Emma Mussatto

Hi guys,

This semester has been a blur! Finals are quickly approaching and then I head home for a little over a month.

The period before and during finals is inevitably a time of stress, but with a little bit of positivity every day and a whole lot of studying, you get through it! (And then you get to go home and catch up on all that missed sleep!)

My favorite study spot on campus is the reading room of Dinand, our main library on campus. This is the reading room:

During finals, however, it can be hard to find a spot. And since the library is already on the brink of overflow,  I have compiled a short list of all my favorite non-Dinand study spots on campus, according to my desired atmosphere and type of work.

  1. When I’m doing math or economics problems in the evening: Stein Cafe (Also known as Cool Beans 2 or Cafe Babel). I have all of my classes in Stein this semester, so I work in the cafe during the day between classes, as a matter of convenience. However, it is not my favorite place during the day, because it can get quite crowded when classes get out. But at night, the cafe is closed, but the tables are still there, and the place is empty and quiet.
  2. When I have an essay to write in the morning: Smith Fourth Floor Table Area. In one of our academic buildings, Smith, there is an area with a few tables and some lounge chairs. There are huge windows that look out toward the Hogan Campus center and the Hoval, so it’s a pretty view. And in the mornings its really quiet and peaceful.
  3. When it’s warm out and I want to be outside: The 9/11 Memorial Plaza. Right behind Fenwick, there’s a beautiful plaza with a fountain and a pretty view of the ivy growing on the building. The tables have umbrellas so it doesn’t get too sunny, and if I have some busy work and don’t mind getting a little distracted, it’s my favorite place to be (assuming it’s a nice day, of course).
  4. When I have an Econ exam approaching: Random classrooms in the science complex. I like to practice math equations and graphs by writing on the chalkboard, so sometimes I hole myself away in a classroom all day. The science complex has some really nice classrooms that are (thankfully) not as hot as Dinand.

Hope everyone enjoys there Christmas break!



Hi guys!

This week is Fall Break, so I am currently at home in Connecticut. I haven’t done anything exciting, but I’ve been getting some much-needed relaxation time and catching up on sleep.

Updates on life at Holy Cross:

Classes have been going fairly well. Last week was unofficial “midterms” week so I had two exams and a paper due, and after break, I have a project due and an exam later in the week. Classes are definitely harder this year, and I’ve been putting in much more studying time than last year, but my professors are all super helpful and definitely want me to succeed. (Hint: go to office hours!!)

In event of my time at home, I’m going to make a short list of what I miss most about home while I’m at school. Trust me, I LOVE Holy Cross, and most of the time I don’t even miss home, but sometimes, there are special things about being at home with your family that can’t be replaced.

  1. Showering without shower shoes. This one is pretty obvious, but honestly, this is what I ALWAYS look forward to the most when I go home. Showering with flip flops isn’t that much of an inconvenience, but it’s nice to be able to put your feet on the shower floor without worrying about how many other dirty feet have stepped there before you.
  2. Home-cooked meals. Kimball has plenty of options, and is usually pretty good, but there is no replacement for home-cooked meals. My parents happen to both be especially good chefs, so I generally crave their food more than restaurant food.
  3. Dogs. This one is kind of sad for me, because my family doesn’t actually have a dog anymore (regardless of how many times I have begged my parents!!!), but I love being able to see all of my friends’ dogs and my grandma’s dog. But, I’m assuming for those of your with animals, you will miss your pets a ton while at school.
  4. Driving. I love driving, even if it’s just running to the grocery store for my mom. Though I’ve been told I’m not that great of a driver (oops), I still miss being able to drive around while at home.
  5. Family. I had to include this so I don’t seem like a heartless person, but it’s actually true!! I may be an adult now, and able to handle most situations by myself, but it’s still nice to go home and get support from the people that love you unconditionally.

Have a great October guys, and more soon!


Hi all!

I’ve been back on campus for almost two weeks, but I wanted to wait until I was settled in to update you all on the new semester!

I am currently a sophomore at Holy Cross. This year, I am living in Clark Hall with my roommate, Meaghan. For those of you who do not know, I am a double major in Economics and English.

This semester I am taking Macroeconomic Theory, which is a 200-level class for Economics majors who have completed the pre-requisites of Macro and Micro Principles of Economics. I am also taking an ECON Statistics Course, which so far, is my favorite class. We just started probability, a topic I greatly enjoyed last year in Calc 2. In addition to these two Economics classes, I am also taking Touchstones 1A, which is a British Literature English Course, and Latin 101 (because I have to complete my language requirement).

Work is picking up already, and I know I will have to be spending the majority of my time in Dinand soon, but it has been great to catch up with my friends these past two weeks. Most of my friends are living in the same dorm as Meaghan and I this year, which is pretty convenient.

