5 Things to do on a Snow Day for College Students

By: Deborah Turner

Like many students of all grades and schools, we look forward to school being closed for a snow day. We anticipate the winter coming and we dream of class being cancelled due to a snow storm or blizzard. We bask in the glory of not having to get up and go to class, or hitting that snooze button on our phones or alarm clocks. There isn’t any hustle and bustle of getting to class, and some professors even delay assignments because of it. Snow days are like a day off from work without having to call out! Now that we’re older, living in school dorms, or commuting—what is there to do on a SNOW DAY? Here’s a list of five things that I put together to do on a snow day in college.

  1. Study- I know, I know. This is the last thing that you’d want to do on your glorious snow day. studying-imagesHowever, taking at least an hour of your day to study a little more for that exam could benefit you even more. Besides, let’s be honest- many of us are in and out of classes all day and involved in extracurricular activities, so we sometimes struggle to find the time to really study for a certain class or exam.
  2. Spend time with family- If you are a commuter, this is for you. Now your family will be able to see more of you and spend time with you. I know at my house, with my brother and I being full-time students and my Mom being at work a lot, we rarely see each other and get to spend time due to our busy schedules.
  3. Read- Reading is therapeutic and relaxing for many. With a snow day, you now have the time to read a book you may have been wanting to read for a while, but hadn’t had the time due to your busy schedule.
  4. Play games- Now’s the time to pull out those board games, cards, or play Charades! Get together with your friends and make new friends by coming together and having a good time playing a game with one another.
  5. Snowball fight- Now, this wouldn’t be a list of things to do on a snow day if having a snowball snowballfight wasn’t listed! Finally, go out with your friends and have a good ole’ snowball fight!

I hope that you all enjoy my tips on what to do on a Snow Day and good luck this semester!

Holiday Shopping on a Budget

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It’s no secret that college students don’t have the biggest budget.  With busy schedules and loads of homework, it’s not always easy to keep your wallet full, which means holiday shopping can be a bit of a hassle.  The good news is, there are ways to get your loved ones presents without breaking the bank! We have a few tips to share with you on ways you can be financially savvy, yet still get some great presents.

Be Creative. Sometimes the best gifts aren’t the ones that are expensive- they’re the ones that are thoughtful.  Are you a good drawer?  If so, make a sketch! Do you love making collages or photo albums? Making a CD as a gift is also a great idea.  Your family member or friend will be sure to love a meaningful gift like this.  Does your sister have a favorite place she likes to go to? Does your mom really want to see a certain movie or local show?  You could also go places that do not require a large budget; this type of gift can be even better than a tangible present!  Use what you already know as inspiration for ideas!

Make lists.   When you plan out what you need to get ahead of time, it’s easier to stick to the plan and not overspend.  Also, it’s a great idea to start ahead of time.  Waiting until the week before the holidays to start buying your family and friends their presents is sure to create unnecessary stress.  If you start months in advance and slowly buy things throughout the year, you won’t be left with a huge list by the time the holidays roll around!

Check your email.  Email is a great way to stay informed about sales and deals.  It’s also a good idea to create a separate email for coupons and sale information so that way your regular inbox doesn’t get flooded with too many messages.  Additionally, there are apps/websites  out there that will give you coupons, such as RetailMeNot! This particular app offers discounts for thousands of stores!

If you follow these tips, your holiday shopping will be a piece of cake this year! These tips will allow you to save money and time. Your wallet will thank you!

 

5 Tips for Budgeting Your Money While in College

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The semester is coming to an end, and I am sure we are all looking forward to the break. But for some of us, the process is going to repeat. You will need different textbooks next semester. If you live on campus, you know (or have learned this year) that you need money for food constantly. You may need more school supplies, or maybe you plan on investing in a new computer. Either way, these things involve budgeting. How did you make out this year? Did you save any money? Here are a few tips that should help you budget your money while in school, and hopefully you find them useful outside of college as well.

Separate your Wants from your Needs- Before even sitting down to create a budget, you should set aside the things you know are absolute necessities. You will always need money for transportation, laundry, food, textbooks, etc. Versus going out with friends, or going shopping. Which is more important? Be mindful of the things that you buy.

Live Within Your Means- It is easy to see someone with all of the new tech gadgets, or wearing the latest trends walking around, making you feel obligated to buy these things as well. In reality, you two may have completely different budgets. When creating your budget, sit down weekly and total the costs of the things that you need. Do they exceed your allowance/paycheck? If so, you may need to go back and revisit some of the things on your list. You cannot pinpoint every single college living expense, but do your best. How often do you run out of toiletries? Can you afford to eat out every day?

Don’t Make Impulse Purchases- Do not buy things simply because you can. Think to yourself first about other things you may need, bills that are coming up, or better yet, just save the money. If it is something you have been doing without thus far, chances are you can go a little bit longer without it.

Take Advantage of Campus Activities- Now, every once in a while I understand going out to a movie, or to dinner with friends. But some of these things our campus offers as well. Use these activities as a way to save money. Attend the movie nights, sports games, and other social events. This way you can still get out and enjoy yourself with friends, only this time for free.

Use your Student Discount! – School costs a lot of money, but it also saves you money as well. Keep your ID with you when out shopping, and ask different stores if they give discounts to students. For example, the North Face store gives a 10% discount on backpacks, jackets, etc. Use your student discount!! Lots of places give discounts to students, you just have to ask.

7 Things You’ll Miss About Manor

If you haven’t already noticed, Manor is a unique college that offers things you can’t find on many other campuses.

When you graduate from Manor, there are aspects of Manor that you’re bound to miss. When and if you transfer, it’s hard for another college to replace Manor. We’re here to tell you what makes Manor unique, and why you should take advantage of the opportunities available to you.

