Fight the Flu: Tips and Tricks for how to stay safe during cold and flu season

Hey there, everyone. I hope everyone is having a good semester. Right now we are in the thick of Winter. It’s cold, a little snowy, and I really miss the sun. Anyway, since it’s the middle of Winter, we also know that it’s the middle of cold and flu season. We try our best to stay healthy, but it can be nearly impossible when we’re around so many people all day. What’s a student to do?

If you were around me at all last year, you’ll know that around this time I was sick for a while. Clearly, I know something about being sick. We all here the basic tips on being healthy. Drink fluids, rest, yadda yadda yadda. But what else can I do when I’m sick? Well, something that always helped me was psychosomatics. If I tell myself that I’m feeling better, than I start believing that I’m feeling better even if I’m not. Let me share with you some of my best tips for faking wellness:


  • Get Dressed. When you’re sick, you’ll want nothing but to stay in your pajamas. However, if you get out of bed and put clothes on, you’ll feel a little more like a regular person and you may feel encouraged to move around a little more. That brings us to my second point. 37371903906_1204c89085_b
  • Move. It’s hard. Believe me, I know it’s hard, but you need to move. Even if you just walk around your house a little, it’s something. Some movement will freshen your surroundings and brighten your mood.9052-close-up-of-feet-walking-on-a-road-pv
  • Put on Some Make Up.. Dab some concealer on your nose and eyelids; or maybe put foundation on your face. Do something that will cover up the redness and hide the sick face. Look in the mirror after you’ve done this. You’ll look a lot healthier and it’ll make you feel much
  • Wash your Hands. This easy tip can sometimes be forgotten.  Always remember to wash your hands multiple times a day, especially during cold and flu season.  If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer is another great way to stay clean.   download (1)


  1. Eat Well.  Our bodies need nourishment, especially when we are sick.  If you are feeling under the weather, eating lots of fruits and vegetables is a great idea.  Also, it might be cliche, but homemade chicken noodle soup is one of the best things for you when you’re sick! Check out this recipe right here15621988590_bc65d978da_b

So, there you have it. I hope they help you. I should mention though that there is one fool-proof way that you can help yourself feel better. Don’t get sick in the first place 😉 *

*If your cold/illness persists, please seek care from a medical professional.



Are you interested in Manor College? Yes? Awesome.  Are you attending Manor College’s Open House on Saturday, February 24? We sure hope so!



There are SO many reasons you should attend our open house.  We’ve outlined 10 reasons right here.

  1. Meet with our awesome staff and faculty. Our 12:1 student/faculty ratio makes it easier for you to become closely attached to our professors and faculty.
  2. You can use our Fire Emoji (Apple/iOS Version) Snapchat Geofilter! By the way, add us on Snapcsnapcodehat!
  3. It’s an easy way to meet future classmates and future friends. You might meet your “bestie for lifey” here at our Open House. You’ll never know if you don’t come.
  4. You can get a tour of our beautiful campus from our very own Student Ambassadors.
  5. Learn about our great academic programs. We have over 35 academic programs and we have BRAND NEW Bachelor Degree Programs too! Come find out which one is best for you to get your education on.
  6. Enjoy a delicious FREE lunch. Who doesn’t love free lunch?
  7. The President will be here. No, not Donald Trump –  President Peri. How many times have you had a chance to meet the President of a college? Come to our Open House and @PrezPeri will be here.
  8. Take a selfie with our very own Blue Jay mascot, Manny. When it comes to selfies, our Blue Jay is a pro! 37848813412_3a47aea24b_z (1)
  9. Money talks. If you have specific questions about your financial aid package, we’ll have financial aid counselors here to answer them.
  10. Get comfortable. Open House is a great way to learn why Manor is a great fit for you!

There are so many more reasons why you should come to Manor College’s Open House, but instead of reading the many reasons I write, you should be registering for the Open House right now!

