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I’m Daniella Snyder, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your ’Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics–from books, to research, to study habits and everything in between–and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

Wildcats, it’s the Final(s) Countdown. *cue rock song*

Falvey believes that paying attention to your mental health becomes increasingly more important during these few weeks, which is why we are hosting a bunch of stress relief events in order to help you stay happy and healthy.

Mark your calendar with these:

Thursday, Dec. 12, 1-3 PM, Holy Grounds: Vinyls for Finals

That’s right, we’re back with Falvey’s famous semi-annual stress bustin’ event. This year’s event will feature a soundtrack from vinyl records, pizza, and games!

Thursday, Dec. 12, 4-6 PM, Speakers’ Corner: Stress-Relief Scrapbooking

Come take a break from finals stress and create a scrapbook with your own photos and art supplies, provided by the yearbook/CAT.

Friday, Dec. 13, 12-2 PM, Room 205: Happy Healthy Hours/Pals for Life

You know the deal. Therapy. Dogs. Cuddles.

Beyond hosting these events, we want to make you that you know how to cope with stress on your own, especially during hard times. Follow our list of advice to make your finals a little more manageable.

    1. Plan, plan, plan. Research has made it clear that stress can be managed through planning. Make daily and weekly to-do lists, set reminders on your phone, or use a handy paper planner. Personally, I make every large assignment due date as the first “event” in my Outlook calendar, so when I wake up in the morning and look at my schedule, I know exactly what’s due that day.
    2. Meditate. It’s obvious that meditation has incredible health benefits including clarity of mind, reduced anxiety, and minimal stress. Can’t sit still that long by yourself? Use the app Headspace (free to download!) to guide you through 5, 10, and 15-minute meditation sessions.
    3. OHIO. No, not the state. It stands for “Only handle it once.” Don’t think it’s a big deal if you let that email sit for a few days? Wrong. Having a million tasks– even if they’re small– is like having a million mental tabs open. If you remember that you haven’t spoken to your family in 2 weeks, don’t put it on the ever-expanding to-do list. Only handle it once…meaning, just do it immediately. Keeping a short list of things to do will reduce your stress in the long run.
    4. Positive affirmations. Instead of just checking things off a to-do list, people can often find it beneficial to write an “I’ve Done” list. Write a list of things you accomplished that day, along with things you did really well. Even if it’s a small task (like taking out the garbage) reminding yourself of your accomplishments can have seriously positive effects!
    5. Spend time with friends. Isolating yourself is guaranteed to amplify all negative and stressful emotions you have during exams week. Eat with people, study with people, get coffee with people. Do not (I repeat: do NOT) lock yourself up in your room or apartment alone. You need your people, especially when things get tough.
    6. Sleep, eat, and shower. While this seems obvious, students often fail to prioritize basic human necessities during stressful academic weeks. Please…take care of yourself. Sleep 7-8 hours a night, drink your water, eat food, and shower. Your body and mind will thank you when this is all over.
    7. Seek counseling. If you feel like college always makes you finals-level stressed, you might want to consider talking to a professional about more effective and long-term ways to manage stress or anxiety. Visit the Counseling Center’s website here.

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The Curious Cat: What Are You Studying For?

The library is packed with students studying for finals and exams. Our Curious Cat team asked students what they were studying for.

Katherine Klein, Class of 2023

“I’m studying for the Ancients, ACS course.”

– Katherine Klein, Marketing/Management, Class of 2023

Felia Tanelli, Class of 2023

“I am studying for a math exam.”

– Femia Tonelli, Undeclared, Class of 2023

Cate McCusker, Class of 2023

“Femia and I are both studying for a math final”

– Cate McCusker, Undecided Arts, Class of 2023


This week’s Curious Cat is brought to you by Allie Reczek and Annabelle Humiston, two of our wonderful undergraduate student workers in the Falvey Memorial Library Communication & Marketing Department. Keep an eye out for them every Thursday, asking students their opinions on a range of subjects and topics.


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#TBT: Finals Stress Relief

Wil D. Cat in an ugly sweater

Photo by Alice Bampton.

 

It’s that time of the year when finals can leave students stressed and at their wits’ end. That is why Falvey Memorial Library organizes a finals stress relief event each year to help students get through these trying times. Let’s throwback to December 2016, when our “Finals Can Get Ugly” event included games, movies, and Will D. Cat!

