Meet Alum Liam Driscoll ’17, 3rd Grade Teacher in Denver

Name: Liam Driscoll
Class Year: 2017
Title: 3rd Grade Teacher
Organization Name: Annunciation Catholic School (Denver, CO)

In one sentence, what does your job entail?

My job entails pouring out endless amount of love over a bunch of little eight year olds, and building a community of love and growth in our 3rd grade classroom!

What planned and unplanned events connected you to your industry and your first employer after Holy Cross?

Heading into my senior year I knew I wanted to do something other than work construction! I started to think my niche might be in teaching after I spent a lot of time coaching kids in lacrosse.

Secondly, I was planning on doing some sort of work like this because the classes on Liberation Theology had such a profound impact on me. After studying this stuff, I couldn’t just talk the talk about faith and social justice issues. I had to walk the walk, and I thought teaching was the best way for me to walk this walk.

How did you learn/decide it was a good fit for you?

The people in this program are great people. Much like the people at Holy Cross. Graduates of the program were kind enough to talk to me about their experiences with ACE, and I was hooked.

My sister’s best friend did ACE, so she connected me with many of the people in the program. So, I am in debt to her!

What were you involved in when you were on campus?

While on campus, I was primarily involved with the Men’s Lacrosse team, and the opportunities that came with being on that team. Additionally, I was involved in Big Brothers, teaching CCD at St. John’s, volunteering at St. Mary’s nursing home, and spending time with a great group of friends that I am lucky to have in my life!

What was your major and how did it affect your career decisions?

What I studied at Holy Cross is a mouthful. I majored in Religious Studies and Asian Studies, and had a concentration in Peace and Conflict.

The Religious Studies major affected my career decision by teaching me that we are called to serve. We have the power to combat injustice by completely giving ourselves away. Specifically, we are called to serve those who have less than us. We must be Good Samaritans, and ask the question “If I do not stop and help this man (or woman), what will happen to them?”

Lastly, the Religious Studies Major was so meaningful to me because my classmates were incredible people. I was fortunate to be surrounded by many loving, inspirational people through this major. What they did in and out of the classroom was awe inspiring. Particularly the women in the major. Their work ethic and vision for the world is contagious. We need more people like them!

The Asian Studies major affected my career decision in two ways. I majored in Asian Studies because “heck, why not?” So, that taught me to follow what I was passionate about. Second, it taught me to venture out of my own bubble and have an “open mind.” While I learned a lot about Chinese language and culture, and Japanese history and politics, the most profound impact it had on me was teaching me to be present. I learned this in Asian Philosophy and Intro to East Asian Religions.

The Peace and Conflict Studies opened my eyes to many harsh realities in the world. And while there are many harsh realities in the world, in spite of the pain, there is a beauty in the faith of those who have a lot less than us, and who have been treated far worse than us.

Peace and Conflict Studies taught me we must act to make the world a better place. Consistent resilience to help others. It ain’t gon’ fix itself! The responsibility is ours, people!

What are one or two skills that you developed at Holy Cross that you use in your work?

One “skill” I learned at Holy Cross is a particular set of leadership qualities. Leadership means service. Service means putting others before yourself and struggling for those people. What makes a successful team is a selfless leader, and a relentless worker at the helm. Successful leaders build their team’s foundation on love. While I should not claim to have this skill mastered, I do hope that in my teaching I have been able to lead the kids by putting their needs above mine, and giving them every ounce of love and energy that I have.

What advice do you have for students on campus today?

One, take classes taught by Matt Eggemeier and Peter Fritz. They will transform the way you think, even if you do not remember the specific lessons. They make you uncomfortable, mentally and spiritually. That is what makes Holy Cross a special place, being put to the test as a Christian and as a student, with the hope that eventually you will develop into a servant leader! The material you cover is mind blowing! It’s like rock ‘n’ roll religion class. It forces you to act.

Two, it’s the people at Holy Cross that make it a special place. You can take classes anywhere. This brand of people is tough to come by, however. So, spend time with them, get to know them and their stories, and grow with them! They are incredible people and that is what will teach you to be men and women for and with others. HC people are cream of the crop! Don’t wait ‘til senior week to realize that because you were by yourself in the library all day. With that said, get your work done on time! I got a very bad grade in one class because I handed in a paper late because I was too busy talking to people!

