Holy Cross Alum Get Their Earnings
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 17:10
Through interviews, world news, and the Holy Cross website, prospective and current students alike get a true taste for what it means to be part of the Holy Cross community.
Alumni flock back to Holy Cross yearly to give speeches, teach, and help orchestrate and facilitate the admissions process for the coming year. Thus, it is no surprise that our beloved college was ranked number 12 among liberal arts colleges for salary earning potential by PayScale, a salary reporting website.
Ranked 36th overall, Holy Cross was compared to 1,016 schools encompassing over 75 percent of bachelor’s degrees and certain majors in the nation. For return on investment (ROI), a comparative process that correlates the amount one spends for a college education to what he or she would earn over a lifetime, as a result, Holy Cross was in the top 200.
Holy Cross was ranked high in this evaluation due to some of the college’s most notable alumni: Bob Cousy, former Celtics player, Clarence Thomas, former trustee and one of the current Supreme Court judges, and more recently, Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for current President Barack Obama.
They have all thrust the college into mainstream headlines. Although Holy Cross has produced noteworthy alumni, it is also important to note that the college’s core values have allowed everyday individuals to succeed years after their commencement.
Jennifer Poulos, ‘98, was a political science major that can attest to the notion that Holy Cross not only provides financial stability, but also allows its students to reflect on their passions.
Coming onto the Hill, Poulos wanted to explore her options and learn as much as possible, even though attending law school was a primary focus. As a junior, she applied and was accepted to the Washington Semester in DC where she realized “policy was the application of all the knowledge I had been gaining in my academic discipline - and a passion of mine.”
She was overcome by the experience and decided to intern at Beacon Hill for Rachel Kaprielian, who was another Holy Cross alum and someone she still keeps in touch with. “This experience was so instructive on local and state policy (and politics!).
These two experiences really solidified my career choice around policy,” reflected Poulos. By broadening her horizons, Poulos allowed herself to see what she truly desired to do with the rest of her life.
Holy Cross is not only a rigorous academic institution, but also a place where lifelong relationships are built. Some of Poulos’ closest friends, including her husband, are Holy Cross alumni. The juggling of a full time varsity sport and a demanding course load allowed time management skills to blossom as well as understanding the meaning of a deadline.
The college’s focus on smaller classes also allows its students to voice their opinions freely in the classroom. With much guided support and encouragement outside of the classroom, student potential becomes immeasurable. Alumni of the college have proven that not only does Holy Cross prepare you for the “real world” financially, but also in seeking out your passions and grabbing every opportunity possible to make the experience as rewarding as possible.