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The Curious ‘Cat: “What are you thankful for?”

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This week the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “With Thanksgiving coming up, what are you thankful for?

RS10815_DSC_4229-scrAlexandra Golia—“I’m thankful for being here ‘cause I love this school and the community. And I’m obviously thankful to go home; I haven’t seen my family in a while. So I’m really excited for that and that they sent me here to such a good school. That’s what I’m thankful for.”







Alexandra Linn—“I’m thankful for the opportunity to go to college, to be at Villanova, and for my family supporting me through it.”










Nicodemo Bruzzese—“I’m always thankful for my family, my extended family, blessing me every day with paying for me to come to Villanova University—such a great campus, such great people—and for instilling such hard work and dedication in me. I thank them every day even though I can be a little bit of a pain towards them, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I thank them for pushing me to be the best.”



Mary Rugolo—“My family, definitely”












Jarrid Thelen—“Family and friends.”











Brendan Weston—“I’m really thankful for my education—being able to see the world from an expanded point of view and to come to a better understanding of the world around me.”




The Curious ‘Cat: “What’s the most surprising thing you carry … ?”

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This week the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What’s the most surprising thing you carry in your backpack?

Christian Cullen LopezChristian Cullen Lopez—“My CE notebook. It’s for business: Competitive Effectiveness.”











Marie Griffin—“I have some applesauce.”











Xiaomeng Zhong—“fruit: an apple and an orange.”












Kylie Frankowski—“I always have tissues and wipes. My friends tease me because I’m like a mom.










Daniel Craft—“A bottle of Dayquil.”











Deyjah Foster
—“Piano sheet music: I have 30 pieces of piano sheet music I carry to play at cyber lounge whenever I have free time … Every now and then I carry a Japanese dictionary.”


The Curious ‘Cat: “What could you not live without?”

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This week the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Name one thing that you, as a Villanova student, could not live without.

Sam Vitale


Sam Vitale—“Whether in the Library or the individual places inside of each of the buildings, just a quiet place to study. That would be tough to live without.”



Abigail Ramey





Abigail Ramey—“My wallet was stolen (in Philadelphia on Friday), and I’m living fine without that. … My laptop’s number one, I think. I’m pretty tied to the Internet here now that the classes are all online. [I also couldn’t live without] my morning cup of coffee.”


Joseph Un




Joseph Un—“That’s really simple: a cell phone.”


Gene Alpin








Gene Alpin—“My family, the support of my family”








Evangelia Makrygiannis


Evangelia Makrygiannis—“Just seeing everyone’s smiling faces around campus … if everyone was sad all the time and no one said ‘Hi’ to each other, it wouldn’t be happy.”


Joseph Splendido






Joseph Splendido—“The late-night hours at the Spit [Donahue Court]. It’s really nice to study late there … around 11:00 p.m. or 12:00. It’s a good quiet place.”


The Curious ‘Cat: “What’s the most unexpected thing … ?”

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This week the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What’s the most unexpected thing that’s happened to you or that you’ve seen at the Library?

Angel WolfAngel Wolf—“Most of the time I just come and do my work. Nothing too eventful has happened.”


Carter Young








Carter Young
—“They were serving oranges in a bowl at the Learning Support Services. It’s pretty surprising to me that they’d serve fruit instead of candy.”







Sterling Williams


Sterling Williams—“I was here around 11:00 last night, and that second-floor room—the common area where you can just come in and do whatever work you want—I didn’t expect that room to be almost completely full of students at 11:00 p.m. That’s something I did not expect to see. So I went all the way to the back [of the second floor] to where the couches are to just finish my work.”


Joe Ryan


Joe Ryan—“I was working on the third floor, it was pretty quiet and some kid got a phone call. And he answered it. And he was talking pretty loud, like ‘Oh yeah, I’ll be there in a second …’ The other people were like, ‘Shh. Shh!’ So he got up and left with his phone. ”




Nicole Buckley
Nicole Buckley
—“It was the third week of the semester, and I saw a little, cozy, quiet spot upstairs kind of hidden by that staircase over there. And you had these little tables that you could bring close to yourself while you sit on a nice, comfy couch. It was really nice for studying … like a little secret spot.”


Ellinore Folkesson




Ellinore Folkesson—“I went to a religious diversity talk … the most surprising thing was just how intrigued I was and how interesting it was. And I didn’t expect that. I’ve been to one of the brown-bag discussions as well, about race. I think it’s amazing that they do these things.

And all the different events that you have going on are really easy to see ‘cause you advertise a lot, which is good.”