Three, get into the city of Worcester. Get out of the Holy Cross “bubble.” We are in a unique location that allows us to serve. On top of that, we are in a unique location that allows the Worcester people to teach us something! So, go out into the community. But, before you do that, know that the people you interact with are probably going to serve you more than you serve them! Get moving, people! Moving mountains starts with moving a pebble!!

Lastly, work your tails off! You have to be resilient and gritty!

Meet CrusaderIntern Rebecca Beaulieu’ 18

Meet Rebecca Beaulieu ’18 Proprietary Content Editorial Intern at EBSCO Information Services

Tell us about where you are interning and the kind of work you are doing.

I’m interning at EBSCO Information Services, with their Proprietary Content Development and Management Team. Basically, articles and content that EBSCO owns the rights to are edited here and put onto the databases. As an intern, I am working on lateral linking within Research Starter articles and assisting with content correction.

Give us an example of how you have applied your academic learnings to your internship?

While these articles go through many rounds of edits within the team, I have to proofread to make sure there are no grammatical errors in the content. As for the articles I am reading and the lateral linking, a lot of that information was new to me when I started this internship last summer.

What has surprised you about being an intern?

Particularly at my internship, I am surprised at the kind of work they’re giving me. I have a lot of projects and responsibility as an intern. I’m not making coffee for coworkers or observing the work of other people. I’m not fact-checking articles in their first round of edits but I am taking work off of the shoulders of others who work here. For instance, this summer I’m working on a batch of Military History articles that need lateral links. Now when someone opens the article about Ethan Allen in EBSCO’s Discovery Search, they can click on “American Revolution” and it will bring them to that article. The project had over 1,000 articles when I started and will be completed in six or seven weeks.

How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans / goals?

This experience has given me insight to one aspect of publishing. My hope for a future career is in communications or journalism, so this experience has improved my editing and critical reading skills for the future.

Any internship advice to pass on to other Holy Cross students?

Don’t hesitate to ask coworkers for advice, or to eat lunch together!

Meet Alum Marc Jacques, Senior Political and Economic Affairs Officer

Name: Marc Jacques
Class Year: 1996
Title: Senior Political and Economic Affairs Officer
Organization Name: Consulate General of Canada

In one sentence, what does your job entail?

As Senior Political and Economic Affairs Attaché, I represent Canada’s public policy interests to the New England business community.

What planned and unplanned events connected you to your industry and your first employer after Holy Cross?

My first job after graduating from Holy Cross (at the State House in Boston) was directly related to the internship I’d had Senior Year at the same office.

How did you learn/decide it was a good fit for you?

I had been interested in government and politics since high school and combining that with my passion for Canada and the United States provided the perfect career path.

What were you involved in when you were on campus?

I played soccer and hockey, coached the women’s hockey team and played drums in a band.

What was your major and how did it affect your career decisions?

I majored in Political Science, was immediately employed in that sector and after some brief exploration returned to the sector for graduate school. Upon completion of graduate school, I was immediately employed by the Government of Québec. (and yes, I’m extremely lucky to have been immediately employed in my sector following both graduations.)

What are one or two skills that you developed at Holy Cross that you use in your work?

The importance of genuinely listening and the art of networking.

What advice do you have for students on campus today?

The greatest advice I can give to students is to utilize the Holy Cross alumni network.  There are some incredibly successful alumni out there and most are willing to help students learn more about a career and many are in the position to be able to hire.  For others, such as myself, while we will never be able to donate large amounts of money, we can give our time and discuss our experience and how we got to where we are.

You Have Failed

By: Lisa Samaraweera

Last semester I had the pleasure of being back on campus at the College of the Holy Cross. Over the past 15 years I’ve worked sporadically in the office of Career Development, covering maternity leaves and staff transitions. I help out with resumes and mock interviews, and any questions that come up for students around the job search process.  I was recently reminded of a blog post I wrote when I was on campus two years ago, and so as not to break tradition, I leave you with a few parting words as I pack up my desk from this most recent visit. Hope to see you all again soon!

I need you to sit down for this, because this will be hard to hear.


