100 Days + Saint Patrick’s Day

This past weekend was fun, especially for the class of 2024. 100 Days ball took place on Friday, March 15. It’s a tradition to mark 100 days until graduation. It was held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

Many people took photos in front of Fenwick, as it is such a beautiful building. Here are me and some of my friends!

The weather was a little chilly, so we moved inside. The hallway made for some cool shots too!

Having a night where all of the seniors are in the same room is special and rare. It was fun to be surrounded by friends all night, and catch up with those who I don’t see all the time.

On Saturday, the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations began. In the morning, I stopped by Cool Beans and enjoyed a nice cup of herbal tea as I walked around campus and saw all of the pretty flowers.

The festivities lasted all day. At night, one of the townhouses hosted a student band! There is a blurry photograph of people dancing featured below.

Sunday was reserved for catching up on sleep, and homework. That’s all for now!


Snow Day :)

Yesterday we had our first snow day of the year! The campus always looks beautiful in the winter.

Holy Cross is famous for the huge hill that it’s built on. The location is great for sledding! My friends and I decided to go in the evening. Though we were lacking real sleds, flattened cardboard boxes and plastic lids did the trick!

It was a nice break from homework, and good to get some fresh air despite the cold. Outside it was peaceful and quiet, the ground covered in blankets of fresh snow.

The second semester always gets busy quickly. I am currently in Dinand Library, way down in the stacks as I write this post. I have just completed my homework for the creative writing class I’m taking with Professor Xi. I  had to prepare for a writer’s workshop tomorrow, where my classmates and I will discuss our fiction pieces and give each other advice on how to improve.

That’s all for now!

Moot Court Nationals!

Hello, hello, hello!

It is now less than (2) days before classes begin again. At Holy Cross, we are privileged to have a nice, long winter break. As someone approaching their second semester of senior year, much of my time was spent doing job applications. However, there were definitely some fun moments. At school, I am a member of the moot court team. This year, four of our pairs qualified for  nationals, including me and my partner, Nathan!  The AMCA national tournament this year was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was excited to escape the cold, Connecticut weather in the middle of January for a few days.

Our first stop on Friday was a tour of the Everglades. Only a 45-minute drive from our hotel, we decided that it was too hard to resist. Our tour guide was passionate about the environment, and taught us about the disruptive presence of invasive species in the ecosystem. This was my first time seeing an alligator!

The next stop was the beach! Our coach was able to book us a nice hotel on the water, thanks to funding from the J.D. Power Center. We were lucky to have a sunny, 77 degree day, with an ocean warm enough for swimming.

On Saturday and sunday, it was time for competition. The tournament was hosted by the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law.

One of our pairs, Ava and Noah, qualified to the second round of nationals in Texas! Yeehaw! This was my last time ever competing, and it was definitely an emotional day. The Holy Cross moot court community is tight knit!

Monday morning, it was time for everyone to fly home. My roommate Catherine, who I had met through moot court our freshman year, grabbed a quick breakfast by the beach before our flight.

Now, it’s time for me to start packing for my last semester ever at Holy Cross! :’)

First Official Post!

Hello, hello, hello! 

My name is Emma Grayeb, and I am thrilled to be a student blogger for the College of the Holy Cross. At the present moment, I am sitting in Dinand Library, occupying my favorite spot since freshman year. This evening, I’ve been preparing for the two finals that I have left before the end of this term. It’s hard to believe that after winter break, I will be entering my last semester of college. Everyone told me to enjoy each moment, as it all rushes by so fast. I didn’t believe them until now!

Recently, The Purple (the literary magazine of Holy Cross) hosted an Open Mic Night. As one of the senior editors, I work with our staff to try and support the community of writers that we have here on campus. The event was a happy success! In addition to it being a nice break from the stress that finals inevitably bring, it also left me feeling inspired by the art my peers had shared.

I will post more updates soon. Happy holiday season!