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:

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  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!

 

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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! http://www.peddlersvillage.com/

 

6.)  Longwood Gardens

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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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!

Quietness:

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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.

Safety:

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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!

Commute:

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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.

Nature:

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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:

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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:

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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

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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.

 

Stress Less: Tips for Stress Awareness Month

 

Stress (noun): a fact of life for college students.

April is National Stress Awareness Month, not that college students aren’t aware of it. Chronic stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death in the United States, so it is more than just the occasional pimple, so it is important to recognize the signs and the small every day things that you might not know are increasing your risk. Once you are familiar with the signs of stress, and there are some strange ones, there are simple ways to relieve that stress, as well as some large life changes that can help manage stress.

SIGNS OF STRESS

  1. More forgetful- No, this is not just you getting older. Stress can cause your working memory to be impaired. Your brain could actually be shrinking. Stress inhibits your brain’s ability to create new synapses (connections between brain cells when new memories are made) according to new research out of Yale. This brain shrinking can have secondary problems with your emotional control.
  2. Fatigue- Fatigue, different than just being tired after a hard workout, is usually associated with a sense of mental exhaustion.
  3. Visiting the bathroom more frequently- Stress causes a similar biological response known as a flight-or-fight response. Chemical changes cause your body to think there is a threat and reacts to make it easier for you to flee dangerous situations. The idea is that relieving yourself will also “relieve” you off excess weight.

UNCOMMON CAUSES OF STRESS

  1. Not eating breakfast- I get it, eating a donut every morning is tempting, but it doesn’t prepare you for a successful day. Maintaining proper nutrition throughout the day sets you up to make healthy choices. You’re more likely to not bail on your workout if you’re feeling full and healthy.
  2. No bedtime routine- Other than sleeping just being so darn amazing, its an important time for your brain. It is a time for your brain to do all the things you had done during the day; clean, relax, and make memories. An irregular sleep schedule means you don’t have time to wind down, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  3. Drinking too much coffee- Good news or bad news first? Good news: coffee isn’t making you stressed. Bad news: your cup of joe does cause changes in your body that make it responds like you are. It causes a rapid heart rate and increases blood pressure, similar to when you are stressed.

QUICK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

  1. Create a mantra– Mantras are a word or phrase that are used while meditating to help you concentrate. I will be honest, I’ve tried meditating and it just is not my thing. But, a mantra is one good thing I took from it. One that you have probably heard before, “this too shall pass.” Create one that is right for you, something to ground you in that moment. Need some guidance or ideas? Click here.
  2. Laugh it up- Stress is all about hormones, but so is laughter. Research has found that it actually reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood. Additionally, it causes the brain to release the “happy hormone,” Oxycontin. So, laugh it up a your teachers bad jokes, it is actually helping more than you know.
  3. Power nap- Researchers at a French university found that a quick nap (just 30 minutes) is able to reduce the negative hormonal impacts that lack of sleep has on the body. Since lack of sleep is often a cause and a result of stress, sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on your health that is hard to recover from. Taking a nap when you have so much to do may seem counter productive, but trust me, it will help. Can you tell yet that I love sleep?

KICK STRESS TO THE CURB FOR GOOD

  1. Keep a happiness or gratitude journal- Journaling nightly can be a bit time consuming, but you can keep it simple. Each night or morning, or lunch break even, write the things in it from the day before that have made you grateful or happy. It is also helpful in identifying the things that are causing you stress so you can remedy them.
  2. Reevaluate your priorities- This is the hardest thing for any of us to do, but probably the most important. Think about the life you want, about what will make you the happiest version of you. Then make a conscious effort to put those things first. If spending time outside or reading a book makes you happy, but you haven’t had time for it, making it your conscious priority over other things will make you measurably happier.
  3. Establish a routine- Whether it is just a morning or evening routine, a routine for scheduling appointments, or a weekly routine for working out, it will ensure you have time to fit all the things in your day that you want or need to. It takes only about 21 days to establish new habits. So, give it a try. Wake up early to enjoy a nice cup of tea with your cat. You deserve it, and a stress free life.

