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‘Cat in the Stax: Thankfulness in a Chaotic World

By Jenna Newman

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Although it may look different this year, Thanksgiving is still a time to reflect on everything for which we are thankful. That might feel more difficult: what’s there to be thankful for in the middle of a global pandemic, right? But upon reflection, I discovered a cornucopia of things for which I am grateful. 

Extra Family Time
After I was sent home during my senior year of undergrad last semester, all I could think about was the time I missed with friends before we all moved on to what was next. I was also dreading being at home for the longest time since high school. But the last 10 months gave me an opportunity to spend extra time with my little brother before he went away to college, live with my future in-laws, play tons of games, and binge practically every movie on Netflix with my family. It’s easy to focus on what we missed out on this past year, but try to refocus on the time with loved ones that you may not have had otherwise. 

Flexibility with Courses
I wasn’t sure how courses were going to go this fall, especially with all the technical difficulties that marked last spring. But ultimately what last spring did was help provide professors and students more tools to connect virtually and allow the school to give more options with courses. Students are able to make the best decisions for them and their health and find a balance between in-person and online courses. Adjusting to a new semester’s worth of courses can be overwhelming even without additional problems, so added flexibility is definitely something to be grateful for this year. 

Health
My family has experienced
COVID first-hand and seen how quickly the virus can take a life, but through all of that, I’ve tried to remember that it could always be worse and focus on the positives. I’ve been able to stay healthy throughout this time, and I’m grateful for that. It’s easy to look at the negatives. In reality, feeling comfortable to come to campus is a privilege many people don’t have. I know some people reading this probably have it worse than me, while others have it better, but keeping your health in perspective is important.

Books
Ever since middle school, I’ve complained about not having enough time to read. And whenever I did have time, I would binge read as much as possible. With social activities slowing down and spending more evenings at home, that’s allowed for more time to read. Plus, with Falvey being open for contactless pick-up, I’ve been able to check out all the books that have been on my reading list for ages. With the news and social media becoming overwhelming, books offer a way to escape into the lives of other people, real or fiction, for a couple hours.

(Shameless plug! I am running a book club that is currently reading the past One Book Villanova selection The Other Wes Moore. Learn how to join in on the fun here.)

Villanova
The last thing that I am so grateful for this semester, is that Villanova’s campus has been open throughout the entirety of the fall semester. The fact that we have to wear masks is a small price to pay for the social interaction that comes with being able to go into work twice a week and not have to attempt to do virtual presentations. My study habits would be considerably worse off if it weren’t for Falvey’s research librarians and having Holy Grounds as a go-to study space. 

Hopefully this list inspires you to take some time, and a break from studying, to reflect on the things you have, even in this crazy, chaotic year that is 2020. Share with me below what you’re grateful for this year!


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Thankful for all the good food I’m going to eat next week.

 

 

 


 


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Foto Friday: Yoda Best, Wildcats

Drawling and photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, Wildcats! See you Monday.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite Star Wars character is C-3PO (and more recently) K-2SO.


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TBT: Manifold Blessings

Photo courtesy of Villanova University Digital Library

“Never has America had greater occasion for Thanksgiving than today. Think of the manifold blessings for which we should be profoundly grateful…”

Leslie’s illustrated weekly newspaper, v. 127, no. 3298, November 23, 1918, details the ending of World War I. View the full newspaper on Villanova University’s Digital Library.


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


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Wildcats are on the Go-Go Before Thanksgiving Break

Our students are always on the move! That’s why, while we will miss you dearly, we hope our whole community will take this Thanksgiving break to relax and recharge with family and friends.


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How You Can Help During the Holidays

Campus Ministry’s Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Drive is happening on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Connelly Circle, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Register to donate a holiday dinner for a local family or signup to help pack or deliver meals.

Looking for more ways to help during the holidays? Check out these volunteer opportunities on- and off-campus:

The Joy of Sox (Donation Box) 

  • Stop by Garey Hall to drop off new pairs of socks for the homeless.

Nova Nook (Donation Box) 

  • Donate personal care items at the Connelly Center info desk or in Dougherty room 202.

St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen and UCHC Soup Kitchen

  • Volunteers are responsible for serving guests, busing tables, cleaning dishes, etc.  

Hub of Hope: Project Home

  • Volunteers provide hospitality to participants by assisting with basic services the Hub offers.

Visit Campus Ministry if you are interested in participating with Community Outreach of Villanova. View the full listing of volunteer opportunities here.


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

 

 


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The Curious Cat: Favorite Thanksgiving Food

Thanksgiving is only a week away! In preparation for that day of feast, family, and friends, we asked students what their favorite Thanksgiving food is. Here is what they said.

“Turkey because it tastes good and is a traditional food”

-Jacob Artz, Communication, Class of 2023

“Stuffing because it’s a family tradition. My family makes the best stuffing and I’m willing to fight anyone on that”

-Keith Mathews, History, Class of 2021

“BBQ because I am from Texas and my family always gets BBQ for Thanksgiving”

-Kamryn Dow, Political Science, Class of 2022


This week’s Curious Cat is brought to you by Allie Reczek, Lindsay Sassion, and Liam Brassington, three 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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Last Modified: November 21, 2019