Growth, Resilience and Gratitude: Josh Azor’s Story

A portrait of a smiling young man wearing a Holy Cross sweatshirt
Josh Azor'24 reflects on his time at Holy Cross before graduating later this month.

Editor's Note: On May 24, 751 members of the Holy Cross class of 2024 will walk the commencement stage. Each path to the stage is unique. As we celebrate the class, HCM asked several seniors to share their journeys in their own words. Listen and read their uncut narratives — how they got here and what they’re taking with them — as they reflect on the Holy Cross chapter of their life.

Listen to Josh Azor read his reflection
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A group of students standing in a line in a community garden with tall trees in the background
Josh Azor '24 joined others for a spring break immersion trip to Yonkers, New York to build a community garden.

Reflecting on my journey, I recall the pivotal moment in sixth grade when my teacher spoke of her daughter attending Holy Cross with so much pride in her voice. This moment solidified my belief that college was the gateway to success as my parents had always instilled in me, guiding my decision to pursue education at Holy Cross before I even graduated High school. Fast forward to my senior year of high school and the allure of Holy Cross remained strong. As a freshman on campus, I found my place through involvement in student government and leadership roles. Over the years, I continued to engage in various activities, from serving as co-president to leading Bible study.

Gratitude fills me as I look back on the support and opportunities I've received. Thanks to God and countless individuals, I've grown in ways I never imagined. Studying abroad in Rome was a transformative experience, fostering lifelong friendships and broadening my perspective. Campus organizations like the Office of Study Abroad, Office of Justice, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion, and the Black Student Union provided vital support, making such experiences possible.

Participating in programs like Gateways Orientation and Residence Life has enriched my college experience. Additionally, the support for my faith and fitness business, "That's Yo Body," has been overwhelming, bolstering my confidence and entrepreneurial spirit. Engaging in the spring break immersion program deepened my commitment to serving others, aligning with the school's mission.

My involvement in student government and leadership roles has honed valuable skills in communication and creativity. Leading Bible study has been spiritually fulfilling, fostering community and growth among peers. Through these experiences, I've learned the importance of empathy, compassion, and social responsibility.

Three young men standing together, each holding a candle
Josh Azor '24 joined fellow students attended a mass for people participating in spring break immersion trips.
A group of young people standing together in a gallery
Josh Azor '24 co-lead a Bible study group that meant in Ciampi Hall.

As I prepare to leave Holy Cross, I am grateful for the lessons learned and the friendships formed. The challenges I faced have shaped me into a stronger, more resilient individual. I carry with me a profound sense of gratitude for the institution that has helped shape my worldview and perspective on life.

In conclusion, my journey at Holy Cross has been marked by growth, resilience, and gratitude. As I embark on the next chapter of my life, I am filled with optimism and excitement. Thank you, Holy Cross, for shaping me into the person I am today.