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’Cat in the Stacks: A Summer Survival Guide in Three Steps

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Library’s role.


For your final ’Cat in the Stacks of the ’16-’17 school year, I would like to impart some wisdom about surviving the long summer away from the Falvey. I understand that it can be very difficult for resident students to wake up early every summer morning and know that they’re more than a few hundred yards from the library. Here are some tips for kicking those summertime blues:

Hunter's summer plans in a single image.

Hunter’s summer plans in a single image.

1. Read.

I’ve given you this advice in several iterations throughout the school year. At no point, however, does it become more pressing advice than when you’re separated from the staff here at the Falvey. We will miss you, and we know that you’ll miss us in return. We can be co-present, though, when we each hide behind the pages of our favorite books and and behind the words of our favorite authors.

2. Visit Us Online.

Just because you’ll be leaving campus doesn’t mean that the library ever has to get as far away from you as your nearest device! As all you Wildcats get an early jump on your fall classes make sure to check out the databases and subject guides for supplementary material. For the more leisurely, we also provide access to popular reading and

3. Rest & Relax

All aggressive library promoting aside, make sure to get some recovery time this summer. The academic year can take a lot of energy out of you without your even noticing it. Binge watch your favorite shows, take a trip, or just kick back and enjoy having fewer responsibilities for a few short months. As much as we’ll miss you, it will mean the entire world to us to see you raring to start another year in the fall.

Taking a curtain call for finishing my first full year as your 'Cat in the Stacks.

Taking a curtain call for finishing my first full year as your ‘Cat in the Stacks.

That’s all this ’cat has for you this year. I, too, will be back in the fall semester with some awesome weekly posts and new Falvey events to cover. Enjoy the break, Wildcats! Whether you’re heading back to your parents’ house, abroad, off to do service, or anywhere else, remember: there’s always a home for you in the Falvey.


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.




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Last Modified: May 10, 2017

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