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Second Year Opportunities (2YO)

2YO encourages sophomores to look beyond the gates of Holy Cross and reflect carefully on the path of their academic careers so that they can make the most of their remaining time at the College.

As part of the program, second year students receive an Academic Planner from their faculty advisors at a special advising session at the start of classes. A 2YO Academic Extravaganza offers a chance to learn about how to plan for the wide variety of academic programs available to Holy Cross students. The 2YO also features special lectures and panel discussions.

Featured Events

2YO Academic Extravaganza. Meet faculty and browse resources from approximately 40 academic departments and programs. Pizza, snacks, and door prizes.

Past 2YO events have included:

  • Lecture by Greg Mortenson, co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute, founder of Pennies for Peace, and co-author of Three Cups of Tea, a New York Times bestseller since its January 2007 release, and Time Magazine Asia Book of The Year.

  • Lecture by Ishmael Beah, author of the 2YO summer book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

  • Lecture by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the 2YO summer book, Living a Life That Matters
  • Lecture by Dr. Paul Farmer, subject of the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, the summer reading assignment for the class of 2008.
  • Lecture by Mary Catherine Bateson, "Continuity and Change: Visions for the Holy Cross Class of 2007"