Yup, that’s right. No sugar coating. No you-kinda-sorta-didn’t-succeed. No blaming on something or someone else. You have failed, and you need to own it.

Now, I understand that you’ve grown up in a world where you have been told how wonderful you are every step of the way. I know you’ve been bubble wrapped in accolades, and achievements, and a culture obsessively focused on success. You have parents who have expected great things from you, and you feel the pressure to be incredible and infallible. The world looks to you to save the planet AND be as glossy as Kim Kardashian AND as genius as Mark Zuckerberg. It’s very likely that you don’t talk about the word “failure” at all – and that, my friends, is what will hold you back as you make your way into the real world.

Learning how to fail, and come out in one piece, is what makes us human. Feeling crushing defeat, experiencing gut twisting regret, losing something or someone you love to a bad decision – these are the moments where we learn who we are. Where we discover what we are made of. These failures teach us how to be better and stronger – and without these failures we NEVER grow.

As you apply for internships and jobs, someone is going to inevitably ask you: “Tell me about a time that you failed.” This will make your skin crawl, and your stomach twist into knots. I know this because I’ve watched as many of you struggle through mock interviews, uncomfortable with the idea of sharing the parts of you that are vulnerable. You wonder what people will think of you if you tell them the truth. You search your brain for an example that showcases your strength, rather than a weakness (because this is what you’ve heard is the “right” way to answer). However, what any good interviewer is hoping to hear is not how indestructible and perfect you are as you maintain an unwavering smile.  They hope to hear an answer that is authentic, accountable, and transformative. They want to know about your journey, and how you can fail and still work towards your goals. They want to know that you can fail and laugh as you brush off the debris.

Regardless of what you’ve been to told, I need you know this – It’s ok to have an epic fail every once in a while. If you’re failing, you’re learning. If you’re failing, you’re becoming a better person. When you’re asked about a time that you failed, DON’T second guess yourself. Spill the beans about dropping out of organic chem, or not making the team, or getting kicked out of a club, or disappointing your parents with a really dumb decision. DON’T tell the story and apologize for it, or point the blame to someone else. DO tell the story and share how you grew and what in your life has changed as a result.

A famous yoga guru once said, “To fall out of the posture is human, getting back into the posture is to be a yogi.” Failure itself never defines us – it’s how we live after the failure that makes us who we are.

So, go ahead and fail. Own it like a boss. Tell anyone who will listen. Your success depends on it.

Meet Alumna Makayla Humphrey ’15 Associate Producer at CNN


Name: Makayla Humphrey
Clas Year: 2015
Title: Associate Producer
Organization Name: CNN

In one sentence, what does your job entail?

I help plan the rundown, conduct research and edit video for CNN’s Morning Program New Day.

What planned and unplanned events connected you to your industry and your first employer after Holy Cross? How did you learn/decide it was a good fit for you?

The Washington Semester was crucial in helping me decide to pursue a career in political journalism. I interned for Hardball with Chris Matthews the fall semester of my Junior year at Holy Cross. I fell in love with the pace of broadcast and the team environment. After college I was hired to be an NBC Page, which is a one-year rotational program in media (I highly recommend!) and after the program, I returned to the Hardball team on MSNBC. If it wasn’t for the Washington Semester, it might have taken me a lot longer to break into national news.

What were you involved in when you were on campus?

I was a part of the SGA Cabinet throughout my four years on campus and worked as a Resident Assistant. While these groups were a blast on campus, they also taught me excellent time management and organizational skills that prepared me for a professional career.

What was your major and how did it affect your career decisions?

As a political science major I loved to debate current events and government. I always thought I would pursue a career on Capitol Hill. However it was after my internship with Hardball that I realized I could have a career where I am able to read, research and learn every day by working in news! Every single day presents a new challenge, especially in our political climate right now. The job is physically and mentally demanding every day, and I know I would never want to work anywhere else!

What are one or two skills that you developed at Holy Cross that you use in your work?

Critical reading!! I recently told Professor Mangiero that I never understood what I was supposed to be gaining by reading 200 pages for class every week. Now I read that much every single day before work. The ability to read and think critically about what I have read is a skill that is invaluable to me.

