This past month has probably been the busiest one of my life! Multiple papers, four trips to Boston, Thanksgiving break, enrollment, and preparation for finals have all kept me very occupied over the last few weeks. In this blog, I’ll briefly highlight how I’ve been wrapping up my first semester at Holy Cross.
Thanksgiving was a short but welcome break from the happy chaos of college. After our final classes, my roommate and I exited Mulledy, suitcases and pillows in hand, and started the long journey back to Pennsylvania. Our friend from home, Pat, has a car on campus and graciously drove four of us back to Scranton, where I’m originally from. There I stayed with my grandmother (her husband, four of her children, and two of her grandchildren have all attended Holy Cross!) and caught up with my many cousins. I then travelled to Philadelphia to have a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner with my parents, brothers, and grandparents. Break went as quickly as it came, and before I knew it I was back with my friends on the Hill.
While in Scranton, I enjoyed looking through the Holy Cross yearbook belonging to my grandfather, Robert P. Casey ’53, and realizing just how similar the campus looks today. The main difference (which I’m very happy about!) is that now girls are allowed to study here as well. The daily sights of Kimball Dining Hall, Dinand Library, and Fenwick Hall look exactly the same, over 60 years later!
Now that it’s December, Christmas spirit has swept across campus. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” blasts from seemingly every shower stall, wintry door decorations adorn each hall, and there are an abundance of Ugly Chrsitmas Sweater parties to attend.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at O’Kane was a beautiful night of caroling, hot chocolate, and candy canes. And perhaps the most rewarding experience was when the members of House Council walked through Mulledy collecting money for Dreams & Wishes, a charity which gives presents to poor children. We raised almost $300! If you haven’t already, stop by the Cantor Art Gallery before break to visit the “The Italian Presepe: Cultural Landscapes of the Soul” exhibit, showcasing nativity art from Italy. Volunteering as a docent at the gallery allowed me to learn all about this wonderful Christmas tradition.
Of course, I have not forgotten about the reason I’m here- academics. Last night I completed a ten page paper comparing the views of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, and tonight I must finish a six page paper discussing the supposed holiness of Michelangelo. This weekend, I’ll be studying for my two final exams and packing for Christmas break. I’m excited to relax before another fun-filled semester!
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Amy Casey '18