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Peek at the Week: February 5


In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou wrote, “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”

Happy Monday, Wildcats! These are words to live by. A college semester, very much like life, is a roller coaster of ups and downs. It’s always good to be prepared for bad things to happen, whether it’s failing a test or losing a loved one, but hope is an important, powerful thing. It helps to make our dreams, whatever they may be, a reality.

So, hope for the best, expect the worst, and everything in between will start to seem a whole lot easier.


Monday, February 5

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Multifaith Prayer Room, St. Rita’s Hall | Virtual Option | ACS-Approved | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, & Staff

Popular Reading Launch & Reception | 1 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Refreshments Served

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Tuesday, February 6

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, February 7

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Thursday, February 8

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 12-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Sunday, February 11

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free


For those with a sweet tooth (and no nut allergies), today, Feb. 5, is World Nutella Day. Whether you put it on toast, crepes, in a dessert, or eat it straight out of the jar, today is the day to enjoy some of this chocolate hazelnut spread.

Tomorrow, Feb. 6 is Pay a Compliment Day. Have you ever gotten a confidence boost after someone paid you a compliment? Sometimes, the little acts of kindness really make a difference. Tomorrow is an opportunity for you to be that act of kindness for someone else, whether it’s your close friend or a stranger with nice shoes or a cool jacket.

Don’t know what to eat for dinner? National Pizza Day is this Friday, Feb. 9. Pizza is an American staple when it comes to takeout foods and for good reason. It’s convenient, it’s customizable, and it’s delicious. Personally, I’m a fan of garlicky white pizza (especially from Mannino’s in Pottstown) but whatever your preference is, you can celebrate by enjoying a slice.

Saturday, Feb. 10 is Global Movie Day, a great excuse to take a break from studying and get something off of your watchlist. Or, if you want a fun night in with some friends, you can throw a watch party.

Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.

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