The Curious ‘Cat: “What’s the best thing … ?”

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This week is fall break, so the Curious ‘Cat is asking Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What’s the best thing about working at the Library?

RS10574_DSC_3985-scrJackie Smith—“The best thing about working at the Library is the people, the other employees. I’ve met some terrific people here, and I enjoy working with them. I also appreciate the ability to flex my schedule, if necessary. And I like having the half days on Fridays during the summer.”






Gina Duffy
—“That’s easy: the people that work here. The people that work here are fabulous—always friendly, always helpful. I think that’s number one.”









Laura Matthews
—“I enjoy being surrounded by books—so much knowledge, opportunity to learn. And I enjoy the young liveliness of the students, lots of new faces every day. I also enjoy the people who work here. It’s an interesting mix of different personalities, and that makes it enjoyable.”




Laura Hutelmyer
—“Am I the first one you’re asking? Have other people said “the people”? For me, it’s the people I work with. Another thing I really like is that I have access to so many resources—because I’m an employee and because I work here in a library with so many databases, books, journals and things like that. I love having access to all those resources. I also love being on such a beautiful campus. It’s really a treat to be able to leave and go outside and just spend a little bit of time outside in the middle of the day. Those are three things I really like about working here.”

RS10586_DSC_3997-scrWard Barnes—“I’d say working with young people. For me that’s crucial. I was a teacher for many years, and I have loved working with young people. When I retired I was miserable because I was never around young people. So when I got the job here, that was wonderful. And it’s been wonderful ever since.”





Tricia Kemp—“The best thing is the students, both the students who come to the desk and the ones we work with. They’re just a lot of fun—keep us on our toes. Among the student employees, I have not met one who I did not enjoy working with and getting to know. They are going through a very Interesting time in their lives: they’re making a lot of decisions; there’s a lot of things they’re going through. They are the best, the best thing about working here. ”


The Curious ‘Cat: “Midterm strategies?”

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What midterm-week strategies or tips have you have found effective/helpful?

RS10459_DSC_0352-scrGina D’Antonio—“Definitely starting early, start studying in advance … start the week before midterm week.”









RS10461_DSC_0355-scrBranden Garrett—“When it comes to reading just for general texts, I usually divide up my time in specific ways. [With a textbook,] I read for 30 minutes, and then I take a 30 minute break. And then I repeat that [going over the same information]. But then the next round, which is like the third wave, I do an hour break so I can digest that information without tiring out myself. So you really need to have a lot of [time] in order to study a piece of text, especially for chemistry ‘cause there’s a lot to take in. That’s how I do it.”

RS10462_DSC_0356-scrAtman Gondhi—“I like making charts to organize my work. I basically put everything on a piece of paper, I dictate how much time I’m going to spend on it, and then inevitably I probably will end up falling through on the amount of time—spending more or less time on certain areas. But I always set aside extra time for each section so I can study more at different times. And I like to space out my studying so that more material gets through my head.”

Daniella Reimann
—“[I] definitely take some time to exercise in the middle of the day so that I don’t feel overwhelmed with a lot of work, [to] break up [my work], and to always get some sleep. That has to be one of the biggest ones.”








Josh Seong—“Know when your midterm is—keep that date in mind; write it down. Study in advance; make sure you review every time. Once it’s midterm week, you can just study and focus on the sections you have trouble with … If you’ve been studying a lot beforehand, it will be much easier for you.”




Molly Flaherty—“Getting enough sleep and making sure to wake up in time to eat a good breakfast before your tests and not rush into it.”


The Curious ‘Cat: “What brings you to the Library today?”

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What brings you to the Library today?

RS9964_DSC_0297-scrJamie Silk—“I usually come to the Library in between classes. I feel like it’s easy to get stuff done when it’s nice and quiet, especially today since it’s raining. Sometimes I’ll sit on a bench outside the Library [because] the atmosphere here is nice … nice place to study, either with friends or by myself.”






Rachel Lavelle—“I’m studying for a quiz that I have in 15 minutes. ”











John DiValerio—“I’m just hanging out: doing some homework, doing some research. It’s a rainy day, and I didn’t want to leave the Library ‘cause I have a class downstairs. So I decided to stay put.”








Chelsey Hanson
—“I’m studying for an exam. And I like that there’s a lot of people in here because that kind of helps me focus, in a weird way. I like being around a lot of people when I study.”








