6 Reasons Why Fall Fest Is The Best Weekend At Villanova

6 Reasons Why Fall Fest Is The Best Weekend At Villanova

#5, enough said.

Fall Fest at Villanova University: A weekend in early November dedicated completely to hosting Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

Although Fall Festival seems like just another philanthropic event, I promise that it is not. It is "the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world" and has become so much more than that for both the athletes and students at Villanova.

All people involved in SpO at Villanova, whether year-round or just volunteers for the weekend, can agree that Fall Fest is by far the best weekend at Villanova. And if you don't believe me, here's six reasons why.

1. The community

With over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, and 5,000 volunteers, campus is bustling with excitement for and dedication to one cause: the athletes. The positive attitude that campus exudes is invigorating. Every single person is smiling and beaming with happiness and it builds a community that is unlike any other that I have ever experienced. If you don't agree with this, you've definitely never been to O-Town. Seriously, check it out.

2. A weekend of sports & pure competition

Aside from the upbeat aura of Fall Fest, SpO has some of the best athletes that I have ever seen hands down. Watching every sport, from soccer to bocce, gets people on their feet and cheering because of the determination and skills of the athletes. What makes the competition all that better is that every athlete is putting their entire heart and soul into the game.

3. An opportunity to meet so many people

Every single athlete that you meet at fall fest will change your life, I promise. Every. Single. One. Their smiles. Their discussions. Their hugs. They are the BEST and they are coming from the best people you'll ever meet.

4. The culmination of SO MUCH hard work

SpO Committee at Villanova consists of solely students who work for a full year to produce the magic that is Fall Fest. These students, who have classes, other organizations and other life obligations to deal with, put in countless hours to pull the show off year after year and it is so awesome to watch their work fall into place over the three days.

5. You find your why.

A huge part of Fall Fest is your "why". Why you do what you do at Fall Fest whether it be volunteering as a Gen-Vol, Pro-Vol, LPH, VC, or part of Committee. At Fall Fest you will, hands down, find your why. And it will transcend so much deeper than just the weekend. You will find yourself using it to be the reason you get through those hard moments, days, and weeks.

6. Pure, genuine happiness

I cannot think of a time that I have been happier than I was over Fall Fest weekend. The excitement and energy is infectious.

If you have never been to Fall Fest, you must go. Make the trip this year. Add it to your Bucket List. Whatever you have to do to get there, a trip to Special Olympics at Villanova is a total must do. You will get to experience these six amazing things, plus so much more.

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First Week At Work: Tips And Tricks As Told By Timothee Chalamet

Because everyone could use some advice in this department, and have some eye candy to look at too.

After months of looking and sending in applications, I recently started my first job at the late age of nineteen as a waitress and counter person at a local Italian restaurant. I have worked there for two weeks, but have only just begun taking home my tips. Over the past week, I have also been struggling to find time to write articles, and so for this one I am going to be telling all the kids about the first week of a new job through Timothee Chalamet gifs, with little tips and tricks here and there.

The training period.

Training sucks, and yet is simultaneously probably the most boring time I have ever had in my life. Still, you make mistakes, but if you’re lucky you’ll have a good group of people behind you. I met with a good number of my coworkers on the first day, and all of them were absolute sweethearts. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch to work with. But the training! It was absolutely nerve wracking, especially dealing with people who want food as much as you do after four hours. It takes awhile to get use to being on your feet when you have not in… ever, but sometimes the time flies and you barely notice it.

Meeting the coworkers.

I touched on this vaguely above, but there’s more to say. I would highly recommend making friends with the coworkers you have, or at least greeting them with the utmost smile and wave when you first come in and leaving it as an open invitation. As I said before, they are the biggest sweethearts I have come across, and not just because they make me free food. I’m never bored at work, and to be quite frank, I was suppose to go in today and was bummed that I could not- even if I had to do homework. I love their company, and I feel very welcomed there. Not every workplace is like this, but if you give out an open invitation- even if you’re shy, you’ll find someone who makes it worth your while.

Balancing school life and work life.

Okay so this one isn't Timothee but this gift of Michael Stuhlbarg speaking to Timothee spoke to me on a deep level about this. This is proving a struggle on me as of late. Last night I got a zero on an assignment which I worked on for seven hours. How, may you ask? Because I was distracted in conversation and I forgot to download the proper file. I’m sure it’s possible, and I am determined to make it work, but it’s a challenge. Don’t ever underestimate it, because it will quickly whip you into shape. I would highly recommend, if possible, to get ahead on your assignments on your off day. Yes, it is time consuming, but in the end, isn’t it all about getting that money? And, just another bit of advice, if it does become a challenge there is no shame in deciding that it’s not your time to work. I had come to that conclusion awhile back when I first started, and even though my mind has changed, I still hold the same opinion. Those who say “you will always be stressed out in the real world” don’t understand that realistically, in the real world you will not have to do school work and balance a part time job. Am I saying to quit immediately? No, because the work experience is needed, but give it a month minimum before deciding.

