Extended Orientation

The Extended Orientation program provides on-going support and opportunities for first-year students to reflect on their college transition and gain exposure to the four co-curricular cornerstones (Cura Personalis, Reflective Habits, Community & Citizenship, Multi-cultural Competency). With the assistance of the Extended Orientation Leaders (EOLs), various programs and resources are provided throughout the first year.

The Division of Student Affairs' mission, core values, and learning outcomes and Holy Cross Reflections book are used as a guide to select and design programs for first year students.
Good Neighbors – Mon. Sept. 21 – Wheeler; Wed. Sept. 23 - Hanselman Mon. Sept. 28-  Mulledy
These presentations required for all first year students, are generated out of the Holy Cross Community Compact and are part of the College’s efforts to educate students about community expectations.  Students will hear from Associate Dean of Students, Paul Irish, the Government and Community Relations Office and College Hill neighbors. 
Becoming a Crusader – Wednesday, November 4 -  8:00 p.m.
Small panels, consisting of EOLs and first year students, are invited to share their reflections on what it means to be a member of the Holy Cross community. As first-years continue on their journey at Holy Cross, this program encourages them to think about their unique gifts and what kind of Holy Cross community member they hope to become. Students are encouraged to be more deliberate in their thoughts, evaluations. In addition to the student reflections, several upperclassmen are asked to share what it means to be a “Crusader.” Their personal remarks are imprinted onto cards with a set of reflective questions and given out at the program for first-year students to take away and revisit over time.

Looking Back and Stepping Forward – Sunday, December 6 -  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This is an event where EOLs engage first year students to reflect on their first semester as well as look forward to the spring. Students enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared and served by their EOLs. Montserrat faculty members are invited to participate in this building event. Specialized meal placemats are positioned at each student’s place setting. They are imprinted with inspirational quotes and questions, serving as prompts for conversation.