Tracy Manier

1. What advice do you have for people applying to college?
That there is nothing more important than education and that the college you choose, and the opportunities that school can provide you, will have a lasting impact on your life. So look for a school that aligns well with your interests, a place where you can make good friends and pursue your passions. And look for a place that will give you the confidence to make the most of your opportunities after college. If you find such a place, it will be worth the investment.

2. What do you look for in an applicant?
I look for students who are self-aware — they have a good idea of their strengths and weaknesses and understand the environment in which they most thrive. And typically it’s a student who steers their own ship. It’s ok to get help during the admission process — from parents, counselors and alumni connections — but it always reflects well on the student when they take responsibility for their application and communicate directly with our office.

3. What's your favorite spot on campus?
This is likely a popular answer, but standing on the front steps of Main Building, overlooking the city of Austin, is an inspiring perspective. It’s the most expansive view of one of the greatest cities in America. Also, I love St. Joseph Hall, the residence of the Holy Cross Brothers. A feeling of peace, goodwill and hospitality is always present in that building. Beyond that, the brothers have some really lovely, early '60s, Kennedy-era furniture, so there’s also a sense of history, austerity and style to complement the experience of being there.

Tracy's Top 3 Tips for Choosing Your College
Tracy spoke to students at the 2014 South by Southwest conference for educators in Austin. Hear her valuable tips for selecting the best college for you.