On another note, I’ve been attending a variety of meetings in preparation for study abroad. Study abroad applications are due at the beginning of November. I still have not completely decided where I want to go, but right now I am leaning toward Dublin, Ireland. The thing that stands out about Holy Cross study abroad is that most students who do go abroad stay in their country of choice for two semesters, rather than just one. I will actually be able immerse myself in another culture for a full year, which is an outstanding opportunity.

I’m beyond excited to be back on campus and I cannot wait for all the events and experiences that this year will bring. I will keep you all updated on my sophomore year. For now, here are some pictures from the first two weeks back on the hill.



Hi from Connecticut!

By now, I am comfortably settled in at home for the summer. (I live in Shelton, Connecticut, for those of you who have not read my blog yet.) Since returning home, I have been doing a slightly concerning amount of relaxing. Compared to my previously busy schedule on campus, now I feel very unproductive, actually. For the summer, I will be tutoring an eleven-year-old boy, as well as babysitting on weekends. However, since school is still in session for the elementary-age children in my area, my job has not officially started yet (hence the relaxing).

I actually did take a few trips thus far, though. Most of my Dad’s relatives live in the Midwest, so I visited my grandmother and my aunts and uncles in Michigan for a week. I have also been to Cape Cod a few times, since a few of my friends have houses on the Cape. I’m also going to the Bahamas in August, which should be a lot of fun.

It’s been nice to have a break from the craziness of college life, but I do miss my friends and my home away from home. I don’t think I mentioned this in my last blog post, but Meaghan, my roommate next year, and I are going to be living in Clark next year. We were fortunate enough to end up on the same floor (2) with our other friends as well, which was a huge relief, considering we were close to living in Mulledy again.

You get to choose your roommate for sophomore year, and then you are both assigned a random time at when to pick your room. For rising sophomores, there were two days of housing from about 1 pm- 4pm on each day. We received 2:40 on the last day and we were worried about getting to pick the building we wanted. But, luckily, it worked out!

I will post another blog in July or August detailing the events of my summer. But right now, I’m just hoping to have a relaxing summer working and seeing my friends from high school.

Hope everyone has a great summer!


Hi all!

Right now, there are only two days of classes left before our reading period and then finals start!

This weekend is Spring Weekend which includes a variety of activities like a concert by a well-known artist, a carnival, and DJs, food, and a dance. This year the performer is T-Pain (which is a REAL throwback to middle school) so it should be a lot of fun.

Although I complain endlessly about the amount of work here at college, I am really going to miss the atmosphere at HC this summer. Also, being home for a solid three-month period is going to feel very weird after being away for so long. My freshman year was actually one of the best years of my life and I’m thankful for all the experiences I’ve had and friendships I’ve made (not to be too cheesy).

Anyways, class-wise, next semester (Fall 2017) I am taking Microeconomic Theory, Econ Statistics, Touchstones 1A (an English class) and Introduction to Latin. I’ve never taken Latin before (I took French in high school) so it should be interesting to learn a new language. Plus, I think that the Latin roots and grammar will help me a lot in my writing and in my future as an English major.

Will be spending the rest of my less-than two weeks here in the library. Finals count for a BIG portion of my grade so it’s important that I study hard.

I’m excited for this summer though. I’ll be continuing my old job as a tutor and hopefully will be traveling around a little bit before starting up again at HC in the fall!

All the best,


As always, updated pictures:

(The pic on on the right is at Boulevard Diner. Try it! Pancakes are only $3 and soo good. Also the diner is open 24 hrs!)

Hi all,

By now, it’s almost the end of March, which seems crazy, because that means that there are only about 2 months of school left! Even though classes have been difficult, this year has been extremely enjoyable. For this entry, instead of updating you on my various classes and activities, I thought that I would make a list of things that I have learned thus far into my college experience.

  1. You are forced to balance between academics, sleep, and a social life, and more often than not, one of these three has to be left out. It’s difficult at times to choose sleep and studying first because there are distractions everywhere but it’s most important to study hard and maintain your health.
  2. Stay organized and start early. It really helps you prepare for exams/papers when your class notes and handouts are all in order. It also helps if you review your notes right after class so that you start learning the material well before the test.
  3. Don’t get caught up in doing things just because everyone else is doing them. Do what feels right for you.
  4. Be friendly to everyone. Especially at Holy Cross, the campus is very small and you will see people from your class in your dorm building and in the dining hall all the time. Get to know the people in your hallway too. It’s nice to foster a sense of community where you live, even if you don’t want to be friends with everyone.
  5. Participate in class. Most teachers devote a percentage of your final grade to participation, or if not, most expect valued participation. Even if it doesn’t count for a grade, still try to engage in discussion during class. It helps you understand the material better and opens your mind to new ideas.
  6. Take care of yourself! This is in line with number one, but it’s really important that you value your health and well-being. I was sick for about 65% of first semester, mostly because I didn’t eat a balanced diet or get enough sleep at night. Once I started getting proper nutrients and sleeping more, I automatically felt better. Plus, being sick creates extra unwanted stress.
  7. Try not to stress out. I know that the volume of work can be difficult, but stressing out over tests and papers doesn’t accomplish anything. It’s normal to be nervous before a big exam, but if you find yourself getting psyched out, take a deep breath and attack the work calmly.
  8. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. Maybe he/she finished the paper before you, or he/she understands the material better. Regardless, work at your own pace and accept that not everyone has the same strengths.
  9. Get involved. Whether it be work-study, SPUD, a club, an immersion trip, or a sports team, getting involved is a way to keep you busy during free time (trust me, there’s a lot of unstructured time in college) and it’s also a really easy way to meet people, most of whom have the same interests as you.
  10. Explore different classes. This is easier at Holy Cross because it is a liberal arts school and thus, requires that students take a variety of classes in different areas. Still, you have plenty of time to take different classes and discover what subjects you like, especially if you’re not sure what you want to major in.

