Devyn Forcina ‘22
As summer approaches, so does the College of the Holy Cross’s beloved Summer Gateways Orientation Program for incoming first years. Because of the pandemic, last year’s program was unable to run in-person and was successfully converted to be a virtual program. This year, Summer Gateways will run virtually, and will feature similar content as last year’s sessions.
I had the opportunity to speak with Sean Sova ‘22, one of this year’s Gateways Orientation Central Staff, about how the program will run. This will be his third summer spent as an Orientation Leader.
He explains that “throughout June and the beginning of July we will be releasing three modules which will contain both pre-recorded and live sessions to help students and parents get to know the College of the Holy Cross.” This differs from last year’s Gateways, which featured five modules.
The modules will introduce students to the college, through content including “speeches from theri class dean, the president, and other deans at the college.” There will also be “information sessions and videos about different departments on campus.”
Although this is not the traditional Gateways experience, the program in its current virtual format still enables incoming first years to engage with one another and the Holy Cross community effectively. More information about Summer Gateways will be posted on the College of the Holy Cross website in the “Orientation” section as the program approaches.
The Summer Orientation Leader application closes May 5, 2021 at midnight. Current students can look ahead to Fall Orientation Leader positions if they were unable to apply to participate in the program this summer.