“And the Grammy Award goes to…”

With the new year comes award seasons, and on February 12, the most famous and fabulous in the music industry will meet in Los Angeles for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. While it is always exciting to see the gowns, the performances and the winners, the glitz and glamour of music can sometimes seem so far away. It’s fascinating to see how differently everyone views music. You can listen to something as you walk quietly to class. You can blast your new favorite song with your friends while you wait for the pizza to be delivered. You can dance the night away when a great throwback comes on at formal. So while the Grammys often recognize the best and the brightest, it’s interesting to see what artists Villanova students are listening to.

Who do you want to win a Grammy this year?

“I’m a pretty devoted Adele and Beyoncé fan, so this Grammy season is going to be fairly contentious. However, if I am looking at other artists nominated, I would like to see Chance The Rapper have his time on stage and Thomas Rhett in the country category. His talent and song writing skills are incredible.” – Dan Bernardi ’17

4b59272a7a657b63faa85ef283dcd324-1000x1000x1“I want Chance The Rapper to win a Grammy. He is an independent artist and has managed to make great music without a major recording deal and does a lot to help his community in Chicago.” – Mike Tyrie ’20

What music are you currently listening to?

“I currently listen to a little bit of everything. I like country music when I study, but then The Chainsmokers have always been one of my favorites. I love the playlist “Hot Rhythmic” on Spotify. It has a little bit of everything, including a lot of up-and-coming artists. It’s a great way for me to listen to songs that haven’t become as popular yet.” – Mikaela Gill ’18

Who are you hoping to hear new music from in 2017?

“I’m looking forward to hearing more from Ed Sheeran. I’m so excited for his new album.” – Sarah McAssey ’19

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“When I think of 2016, I think of Closer by The Chainsmokers. They definitely deserve a Grammy for having quality singles, from Closer to Paris and even All We Know.” – Dan Bernardi ’17 

Whether it’s classical or country, Chance or The Chainsmokers, there is an artist, a genre, and a playlist for everyone. While artists try to stay unique, the Grammy Awards are a perfect example of how they’re all part of a much larger community. The same goes for Villanova: While our interests may lie in different areas, every student has the opportunity to get involved and work toward a great purpose. It’s what makes both Villanova University and those songs you enjoy the most so special.


Welcome to My Home: Going Nova

Tick, tock, tick, tock!! The countdown to Early Action Candidates’ Day is always filled with much anticipation, overwhelming excitement, and as much Villanova “hype” as one could imagine. Have you been invited to this Villanova holiday? Then CONGRATULATIONS!! Getting admitted early is a great accomplishment, and we invite you to come and see all that Villanova has to offer!

Early Action Candidates’ Weekend has been designed as a way to show potential members (i.e. you!) of the Class of 2021 what could very well be their “New Home,” with many activities and events planned. While there is never a dull moment on campus, this weekend is especially jam-packed with many activities and events so you could potentially see yourself here. On Friday, you will have the opportunity to sit in a real college class and grab dinner at either Donohue Court or Dougherty Hall with members of the Blue Key Society and the Ambassadors. They will be around all weekend in their navy and light blue polo shirts—don’t hesitate to stop and ask them a question about anything!

Saturday is the main stage, and the events that I experienced two years ago when I was a high school senior helped me fall head over heels in love with Villanova. It certainly was hard to wake up early on a Saturday morning, but my family and I hopped in the car and off we went to Villanova! As we approached the school, Nova Nation was on full display, with so many students braving the cold  to welcome everyone. I remember looking around and telling my parents the only word I could think of… “WOW.” The car windows may have been frosty, but the energy and excitement was as warm as a fire. From that moment on, seeing all the kids holding signs saying “Peace, Love, Cats” and “We’ve Got a Blank Space, Candidates, So Come Write Your Name!,” hearing them cheering with glee and excitement, I knew where I needed to spend my next four years! As we kept driving, my mom rolled down her window to start high-fiving those braving the cold and my dad started honking the horn. I was momentarily mortified, but as I saw the Nova Nationers out there getting so excited by these actions, I started to put my “V” up, too! With all this excitement, passion, and energy, I decided that I would be out on Lancaster Avenue, welcoming students to Villanova in a year’s time,  (Spoiler alert: I was!)


Despite the tundra like atmosphere, we were instantly enveloped in a positive, loving energy. It truly serves as the perfect welcome into the Nova Nation! I just got this feeling, realizing that I wanted to go to a school where students are just like family, that are passionate and energetic, that love their school and their fellow classmates so much! My mom and I took a selfie once we got into the Pavilion to celebrate this occasion!
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As much as I wanted to continue with the festivities of the day, snow began falling. Because of this, we had to cut our visit short and start heading home so we would not get trapped in the snow. We did not go on a campus tour or see a current freshman’s room or head to the Activities Fair, but we were able to learn how pretty campus is with snow on the ground!

Experiencing the events of Candidates’ Day as a member of the Blue Key Society last year really cemented my love for this special day. Eating meals with prospective families, chatting and getting to know them, and telling them about Villanova really warmed my heart on Friday. Getting up early on Saturday morning was not a challenge a year later—rather, I couldn’t fall asleep because I was so excited! The day flew by in a whirlwind—yes, it was still freezing, but I never felt cold because of all the excitement of the events around me! Giving a tour, helping families get to various events, and smiling at everyone I encountered were highlights of a spectacular day.


Sitting here writing this, I know that words cannot describe the experience fully. Please come to Early Action Candidates’ Day so that you can experience it for yourself. Welcome to the most spirited university in the world. Welcome to the most energetic, love-filled community. Welcome to a place that stresses the ideals of truth, unity, and love. Welcome to my home. Hopefully, it will be your home too!

For more information about Candidates’ Day, check out this link! http://www.villanova.edu/villanova/admission/early-action-candidates–day.html