Manor’s Influence: An Alumni Story

When I entered Manor College to study psychology, I had no idea that in a very short time I would find a second home. Manor is a wonderful, warm community where you can find your place and yourself. The school provided opportunities not only to study with knowledgeable and extremely helpful professors, but also activities and experiences with people who helped me grow as a person.  17688855625_aecf9367f8_oReceiving an education at Manor College gave me an opportunity to grow and improve my capabilities, which paved the way for my future studies. Graduating with an associate degree in Psychology from Manor College, transferring to Holy Family to pursue my Bachelor Degree, and now studying at College of Staten Island (CUNY) as I work toward a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I am extremely humbled and eager to continue on with my education. Because of Clinical Mental Health Counseling’s recent introduction to New York State, I feel extremely fortuitous being able to attend a New York school, which instituted a new cutting edge program in this field. CUNY is among the first leading schools offering such a dynamic, forefront curriculum which, as of now, is rarely offered in New York.

The process of transferring from Manor College was an emotional challenge; leaving the community I loved, even as I was pursuing my passion, was bittersweet. However, Manor equipped me with tools to surpass my comfort zone, leave where I felt most comfortable, and use the experiences of my two years as a support for new ventures. The experience of the warm, welcoming and jubilant atmosphere of Manor College became my foundation for making an adjustment to a new college community. I felt strengthened by the support and spirit I had experienced at Manor, and was soon able to find my way on my own.  

The Manor professors’ exuberant attitudes and passion for their life’s work were the foundation that helped me excel in the classroom. Their continuous help and encouragement enabled  students to find and develop the ability to accomplish their scholarly tasks and understand the subject at hand.  18425399_1681809461833198_3560221200651121028_n

I am extremely fortunate to have started my college education at Manor College. My aspiration is to become a licensed Psychologist, working with a hospital and in a private practice. With continuous encouragement from Manor College’s community, even after having already graduated, my dream can truly become a reality. I am privileged for having been able to attend the small, Ukrainian Catholic college that suited my character, helped me develop unknown strengths, and reflects the values with which I live. My wonderful two years at Manor College provided the foundation for all subsequent paths.

– Vera Penkalskyj

The Home Stretch of the Semester: 5 Smart Things To Do Over Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break is practically here, and while it can be tempting to sleep and watch movies all break, your future self will thank you if you’re even a little bit productive during break. Here are 5 (productive) things to do over Thanksgiving Break as a college student:


  1. Get caught up: Were there reading assignments you put off during the semester because you were too busy? Thanksgiving Break is the perfect time to return to those readings, take notes, and be better prepared for the next test! This break is also the ideal time to revisit any topics you didn’t completely understand the first time around.
  2. Get ahead: With final projects right around the corner, this is a great time to make major progress on them without other class assignments getting in the way. (Imagine how thankful you’ll be when you sit down to complete your project in December and it’s already halfway done!)
  3. Create an academic plan: Spring registration is open, and registering over break gives you time to review your academic plan and make any necessary changes (make sure you run these past your advisor) before registering. Having an academic plan helps keep you on track to graduate by making sure you’re taking the right classes in the right sequence.
  4. Catch up on self-enrichment activities: During the semester, you probably cut out some personal time, but Thanksgiving Break gives you the opportunity to relax and spend time doing fun activities you don’t have time for when the semester is in full-swing. From reading or cooking, to napping or family time, Thanksgiving Break is a time to unwind and focus on yourself.
  5. Make to-do lists: By now, you probably have a good sense of what’s coming for the remainder of the semester. Take advantage of this during break by writing out to-do lists. Regardless of whether you add them straight to your planner or write yourself sticky notes, having due dates written out can help reduce some of the stress you’ll most likely experience during the final stretch of the semester.

We’re in the home stretch of the fall semester, and Thanksgiving Break gives us some extra time that we can utilize to get ahead. If you work on these things over break, we guarantee you’ll be glad you got them out of the way when you had the spare time!

We hope your break is as productive as it is relaxing!


10 Fun Things To Do in Philly Over Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving is a time for great food, friends and family, catching up on your sleep and starting to prepare yourself for the end of the semester. Thanksgiving break is also the perfect time to head to the City of Brotherly Love to have some fun! We’ve outlined 10 (of the many) awesome things to do in Philadelphia during Thanksgiving break!

