Tips for your best Finals Week EVER!!

The first snow of the year has officially fallen on campus. It wasn’t enough to go sledding down the hills of Mount St James but enough to remind us that winter is here. As classes come to an end this week and you begin preparing for finals, please consider these tips to ensure a successful finals period.

Start Early: A key to doing well during finals period is starting to prepare early. How else will you get that 20-page paper done and study for your 3 sit down finals? Don’t wait to the day before to start studying. A little each day will help avoid cramming the night before.

Get enough sleep: Avoid an all-nighter if possible. Getting enough sleep will help you stay fresh and alert. It also saves you from “the crash” after your finals are over so you can pack and get ready to go home.

Stay active: Get up and move around. Avoid sitting down and studying for hours upon hours. Take a break and go to the gym to help boost blood flow to the brain. Perhaps you might not have time for a full workout, but just getting out for fresh air and a quick cardio session might help you concentrate better when you return to your books.

Identify the best study method for YOU: We all learn in different ways. While studying alone in a quiet place might work for some, for others study groups work better. Figure out what works best for you.

Take breaks: Schedule time to take breaks and step away from your books. Take some time to recharge yourself and relax. Perhaps take a nap, have lunch in Kimball with a friend or go hang out at Coolbeans and grab some coffee or tea. Remember balance is key.

Find a place to study on campus: Finding the right place to study where you can concentrate and minimize distractions will be important. Take a walk around campus and consider places you have never been too. You’ll notice that Dinand fills up quickly during this time of the year.

Melisa Alves ‘06

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to our Career Kickoff Carnival prize winners:

Tess Staley ’15 (Bookstore gift card)
Elizabeth McManus ’13 (Sahara Cafe)
Lauren Breen ’13 (Tortilla Sam’s)
Paige Tortorelli ’16 (Leo’s Ristorante).

Many thanks to all attendees! Best of luck with the Fall semester.

Tell Me About Yourself

The Grandaddy of them all. The dreaded Tell Me About Yourself interview opener.  Don’t end the interview before you have even begun.  This video provides some helpful tips.

ESPN Career Night

Da Na Nuh, Na Nuh Nuh

Hear about the variety of career opportunities available at ESPN from some of the Crusaders who work there!

All majors & all class years welcome!

What can you do with a history major? Anything!

State Department Internship stipend

Are you applying for the summer 2012 State Department Internship?  If so, and you are selected to intern in London, Paris or the Office of the Secretary in Washington, you are eligible to apply for a $5,000 fellowship to cover your summer expenses!

Biotech, Healthcare & Science Forum

Brandeis University’s 3rd Annual
Biotech, Healthcare & Science Forum
Discover without Borders

Sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Formal program, Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld

To attend: Please log in to Crusader Connections and RSVP via the Infosessions/Workshops tab before 1:00 pm EDT on Friday, October 14.  Please note, Holy Cross is NOT providing transportation to Brandeis and employers will be anticipating you should you RSVP.

Explore careers in science and health-related organizations through direct exposure and discussions with current professionals in related fields. Sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center, the Biotech, Healthcare & Science Forum will feature an expert panel presentation followed by round table networking sessions for students, alumni, and employer guests. This year’s theme – Discovery Without Borders – builds upon last year’s focus on translational research. The panelists will speak to the notion of removing boundaries across disciplines of science (i.e., biology, chemistry, business, etc.) to fuel discovery as well as international boundaries to move closer to a holistic scientific community.


  • Glen Cowley ’85, Ph.D., Scientist, The Broad Institute
  • Robert Sackstein, M.D., Ph.D., P ’14, Associate Scientific Director, Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Amber Toll, Director and Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Shire Pharmaceuticals

Panel Moderator: Steve A. N. Goldstein ’78, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P., Provost, Brandeis University

Full List of Employers

We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 18, dressed to impress.

State Department Internships & Foreign Serivce Careers

Summer Internships 2012!

Time to start thinking about what you’re going to do next summer!

Only 2 More SIP Info Sessions Left:

  • Today….Thursday, September 8, 4:00 pm, Hogan 519
  • Friday, September 9, 10:00 am, Hogan 519

The first and only application deadline for the
Holy Cross Summer Internship Program (SIP)
is quickly approaching on
Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm EDT.

SIP offers paid summer opportunities primarily in the northeast. Internships will be available in advertising, the arts, communications, consumer products, education, financial services, marketing, medicine, non-profit, publishing, public relations, research and social services, among many others.

Here is how application to the program works:

  • The only application deadline for the SIP is Thursday, October 6 at 11:59 pm EDT.
    You must submit a resume, a cover letter (stating your career interest(s) and aspirations, why you wish to do an internship, what you hope to gain from an internship and what you can contribute to an internship site) and an unofficial transcript (cut and pasted into a Word document from STAR) via CrusaderConnections
  • Applicants’ student records will also be accessed by SIP.
  • Students will then be selected for interviews. If selected, you will be contacted via email to schedule a brief interview.

If admitted to SIP you will apply for the specific internships housed within the Program via CrusaderConnections.

View a list of last year’s SIP sites

Please join us for the Third Annual Summer Internship Program Poster Session on Monday, September 12, 2011 from 4:00-5:30 pm in Hogan 320.

Please have your resume and cover letter critiqued in Career Planning, Hogan 203, during drop-in hours, Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Students typically go through four revisions before their application is ready for submission to SIP. The quality of your resume and cover letter are the most important factors of your candidacy.

We can (and will!) help you apply!

This is a terrific opportunity for Holy Cross students. Please consider applying.

Specific directions on how to apply on the SIP website.

Calling all Sophomores!

If you are sure about what you want to do after graduation and have confirmation that you have the qualifications to pursue your goals, terrific!  However, most of you probably are not exactly sure about what you want to do after graduation or want to make sure that you are developing the prerequisites to pursue your desired career.

If that is the case, I would like to meet with you. I am Dr. John Winters and am the Associate Director/Career Counseling in the Career Planning Center. I have made it my personal mission to assist all members of the class of 2014 clarify their career interests and goals!

I can be found in the Career Planning Center/Summer Internship Suite, Hogan 203. Please call 508-793-3880 or stop by Hogan 203 to make an appointment. I hope to see you soon!