This year, our finals stress relief event will feature a soundtrack from vinyl records, pizza, and games. Come to Holy Grounds between 1-3 p.m. on December 12 to have a bite to eat and relieve some stress.


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Do you know these library study spots?

 

I’m Daniella Snyder, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

Hey, Wildcats!

I constantly hear from students that it’s hard to find a study spot in the library, especially during stressful times like midterms and finals. So I sent one of our undergraduate student workers, Liam Brassington ’23 VSB, on a mission to find some lesser-known study spots all around Falvey. Use this list as your guide for the final few weeks of the semester!

Falvey Basement:

studying in falvey basement

studyign in Falvey's basement

 

All of these spots are down by the Idea Lab. It’s a pretty quiet hallway with little foot traffic, and the perfect set up for long-term studying.

 

Falvey West Stacks:

Studying in Falvey's West Stacks.

I know the Falvey West Stacks can be a little scary sometimes, but if you want the most isolated and quiet spot in Falvey, this spot is for you.

 

Old Falvey Basement:

Studying in Old Falvey

Look at all of these! comfy! seats!

 

Main Floor:

Studying in the Griffin Room

Whenever there isn’t a class in the Griffin Room, it’s open for studying. Use it!

 

3rd Floor, Old Falvey:

Reading in Falvey 301

Reading in Falvey 301

The third floor of Old Falvey houses the the Graduate Student Lounge, but there are a ton of additional quiet study spots in the hallway.

 


DDaniella Snyder Headshotaniella Snyder, Graduate Assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department, loves to study in Holy Grounds.  


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It’s The Vinyl Countdown Until Finals Fun At Falvey

 

Looking for some stress relief? Save the date for these events:

Where Is the Love Wednesdays/Stress-Free Healthy Happy Hours

We’ll welcome our furry friends from Pals for Life in room 205 on Wed., Dec.4, from 3–4 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 13, from 12–2 p.m.

Vinyls For Finals: Semi-Annual Stress Bustin’ Open House

Now playing: stress relief. We’ll be serving FREE pizza and spinning your favorite albums on our record player on Thurs., Dec. 12, 1–3 p.m. in the first floor lounge.

In need of some last-minute research assistance? Contact your subject librarian!

 

 

 

 


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. 


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SAVE TIME THIS FINALS SEASON: TURN YOUR TEXTBOOK INTO AN AUDIOBOOK


Finals are rough, especially during the summer. With summer sessions ending next week, save some time during finals and turn your textbook into an audiobook. Listen while you’re at the gym, walking to class, or doing your laundry. There are a bunch of different ways to convert that book into an audiobook. Check out your options below:

  • Here’s what Goodreader says: If you have an iPhone and the latest version of iOS, there is a text to speech system built into it. Go to Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Speech. Turn on Speak Screen.

This method will allow you to use any e-reading app you want, such as Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, iBooks and hundreds of others.  All you have to do is swipe downwards from the top of the screen to initiate the playbook controls and your e-book will be narrated by Siri.

  • If you have an Android, click here for instructions.
  • Lifewire recommends turning your text to MP3s through simple conversion programs. Click here for instructions.

This finals season, work smarter, not harder! Falvey Library is here to help.


(This blog is was originally published November 28, 2018, in a slightly altered form.)


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Finals Stress Busting Events–Another Way Falvey Helps Students Relax and Achieve

Every fall and spring, students come face to face with finals. The finals countdown. The finals destination. For students, finals are the ultimate test. (Literally, since they often have the ultimate test of the semester.)

Everything is on the line academically. That’s why Falvey Memorial Library staff members give students the chance each semester to chill and chow in a more low stakes line, one that winds around bars filled with nachos, Tater Tots, and desserts. Because four out of five students know that the first step toward a well-fed mind is a well-fed body.

photo of dessert bar

Dessert Bar, spring 2019: Donuts, cupcakes, and cookies–oh my!

 

Tater Tot Bar, fall 2017: The grade students gave this event was “snacktacular!”

 

Cereal Bar, Spring 2018: Spoonfuls of relaxation.

 


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library. His favorite cereal is Chocolate Chex, which he claims is “life.”


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Last Modified: July 22, 2019