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‘Cat in the Stacks: Visualizing Success


I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.

With finals just around the corner, it’s easy to panic and fall into despairing thoughts of doom and gloom, but let’s not do that, okay?

Visualize success with me.

My mind is clear. When I breathe, I am breathing fully. I am still.

I am motivated. I am intelligent. I am prepared.

I trust in the work I’ve done this semester. I have mastered this knowledge, and I can show how.

I am stressed, but I accept that stress—and I am blessed to be stressed, to be here, to have made it to the end of another semester.

I know that there is life beyond finals. There will be a day—and that day is very soon—when finals are over. Until that day, I am focused, I am alert, and I am ready to finish strong.

I am centered, and I have

Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.



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Last Modified: December 11, 2014

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