What advice do you have for students on campus today?

Show up early and be present. Whether its a class, club meeting or internship- be early! I have made it a habit in my career to always be thirty minutes early for work every single day. It gives me time to prep my day so I don’t feel behind right at the start of work. It also has given me time to work on my own research and even help out my bosses/superiors with special projects right as they walk through the door. I found it is an easy way to make a good impression at the start of your career.

Meet Alumna Asmani Adhav ’17, Clinical Research Coordinator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Class year: 2017
Major: Biology (with concentration in GSWS) on the Pre-Medical track
Employer: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Position: Clinical Research Coordinator- Pediatric Oncology/Hematologic Malignancy

What does your job entail?

I’m currently coordinating 14 research protocols, each of which seeks to improve survival outcomes for children with cancer. Specifically, the protocols I work on are geared towards using various therapies and techniques to tackle several different types of leukemias. There are three parts to my position: clinical interaction, regulatory organization, and data entry. Clinical interaction includes processing patient consent documents, enrolling patients onto study, following their progress through the study, communicating required research assessments to patient clinical teams, and shipping samples. Regulatory organization involves making sure that all investigators on a protocol have proper training, addressing queries that are raised by study sponsors, and ensuring that proper record-keeping is maintained throughout the study. Data entry is how all of the relevant health information for a patient on a protocol is de-identified and relayed to the study sponsor.

What planned and unplanned events connected you to your industry and your first employer after Holy Cross? How did you learn/decide it was a good fit for you?

I have only been working in this position for 3 months now, and have already learned an enormous amount of information and medical terminology that will help me with my career ambitions moving forward. The physicians I work with on a daily basis are not only experts in their fields, but approachable and willing to teach us as much as we want to learn from them.

How did your Holy Cross education affect your career decisions?

My Holy Cross education exceptionally prepared me for this position because it taught me how to learn quickly, organize large loads of work, and form meaningful connections with people- all skills that I now use daily.

Meet Crusader Intern Laura Escolero ’19 at Generation Teach

Tell us about where you are interning and the kind of work you are doing.

I am interning at an academic program for middle school students located in Boston and I specifically teach health and fitness.

What has surprised you about being an intern?

Working at Generation Teach has made me realize all of the training and skill building teachers have to go through in order to be able to teach during the school year. It has definitely shown me that teaching may be one of the most difficult jobs and it is a job where you never stop growing and adjusting your teaching to better reach out to students.

How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans / goals?

This experience influenced my goal of working with children in an academic setting and has allowed me to realize what career path I want to follow.

Any internship advice to pass on to other Holy Cross students?

This internship had a lot of expectations and demanded long hours, which consisted of 9.5 hours daily and on some days of the week, programming was 12 hours long. My advice for Holy Cross students would be to expect to work long hours and have enough available time during the summer to devote to this internship.


Meet Crusader Intern Alisha Collazo ’18

Sales Intern at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Tell us about where you are interning and the kind of work you are doing.

This summer I worked for Arthur J. Gallagher’s nine week sales-based internship program. Throughout the course of my internship I was able to travel from a week-long training in Chicago, to a client meeting in Manhattan. While stationed in Boston, I met with various carriers, shadowed on conference calls, and sat in on several presentations discussing all four divisions the company has to offer.

Give us an example of how you have applied your academic learnings to your internship?

A concept that was stressed to us during our internship was relationship-building and critical thinking, whether it be establishing a relationship with a prospective client or networking with fellow employees at our company. Through our courses and extracurricular activities, we were taught to be critical thinkers as well as “men and women for others.” Nonetheless, networking and relationship building were not difficult for me when beginning the program as I have already learned through our Jesuit education how to establish meaningful relationships with others. Throughout all of our courses, especially in my math courses, we are always told to “ask more,” while being pushed to think outside the box. This became a key asset to me in terms of critical and analytical thinking as I began to understand both the various plans our carriers offer and how to find the best plan at the best price for our clients.

What has surprised you about being an intern?

Definitely how hands-on my experience has been. For example, on my first client meeting I did not just shadow or take notes, but was given a speaking role at the presentation.

How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans / goals?

