A Campus Away From Campus

While Holy Cross has a wonderful campus with essentially unlimited extracurricular opportunities, I do have to admit that sometimes you develop that need to get away from campus for a few hours. Thankfully, the college has its very own retreat center less than 25 minutes away!

Holy Cross’s retreat center, the Joyce Contemplative Center, presents students with an amazing opportunity to get away from what can sometimes be a busy campus and simply slow things down to reflect on life. Located on a hilltop that overlooks gorgeous hills and a waterway, the JCC always offers an amazing sunset for students to look at! Most of the college’s retreats are held at the JCC. There are retreats for first-year students, the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a variety of other retreats that offer amazing opportunities. I definitely recommend trying to get to the JCC at least once during your first year at Holy Cross!

On a snowy day in February, I and my Montserrat classmates piled into school vans at Hogan to make the journey to the JCC. While pulling up the driveway our gaze was met with a beautiful contemporary building that just screamed: “forget about all your classes for an hour and just relax!” In the snow and cold, we all dashed to the entrance where we were greeted by a cozy crackling fireplace and a spacious dining room. On the left side of the building, there were hotel rooms for overnight retreats and there was a beautiful fully glass contemplation room that overlooks the surrounding nature located in the back of the building where we ended up performing our group presentations.

The main attraction for students is not just the beautiful building, the serene campus, or the escape from coursework. No, what do college students love almost more than anything else? FOOD of course! The JCC is renowned for dishing out some of the tastiest meals every single crusader has ever experienced in their lives. My meal was no different. With chicken parm as the main course with fresh veggies, salad, pasta, and garlic bread as sides I was stuffed. Oh wait, did I forget to mention that they also have freshly baked cookies for dessert?

Whether it’s for the retreat, the beautiful building, the serene campus, or the food; I can’t recommend going to the JCC at least once during your freshmen year!

An aerial shot of the Joyce Contemplative Center during the fall
A view of the deck of the JCC that overlooks the surrounding nature
Take a virtual tour of the JCC!

The Food of Worcester

The Food of Worcester

One of the best things about living on a college campus that is right next to a city such as Worcester is the endless food opportunities! The City of Worcester offers opportunities for students to explore a variety of food genres. One can explore various Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Italian, or American food restaurants in Worcester!

Go on down to Coney Island on Southbridge Street to grab yourself one of their world famous hot dogs (their chilidogs are my favorite), or make your way to Shrewsbury Street to grab some pizza from the amazing Wonderbar establishment.

Shrewsbury Street offers some of the greatest opportunities for fine dining.  If you’re in the mood for Italian stop by Nuovo, Volturno’s, Piccolo’s, or the statewide famous Via.  If you’re craving steak One-Eleven Chop House has you covered!

If you’re in need of some breakfast food Worcester provides plenty of opportunities. Stop by the Phantom Gourmet famous Miss Worcester Diner to enjoy some of the most amazing French toast and pancakes you’ll ever taste! Starving at 2 AM in the morning? Head on over to Boulevard for a late night breakfast meal! In the mood for some homefries and an omelet? Broadway Restaurant on the corner of Water Street will not disappoint!