When we say “The Experience Matters” at Holy Cross, we’re not talking about just one aspect of life. Whether it’s day-to-day living and spiritual growth, or finding lifelong mentors and gaining a global perspective of the world around you, each student’s experience at Holy Cross is unique. Click on the individual images below to learn more about their Holy Cross experience.
Mike Franz ’16 – Hanover, PA
The close-knit community Holy Cross offers is unmatched. Here, we say, “The experience matters,” and my experience has, without a doubt, been a great one.
“I get the chance to be the first-ever Holy Cross mascot, Basil the Saint Bernard. My major in communications and minor in sports management have given me many great lessons both in and out of the classroom. And I have gained the competency to succeed in the professional world.
“Last semester, I took Public Speaking, and it gave me the interview skills I needed to talk confidently and with fluidity in my interview this past summer when I landed a summer job with the Baltimore Orioles. Wanting to find a student job as well, I contacted a Notre Dame sports blogger and eventually got a job as the 2013–14 beat writer for Notre Dame men’s basketball. This job allowed me to dive headfirst into the world of sports journalism and gave me the chance to sit up in the press box during Notre Dame football games and interview players and coaches.
“With post-graduation plans of moving back to Baltimore and getting a sports journalism position in that area (hopefully with the Orioles), Holy Cross has helped me get my foot in the door in my desired field of work.”
Karlee Dillon ’15 – Melbourne, FL
The most significant part about the Holy Cross experience is growing and developing into a well-rounded individual who is an asset to the future of our society. I am confident that no matter what stage of life I am in, I can always rely on the gifts Holy Cross has given me to help me through any situation.
“It was my dream to be the next Rudy and make it into Notre Dame, but after my first semester at Holy Cross, I had already declared my major and decided I wanted to stay. I fit in here. I felt like I was meant to be here. You can only put into words so much what it’s like to live the Holy Cross experience. It is beyond any other I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Robert Lulgjuraj ’15 – Sterling Heights, MI
The most exhilarating part of my summer internship was shadowing the director of business development. I learned how creating partnerships generates new business opportunities. I also learned how to provide innovative ideas to improve company efficiency and proactively find ways of generating new streams of revenue. I was even offered a position with the company when the summer was over. If you aspire to be a leader or effective communicator, you need to be a master of all trades. Holy Cross offers you that holistic approach to education.”
Bridget McCullough ’15 – Munster, IN
My time at the Lighthouse Autism Center allowed me to see the variety of therapy that can be done with individuals on the autism spectrum. It confirmed that I want to work in the field of applied behavioral analysis therapy. Also, I was able to travel to Prague, Czech Republic, to attend the World Psychiatric Conference. This was an eye-opening experience I wouldn’t have had elsewhere; Holy Cross was one of the only student groups in attendance. The various travel and professional opportunities I’ve taken advantage of have helped me discern what I want to do as not only my job but also my vocation.”
Zoe Bauer ’15 – Culver, IN
I had an internship with the Phoenix Suns, primarily in the premium sales department. I learned that to be successful in sales, you must be a good relationship builder. The experience provided me with insight into the business world but also made me realize that this is the type of work I can see myself doing in the future. I was fortunate enough to obtain a job through this internship, and I am very excited to see where my career will take me. Holy Cross has helped shape the man I have become. Not only have I grown up significantly, but I have been given a job. If not for the internship experience, I am not sure if I would have had this unique opportunity.”
Sr. Kim Tran, OP ’13 – Vietnam
While at Holy Cross, I interned at the retirement house of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. I went on the Latino Immigration and Culture experience in South Bend. I served boys at the Juvenile Correctional Facility. I have learned many things through each experience, and I had devoted professors to guide and support me. Holy Cross College prepared me to continue to study theology at one of the most outstanding Catholic universities. I cannot even express all of the ways Holy Cross College has formed me. I have been warmly welcomed and loved there. I have felt at home. I always smile as I think of Holy Cross College, where I am loved and love people.”
Billy Olson ’14 – Mendota Heights, MN
If it weren’t for Holy Cross College, I never would have gone to graduate school. Holy Cross believed that I could succeed and instilled within me the desire to succeed. My theology and liberal studies professors educated me well and formed me to be the best version of myself. Without them, I would not be where I am today, and I am forever grateful for that.”
Sierra Covington ’17 – Ogden, UT
As an education major, our internship is our student teaching. In my first semester here, in my first elementary education class, the very first thing we did was get put in the field with kids to help us figure out if we really did want to be a teacher. I had a friend who decided elementary education wasn’t the major for her anymore because of that experience.
“I think what Holy Cross does is really great. You know if you want to be a teacher that first semester instead of when you’re getting ready to graduate and doing your student teaching and realize then that you don’t want to do it.”
Patrick O’Connor ’17 – Gaylord, MI
I haven’t even been here for a full three semesters, and I’ve already met a lot of people in my field through the Holy Cross faculty and staff. I want to go into broadcasting, and I’ve been able to meet with two different companies that do broadcasting in the South Bend area and get experience with them. I think the advantage of a small school is that networking is so much easier.”
Ana Davison ’15 – South Bend, IN
Two years ago, when I was looking at colleges, I was undocumented. I’ve since gotten DACA, but I was undocumented at the time. There were very few colleges that looked at me and wanted to take me in. I wasn’t eligible for FAFSA or financial aid or anything like that, and I was a first-generation college student. Holy Cross helped me with everything. It was one of the few colleges that didn’t just deny me any sort of help because I was undocumented. They actually looked at my grades and awarded me private money because of them. They didn’t care about my status. They really take to heart their Catholic values and don’t look at you through your money or your status. They look at you as a student.
“Now, I’m here and helping to create traditions for future students, and I really like that. I’m part of something.”