This experience greatly influenced my career goals. Throughout the program we have been given exposure to insurance, risk management services, and sales. Before beginning the program I had no idea what I wanted to do post-graduation; however, now I can say sales is definitely at the top of my list.

Any internship advice to pass on to other Holy Cross students?

Be a sponge and take everything in and definitely network. This is an opportunity to have a first-hand experience in a career you are considering or a chance to learn about a career you have never considered. Network with everyone! You never know who you are going to run into again or who may be able to help you in the future. We had an example of an intern who decided the job really wasn’t for her and wanted to pursue marketing. The following year, the company was establishing a marketing division and she was hired through the connections she maintained!

How Do I Get A Job Or Internship?

By Casey Rooney ’18

This question comes up often in the Center for Career Development by students in all class years. The trick is that there is no one path for every student to take in order to secure a job or internship. While each path is different, here are some guidelines to help you with your search!

  1. NetworkingHaving a strong network is one of the most important tools when searching for a position. You must build this network over time by attending alumni events, creating a LinkedIn profile, and engaging with employers. When the time comes leverage this network! 
  2. Search and Apply. Be on the lookout for internship and job deadlines throughout the semester! Use Crusader Connections as well as other search engines to find the position that is right for you. Come by Hogan 203 to get your resume and cover letter looked at before submitting! 
  3. Interview. If invited for an interview do your research! Know about the company and the individuals that will be interviewing you. Schedule a mock interview with Career Development to help prepare. 
  4. Thank you. Be sure to send a thank you note or email to anyone you met with within 24 hours of the interview! This important step can set you apart from the other candidates. 
  5. Negotiation. If offered the position be prepared to negotiate benefits and salary. Stop by the Career Development Center and talk to a counselor for guidance!

My Alumni Job Shadowing Experience at Amazon Robotics

Full Name: Victor Sanchez
Class Year: 2020
Major: Mathematics
Shadowing Visit Site: Amazon Robotics

Describe your visit and what did you gain from the experience?

When I first arrived at Amazon Robotics, Chad (HC Alumni) brought me into his office and gave me an overview of his position at Amazon Robotics. Then we talked about how he made his way to the position he was in now (Senior Director IT). Afterwards, Chad gave me a full tour of the Amazon Robotics office and warehouse (where they actually build ALL of the robots, and do all the testing and everything). Then I followed a schedule Chad had set up for me, to meet people in all different positions at Amazon Robotics. So I was able to meet people in all kinds of fields, such as computer engineers, electrical engineers, cybersecurity, business analyst, IT, etc. Within these meetings I was able to get a sense of all of these different possible careers, and was able to discuss with them on how they got to their position today and what sort of things they do on a day to day basis in their career. From this experience, I was able to get a better sense of the workforce, better understand many possible career paths I would like to take, create relationships with people in many fields that I am interested that I can now refer to if I have any questions about the specific career. Additionally, it gave me motivation, because the work environment there seemed so enjoyable. And it reassured me that I do want to go into the fields of engineering, mathematics, or CS. Lastly it made me realize the many possible career paths I could take with my specific major (mathematics).

How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans/goal?

This experience was perfect for my future career plans because it solidified/reassured that I want to be a Mathematics major. It made me enjoy the field that I want to go into even more because actually seeing these robots in action was a surreal experience. I told myself “I 100% want to do something like this for the rest of my life.”

What is some helpful advice your alumni host shared with you?

My alumni told me that there are so many jobs out there that I could possibly do, to not limit myself because of my specific major. As well as to do what I want/enjoy because you have to remember you are going to be doing this for the rest of your life. So just think to yourself, do I see myself doing this for the rest of my life?

Why would you recommend the Alumni Job Shadowing Program to other students?

I truly recommend the AJSP to other students because it is really helpful. Doing the AJSP is a win-win situation because at the end of the visit you for sure know something, either you are interested in that field and would like to learn more about it. Or you will walk out of there and think I DO NOT want to do that for the rest of my life, and that’s one career off of your possible careers list. With that being said, it truly does help you decide what field you want to get in. Lastly, you are able to network with people in your potential field. So if you build and maintain a relationship with these people it can give you a reference to go to when you have a question about the field, and who knows, they might like you enough and help you get a job once you graduate!