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Saint Spotlight

Francesca McCarthy ’14 grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana. She has played for Holy Cross Women’s basketball for the last four years and was the recipient of the Holy Cross St. Sebastian award at last year’s honors convocation. Francesca recently presented her senior capstone to a panel of evaluators and host of family, friends, and spectators.

Her capstone theme was, If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed because “before Holy Cross I led a life dominated by the fear of failure instead of the hope for success.” As she illustrated her accomplishments and lessons learned at Holy Cross, it was evident that the College had made a lasting and powerful impact on this student. Her professional goal is to become a special agent for the FBI. To accomplish this goal, she has prepared herself by majoring in psychology with minors in global perspectives, Spanish, and sociology because Francesca wants “to be such a perfect candidate that they want me, more than I want the job.”

Her internship with the Terre Haute Police Department revealed to her, “the true core of this line of work is helping people. I have found out that I have a lot to offer. The new confidence I have has helped me understand that I can make a difference by just being me.” On May 10th, Francesca entered the ranks of Holy Cross Alumni as she graduated summa cum laude. Congratulations, Francesca!