I’m William Repetto, a second-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 Memorial Library’s role.
A year ago, I served up a Cup of Cat-’feine to celebrate the start of the school year and to start my own journey as a Wildcat. Waaay back then, the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room was in its infancy, The Sixth Extinction was on everyone’s mind, and the Falvey would close at a reasonable hour.
Outside of the Library, the campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was reaching a boiling point, the Chicago Cubs hadn’t won a World Series in over 100 years, and there were only four “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.
But look at us now! The Dugan Polk Family Reading Room has become one of the most popular quiet-study locations on campus, Acts of Faith has become the literary talk of the town, and the Falvey will be piloting a 24/7 hours access for the fall, for those who study at decidedly unreasonable hours. (Read carefully: “piloting,” so make sure you’re on your best behavior during those late nights!)
Donald Trump has become the 45th President (though the political scene seems to remain red hot), the Chicago Cubs won a World Series just a few months ago, and now we’ve been graced with a fifth “Pirates” film – oh boy. If you had told me any of these things would come to pass about a year ago, I maybe could have guessed two out of three… I’ll let you guess which one I couldn’t predict.
Isn’t it crazy how much can change in just a single year? It makes you wonder: in one year from now, what kinds of things will we look back on that we never would have predicted? As you will get accustomed to reading this blog, I’ll tell you that this type of thinking does not apply to only the Library and the great wide world outside of Villanova; it’s a good way of thinking about the changes you yourself will undergo this school year.
Maybe a year ago you were starting your senior year as the star quarterback of your high school, and, a year from now, you’ll be on your way to shaping the field of nursing or physics or biology. Maybe a year ago you were starting a rough first year of college and now a new major will bring energies renewed. Perhaps you just started blogging a year ago and now your new school year’s resolution is to bring even more quality posts to your readers. (Okay, that last one was maybe overly personal.)
Whether this year marks a new direction for you or a continuity down the path of life, the Falvey has some important tools to keep you going. There’s always the coffee from “Holy Grounds,” seemingly a staple of my diet. But make sure to get in touch with your subject librarian! Socialize on the first floor and buckle down in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room.
Some things this year will be unpredictable, but the Falvey can definitely help you prepare.
Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)