Start of the Second Semester

Finally back on campus after a long break! Feels good to be back with the Hanselfam (Hanselman Dorm on Instagram) and see my friends again. It’s been refreshing to have brand new classes and a new routine so far. One of the most fun things I’ve done since I’ve been back is the open skate downtown in the Worcester Common Oval. Holy Cross provides transportation on the weekends to this event and it’s a great way to get out and mingle with the community. I’ve also been to the Cantor Gallery showing of “Warm Room”, which was an unique opportunity to view high quality art. It’s been an eventful first couple weeks and I’m sure there’s much more to come!

My First Semester at Holy Cross

I cannot believe how fast time has flown. It seems like just yesterday I was unpacking everything in my dorm room. Now it’s winter break and I’ve been able to catch my breath after a very intense round of finals. Reflecting on these past four months I cant believe all that happened. Beyond my new found caffeine addiction, I can’t help but be overwhelmed by the positives that came out of my first semester in college. So let’s go through a quick semester review!

First, my impression of the academic transition from high school to College of the Holy Cross. I came from a rural high school in northern Michigan, so some of my friends who went to larger or more specialized school were a little ahead of me due to more abundant opportunities at their schools. But in no way did I feel out of my league at Holy Cross. The only difference was I had to put extra effort into my studies occasionally. This is absolutely possible to achieve and through the help of PALs, the Writing Workshop, or other resources for academic assistance on campus that are here purely for the purpose of helping students succeed. Not to mention attending office hours regularly, I personally tried to visit every one of my English professor’s hours because whenever I went in my understanding of the material progressed dramatically. Consistent routines and study habits turned out to be critical along the way as when it comes to midterms or finals there is no ability to fake it. That being said, some of my best study or writing sessions happened after working out or having fun with my friends for an hour or two; sometimes it’s good to switch it up. As long as a true effort is made, generally you will get the results you want.