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’Cat in the Stacks: Concerning Accomplishments

CAT-STAX4I’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.


I’ve been browbeating you about working hard and stress this time of year. I admit it. On this week’s ’Cat in the Stacks, however, I’d like to change the tone a bit and talk about, of all things, accomplishments. Accomplishments come at all levels of our lives – personally, professionally, academically, for example. As you dot the final i’s and cross the final t’s on your semester, I’d like to point out some of the accomplishments that are hidden in plain sight around you every day.

Hunter’s proud of everything you’ve done so far!

First off, Wildcats, take a good look in the mirror. You are a very good example of an accomplished person. Even though they might feel small now, think about the sum of all the minor accomplishments you’ve had this semester: finishing that paper, making those new friends, taking up that new campus activity. By this point in your college experience, and by this point in the semester, you’ve already accomplished so much!

Falvey’s made a number of big strides this semester as well. We’re very proud of how the community rallied around Falvey for the 1842 Day celebration. We had 91 supporters who gave more than $5,000! We’ve also had a very successful piloting of our new 24/7 hours this semester. Also among our proudest accomplishments this semester: hosting Dr. Spencer Di Scala and Tom Mogan for talks in Speakers’ Corner.

On a personal level, I’d love to share some of my own accomplishments with you here! I just went to my final master’s class on Tuesday. (No, I’m not finished my graduate degree; I’ll be your ’Cat in the Stacks for one more semester as I write my thesis.) I’ve also SUCCESSFULLY gone grocery shopping every other weekend for a couple of months in a row now – that’s no small feat.

Hopefully your #GOALS are more ambitious than mine!

Accomplishments, like Christmas presents, come in all shapes and sizes. What are some of the things you’re most proud of accomplishing this semester, ’Nova Nation? Share in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.


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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!)


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