-Business track. 

We hope you follow us along on our exciting journey! Please reach out with any questions or comments, we would be happy to help any prospective student make their decision to join us on the hill!