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.
Congratulations to the class of 2015. You did it! And for the non-graduates, you did it too: welcome to summer. Whether this summer is the first summer of your independent adult life, or it’s another in-between summer, summers can be a time of personal reinvention or, at least, a time to check in with yourself—your wants, needs, goals, your sense of equanimity. And reestablishing your relationship with sunshine, of course!
Sometimes summer can feel like an aimless abyss if you’re between semesters. All of a sudden, you’re at home again and away from the social network you just worked so hard on establishing. You’re not on constant go-mode after the intensity of finals. The sudden change is a little startling! But you’ll settle in. You’ve deserved it. Quiet your brain when you can—September you will thank you!
And if this summer is your launch into a job or the real world, take time to appreciate your college experience; you’ve learned so much in classrooms, from books, from friends, from teachers—and it’s all going to help you. Bask in the nostalgia. And have an emotionally cathartic experience to this bittersweet swan song playlist.
Best of luck, Nova Nation. Happy summer, happy graduation! The 2014-15 academic year is complete!
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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