Kate McLaughlin ’21
On Tuesday, April 30, students, faculty, and staff gathered in Rehm Library for the inaugural Share Your Magis: Senior Exit Talks. The event was co-hosted by the Center for Career Development, the Chaplain’s Office, the Department of Athletics, Student Affairs, the Student Government Association, and Vocare.
“Magis” is a Latin word that means “more” or “greater,” and is related to the phrase ad majorem Dei gloriam, or “for the greater glory of God,” the motto of the Society of Jesus. Magis refers to doing more for Christ and, therefore, doing more for others.
The ten Senior Exit Talks participants, selected from about eighty Seniors who either applied or were nominated, had to speak for three minutes about something that has defined their Holy Cross experience or inspired their work for the future–without any props, notes, or visuals. The speakers, Courtney Esteves, Juliana Holcomb, Max Kotsopoulos, Elizabeth Lavoie, Michael Morigi, Emily Rivard, David Rodriguez, Jerome Siango, Christopher Whamond, and Amanda Wibben, all focused on different themes and represented the diversity of people and experiences at Holy Cross.
As he introduced the event, Robert Bellin, Professor of Biology, said, “The goal of this event is not to say, ‘who can give the best talk to someone in their area of study?’ We want to really help students think about how [they] can speak to a general audience.” He compared “Share Your Magis” to an elevator pitch, saying, “You’ve got to be able to talk about something that you did that was meaningful.”
The panel of judges included Che Anderson ‘11, who currently works at the Office of the Worcester City Manager; John Cannon, Director of Facilities Operation at the Holy Cross Physical Plant; and Chief Shawn De Jong of Holy Cross Public Safety.
The ten talks were engaging, informative, and diverse in nature, ranging from reflections about the most transformative classes the seniors have taken at Holy Cross, discussions about their experiences studying abroad/away or working on campus, and reflections about the most important lessons they have learned in the past four years. Juliana Holcomb won third place, Jerome Siangco won second place, and Christopher Whamond won first place, receiving $50, $100, and $200 as prizes, respectively.
Prior to announcing the winners, Che Anderson remarked, “It’s easy to see that some people go through life just to go through life. But you all give a damn. I am floored and blown away by all of your talks–and I’m so proud to say that you’ll be joining us as alumni in a few weeks.”