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!
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!
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 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!
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 with hopes to take part in the Teacher-Education program. 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!