1.) Christmas Village


Christmas Village in Philadelphia is an outdoor Holiday market located in Center City.   The village is a replica of a traditional Christmas market in Germany.  With more than 80 vendors with food, drinks, ornaments, holiday gifts and more, visiting Christmas Village is a “must-do” over your break!


2.) Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest


If you love to ice skate, this is the PERFECT activity for you and your friends! The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open from November 24, 2017 to March 4, 2018. This fest includes a beautifully lit landscape, outdoor seating area with fire pits, warming cabins, games, foods and drinks! Text your friends NOW – and make a plan to head down to the RiverRink.


3.)  America’s Garden Capital Maze


America’s Garden Capital Maze will be returning to Dilworth Park for a second season! It’s a pop-up maze mixed with a garden! The maze features beautiful lights and plants that will highlight more than 30 public gardens and historic landscapes around Philadelphia.


4.) Hit the Cinema!


Head to a theater near you and see Disney/Pixar’s latest film, Coco! The movie is about a musician Miguel, who has to face his family’s ban of music. There are many theaters in the area including United Artists Grant Plaza 9, AMC Woodhaven 10, AMC Philadelphia Mills, and Regal Cinemas Warrington Crossing 22!


5.) Christmas at Peddler’s Village


If a huge gingerbread display is something you would be interested in, you have to check out Peddler’s Village! Located at 2400 Street Road in New Hope, this outdoor shopping mall is perfect for a chilly day!


6.)  Longwood Gardens


Located in Kennett Square, PA, Longwood Gardens is home to a four-acre conservatory filled with holiday lights, topiaries, music, and more! This is definitely a Christmas outing you do not want to miss.


7.) Christmas Light Show at Macy’s


Shopping followed by a Christmas light show? Yes please! The Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia, home to the department store Macy’s, comes to life with thousands of Christmas lights from November 25 – December 3, 2017.  This 100,000-light show is narrated by Julie Andrews and features music from the famous Wanamaker Organ.  Performances are free and take place every two hours during store hours.  


8.) Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad


Stop in for a bite to eat and check out the Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad! It features an interactive model train set that celebrates the history of the best food market in the area!


9.) Comcast Holiday Spectacular


This 15 minute Comcast Holiday Spectacular needs to be added to your to-do list! Open from November 23 – January 1, 2018, this 15 minute show features a musical journey with some of the greatest holiday music such as Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. You can see this show at the top of each hour from 10am – 8pm through December 31.


10.) Small Business Saturday

An American holiday that falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a great way to support small and local businesses! Philadelphia is home to SO MANY great small businesses, so support one (or a few) and get started on your holiday shopping!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Why Going to College in the Suburbs is Awesome!

Not sure whether or not to go to school in the suburbs? Are you wondering what the suburbs offer students? We can help; here are 7 reasons why we love our suburban college campus!

Scenic views:


In the city, practically everything is pavement; this isn’t true in the suburbs. Enjoy lush green grass and strong trees on Manor’s campus. Take a minute to sit in the grass under a tree; we promise you won’t regret it!


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The road out front of our campus isn’t busy, so you’ll rarely (if ever) hear cars honking, tires skidding, or people yelling. This makes campus the perfect place to unwind and relax.



The suburbs tend to be safer than cities. On top of this, Manor College was given an A+ for safety this past January; college campuses don’t get much safer than that!



If you drive to campus, the ride to a suburban campus is much more bearable than a drive to an urban campus. Cities are known for having crowded roads and rushed drivers. Depending on your commute to Manor, there will be significantly fewer people on the roads on your way to Manor than if you had to drive in the city.


baby birds

When we say nature we don’t mean little birds eating the scraps of food you leave behind. We mean fawns, baby birds, and butterflies. Spend some time on campus, and you’re bound to run into some animals starting life on their own.

Campus barn:


The suburbs give us space for our very own barn, right next door. Whether you’re a Vet Tech student, love horses, or just want to take a walk, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to say “hello” to our horses!

