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Emma Davison, ‘21

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Gateways Orientation Central Staff
Home: West Caldwell, New Jersey

Major: Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies

Campus Involvements: Pax Christi (Chair), Community Based Learning (CBL) Intern, Multicultural Peer Educator (MPE), Arabic Club, Interdenominational Praise and Worship Team, Social Justice Coalition, Spring Break Immersion Program (SBIP), Alpha Sigma Nu (President), Study Abroad (Amman, Jordan), Study Away (Washington Semester Program), HC Fossil Free

Who am I?
I was excited for college from the moment I gained the slightest understanding as to what it entailed. My family had a running joke, unbeknownst to me, where they would prompt my elementary school self to talk about where I planned to attend and what I would study. I always had an answer ready. I didn’t know why I chose the varying schools or majors growing up, but I knew I was eager for this part of my life. Once I came to Holy Cross, the experiences I awaited for so long suddenly became the moments I was living. Every day spent on campus I found a new passion to pursue and my college experience quickly became more than I ever hoped for. I joined Pax Christi, a peace and justice club on campus, and had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. as a delegate for the Ignatian Teach-In for Social Justice. It was there I realized the countless opportunities college affords me to work for a more just society. This past year, I spent my Fall semester studying in Amman, Jordan and my Spring semester interning in Washington DC. I find opportunities for growth while in class, during student organization meetings, sitting in Kimball Dining Hall with friends, and exploring the city of Worcester. I am ecstatic when I think of any opportunity for growth, and am certain my time spent on Mount Saint James is offering me exactly that.



Kathryn Hauver, ‘22

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Gateways Orientation Central Staff

Home: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Major:  Sociology

Campus Involvements: Community Based Learning Intern (CBL, )Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), College of the Holy Cross Bookstore Student Worker, Feminist Forum, Pax Christi, HC Eco-Action, Admissions Outreach Progrram, Spring Break Immersion Program (SBIP)

Who am I?
I am a passionate person and believe in embracing unique qualities. I am thankful for a liberal arts education at Holy Cross because it has allowed me to discover new passions and help past ones grow even more. The supportive nature of the Holy Cross community has helped me accept that I don’t need to have all of the answers, but rather should wholeheartedly work towards my goals. Since coming to Holy Cross, I have noticed my desire to connect what I am learning inside of the classroom to the outside world. Having real-life experiences based on academic material sparks my curiosity even more, leading me to think more critically and have a greater appreciation for our community. As I think through this appreciation, I value what makes people unique and understand that no two people have the same experiences.



Tara McGuire, ‘21

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Gateways Orientation Central Staff
Home: Ridgewood, New Jersey

Major: Psychology, Religious Studies minor

Campus Involvements:  Cookie Baker at Campion, Office of Student Involvement Student Worker, Pax Christi (Co-Chair), Spring Break Immersion Program (SBIP), Study Abroad (Cork, Ireland), Study Away (Washington Semester Program), Senior Interviewer, Community Based Learning, former Kimball Captain at Kimball Dining Hall

Who am I?
I am my own person. Before coming to college, I worried I would not be able to make a name for myself and create my own journey. I have a long line of relatives that came to Holy Cross and I feared I was just going to be another number in my family line. However, that is not the case at all. I have made my own mark. I am a part of activities I love and have a passion for. My participation in the Spring Break Immersion Program reminds me to constantly strive for a better world, my involvement in ministry and a faith community reminds me to be filled with love and hope, and my jobs on campus remind me to always be patient and accommodating. In my first two years at school I was able to make my own path, which ultimately led me to a junior away from campus exploring what I had learned from the hill in different places. My time studying in Cork, Ireland and interning in Washington, D.C. allowed me to live out the Jesuit principle of “men and women for and with others”. All of this has made Holy Cross more than just a school, but rather a place I call home. 



Sean Sova, ‘22

Pronouns: he/him/his
Gateways Orientation Central Staff
Home: Cranston, Rhode Island

Major:  Theatre and Architectural Studies

Campus Involvements:  Alternate College Theater (ACT), Department of Theatre, House Council, Campus Tour Guide, Spring Break Immersion Program (SBIP)

Who am I?  Coming into college, I thought I knew exactly the person who I was and who I wanted to be. By joining this campus community, I have been able to expand my horizons and step out of the comfort zone of who I thought I wanted to become for myself, and for others. Holy Cross has afforded me the opportunities to continue to explore and grow within my passion for theatre, but to also venture down other areas of interest I had yet to discover. I gained leadership skills by being a member of House Council, joined an amazing community of fellow students by working as an Orientation Leader, chatted with prospective students and parents in the Welcome Room of Admissions, traveled to Virginia with Spring Break Immersion to immerse myself in a lifestyle very different from own, all while still being able to perform onstage for my college community.  Being on Mount St. James has given me so many opportunities that I never thought I would ever experience, all while helping me navigate a direction for my future. As I am already halfway through my time on the Hill, I would not trade the opportunities I have had for anything.



Hannah Thompson, ‘22

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Gateways Orientation Central Staff

Home: Dover, Massachusetts

Major: History, Studio Art minor

Campus Involvements: Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), Pax Christi, Admissions Outreach Program, Spring Break Immersion Program (SBIP)

Who am I?  I’m a social person by nature, and I love to say hello to people as I walk around campus! Coming from a small high school, it felt odd to be surrounded by so many unfamiliar faces when I first arrived on the Hill. I soon realized, however, that Holy Cross makes it easy for students to get involved with clubs, sports, and volunteer opportunities, all while pursuing their academic dreams. I came to Holy Cross with an academic plan in mind, but the college’s Common Area Requirements were my saving grace! Had I not been encouraged to take an introductory level History course during my first year, I may not have found my passion. After just days into that course, I truly understood what it meant to be a member of the Holy Cross community. My professor took time to get to know each student, and challenged each of us to be the very best versions of ourselves. The values of personal connection and academic passion that I experienced throughout that semester continue to shape my time on and off the Hill. Whether I’m passing one of my peers on the Hoval, or sitting with my professors in office hours, I’m constantly reminded of just how lucky I am to have found my home away from home at Holy Cross.