Inez Asante ’16

Every year the Hanify-Howland Committee brings a prestigious speaker to campus to talk about their life experiences related to public service, and this year’s guest speaker was Neil deGrasse Tyson. As part of the committee, I was fortunate enough to attend the student seminar, dinner, and the talk! Weeks of preparation turned out to be an overall success with students, faculty, alumni, and others in the community coming out to hear Mr. Tyson. The talk was one of the best I have ever heard as his personality illuminated the room and his humor and knowledge  kept each individual glued to every word he was saying. Meeting and listening to Mr. Tyson was an honor and a pleasure!

 

After the talk, another event followed which was Senior Day! Senior Day is where we honor the senior athletes. As a junior it was up to myself and other teammates to make a gift for our senior captains and award it to them before the game. Luckily, they loved the gift and because I am so close to the seniors it was a bittersweet moment!

 

Now that the football season is over, we have moved on to cheering for basketball! Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE BASKETBALL! SO this year when we went to TD Garden I took the time to enjoy the experience! I love going to the Garden because it’s where the Celtics play. It is also such a great opportunity for HC athletics and an honor to be a part of such a great cause which is Coaches vs. Cancer. At tip off we knew it was going to be a tight game, but it was such a thrill to come out with the win and beat Harvard, which was the 25th team in the country! I can tell this season will be a great one for HC Basketball!

 

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I want to start off by saying HAPPY NOVEMBER! I have to say I am loving November already because it is starting to get a little chilly…. possible snow might be arriving and that means official sweater weather (: Besides that, we have been given a great gift in an extra hour and trust me when I say that extra hour is much needed! Before I start talking about the good things November has in store for me, let me back it on up and rewind to talk about Halloween.

For some reason Halloween really crept up on me! I did not have a costume until Thursday evening, granted I had to get a little creative. I bought some wings and a halo and wore an all white outfit, nothing crazy but good enough for the  friday! Other than Halloween the rest of the weekend consisted of roommate bonding and good television, because this upcoming week is going to be pretty hectic for me in terms of activities and academics. I not only have meetings on top of meetings but papers on top of  exams! I am also starting to prepare for the Hanify Howland Lecture event which I am so excited for, it is such a great opportunity and privilege! Besides that, BASKETBALL SEASON has officially started with games on wednesday and friday!  We were able to cheer at their scrimmage on family weekend which was fun to see the squad for this season because they are very talented and can go really far! Ohh and there is also a football game saturday!  Hey, at the end of the day I know it will be a busy but very exciting week for me!

 

Since my last post my life has been pretty much consumed by two things: school and cheer.  The cheer team went to Harvard to support  HC Football and although we lost it was a great experience to cheer Friday Night under the Lights. The following week we had Homecoming Weekend which was very busy but equally as exciting.  My family came up for the weekend as well and it was great to see them. We ate off campus at my favorite restaurant in Worcester….7 NANA! Other than Homecoming, everything has been pretty normal. I find myself always doing work but that’s because it is that time in the semester where mid terms and papers are due. Wierdly enough I have not been stressed and I  think that means I finally figured out how to properly manage my time. We are about to go on fall break which means I can catch up on all my favorite tv shows!

Here are some pictures from cheer so far (:

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I can’t believe I am only two weeks into the school year, it feels like I have been here for two months. I came back to campus a little early to have cheer preseason and ever since then I have been on the go! We have added a bunch of new girls to the team and have expanded to a team of 17 which is exciting for the program. The football team is currently 2-1 which is extremely exciting and a great turn around! This cheer season I can tell will be something special!  Going into my third year I know my routine and the transition from summer into the academic period has been really smooth. I have started my classes which I really enjoy. Two classes are focused on Africana topics and the other two are law seminars. My professors  are really passionate about the material which make me excited to go to class.  I have also started working and interning. I am working in the Audio Visual department which is cool and different because I am actually learning more about technology than I could have ever known! I am interning this semester at an immigration law firm as a legal intern. It’s great to get off campus and go into the city of Worcester. The intern life has not stopped since the summer and I prefer it that way. I am excited to be exposed to more aspects of the legal field, as I try to figure out what my next steps will be in the future. Besides school, work, and interning, I have had a great time reconnecting with friends and meeting people. This year is a little different because a lot of people are studying abroad but I am definitely making the most of this year!

Coming home for summer break early May, the only thing I was certain of was that I could not wait to get home and relax. After ending the second semester of my sophomore year all I wanted to do was eat, sleep, and see family! Sooo… I did that! However, as much as I love doing nothing ALL DAY EVERY DAY, it got old quickly.

This summer I was fortunate enough to have two working opportunities. I worked part time as a Sales Associate for Lord and Taylor, while interning for Time Warner Cable Media in their Human Resources Department.  I went from doing nothing and getting my relaxation on, to working in the city full time  9 to 5 and honestly I would not have it any other way. I love my experience working with people in retail, I am able to develop my customer service skills, merchandising, and styling talents while learning a lot about fashion. However, I realize how lucky and blessed I was to receive the TWCM internship through Holy Cross. Every day I had a little taste of  working in the “real world.” Every week there was a speaker series in which we would listen to prominent people at TWCM talk about their experience, job, and the future of TWCM. I was able to work closely with my supervisor, within the department, and collaborate with the other interns to present a final project. This experience taught me so much about myself, the business industry, and the importance of networking and constantly learning.

Along the way I met some fantastic people, took away some important lessons, and gained tremendous experience.

I learned that it is okay to not know what you are doing for the rest of your life

1. Many of the leaders the interns interacted with took unique paths to get where they presently are today. There is no set path to get where you want to go, the important thing is to love what you do. We can never know where we will end up but be open to possibilities!

2. Navigating through NYC is actually easier than it seems. One of my personal goals was for this Jersey girl to take the Subway – I did that!

