Alumni and Friends > Outstanding Outcomes
Every student (and parent) is looking for validation that the investment and perhaps debt accumulated while attending college will result in tangible experiences. A viable ROI, if you will. The student should be able to answer yes to the question, "From what I learned at my college, will I be able to work in a career that excites and challenges me?" At Holy Cross, we say yes
How and why have our Alumni found success? The Four Pillars of experiential learning is a fundamental foundation of the Holy Cross liberal arts experience. The Pillars; service learning, global experience, internship and the multimedia capstone presentation, prepare our students to create success in whatever path they chose. These four milestones are attained by 100 % of our graduated students. While the vast majority of colleges and universities across the land would rejoice at 50% of their students achieving all four of these essential life skills. Holy Cross is the trailblazer in building leaders for a complex world!
These pages are testimonials from Alumni and students that have found success and therefore, allow the college, faculty and staff to bask in the success of our charges.
From: Colleen Derksen
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 3:50 PM
To: Ball, Charles
Subject: New Job
Hey Mr. Ball,
I just wanted to send you a quick e-mail and let you know about a new position I have accepted with Dow AgroSciences., they are also known as Dow Chemical. They are based out of Indy and I will be doing sales for them, but I am moving to Dallas, TX for the new position. I leave on Saturday and I start with the company on Monday. I actually heard about the job from someone who was renting a car at Enterprise. We were talking and he gave me his e-mail and phone number so we stayed in touch and then this job came about. It is all about the connections you make and if you follow through with them or not.
The next day we had an all-day interview process. This is where the capstone presentation helped me during the process. Before the day started we had to get up in front of the panel of interviewers (7 people), as well as the other candidates, and give a 5-7 minute presentation on ourselves. Of course I could have talked a lot longer about myself but it was pretty easy to condense into the 5-7 minutes. We then had a one-on-one interview with each person from the panel and it was about 40 minutes each. So, needless to say it was an all-day process. It was an awesome opportunity though and I ended up getting the job! I was really nervous at first because I did not have any agriculture background and pretty much everyone else did. But, once I started talking to the interviewers they made me feel a lot more comfortable and the interview process turned out to be pretty easy.
They did pay for relocation which is nice so they are paying to break my lease here, a flight and moving my stuff down there. I actually just sold my car because I will be getting a company car which is really nice! But overall, the pay is better, I will be working better hours, and it will be a much better career.
I just wanted to share this with you so you know that the capstone presentation really helped me out and the mock interview as well. I hope all is well with you at Holy Cross!
Br. John was so inspired by this note that he responded to the faculty and staff,
I like the alumna's statement: " I was really nervous at first because I did not have any agriculture background and pretty much everyone else did. But, once I started talking to the interviewers, they made me feel a lot more comfortable and the interview process turned out to be pretty easy."
This experience is continued evidence that our 21st Century education is more about the holistic experience that we call "the liberal arts," than any narrow major/concentration of studies. Colleen outshone her "more specifically prepared competition" (i.e., those with an agriculture background) because she could analyze, synthesis, speak/write/present clearly and convincingly. A good example of our Holy Cross graduates...and what this specialized company was seeking in a sales representative.
Kudos to our faculty who so ably facilitate our students' holistic education and to Chuck Ball and our Center for Discernment and Preparation staff and mentors who guide our students in their Capstone presentations.