So the reasoning for this article is ridiculous but if you any of you have been on the app Umentioned, its shown a really ugly side of campus. A side that is interesting to me, not because I take what they are saying seriously because I don’t. Those thoughts are hidden behind the wall of anonymity and I realize people will say anything when anonymous.
Regardless, I think its worth delving into. I also realize I could be stepping on people’s toes with this article and some may not agree with what I have to say. I’ll preface this by saying, I mean no insult to anyone individually and I also have found myself guilty of this train of thought a few times. ALSO the following is about to become VERY GENERALIZED ( not to offend any groups I leave off)
But into my general idea
If you were to group Villanova into general cliques just in the most simple of terms it would look something like this.
- Athletics ( All D1 and club)
- Greek Life ( IFC, NPC and Pan Hell)
- Nationer (BK, Ambassadors, SpO, Orientation etc)
- Service ( Break trips, I’m going to throw groups like Power and VEMS in this cluster as well)
- Performing Arts ( VMT, VSMT, Acapella etc)
- Other Involvement ( I could break them up but that would take forever but Business clubs, human interest groups etc)
- No Involvement
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There are a groups of students in every group, and that’s what I love about Villanova, I honestly believe there is a place for every student on campus to find a way to fit in. All you have to do is immerse yourself in clubs and activities and I think you could find a place. That’s not to say that there is not legitimacy to transferring from Nova, I myself flirted with the idea of transferring when things got tough for me academically early on freshman year. But I digress. Within each grouping, there are crossovers, you are not pigeonholed to participating in just one group. There are students who are Nationers/Athletes, Other/Performing Arts, or Greek life/ Service. These student’s have decided to get involved in multiple organization but as just as a fact of life, it is tough to split your time between two organizations perfectly.
As a result of that there are clubs that we let define ourselves more than others and I see no issue with that. It’s a sense of pride. I have an overwhelming sense pride for being a part of the Orientation Program. There are people who pride themselves as being a part of Greek life or being a Break trip leader and there is no issue with that at all, in fact I love that. Put everything you have into what you are involved in… is that not why you got involved in the first place? Because you love participating in it?
However, something I’ve noticed as I’ve gained more leadership roles and also just as I’ve spent more time here at Villanova. Is that there are students within each grouping who believe themselves to be better than the rest of the student body because of their involvement. I’ve seen it within clubs and societies that I am a part of; where because we wear a shirt that says XYZ, I am entitled to look down upon you because you don’t wear that shirt. I’ve also seen it from people from other sections of campus that I am not a part of but i’ve felt like i’ve been judged for choosing to get involved with what I have. That attitude disgusts me.
Idk, maybe its a pride thing. It can be tough to get involved at Villanova and it could be due to that. Maybe the selection process for getting involved lends to the attitude. There are a lot of cuts and interview processes for more or less any society on campus and I understand why that’s necessary. Groups want to make sure they have the best representatives of themselves. However, just because you can represent a group “better” than another student does not make you any better than those other students.
That judgement takes away from the very accepting culture that Villanova is supposed reflect.
I guess what I want to see is more of a united front by students on campus. Regardless of whether you like Villanova or hate it. You are here and you should make the most of your time here. Make more of an effort to lift up others on campus, don’t judge a person because they aren’t doing what you are involved in. Get to know a person for that very reason. There are an abundance of things you can learn from everyone’s on campus experience.
Running within your own circle and only that circle leads to the homogeneous stereotype that Villanova sometimes receives. However, my thoughts on that are a different story.
I guess all in all what i’m trying to get at is. Get off your high horse. Define yourself how you want to be defined, but realize that we are all here at Nova for 4 years. Take the time to get to know people that don’t run in your circle. We aren’t better than one another based off of what we are involved in.
Once again, I want to state that this doesn’t target the majority of Villanova students, just the small minority that sometimes speaks louder than everyone else.
P.S. I hate the term Nationer