15 Things Every Villanovan Misses During The Summer

15 Things Every Villanovan Misses During The Summer

The essentials of every wildcat.

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It's been 3 weeks since move-in and we are all finally back into the Nova Grind. It's taken a little while to settle in, but I'm so happy to be back. There are some things I missed SO much this summer. Nova students--I know you missed these things too:

1. Snap Pizza

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2. Hope's Cookies

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3. King of Prussia

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The mall is amazing but let's not mention the shuttle service....

4. Drowning in Holy Grounds

5. The "PACKAGE READY FOR PICK-UP" email

Because who isn't overly-excited for their packages?

6. Minella's Diner

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7. Studying in Starbucls

8. Smoothies from Freshens

I'll never get tired of the Jamaican Jammer

9. Grilled Cheese from Con

10. Dark chocolate covered pretzels

11. The French Vanilla Chip Muffin

Ugh. So bad, yet so good.

12. Wearing your ugg slippers out and having it be acceptable

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13. Wearing Nova gear all day e'ryday

14. Spending your Friday Nights at the KOP movie theater

15. Taking selfies in front of the church

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It's every Wildcat's guilty pleasure.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


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14 Summer Activities You Can Do Instead Of Sitting At Home

Ideas to keep you busy, no matter where you live!

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Do you ever get tired of repeating, "I don't know, what do you want to do?" No one wants to be bored with zero fun plans over the summer. If you are ever struggling to come up with ideas, grab your friends and try some of these activities to make your summer more exciting!

Go on an adventure and take a road trip

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"Seas the day" and go to the beach

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Go to a concert

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Watch the Fourth of July fireworks

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Escape your mind and go hiking

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Try The Color Run

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Cuddle next to a campfire

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Go water tubing

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Go to the fair

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Stay active and play sports

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Tan at the pool

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"Take me out to the ball game"

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Go berry picking

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Have a picnic

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Summer break is the perfect time to make lifelong memories, not to waste by sitting at home. So make this summer your best one yet!

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