Additional resources

  1. The Daily Beast– 7 Ways You Stress Yourself Out
  2. Shape– 10 Weird Ways Your Body Reacts to Stress
  3. American Psychological Association– How Stress Affects Your Health
  4. Shape– Four Foods That Can Cause Stress

10 Reasons Why I Enjoy Taking the Bus

Catching the bus or a train for many has its benefits and for many people, it’s less hassle and stress, so here I have outlined 10 reasons why I enjoy taking the bus.

pic 11. It’s accessible. The bus for the most part is accessible and easy to travel by; for myself, I commute to school every day from the Greater Northeast section of Philadelphia. sightseeing2. Sightseeing. By catching the bus to campus daily, I get to see various parts of the city that I’d normally wouldn’t pay attention to while driving or getting a ride  image 3 for blog      3. Cost-Friendly.  By opting to catch the bus, it allows me to save money to do other things. For many, it’s a struggle to keep up with car payments, gas, and maintenance.  So, by me catching the bus, it allows me to save up for other things.        walking blog image 4             4. Getting Fit. With me being a full-time student, sometimes it’s hard for me to find the time to go to the gym due to me always being on campus and in classes, so every morning I walk to class

sitting on bus image 55. Commuting by bus relieves stress. Every time I travel to school, it allows me some time to study or think as I map out what I need to get done for the day.

people on bus image 66.  You never know who you’ll meet. While traveling by bus,  I am able to meet so many different people from all walks of life and I have met many people to network with.

Sense of Independence7. It gives you a sense of independence.  While riding the bus, you have to know how to travel and it’s in that moment that you learn how to navigate wherever you are.  If you get lost, there is always someone you can ask for help with directions.

traveling in groups image 88. You can travel in groups. Sometimes the bus comes in handy for groups of people. For example, I went to Beyonce’s Formation World Tour, and my friends and I chose to take the bus instead of driving to avoid the traffic we would have faced getting there.

Front Door Blog image 99. Door- to-Door Service. Every day that I travel on the bus when it’s time for me to go home, I am dropped off right at my door so I can get home and get to studying!

planner blog image 1010. Strengthens my planning skills.  The bus helps me plan effectively and make sure I plan ahead to ensure I get to what I need to be on time.

I hope that you all enjoy my 10 reasons why I enjoy taking the bus and hope that you get out and sightsee too!

 

10 Opportunities Manor Will Give You

Manor College will guide you to be successful while you’re a student, and continue to be a part of your life long after graduation. Here are just 10 opportunities you’ll be given at Manor:

  1. Leadership opportunities: Students are encouraged to get involved on campus and apply for leadership positions. Doing so will strengthen your resume and college transfer applications!
  2. Exciting Events: On-campus or off-campus, Student Life always has something going on that will entertain, challenge, or teach attendees. These events will push you to try new things and grow as a person.
  3. Friendships: Money can’t buy happiness, nor can money buy true friends. You can, however, build strong friendships at Manor that will last a lifetime! Network during class, go to campus activities, or get an on-campus job to meet your peers; you never know who might end up being your new best friend!
  4. Connections: It’s easy to get to know everyone on campus, and this means it’s easy to grow your professional network! Having a large network will help you get letters of recommendation, interviews, internships, and jobs (cha-ching)!
  5. Internships: Whether it’s an on-campus internship or an internship through a faculty or staff member, it’s easy to find one; all you need to do is ask!
  6. Atmosphere: Manor’s close-knit atmosphere makes you feel like part of a family! You’ll know practically everyone on campus, which makes being on campus more fun, and makes it easier to ask for help.
  7. Preparation for success: Manor is overflowing with people who want to help you get involved, get good grades, or pass that difficult class. They’ll give you space to grow while making sure you’re on the path to success. This strong support system will help you create habits that will carry you through the rest of your education.
  8. College education: By providing you with a college education, Manor is guiding you towards bigger and better things. As a liberal arts college, Manor will give you the rounded education you need to discover yourself. Perhaps most importantly though, this education will help you land a job!
  9. Student employment: Being a Manor student opens job opportunities that are only available to you. From Work Study positions to internships, Manor can offer you a job with flexible hours that can be completed right on campus!28644878061_3588dfbefd_o
  10. Mentorships: Because of Manor’s small class sizes, it’s easy to build close connections with your professors that can last for years to come. These professors will be your professional support system, offering guidance, wisdom, and encouragement. Additionally, one of your professors might be the “foot in the door” that you need to get your first job!

