The Power of One: Sara Jensen ’08

Hometown: Falmouth, Maine

Family: parents, Jack and Debra; brothers, Jack and Gregory

What she did at Holy Cross: "I was very involved in campus ministry. My favorite activities were the Spiritual Exercises, the Chapel Choir, the MAGIS program, Appalachia/Gulf Coast Immersion trips and the Manresa Retreat. I was also a proud member of Fools on the Hill, the College's only coed a cappella group."

The lasting impact it had: "Three years after graduating, I am amazed at the impact the College has continued to have on every aspect of my life. Holy Cross has been the perfect launching pad for a successful career, a loyal social network and a dedication to living a life that benefits others. Not a day goes by where the lessons and values nurtured at Holy Cross do not influence the decisions I make about the direction I want my life to take and the person I want to become."

The working life: "Fortunately, I have found a job and industry that invigorate me, so I love going to work every day. I am an advertising sales planner for Crown Media Networks in New York."

Memorable Holy Cross moments: "Rehearsing with the Fools on the Hill twice a week for four years was definitely a highlight of my time at Holy Cross. One of the most unforgettable moments was our final show at the end of my senior year. We really pushed ourselves out of the box and did our best to entertain the audience. It was a huge hit, and I was so proud of all we had accomplished since my first year."

Why she stays connected to Holy Cross: "Holy Cross continues to inspire me every day. The College helped shape the person I am today, and I will be grateful forever. I stay connected because of the incredible relationships I formed; my best friends are from Holy Cross. The fun we have and the loyalty we share are unparalleled."

Why she believes in Holy Cross: "I believe in the mission of Holy Cross. Its graduates are men and women for others-carefully choosing their paths in life so that they can better the world. Holy Cross attracts kind, generous and loyal people. I continue to meet graduates that inspire me."

Why she gives to Holy Cross:
"There were so many opportunities at Holy Cross and I know that is due in large part to the generosity of the College's alumni. For example, the new senior residence hall has just opened. That's going to give more students an opportunity to live on campus and feel that much more connected to the community.

I also give so that Holy Cross can continue its need-blind admissions commitment. I believe that everyone should have an opportunity to reap the benefits of a Holy Cross education, and I hope that what I give contributes to that cause."


Photo by Ellen Dubin