27 May, 2006
Commencement for the Class of 2006 was yesterday, so I suppose now I am officially a sophomore.
On Wednesday, I picked up Matt and Emily Jo and headed to Holy Cross. We checked in and moved our stuff into Lehy. We had a meeting at 11:30. Matt was there for choir and band so he didn't come to that meeting. It was a short meeting and they let us go to lunch at Lower. Emily and I had the first shift. We worked in Student Affairs for a few hours. It was enjoyable. We ran some errands and spent the other time playing games. After, Jimmy Doan, Emily and I went to Blackstone. We shopped for a bit and then went to dinner at Uno's. It was an all around good time. Emily and I spent that night watching American Idol with some of the other ushers.
We got up early the next day. While Emily worked one of the Hogan tables, Jimmy and I went to the Hart Center Lawn for Baccalaureate Mass rehearsal. It was a beautiful day to say the least! The rehearsal didn't last long at all. Emily and I met up and went to the Awards Ceremony for a little bit. Amy arrived in the afternoon and I was able to see her for a little bit. We lounged around and enjoyed the nice weather until Mass. It was really hot on top of the hill.
That night was the Baccalaureate Ball. We got all dressed up and headed to Kimball which was completely transformed! It was beautiful. There was a band, a DJ, a dance floor and an ongoing slideshow of the Class of '06. I was on the first shift and held the door for everyone coming in. It was great to see all the seniors I had met during my freshman year. I even saw my high school English teacher! (Her daughter was graduating.) The Ball was quite a success.
I woke up early next morning and headed to Fitton Field to help setup for Commencement. The weather was spectacular! The ceremony was really nice and it didn't drag on like most do. There was a huge reception on Kimball Quad after. Emily and I finished our usher duties and picked up our sweatshirts from Student Affairs.
It had started raining by the time I left, just like every other time that I leave Holy Cross. Regardless, Commencement was a really great way to end my freshman year. It gave me something to look forward to and also let me spend just a few more nights on campus. I had a great freshman year and I wouldn't change a thing about it. I will never forget the people I met and the experiences I had. Holy Cross has become home and the people I met have become my family.
I was worried that Holy Cross wouldn't meet my expectations because I have heard stories about students having a horrible experience at their first choice school. Well, one year down, I think it is safe to say that HC has exceeded my expectations. Everything here is what I always wanted and so much more. I knew college would be different from high school, but I didn't know it would be so incredible! Though I have known all along that Holy Cross was the place for me, seeing Commencement reaffirmed that notion: this is the school I want to graduate from.
Through all of my experiences this year, I have learned a lot about myself. I have tried a bunch of new things and broadened my interests substantially. I have grown a lot as a person and I attribute that to not just the people I've met, but to the opportunities afforded to me by attending Holy Cross. I guess a quote from my favorite Broadway Show Wicked can sum up the year and especially the people who have become so important to me. "Who can say if I've been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good."
I hope the next three years will be as good as this year has been.