When You Give A College Campus A Dog

When You Give A College Campus A Dog

Some puppy love for a college kid can change your whole day.
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If you saw me two weeks ago on campus at Villanova, you may have also seen my dog, Violet. A yellow lab, almost two years of age, dragging me around right and left as she eagerly stopped to meet a new face every minute or so. I had been begging my mom to bring her to campus for weeks, and she finally obliged on a Tuesday morning in late September.

While we were only a few days past the Autumnal Equinox, it may as well have been the middle of July. We took a nice walk to enjoy the weather, stopping here and there in the shade or on the grass. The sun beat down in its 78-degree heat, made obvious by the aggressive panting coming from Violet and the obscene amount of drool dripping down from her tongue. Nevertheless, happiness was inevitable, for me, for my mom, and of course for Vi.

And shockingly enough, for everyone else who encountered me that day, too.

"You seem to have a lot of friends, Annie," my mom noted at least three times.

She was referring to the absurd amount of people who confidently walked up to me, said hello, and asked if they could say hi to Vi. Walking around the Oreo, past the Connelly Center, and sitting on the Quad, people seemed to come from every direction. The truth was, I had never met at least 85% of the people who did that. I'm normally not very good with strangers; in fact, I'm all about the "pretending to be busy on your phone in order to avoid eye contact" strategy. I do that quite often. But on that day, what would have normally been an awkward smile at the very best turned into an unexpected but wonderful meeting of a lot of new people. And why? Because I had a puppy, of course.

A dog on campus made everyone more friendly, and I felt a happiness in the air that put a smile on my face. Many people even told me that meeting Vi made their day. There's something about the unconditional love and care of a dog that makes everyone feel good about themselves and about the world.

Meeting Violet is a prime example. She is always happy to see a new face, and she wants to meet everyone she sees. It's easy to feel down around midterms. Fall break is approaching, but in slow motion it seems. You're overwhelmed, tired, maybe even a little homesick. And somehow, a dog's love on campus can give you a piece of home.

Cover Image Credit: Annie Condodina

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2.Do you want to get food?

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4. What should I get to drink?

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7. I'm going to cry.

8. I'm leaving right now.

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10. Will you dance with me?

11. I haven't even had that much to drink.

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14. I can't believe this.

15. Do you want a shot?

16. Ppppllleeeeaasssee.

17. Who was that?

18. Let's go to a different bar.

19. I'm never drinking again

20. How did I get this drunk?

21. Let's stop at Five Guys.

22. I'm calling an Uber.

23. Why do I still like him?

24. I'm calling him.

25. Will you help button my body suit?

26. Will you take our picture?

27. Why is Uber surging already?

28. Let's late night.

29. I'm just really upset.

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31. What should I make my Instagram caption?

32. Do I look fat?

33. Get in this picture.

34. OMG, *insert crush* is at *insert bar*, let's go!

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36. I just found my husband.

37. Look at him, omg.
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39. I am so hungry.

40. He asked me to come over.

41. Where are you going?

42. I am not going over to his house.

43. I am going home.

44. I'm exhausted.

45. I'm going to throw up.

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5 Things To Look Forward To This Summer

You will not ever be bored if you use your time wisely.
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Earlier I did an article where I spoke about 5 things not to look forward to this summer. But despite those mishaps, there is sure to be a lot of great, terrific things to look forward to this summer. You guys are looking forward to topping last year's summer, and I hope you achieve it. But here are 5 things to look forward to.

1. The cookouts/barbecues

The cookouts and barbecues are going to be a sure fire thing...literally. I can smell the food now. The roasted hot dogs, the flame-grilled hamburgers, and the salty potato chips!!!! Oh my!!! And I would also like barbecue chicken to go along with my cookout, and it would be a perfect cookout. But the best cookouts is when they are tons of people, and everyone is chucking it up and having a great time. Those are the memories that will be cherished forever. It will not be the potato salad that was made by a secret recipe that your mom will cherish forever. Or it will not be the endless food that you have to store away, before it gets eaten quickly. But seriously, you all should do this!!!

2. The beaches/oceans/pools

With great food comes water, and water is around us 24/7. Why not indulge in it, by taking a plunge into the water. Besides drinking water, we can enjoy the beaches, the oceans and even the pools. But the pool may be cleaner, at least I hope. You can be one with yourself when you are in the water. The sun and the temperatures are going to be brutal this summer, and it is refreshing to dive in to the water, besides the water in your bathtub. Caution: please be safe at all times when you are going around water. Just because it is refreshing does not mean, it will not kill you. I know you all are going to do somersaults and having contests, of who can hold their breath the longest under water, but be careful. But aside from all that, I LOVE THE WATER!!!!

3. Family time

During the majority of the year, we as individuals are constantly berated with different tasks. Whether it be tasks for our jobs, our spouses, our side businesses or even a friend, we have something that occupies our time, besides our family. When the summer comes, everything tends to simmer down. Business seems to go slower, everyone is not in a rush to get from point A to point B. With that being said, there would be more time for us to spend time with family. We can come visit our parents, our grandparents, and aunts and uncles. We can even have weird conversations with our little cousins, and make them laugh until the sun goes down. These are all impactful, gracious times that you can never get, and are cherished for a lifetime. These are times that we need to share with our family, because we all are not here forever.

4. The environment

Even though it is going to be hot and humid, it still makes a great time to get many things done. The summer nights are going to be longer, the stars are going to shine brighter than ever before, and there is going to be fire brewing wherever you go. You can go camping and makes those s'mores like nobody else can. You can have those long car rides, that only time will tell you where you will end up. You can go kayaking and hiking along the mountains and waterfalls, that nature itself cannot explain, how beautiful this world really is. This world is a great, mystique beauty to see, and the best part is, everyone can experience it.

5. Idle time

I know in my last article I said that, boredom can be a nuisance when the summer comes, just because everything slows down. But this can also work out in your favor. You will not ever be bored, if you use your time wisely. Take your idle time to read that book you been meaning to read, work on your music, if you are me, and do something self-reflection. If there is anything you need to work on yourself, whether it be emotionally, physically, spiritually or morally, then this time would be the perfect time to do it. The things you do in your idle time, will be pivotal in your crunch time.

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