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Asata McIntosh


Asata McIntosh ’21, from South Bend, Indiana, turned her interest in the arts from her youth into a career aspiration.

“It was kind of my outlet when I was upset or just needed a little peace of mind. I realized, if that is what helped me when I was frustrated, upset, or down, then what would it do for other children as well,” questioned McIntosh. This revelation led her to pursue a degree in visual arts and psychology. “Ultimately, what I want to do is open up my own private practice centered around art therapy. I would like to work with younger children and teens who might not necessarily be able to express themselves verbally. So, through art, they can have their own creative expression.”

Joining Holy Cross College

“Ultimately, what led me to Holy Cross was the fact that it allowed for your professor to have that one-on-one attention with you if it was needed. I have a learning disability, so I knew that I would definitely be utilizing those resources,” commented McIntosh.

“Since I’ve been here, I have been involved in two organizations: Social Concerns committee and Stage for Change. I really value the virtue of giving. Although I was a part of the Social Concerns committee for only one semester, it was still a rewarding experience. I remember when we gave out turkeys and food to families in need the day before Thanksgiving. To see the smiles on those families’ faces and how much of an impact this generosity made definitely pulled at my heartstrings” noted McIntosh. “With Stage for Change, it was about celebrating the narrative of the different cultures of different people’s experiences from all walks of life.”

Impactful experience

“In high school, I tried out for the soccer team as a goalie. My goal was ultimately to make the team, but also to be a leader on the team and be captain. The only thing that prevented me from being able to achieve this goal was my inability to be loud or yell when a teammate was trying to score a goal. To be a goalie, you have to be aggressive and able to command the field. That was something I was afraid that people would laugh at me for. There was one moment during tryouts that have stayed with me till this day, and that was when my coach told me, ‘you’ll never be on this team let alone captain if you can’t yell.’ I slowly saw a dream of mine being taken away. So, at that moment, my whole demeanor changed and I was able to be loud. I realized that at that moment if you really want something you have to be willing to come out of your comfort zone. In my senior year of high school, I made captain. Even though that was in the past, that moment has stayed with me and made me who I am today,” noted McIntosh.

Future is bright

I am a mother, so I intend on furthering my education to make a living and be a role model for my son. After I graduate, I want to find a job and attend graduate school to obtain my master’s in social work. It’s only up from here,” said McIntosh.

Asata McIntosh ’21

“Ultimately, what led me to holy Cross was the fact that it allowed for your professor to have that one-on-one attention with you if it was needed. I have a learning disability, so I knew that I would definitely be utilizing those resources.”