I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our 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.
It’s almost April – we’ve made it. We’re through the worst of the cold. Are you ready for warm weather?
Early spring is awesome and rejuvenating, but it is a time of such taxing challenges (pun intended). It’s freezing in the morning and hot in the afternoon—what do you even wear? It feels like it’s almost always just about to rain… and we’re so over boots by now. And let’s not even mention the unique challenge of spring semesters—okay, let’s mention it. How do we focus on staying inside and studying and writing and researching when The Outside is just begging us to come and play? How do we spend hours cooped up in front of our computers when the sun is waiting for us?
One option is to use summer break as a carrot on a stick. Sure, you’re cooped up now, but how about at the end of May? Just a little longer and you’ll be in blissful freedom, maybe somewhere on a hot beach with your toes in the cool sand.
Another option is to move your studying outside! Be careful, though—one research session in my college quad led to some of the worst sunburn I’ve ever had and a nifty farmer’s tan for the rest of the summer! Be smarter than me. You’ve been forewarned.
Option number three? Trick yourself into thinking you really are lounging in the sun with Michelle and Kallie’s Warm Weather playlist.
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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