9 Little Things That Make Villanova Unique

9 Little Things That Make Villanova Unique

We have the rankings and the awards, but nothing compares to the feeling you get on campus.
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Villanova may be the home of an amazing business school, an even better basketball team, prestigious alumni (including the creators of the Life Is Good brand and KIND Bars), world class faculty and innovative, hard working students, it is really the little things that make Villanova a special school. We may have the statistics and polls to prove we are an outstanding school, but what sets us a part from the others is the feeling you get walking around campus that can't be experienced anywhere else. Here are nine things that make Villanova unique.

1. The Corr Hall Bells

Not only do these bells keep me on track and allow me to know when I am running late for class, they provide a pleasant back round noise to the usual ambiance of campus. I love sitting in my bed with the windows open and hearing the bell-version of the alma mater played across campus.

2. Everyone Holds The Door

This is such a Villanova thing. I have literally turned around and apologized to the person behind me for not holding the door because I didn't know they were there. It becomes so natural that you'll feel slightly offended if someone doesn't hold to door.

3. Seeing Father Peter On Campus

Father Peter, the president of Villanova, is his own kind of celebrity. Seeing him around campus is always a special moment and will definitely be shared with my friends over an all-caps text.

4. Sitting Around The Oreo

When it is nice out, you can find about half the student body sitting around and enjoying the warm weather right in the center of campus. It is hard to describe the feeling you get but honestly it is just nice to see everyone enjoying themselves and the warm weather, especially after the cold winter.

5. Rosie's Mug

Situated right next to the train station, Rosie's is a Villanova favorite. They have everything from delicious iced coffees, smoothies, flavored hot chocolates, acai bowls, pastries, muffins and so much more. I also love walking by and seeing the sign out front featuring their new menu item and a funny pun to go along with it.

6. Anthony's Party Rentals

Okay, this isn't really something cool or unique but if you go to Villanova you understand how integral Anthony's Party Rentals is to the school. Basically, whenever there is an event, you'll see an Anthony's Party Rentals truck and most likely some works assembling a tent. Some may think that it would probably be easier just to buy tents for these events, but I would be sad if I never saw Anthony's Party Rentals again.

7. Sunsets By The Church

Some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen occur over Lancaster Ave., but more importantly, the church. There is nothing quite like watching the sky change colors with the church in sight. And of course, it makes for a great classic church pic!

8. Hoops Mania

Hoops Mania is one of the best days of the year. Not only is it the opening of basketball season and you get to watch the team dance and play a short scrimmage, but there is also a performer! This year it was French Montana, but it the past Villanova has had Drake, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa. Not many other schools have the school spirit we do, and that definitely shows during Hoops.

9. No One Walks Across The Grass

One weird thing you'll notice about Villanova is that people will take the longer route just to avoid the grass area. It is basically an unspoken rule on campus and the only time it is broken is around Mendel Field.

Cover Image Credit: Emily Washbourn

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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Being A Latino First-Generation College Student Means I'm Pretty Much A Big Deal In My Parents' Eyes

Being Latino means so much pressure on you about going to college.

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College is a big deal to pretty much every family. It's especially a big deal to latinos whose parents weren't born here. I come from a family where majority of them were born in Mexico. I, however, was born in California. Ever since I was a little kid, my mom always talked about how important it is to go to college. My two older sisters found it less important. They were generically bad students. My whole life was revolved around not growing up to be anything like them.

At a young age, College was important to me. Getting an education was important to me. Trying my best in school was important to me. it was important to my mom which made it important to me. As a first generation college student, everything is new. There are so many things you just can imagine in your mind.

First off, moving away from home is a big deal. I know a lot of people don't but majority do. My mom was so skeptic about me leaving. She just didn't like it. It is a time where you realize your child is becoming more and more independent, that makes it east to assume they just don't need you anymore. Except for money, of course!

A major setback is not having anyone in your family that you can go to for advice. You're the first one going to college so nobody else can give you advice on the ambient experience that is college. You're really just winging it until it becomes a routine. You have to find your own places to study or own methods on how to study. Nobody is there to give you an insight of their own experience.

Coming from a family like mine, we never had lots of money. In fact, my mom used to have like 3 jobs just a couple years ago to support me and my sisters. It sometimes made me wonder if it was worth it even going to college. Taking out loans is not only hard, but it makes you live in anguish knowing you have to pay all that money back soon.

Not having money made it even more stressful in school because I knew that I had to work as hard as I could so I could get scholarships. I didn't want my family paying ten thousand dollars a year so I can to school if I really had an opportunity to try and go for free.

All in all, college is hard on everyone. Even if you're not a first-generation student, it's tough. Everyone has their own experience and their own personality. One thing is certain, college can or cannot be the best four years (give or take) of your life. It all depends on how we as students live up to our potential. The best thing any student can do is try to enjoy it. Studying is important, but having a good time is sometimes more important. We're here for a good time, not a long time.

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