Here are some pictures from the past month:



Hi all!

By now, the workload has increased in all of my classes and I am approaching my first midterm exams and paper due dates. The last week of February and the first week of March are especially tough weeks because lots of assignments are due at once.

We’re also now officially in the dead of winter. We have about 8 inches of snow on the ground right now  with more to come this week. The school closed down last Thursday and canceled all classes (which is a rarity here) due to the amount of snow. We’re all praying for another snow day tomorrow too, but the chance of that is doubtful.

Because of all the snow, I have not been motivated to walk all the way to Kimball from Mulledy, thus, my friends and I have been ordering food in a lot. We haven’t been outside in awhile besides trekking to the library, so the past few days I’ve been going a little stir-crazy inside!

But it has been nice to hang out with my friends in the warmth of my dorm room and just watch movies this weekend. Also, last weekend was really fun because the Patriots won the Super Bowl!

Activities-wise, my SPUD starts Tuesday, which is located at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. I also signed up to help in the Admissions Department with greeting, online chats, and hosting overnight visitors.

But, second semester is now in full swing and I look forward to the rest of the month!!

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks:

Hey guys!

Welcome back to campus! Christmas break was a much-needed time to relax, but now I am ready to start classes again.


Finals went better than I expected actually. I had two final exams and two final papers, which was a nice balance between writing and studying. I found that the exams were not too difficult to study for because I had multiple tests throughout the semester which prepared me for the format of the finals.

I found that it was best to switch up my studying places so that I wouldn’t get too restless in one spot. I liked studying at Cool Beans 2 in Stein if I wanted a relaxing atmosphere with a little noise, but I liked studying in the stacks of Dinand when I needed absolute silence to focus.

It’s still hard to believe that I have completed my first semester of college. Aside from the knowledge I’ve gained in the classroom, first semester also taught me other important lessons too. Even though I thought that I knew how to study when I first started school, college has taught me how to manage my time and organize my work in order to be most efficient. Sometimes, you have to sacrifice socializing with friends in order to do well, but trust me, it pays off.


This semester, I’m taking Calc II, Principles of Microeconomics, Poetry and Poetics, and Magical Realism in the World (my Montserrat). Most of the classes are continuations of what I learned last semester, but I’m really excited for poetry, since I have never taken a poetry class before.

I look forward to seeing what new experiences second semester brings, and as always, I’m excited to share my time here on the hill with my friends and meet new people.




Hi everyone! My name is Emma Mussatto and I am almost finished with my first semester on the Hill! I’ve only been here for three months and yet it feels like a lifetime since I was nervously awaiting the first day of college.

So far, I have been lucky enough to meet some incredible friends. This year, I live in Brooks-Mulledy residence hall, which is the biggest freshman dorm (and the best, but I’m a bit biased), and I’ve become really close with some of the girls on my floor.

Academically, I am enjoying all of my classes. I have calculus at eight a.m., which is sometimes (all the time) really hard to get out of bed for. Aside from Calc 1, I am also taking CRAW Fiction, Principles of Macroeconomics, and my Montserrat class, Global Issues in World Literature. At first, I was disappointed in my Montserrat class because it was my last choice, but now, I actually enjoy the class. We read novels and talk about them in a discussion-based class, which has also helped me get to know the people in my class better.

Besides academics, I’ve been getting involved in some of the activities on campus. I joined SPUD, in which I coach an SAT class for high schoolers at South High in Worcester. It has been an incredibly eye-opening experience for me to create a lesson plan each week and figure out how to best prepare my students. I am grateful not only to be able to help these kids prepare for the SAT, but I am grateful for the opportunity to see how much it takes to teach students.

While at first, it was difficult trying to adjust to a new atmosphere, especially with the large amount of unstructured time and freedom, I love every part of being at Holy Cross and I am looking forward to next semester and many new experiences!


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