3. Human Resources is the center of any business. HR holds the business together and creates the environment for the workplace. The reason I enjoyed my time at work is because HR was very hands on and always had something going on for the employees! Without a great HR department , a business can not be successful. It is similar to the admissions and orientation teams at HC.

4. Personally I learned that I want to  work in the sports or fashion industry but on a business level, whether it is HR or even Marketing, maybe even corporate law- who knows?

What I do know is that this summer has been one focused on growth.  However, I did have some fun including going to the beach,  exploring the city, even visiting Philadelphia a couple times and taking some painting classes! I went from 0 to 100 real quick (Thanks Drake!) and I am ready to go back to HC to start my third year of school….. Crazy how time flies!

My advice for anyone, especially Freshmen is to make a visit to Career Planning. The earlier you get involved with that fantastic office- the more prepared you will be and the more opportunities you are aware of at HC and beyond!

 

Friday, April 25th I participated in Holy Cross’ Relay for Life. I have to say this event made my weekend! The event kicked off with a kimball dinner at five with all the participants. Then we headed down to the field house. The team I was on  was HC Cheer, my teammates and I dressed up in camouflage and wore purple bandanas to show our HC pride, and with our fabulous sign in hand we went on to enjoy the event. The relay was a great time with numerous activities, foods, and great company but more than anything it was a time to celebrate, remember, and fight on for loved ones who have been affected  by cancer. This was the best part honoring those who we love and support. This made the walking beyond worth while! In addition the whole event raised over 28,000 dollars. All in all it was a great night and a highlight of my sophomore year!!

On Saturday morning a number of Holy Cross students spent their day volunteering in the Worcester community, I happen to be one of them. Myself along with the rest of the cheerleading team went to South High School in Worcester. One of my teammates used to attend the Public High School so she showed us around and talked about her experience in high school. As an education minor, this was a great opportunity for me to explore other high schools than just my own in NJ. While we were at the school we worked in the attic and helped out a great cause. South HS is home to a great organization called Andy’s Attic, which provides used clothing for those in need not only in the high school and surrounding communities but for those all over Massachusetts. The organization devoted to the memory of a young man Andy who tragically passed away was a great way for volunteers, students, and others to help in anyway they can specifically through clothing donations. Once an order comes in the clothing is sent to the individual in need. The closet was filled with clothes for toddlers, babies, men and women.  I am so happy I had the opportunity to learn about the great things South HS is doing with Andy’s Attic and also participate in helping to reorganize the clothing! I hope to stop by and volunteer in the future because this truly is a great cause.  Sometimes we forget there is a life outside the gates of Holy Cross because of all the school work and duties we have going on in our life, or atleast i do! It is always great to step outside and get active in the community. I would definitely  say HC Cares Day was a success!!

 

Anyone who knows me, understands my love for sports and specifically basketball. Sunday was College Basketball game day, a little different from the usual Saturday. In a televised game Holy Cross took on Bucknell. In a game that would be competitive it lived up to all expectations and was even better. The number of people who came out to support the team was fantastic as the court benches were completely filled. From students, people in the community, and parents, everyone came to see a great game. I have to say the game was electrifying from the finesse plays to the dunks that absolutely brought down the house. Holy Cross defeated Bucknell and it was purely magical. I loved witnessing the enjoyment on both sides. Besides the basketball game not a lot has happened.  I enjoyed a great night with friends eating pizza and watching the superbowl, going out  and enjoying the sites in Worcester to top it off.

I have been very busy with school and applying for internships. I have been taking advantage of the career planning center in order to prepare for the internships. They have helped me greatly in forming cover letters and editing my resume! I have revised my resume about four times and I am still working on it! But hey practice makes perfect! My participation in extracurriculars has decreased in the spring semester but I am now focusing on my classes for the semester. In other news I have also finally declared my major. I am officially a Political Science major!!!!!!! It has been a long time coming but I am happy I decided to major in Political Science. The next step is declaring my minor, but we’ll wait till next time for that one!

New Year, New Me- The cliche everyone says once January rolls around. For me it is a new year but it won’t be a new me it will be a better me! This next semester is not about becoming a new person but becoming a better version of myself and building upon the foundation from last semester. I have just received my first email from one of my new professors and ordered my books for spring. It is weird to think that a week from now I will be back in class learning about Art of Africa and America, International Relations, Education Reform and French! This break was exactly what I needed and returning I could not feel any more rejuvenated and motivated. My classes are very different from one another as you can see but I am excited to explore different subject areas. My educational goal is to attend office hours as much as I can for each class and tackle papers as soon as it is given instead of waiting last minute.  School must continue to be the number one priority!

From inside the classroom to outside the classroom I really want to take advantage of MORE opportunities. Some of my best memories are because I did things I never thought I would, hopefully I can continue that this semester! I would like to take advantage of some of the retreats Holy Cross has to offer whether it is Manresa or the Spiritual exercises and go to mass more often on Sundays. Loyola Gym will be my new fave place . Yes yada yada yada, everyone says they will go to the gym but I want to continue the regimen I had at home at school. Oh and I will definitely schedule a  hot stone massage with Health services.  I also think it is important for me to start looking at the job opportunities on campus and in the community because there are so many! I have found a balance and am comfortable enough now to work while in school!

Now I have been to the TD Garden for HC and I have been to Gillette Stadium for a Pats game! However, I think it’s time to take my talents to a Bruins and Celtics game this semester!!!!!  There’s a lot on my to do list but honestly I have four months to do these things and I will get them done(:

2013 has had a lot of great moments but instead of writing out my top moments I thought I would share some great pictures with you all!

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From seeing Beyonce in concert, going to Jamaica, being with my family and friends and everything in between this year has been one to remember!

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE EVERYONE!