Don't sweat your mistakes.

Take every day as a new opportunity. I'll be totally honest and say right now, I cried three nights already because I was so stressed and tired, and embarrassed over my mistakes. Luckily, the support system I have there is amazing, but regardless of how bad or how good your support system is, it's up to you to take everything as a learning opportunity. It's okay. Just breath, everything is going to work out. There is a reason that they have training, and after all, it is your first job. Things are bound to get messed up, it's up to you to learn from it. Eventually, you'll be a pro.

Take advantage of your off days.

This is pretty self explanatory but if I had a nickle for every off day I wasted, I would probably make up the money I made in tips on training and didn't get to keep. Do homework, read your book, study, do something but don't sleep all day, no matter how tempting. Even if you wake up at eleven, it's still better than sleeping past two. Got homework you need to do that could wait? Don't do it when you get off, just wait. Take your breather and sleep.

In the end, the first job will either be fun, or a stepping stone into something bigger. Take advantage of the new skills you acquire, because you won't find them anywhere else than on the floor.

Gif sources in order: pinterest ,http://m.diary.ru, timotheetea.tumblr.com, giphy.com, imgur.com,

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Elisabeth Carell, Choose UMich Because You KNOW We’re The Best Big 10

We are a community that sticks with you forever, an amazing network that’ll take you above and beyond.

After stopping at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the bathroom and some food, the Carell’s arrived at the University of Michigan for a real tour of an *actual* school.

Multiple students spotted Elisabeth’s parents, Steve and Nancy Carell throughout the day. They were kind enough to stop and take pictures with them, and when one student called out “Michael!” Steve turned around and laughed with the 20-year-old. As amazing as it was to have these two on our campus, that isn’t the point of this article.

Dear Elisabeth Carell,

We hope you enjoyed visiting the one and only University of Michigan. This school is one of a kind; wear a Michigan hat or shirt around any town in the United States and you are bound to get “Go Blue!” yelled to you throughout the day. We are a community that sticks with you forever, an amazing network that’ll take you above and beyond.

1. Game days are no competition

From being woken up at 7 a.m. to getting ready, to the euphoric tailgates to WINNING, nothing beats a Michigan game day. Nothing. Being in the Big House thousands decked out in Maize and Blue is incomparable, you will never feel more a part of something than you do when you are all cheering for our football team in that stadium. And trust me, you want to go to a school where they actually win their games.

Anyone that goes to the school can go on and on about all the traditions we have at this school.

2. At some point during your time here, you will most definitely paint the rock

What’s on the rock changes each day, sometimes even multiple times a day.

3. We have a giant Spinning cube

The Cube” as most people call it, brings good luck. Students and alumni are known to spin it when they walk by.

4. The traditions start as soon as you become a wolverine

During orientation we walk through the fountain towards the diag, symbolizing the beginning of us as a Wolverine. Then on graduation day, the students walk through the fountain again towards the graduate school, symbolizing their bright futures.

5. Kissing under the West Engineering Arch

It is known that if you kiss someone at midnight under the Arch before you’re 21, then this is the one you will marry.


I swear this is real, in the middle of the diag lays a brass M, if you step on it you will fail your first blue book exam. The only way to reverse this is to run to the Natural History Museum from the M, kiss the two stone pumas and run back between the first and last stroke of midnight –naked.

7. Our campus is beautiful

You can always count on something going on in the diag and people laying in hammocks or walking on tightropes tied between trees. The Arb, the buildings, the views, it’s all exactly what you could want for a college campus.

8. State Street

There are tons of “state streets” across the country, but nothing quite compares to this one. There is art and culture everywhere you look, amazing clothing stores and of course this gorgeous street brings me to…food.

9. Food

From Frita Batidos to Fred’s to Zingerman’s, the list goes on and on.


11. The education

Our clubs and activities are endless. There is a place for everyone and so much opportunity. The faculty care, they want to see you succeed. I have heard many stories where faculty have introduced a job or an internship to a student that skyrocketed their career. With all the classes and majors you could want, Michigan specializes in anything and anyone with passion. That’s what makes us so great.

This is where the best memories and friendships happen, I promise. College can be hard, but lucky as a student at one of the best universities I’ve fallen in love with this place faster than I’d ever think. You go in and faster than you would imagine you are able to find connection unlike any other. This is where it's at.

Come here to have the best college experience you could ever ask for.


The entire UofM student body

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