If you take advantage of the opportunities that Manor offers, you’ll receive an education (and experience) like no other!

Top 10 Things for College Students to do in Philly

Attending a school near Philadelphia has a wide range of advantages.  Manor College is only a 30 minute ride from Center City; it’s accessible by almost every mode of public transportation! We’ve outlined 10 things college students can do in Philadelphia.

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  1. Museums and historic sites

Philadelphia is full of tons of nationally historic sites and museums. A lot of these are free,  too, which is perfect for a college student’s budget! Check out places like the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Korean War Memorial, the Edgar Allen Poe House and the Liberty Bell 

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2. Sporting events

Sports fan? Philadelphia is home to four major sports teams! Grab your friends and go see a game. Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games tend to be cheaper! Look at sites like StubHub for the best prices.

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3. Magic Gardens

The Magic Gardens is a series of mosaic murals outdoors in Philly that you and your friends can walk through. It offers discounted tickets to college students. All you have to do is provide a student ID and you can enjoy the Gardens for just $8!

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4. Special Interest Tours 

There are tours available for just about anything in Philly, and they’re all affordable! Look into getting tours at the Comcast Center, Franklin Square, Herr’s Snack Factory and more!

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5. Plays and Productions 

As a city that thoroughly represents the arts, there are always plays and shows going on in small and larger theaters. The Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music and the Walnut Street Theater are just a few of the great ones located right in Philadelphia. Often times, these theaters will also have student discounts.

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6. Eastern State Penitentiary 

Not only does Eastern State Penitentiary do their Terror Behind the Walls event during Halloween, but they also offer daytime tours. If you like creepy, scary things, Eastern State is the place for you to visit!

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7. Go out to eat

The food scene in Philadelphia is huge! Places like Stargazy, Gino’s, Mama’s Vegetarian, Sky Cafe, Johnny Rockets and Stock are must-hits in the city. Lots of restaurants in Philly also participate in Restaurant Week twice a year, which means you could visit higher-end places for cheaper! Check out http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/50-best-restaurants for even more restaurants.

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8. South Street 

South Street is one of the most popular streets in Philly. People go to the city just to spend the day walking up and down it. With over 400 independent retail stores, there’s plenty of eating, shopping, live music and enjoying sites.

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9.  Do Yoga 

That’s right, when the weather is nice, there are free yoga classes offered at Race Street Pier every day. Grab your mat and practice your downward dog!

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10. Penn’s Landing 

This Philly waterfront is right along the edge of the Delaware River and has several fun things to do there. One of the most popular spots is Spruce Street Harbor Park, where you can grab a drink and lounge in hammocks or sit at tables under glowing neon lights. You can also go ice skating, rollerblading and play mini golf, among other activities!

10 Reasons to Live on Campus

College in general has it’s perks, and living on campus plays a huge part in that.  Choosing to live on campus has many benefits and we’ve outlined some for you here.  

1. Less time in your car  

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Rushing back and forth to campus can be really stressful.  Living on campus eliminates that stress entirely.  Since you won’t be spending time in your car you can spend time doing the things that really need to get done!

2. More time to sleep in 

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This is probably the best reason.  Sleep is always important but in college a new found  appreciation for catching those Z’s forms. If you live on campus you can spend even more time sleeping in because you won’t have to rush to get ready and make the commute to campus! Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

3. More time to study 

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Studying is one of the most important aspects of college.  Living on campus can impact your studying habits positively. If you don’t have to head home after classes, you can get started on your studying sooner and focus on what needs to get done.

4. Form close friendships

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College is a great opportunity to branch out and make new friends. Living on campus can amplify that experience. When you live on campus you spend time with different types of people and doing so leads to close bonds!  Those familiar faces down the hall can become your close friends!

5. Gain independence  

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Leaving home and moving into your dorm can be challenging at times, but it’s also a great time to gain some independence.  You’ll learn how to really live on your own and take care of yourself- important life skills!

6. Closer to campus events 

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Many events on campus happen at night.  If you commute it may be harder to attend them.  Living on campus allows you to attend the events you want to! You won’t have to miss out because you have to drive home.