Alverthorpe Park:


Our campus is next door to Alverthorpe Park, a beautiful park with paved trails, a pond (complete with a fountain!), picnic tables, tennis and basketball courts, a playground for kids, and more! Normally, only Abington residents can take advantage of their offerings, but your Manor ID will give you access! The large, shady trees make the park the perfect place for a walk or jog, even on a hot day.

Our lush, safe, suburban campus is the perfect place to hangout, relax, or study. If you want to see our campus yourself, schedule a campus visit!

Meet President Peri

Hear what President Peri majored in college and how it led him to Manor!

Life in New York

This past semester I had the great privilege to sit down with President Peri and talk to him about his life as a college student. What his dreams were, what his major (or majors he tried) were and how his path led him here to Manor College.

Hailing from Long Island, New York, as a young child, President Peri had grand dreams of becoming a (the fastest) race car driver and says that he spent much time on the

President Peri with go-kart racing trophies

President Peri (left) with his father (right) pose in front of their go-kart racing trophies.

weekends with his father go-karting and participating in races in NY (you should ask him to see some of his trophies)!  

By the time President Peri was 18-years-old, he realized that his dream of being a racecar driver was a bit unrealistic – due to needing funding and sponsors. Villanova University visited President Peri’s high school and while a young President Peri was chatting with the Villanova representatives, he thought that this was a sign from God and “divine providence” that he should attend Villanova University.

Did you know? President Peri loves music and listens to all types of music, everything from classical to hip-hop.

President Peri Heads to Villanova

As a freshman student at Villanova, President Peri started off as a Liberal Arts major then changed to an Engineering major and then had “a change of heart” due to taking Major World Religions, taught by Professor Paul Moijes that President Peri considered to be “life-changing,” and from that moment, he became a Theology major.

Did you know? When President Peri when was inaugurated as President last April, Professor Paul Moijes was in attendance.

On campus – President Peri was involved in the Pre-Law Society, the Solar Car Team and joined a social fraternity, which he considered “good and bad.” Good because he gained lots of friends with whom are his friends to this day, and bad because it took some time away from his studies, which led to impact on his grades.

President Peri’s fondest moments of his college experience at Villanova were the relationships that he formed with everyone from classmates to his relationship with the current Villanova President, Father Peter Donohue. Father Peter at the time was a theater professor, and although President Peri never took a theater course, Father Peter was around campus and very “ministerial in his approach,” and built a great friendship and became a mentor for President Peri.  When President Peri was considering taking the presidency at Manor, he sought guidance from Father Peter.

Upon graduation from Villanova, President Peri, started attending Law School at Widener University, while interning for a judge at a criminal court in New York.  Currently, President Peri is a student at Eastern University, studying to obtain a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership.

Did you know?  President Peri is a licensed lawyer in Pennsylvania, New York, Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, and the Supreme Courts of the United States.

Marriage, Family, Foster Care & Faith

Looking reflectively, President Peri recalls many distinctive moments in his life, one being when his wife, Kristin, was a Public Defender in Philadelphia and how “she could see the best in people no matter who they are. She represented those who had troubling lives or took a wrong turn in life and made it her mission to try and get them on the right path.”

One aspect of life that is very close to the Peri’s family heart is foster care. President Peri shared with me the importance of foster care and adopting children, which is giving children the love and tools they need to be successful adults who know that they have a solid foundation built on love. This really hit home for me because I, myself grew up in foster care and know firsthand what the harsh realities are for a child in the system. Four years ago, President Peri and his wife adopted their son, Bruno, who President Peri says is “incredible and such a loving part of our family.”

In my opinion and after spending a good 90 minutes with President Peri, I have learned so much.  President Peri is truly a leader that many should strive to be. He is compassionate, empathic, smart, loving and most of all – he loves Christ and carries the love that Christ says we should have for one another.

President Peri is frequently seen around campus talking with students.

As someone who will be walking across the stage to receive my diploma later this month –  I am fortunate enough to had been given the opportunity to interview such a wonderful leader and it is my hope that he continues to lead Manor College in the direction in which God has chosen.