Gaurav Goel—“I don’t often come to the Library, but sometimes I need some stimulation. It’s a good place for stimulation, seeing different people and especially when I have classes on Mondays and Tuesdays … I’m doing a master’s course here. It’s a good time to meet people, meet with my fellow people who are working … it’s that push … towards an accomplishment.”




Nick Schultz—“I like to use the Library for a place to actually get some work done. I live off campus, so doing work a home becomes tough whenever all the roommates are home; it can be loud. Being here—this place urges you to get more work done.”


The Curious ‘Cat: What do you wish the Library knew about your needs as a student?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What do you wish the Library knew about your needs as a student?


man silhouettePeiyan Gong—“It’s a place to study … I’m a senior right now, so it’s been three years getting used to this place. I never think about things [that could be] new.”

Julia Nerney





Julia Nerney—“I definitely feel that they have the resources that I need, so I don’t generally feel that there’s anything lacking. I’m a neuroscience major, so I don’t necessarily know much about where I would find references for that because I know there are different subject librarians, but I don’t know if there’s one for that specific major. So that’s the only thing I can think of, but I have had a lot of success at the Library in terms of finding what I needed.”

Zach Leone


Zach Leone—“I’m a freshman … I’ve only been here a couple of days, but when I ‘ve been using my computer there’ve been times when I needed to plug in, especially if the Wi-Fi goes down having [a way to plug into] the Ethernet would be nice. Other than that, it’s pretty comfortable. I like these chairs.”


Amanda Borroughs


Amanda Borroughs—“I’m a grad student, and I went to Villanova undergrad as well. Having been through the transition as the [library’s] second floor was developed … before it was [renovated], I feel that whatever I had needed in that “before” stage, was met [in that upgrade] there’s a more comfortable area—to do work comfortably but also not feel restricted to just studying (like hanging out with friends). A definite quiet study area is necessary, but that’s about it.”

Sally Moon

Sally Moon—“The hours that the Library’s open: I think last year or a year-and-a-half ago the Library was open 24 hours near midterm season or finals season, and that really helped me. … Now I live off-campus so it’s hard to focus at home; I tend to focus a lot better in the Library. Even if the first floor were open 24 hours that would help me—probably other students, too.”

Katrina Marks

Katrina Marks
—“It’s good for quiet places to study, which it already has plenty of. I enjoy having the feeling of being alone when I’m studying, so the nooks on the third floor, things like that, I enjoy.”









The Curious ‘Cat: Why do you do your printing at the Library?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Why do you do your printing at the Library?

RS9880_DSC_0211-scrSierra Applegate—“because it’s convenient”


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Caroline Nelson—“I’m usually here studying, and it’s just a convenient place to get it done”







Samantha Nitto—“probably because it’s most convenient—I don’t have one in my room, so I can always stop here on my way to classes.”









Lea McNabb
—“Well, I have all my classes in Tolentine or Mendel, so it’s just the closest … rather than going to Bartley or something like that. It’s very accessable.”









Charles Smith—“This is just convenient for me today. I was kind of in a hurry … on my way to class kind of in the middle of campus, so it’s convenient for me.”









Emily Walthouse—“To do printing, I know that there are three printers here: there’s two on the first floor and one on the third floor. So I know that a printer’s always going to be available … Even though sometimes the printer’s not always working, I feel that this is the most reliable location. It’s also closer to my classes than the Bartley Print Center or other printing locations.”

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The Curious ‘Cat: Have you made any new-school-year resolutions?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Have you made any new-school-year resolutions?

RS9858_DSC_3756-scrChelsea Runkle—“to get back in the swing of things since I haven’t been to school in a couple of years. I’m just starting grad school today … and working full time—so making time for class.”







Alexander Fernandez
—“to not procrastinate and stay on top of all my work this year”











Christian Powers—“I’m a transfer student, so trying to get involved with the community here and find out what Villanova has to offer.”









Aleczandra Bryant
—“Well, I’m a first-year student, so just trying to get through freshman year, trying to keep my grades up, join new activities.”








Jowayria Rahal—“Not to allow myself get overwhelmed by school work, get it done on time and not procrastinate on it. That would be amazing if I could just shut my Facebook for a minute and get down to work and get it done. This is my one and only resolution this year.”






Daniel Doris— “I’m trying to pull my GPA up, so just a general rule of staying on campus until 5:00 whether my classes are done at noon or not. So I’m coming in for my 8:30s and treating it like a job and then coming home only after I’ve spent time in the Library to do some work. … I get here when I can, and then I leave when I’m done.”


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Last Modified: August 26, 2015