7. Having a place to crash after a long day

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We’ve all been there. Long days happen and sometimes all we want is our bed.  If you have a rough day and live on campus all you have to do is walk across campus and you’re in your dorm!

8. Dining plans 

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Dining options are another benefit of living on campus.  With the flexibility that the cafeteria provides, you have great options to choose from! Healthy options are always available as well!

9. Once in a lifetime opportunity

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How many times in your life will you be able to live with your friends in a setting like this? Only once! Living on campus allows you to experience college to the fullest and take advantage of what should be 4 of the best years of your life!

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10. Better grades? 

According to University of Maryland, on campus students have a 22% higher graduation rate than students who lived off campus.  Like we mentioned above, you’ll have more time to study living on campus since you won’t have to deal with a commute back and forth.

We hope you enjoyed these reasons on why you should live on campus! If you’re interested in living at Manor, contact Residence Life at reslife@manor.edu!

The Benefits of Being a Sophomore

With the semester coming to a close, you’re likely thinking about what next year has in store for you. If you’re finishing your freshman year at Manor, these are some reasons you’ll love being a sophomore next year:

1. Graduation: This is the biggest and most exciting perk of being a sophomore. You’ve finished freshman year, and know that you only have two short semesters standing between you and graduation! In other words, you’re halfway to your associate’s degree!

Imagine this: There are two students at a four-year school, and one already has an associate’s degree and one doesn’t. If both of these students need to drop out of college during their junior year, the student with an associate’s degree will be better off because he’ll still have a degree.

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2. Opportunities: By your sophomore year, you’ve settled into campus life, and the chances you’ll acquire a leadership position are extremely high (if you want one)! If you held a position as a freshman, you can easily be a club president as a sophomore!

Being a campus leader offers the following benefits:

  • Immerse yourself in campus life: By holding a leadership position, you’ll be “in-the-know” on campus, and fall in love with campus activities.
  • Amazing resume booster: Holding a leadership position strengthens your resume, both for jobs and college applications!
  • Be known: When you’re active on campus, faculty and staff members will know who you are (even if you aren’t sure who they are), and they’ll recommend you for awards, scholarships, college applications, and jobs!

3. Established: After spending a year on campus, you know where your classrooms are, professors know your name, and your commute to Manor (even if it’s just across campus), is second nature. Now that you don’t need to worry about finding your way around campus, you can focus on more important things (like guiding incoming freshmen around campus or joining and leading campus organizations).

4. Friendships: You’ve made friends during your freshman year, and sophomore year gives you the opportunity to spend another year with them; take advantage of this while you can, because time flies by, and you’ll all be graduating before you know it!

5. Journey to Success: Since you’ve already applied as a freshman, the hard part is over! It’s easy to stay at Manor for another year and get that associate’s degree! As a sophomore, take advantage of Manor’s transfer and career counseling. Our transfer counseling will help you seamlessly transfer to a four-year institution, and our career counseling center will set you up for success in the job market by critiquing your resume and interview skills, and aid you in choosing a career path.

6. Additional Scholarships!: Manor students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance may be eligible for a scholarship in their sophomore year; a student is considered a sophomore when they complete 29 credits. The Basilian Scholarship has been one of Manor’s oldest scholarship programs and students who have a 3.25 GPA can receive up to $1,000 in their sophomore year.

7. Sophomore Federal Loans: Did you know that sophomores are eligible for an additional $1,000 in Federal Stafford loans? This can help in many areas from living on campus, making textbooks more affordable as well as covering the costs of Summer classes. Combined with potential grants and scholarships the additional funding can help ease the burden of affording tuition and achieving your goal of graduation in the fastest way possible.

8. Academic Support: Manor’s there for you every step of the way, and sophomore year is no different. Whether you stay after class with a teacher, stop by their office, or go to the Learning Commons, there’s someone to support you whenever you need it.

9. Ease of Transfer: Our University Center and articulation agreements with area institutions offer additional transfer benefits for graduates.

10. Ideal Class Schedule: As a sophomore, you can register for your classes before registration opens for freshmen, giving you first dibs on classes! This allows you to set up a class schedule around your other obligations.

You only have two short years at Manor, and that time will fly by! Take advantage of the opportunities that sophomore year offers you; you’ll only have good experiences from here on out!