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An Interview with Daniel Maddigan ‘24: Experiences of a First-Year Remote Student

Bridget Flaherty ’21

Features Editor

This week I chatted with Daniel Maddigan, a member of the Class of 2024, in order to learn more about the freshman experience at College of the Holy Cross in a remote learning environment:

1. Where are you from and where are you located right now?

I am from Burbank, California, which is a suburb that borders the city of Los Angeles, and that is where I am currently living in the home I grew up in. 

2. What is your favorite thing about college so far?

My favorite thing about college so far has been the classes and the engagement my peers have despite our difficult situation. Seeing people participate and be open to new experiences and authentic interactions with new people over video-call is inspiring, and it helps me stay motivated for school as well.  

3. What is your least favorite thing about college so far?

My least favorite thing is the lack of social interaction. Because everyone is in different time zones and already doing three Zoom calls a day, it can be hard to get together to study or to chat. There are no casual interactions or study groups or chatting with a professor or friend after class. It can be hard to be motivated to do schoolwork when all the fun parts of college are stripped away. 

4. Are you feeling connected to the HC community? Have you gone to any virtual community events? If so, what were they like?

I feel connected to my professors and my classmates, but not as connected to the community overall.  Although I have not done any community events like game nights and such, I did do the Horizons retreat which connected me with some great peers as well as upperclassmen mentors. I have also gotten a glimpse of the spiritual life at Holy Cross by attending student mass over livestream every week. 

5. How have you been meeting and interacting with fellow freshmen?

I’ve been meeting and interacting with fellow freshmen mostly inside of class. From these classes I’ve started to contact several classmates outside of class, and we have started group chats separate from class.  

6. What are your thoughts on what the spring semester will look like? 

I’m looking forward to the possibility of an in-person spring semester! Based on the state of the country virus-wise it seems like that may be possible, and I think it would be worth trying with the protocols already established by the College. It will be strange to finally live on campus second semester of my freshman year, but it would also be a unique experience for the class of 2024, especially because we will have not been in a classroom in over a year at that point.

Clearly, the Class of 2024 is experiencing their first semester on the Hill much differently than the rest of us did. The Holy Cross community is always here for each other, remotely or otherwise.

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