Off The Court With Emily Marr & Carolyn Chandley

Carolyn Chandley & Emily Marr

By Cecile Rivera Llorens and Clare Dougherty
Holy Cross Magazine

Once tennis rivals at Worcester-area high schools, Emily Marr and Carolyn Chandley became not only fearsome doubles partners at Holy Cross - this past season, they tied the team's all-time highest number of doubles wins with a 14-9 record - but also best friends. We caught up with these brand-new graduates as they look back at their Holy Cross years and look forward to the challenges ahead.

Q: Emily, Carolyn said you were too humble to mention the big award you recently won, so we'll bring it up: Congratulations on being named the 2012 Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year. Did you know you were getting it?

MARR: "I was shocked! You have to work hard to be an athlete and do well academically, so it was a nice surprise."

Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

MARR: "I'm working for Barton Associates, a recruiter for doctors, in Peabody, Mass. Last summer I worked for United Way of Central Massachusetts, where my job was to pair children with appropriate activities. My new job is kind of similar, but on a much bigger scale."

CHANDLEY: "I'll be entering the financial analyst and sales program at Bloomberg in New York City. My major was political science, which I chose because I wanted to hone my writing and analytic skills, but I always thought I'd go into finance. I'm excited to move to New York. It's going to be a big change for me!"

Q: Worcester is your hometown. How did that influence your experience at Holy Cross?

CHANDLEY: "I went home for dinner at least one night a week. That is a nice fringe benefit of living so close to home. Sometimes during those really stressful weeks it's nice to go home to unwind a bit and remove yourself from all the stress of schoolwork."

MARR: "Going to school so close to home enabled me to remain involved in my high school, Notre Dame Academy, and coach alongside my father, Peter. My dad became the head tennis coach there in the spring of 2009, and in 2010 I took on an official position as the assistant coach underneath him. It is great having the opportunity to help a group of girls develop their tennis games just as my father helped me develop mine."

Q: Like a lot of Crusaders, you both have a penchant for nonprofit work. How have you explored this area?

CHANDLEY: "Being from Worcester, it's really important to me to give back to my hometown. With the free time that I had, I volunteered at places such as the Kids' Cafe at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester and through various SPUD programs. It never feels like enough, though. That's another thing that really impressed me about Holy Cross: Students from all around the country give a lot of their time to a city that has afforded me a multitude of opportunities. It's great to see!"

MARR: "I spent time volunteering in Worcester at the Nativity School, where I tutored the same student for three years. Last summer, I interned at United Way as a youth coordinator. And last spring, I participated in an immersion trip to Appalachia."

Q: Carolyn, you have relatives who are alumni, including your parents and three uncles. Would you say you "bleed purple"?

CHANDLEY: "Definitely! There are more than 30 members of both my immediate and extended family who went to Holy Cross. When I decided Holy Cross was where I would spend my college years, my grandmother started to cry because she was so happy. That was really a special moment for me."

Q: Please finish this sentence: "The most unusual thing I did at Holy Cross was ..."

CHANDLEY: "Watch President Obama announce they captured Osama Bin Laden, fall asleep and then awake to a mass of people running to Dinand screaming 'USA! USA!' I, of course, joined in on this chaos, and I think it was a night many of us won't forget!"

MARR: "Sledding down Mulledy Beach on a Kimball lunch tray-before Holy Cross got rid of Mulledy Beach and lunch trays!"

Q: What will you miss most about Holy Cross?

MARR: "I will miss the times spent making close friends on and off the courts, during five-hour van rides to matches, brunches at Kimball and long nights in the library. But I know I've made lasting friendships that I will carry with me long after graduation."

CHANDLEY: "The thing I'll miss most is the tennis team. ... Being part of a varsity team really enhanced my college experience."

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Holy Cross Magazine.