6 Reasons Why Fall Fest Is The Best Weekend At Villanova

6 Reasons Why Fall Fest Is The Best Weekend At Villanova

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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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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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