The Calm During The Storm; The Weekend Before The Midterms

Hello again!

As I am sure most of us noticed, last weekend’s weather was not exactly the one you see on postcards. I could see my breath as I walked and the insides of my shoes were flooded. If you are like me and walk to the gym even while drops of water slap you all the way there, you know what I am talking about.

I will cut my negativity there and move on to talk a bit about the multi-day event that was going on during the before said weekend: family weekend! It was quite nice to see the faces of many of my classmates filled with genuine happiness and liveliness. Smiling and telling some of their most interesting college stories. Granted, everyone needs a break with their family from time to time.

Unfortunately, my family could not make it to the event. However, I can still say that I had a fairly good weekend. I had time to catch up with some people and relax. I even found myself sitting at Cool Beans, finishing up a story I began writing a while ago. I have to say, it was most enjoyable to sit down and forget about time for a while.

All that being said, I also had to come back down to reality and, well, be a college student. I have three exams coming up between tomorrow and next Monday, so I had to allocate adequate amounts of time for each subject.

In any case, I hope everyone that was on campus enjoyed their weekend. I hope that everyone found at least one moment in which they were able to breathe slowly and deeply. And last, but not least, I certainly wish that I can survive this next week!

Chalkboards at the Hill

Hey there everyone!

My name is Ramsés “Ram” Taveras, and I am a first-year student at Holy Cross. I grew up in the Dominican Republic and moved to Providence, RI when I was fourteen. I have many interests and goals that I want to accomplish at the Hill, including majoring in Accounting!

My experience at Holy Cross has been a lot better than expected, I must say. I had rather scary ideas for how things were going to be, but I am glad to say that I was mistaken in just about all of them—I think the workload is the only thing that I estimated properly. However, instead of getting more in-depth into other topics right off the bat, I believe it is only fit that I explain why I chose to attend Holy Cross.

I remember the stress of researching different schools, the rush of applying to as many of them as possible, and the fear that overcame me when it came to deciding on just one of them. I had barely gone to any of the schools that I applied to, which made the decision that much more difficult. After all, my teachers, along with my parents and classmates, kept telling me that this was one of the most important decisions I would ever make in my life.

When I went to one of Holy Cross’ open houses, there was quite the uninviting weather—it was cold, windy, and there was a snowstorm going on. I tried not paying much attention to that and looked closer at the College.

Now, what really attracted me about Holy Cross was, in fact, its simplicity. The chalkboards were a big plus for me, probably because they reminded me of the classrooms in the Dominican Republic, and because; for some reason, those chalkboards also symbolized a certain humbleness.

As time at Holy Cross passes by, and we get deeper into midterms season, I wonder whether I will find myself within another snowstorm or a warm place under the winter sun. I will be crossing my fingers!