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’Cat in the Stacks: Sports, Students and Success

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.


Am I wrong or have sports and athletics increased their presence in the atmosphere since the Eagles won the Super Bowl? On the national level, the Olympics are in full swing. Campus is abuzz with the performance of a truly phenomenal basketball squad. Yes, it would seem sports have infected our daily lives, and they seem to be metastasizing.

Hunter seems to think I’m right about sports. (Totally kidding, it’s just her bitmoji, she would legit never think that!)

Now you might be thinking, “’Cat in the Stacks’ is not a sports blog, William! What are you going on about?” Well, I’d like to use our current collective fascination with sports to talk about college life and the role of Falvey in helping you reach your full potential.

All of the athletes who grace our television screens began their careers with a simple choice: to go wholeheartedly toward their goal. Along the way, they reached various plateaus, and, no matter how much climbing the next plateau required, they reached and reached until they got the call to represent their university, city or nation.

Success here at college works the same way. You dedicate more and more time and effort to a particular topic or craft and jump from level to level with increasing difficulty until you get that offer to become a young professional. In this similarity lies my advice for this week: make that decision to wholeheartedly pursue your goal, Wildcats – whether it’s your major, that volunteer work you’ve been doing or even if you’re on a sports team too! You can even work wholeheartedly toward all three if you’d like, as long as you find it fulfilling.

If you dedicate yourself enough to something, you might even shatter your goals!

Enter Falvey Memorial Library. While athletes have trainers and coaches to help them jump from plateau to plateau, as students you have Falvey. Look at our databases and stacks as your playing field, our entire staff – from Access Services to subject librarians to bloggers – as your coaches and trainers. We’re here to help you to that next level, so you too can achieve your goals.


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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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