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Allison Hano


Allison Hano ’22 is a biology major with a minor in public health from the small farm town of Hebron, Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, Illinois.

“I chose to study biology because I really enjoy learning about how the world works and the reasoning behind the things we see in nature. This is especially true when it comes to the human body. It is truly mesmerizing. The biology program at Holy Cross allows students to really engage with their professors during lab, which helps you truly understand it,” said Hano.

Why Holy Cross College

“Holy Cross College offers a unique experience that few other schools can. The small class size is amazing, it makes me feel comfortable with my peers and professors. We can get a more personalized lecture and can focus on what we need help with,” notes Hano. “At Holy Cross, you know many of the faculty and can make true connections that you would not be able to make at other schools. Along with all the perks of the small school. Notre Dame across the street offers the D1 sports experience that many potential college students can look forward to. Along with the sports, there are countless clubs and organizations that you can join throughout the tri-campus. Holy Cross College makes sure that you can fit in and enjoy your college experience.”

Campus involvement

“Throughout my time at Holy Cross College, I have been involved in many clubs and organizations. I have been on the women’s basketball team since my freshmen year and am currently a team captain. I became involved in basketball because I love sports and the energy and competition they bring. In my sophomore year, I was a part of the Student Government Association and was the chair of Intramurals. Again, I love bringing energy and friendly competition to my community,” said Hano. “This year, I am also a resident assistant in North Hall! Being in this position allows me to make connections I would not necessarily have had the opportunity to before.”

Memorable moment

“A moment that has made me the person I am today is basketball conditioning my freshmen year. The first day Coach Robbins says we are going to do 16 200’s which equals out to about 2 miles of sprints. This was a time that I had to dig deep and push myself. Our coach has made sure we know the purpose of hard work. This has truly helped me excel in all aspects of my life. Even when I think something is out of reach, I know if I work hard enough, I can attain my goal,” notes Hano.

Next step

“After I graduate from Holy Cross College with my degree in biology, I plan to study physical therapy and earn my doctorate,” said Hano.

"Holy Cross College offers a unique experience that few other schools can. The small class size is amazing, it makes me feel comfortable with my peers and professors. We can get a more personalized lecture."