Dance Marathon & Spring Break Reveal Night!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all staying warm during this cold snap in Worcester! The spring semester is in full swing here at Holy Cross, even if it feels like winter outside. In addition to keeping up with my courses (syllabus week doesn’t exist at Holy Cross), this past weekend I participated in Holy Cross Dance Marathon again and attended Spring Break Immersion’s Reveal Night.

Like last year, I spent most of my first weekend of the semester participating in Holy Cross Dance Marathon, or HCDM. HCDM is a student-run fundraiser for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, or EGPAF, which treats children infected with HIV from their mother. In support of this cause, my friends and I danced all night (or at least stayed standing) from 8PM on Friday to 8AM on Saturday and managed to raise nearly $13,000! It was a great night all around, thanks to our sponsors, the Office of Student Involvement, the steering committee, and the performers who kept us entertained throughout the evening!

My friend Julianna and I at Dance Marathon! (The theme was 80’s throwback)

The Sunday after Dance Marathon was one of my favorite events of the year–Spring Break Immersion Reveal Night! I had such a great time on participating in the Spring Break Immersion Program (SBIP) last year and I am very excited to go again. On Reveal Night, students find out where they are going, who their leader is, and who they will go with to their specific site! This year I am blessed to be going to Pearisburg, VA with a great group of other Holy Cross students, most of whom I have never met before. We will meet a couple more times before we depart in early March, but we will mostly get to know each other on the trip itself. It is one of my favorite Holy Cross programs and I am so excited to see what this year’s trip brings!

Check back in soon to hear about Little Women (the Theatre Department’s annual musical!) and getting back to my favorite SPUD site!

Looking Ahead to Next Semester

Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and found time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. In addition to preparing for next semester, I was also excited to work for a bit as a lifeguard and catch up with friends from home.

I am excited for all my classes this semester, and I can’t wait to get back to Worcester! This semester I am taking Theory of Music 4 and History of Western Music 2, both continuations of courses from last semester; Biology of Addiction, for my science common area requirement; and French Rebels and Revolutionaries in the history department. I already have reading for some of my classes! Additionally, I will be back on campus as a tour guide as well as volunteer at Nativity School Worcester (the best SPUD site, in my opinion) and playing in the jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra.

Before the semester really gets going, next weekend I will be participating in Dance Marathon for the second time for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). I will be staying up from 8PM on Friday night to 8AM Saturday morning, dancing (or at least standing) the night away. This event was so much fun last year, and I look forward to helping such a great cause with some wonderful friends!

Next weekend I will also attend Spring Break Immersion Program (SBIP) Reveal Night, where I find out where and with whom I will be spending my alternative spring break. I participated in this program last year and had a meaningful experience volunteering with a group of Holy Cross students in Glasgow, VA, many of whom are still some of my good friends. I am looking forward to meeting this new group of students and growing, learning, and serving with them in a new community this March!

That’s all I have before I move back to Worcester–check back in soon to hear about Dance Marathon and Reveal Night!