The Odyssey Program consists of three parts: summer mentoring, a one-week retreat, and a peer mentor for your first year at Holy Cross. Take a look at the information below highlighting the three parts of the Odyssey Program.


Part I: Summer Mentoring

The first part of your Odyssey experience starts with a virtual summer mentor program. As a participant of the Summer Mentor Program, you will form relationships with your peers and have a connection with a group of peer mentors.  The group of peer mentors will help you navigate the summer transition, orientation, and questions that may come up in June and July. We hope that this program will jumpstart your affinity for the College and sense of belonging before starting in the fall. Over the course of three weeks, you will familiarize yourself with College resources and the network of key personnel who are committed to your success, a supportive peer network, and habits to enhance your academic success. This part runs from June 26 – July 20, 2023 with a 1-2 hour commitment per week.

Part II: Summer Retreat

The second part of your Odyssey experience is a one-week self-discovery retreat at the Joyce Contemplative Center near campus. You start the week off by moving into your room, then the group spends the first weekend off campus getting to know each other. Later in the week, we move back to campus to help you get settled and learn more about Holy Cross and the Worcester community. After this part is done, Fall orientation starts to formally welcome you to the college. This part takes place from August 20 – 25, 2023. All participants are expected to be available and participate for the duration of the entire retreat

Part III: Academic Year Mentoring

The third part of your Odyssey experience is participation in The Mentor program through your first year on campus. Similar to the summer mentoring program, you will be matched with an HC student to help guide and mentor you through your first year at the College. Your mentor will meet with you weekly on campus to answer any questions and to introduce you to life at Holy Cross. This part runs from September 2023 – May 2024 with a 1-2 hour commitment per week.