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A close-knit community: Manor’s low student to teacher ratio (8:1!) is only the start of why you’ll feel like a part of our campus community! No matter where you go on campus, you’re bound to see someone you know.

Networking opportunities: When you know almost everyone on campus, imagine how many connections you’ll have, all of which are ready to set you up for your first job or internship. It’s generally recommended that students get an internship the summer before their Senior year, so you’ll be way ahead if you get one within the first two years of college!

The friendships: As a student, you’ll get to know the other students in your major during class, and you’ll meet others on campus outside of class. You’ll run into them everywhere on campus; When you see the same people multiple times everyday, you’re bound to get to know them and become friends!

Ease of involvement: Want to attend a club meeting? Just show up! Want to hold a position in an organization as a Freshman or Sophomore? Go for it!  We challenge you to join campus organizations and take on a leadership position (imagine the resume boost)! Contact Ali Mootz at amootz@manor.edu to get involved.

Classes in close proximity: Those 15 minutes in between classes feel a lot longer when you don’t need to walk a mile to your next class. At Manor, you’ll usually walk up or down one floor- or at the most, one building over- to your next class. This gives you more time to recharge in between classes!

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Convenient location: If you’re a commuter, Manor has a spacious parking lot with FREE parking (other schools charge $100+ per semester). If you prefer to take public transportation, we have a Septa bus stop right on campus. Make sure you get your discounted Septa passes from Natalie Rudyj in the Bursar’s Office.

Support system: Manor has an incredible support system that encourages it’s students to succeed. If you need help in one of your classes, simply walk into your teacher’s office. Looking for a letter of recommendation? Just ask! Our faculty and staff are willing and eager to help our students in anyway possible.

Your time at Manor will fly by, so make sure you realize how blessed you are while you’re here! We guarantee you’ll miss Manor when you leave (and we’ll miss you)!

Four Things to Consider When Registering for Classes

By: Chelsea Brown

There a few things more stressful during a semester for college students than midterms, finals, and registering for classes. Personally, I think registering for classes tops that list. Between remembering your Student Portal password and being sure to fit all of your questions in to your short meeting with your adviser, considering anything else is just overwhelming. Hear me out though. These are four things that you are not going to want to forget!

FRIENDS

While being able to coordinate every class with your friends sounds like a dream.MC-Campus-April2016_0048 Be honest with yourself and think about the impact that will have on your grades. Will you be able to focus with them sitting next you to?  At this point in your college career you have at least taken one semester of class and should have a pretty good understanding of how your brain works. Some people have laser focus in class, so having your buddies sitting next to you would not be an issue. Some people notice the geese outside the window and end up thinking about what it would be like to fly and not on the math equation on the board.
Still worried about FOMO? If you take a different section of the same class you can study together.

DATE NIGHTS

I’m not necessarily talking about the dinner-and-a-movie date night (because let’s be honest, how many of us can actually afford a $15 movie ticket these days). Our brains need a break. So whether its a girls’ night in, a guys’ night out, or a snuggle sesh on your couch with your dog and a pint of ice cream, you really need to ask yourself  if you have given yourself enough time for some R&R. It doesn’t  have to be an evening time. Block out a few hours in the morning or afternoon for a run or yoga class. Even a nap can help! I have been told by some very influential people  how important it is to not miss your favorite TV shows. So don’t over schedule yourself.

APPOINTMENTS

While you are probably thinking you can cram in a little “Me Time” on the weekends, remember that is when the rest of the world is taking time for themselves, too. So if you or a family member have regular doctor’s appointments or meetings, don’t just assume they can all be completed on the weekends. Working your schedule around so you can at least give yourself enough time once a week to run errands or make phone calls is a proactive way to keep
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BEAUTY REST 

Only less than 5% of the world’s population can function off of less than the recommend 6 to 8 hours of sleep. I am not one of those people. If a class has multiple sections, I automatically rule out any that happen at 8 am. Especially for the commuters among us, think about how much time you will have to add on to your morning or evening commute. Then factor in traffic. My love for sleep is why you will only catch me on campus (ideally) between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm. Now, who is with me to petition for 8:30 start times?

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For some reason, registration always makes me feel really optimistic about my study skills. I picture myself instantly never procrastinating again and thinking I can survive an overloaded course schedule. Deep down I know better and so do you now that you have this semester in the books. Wanting to challenge yourself is great, but don’t pile too much on your plate. In the end, it is better to focus and excel on a few classes, than it is stretch yourself too thin on too many courses and not be successful.

Registering for classes is really about identifying your priorities and making compromises between your educational requirements and your personal needs and wants. It is also about balance. While I have no doubts that you are capable of accomplishing whatever you put your mind to, but you should never put your sanity or happiness at risk for an extra two credits. Other important things concerning your future schedule like student loans or work should also be considered. You can’t predict how your future semester will go, but you can properly prepare yourself for success.

6 Tips for Balancing Work and School

By: Chanel Deloatch

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Trying to balance working (part or full time) and going to college may seem impossible. With the right mindset, support, and motivation, anything is possible. Here are a few tips that I find help me the most, and hopefully you’ll find a few to be useful to you as well.

 
1. Support System– Your support system is there to build you back up when life knocks you down. It could be fellow classmates, coworkers, family, or your boyfriend/girlfriend. They’ll always be in your corner, keeping you motivated and your mindset positive.

 
2. Ask yourself- Before sitting down with your employer, you should know for sure what needs to be done to keep you financially stable, yet also make you most successful. Will it be more important to work more hours to pay for school? Or will you be able to work weekends and focus more on your education? Which classes are more challenging, or require more attention? Plan ahead for these things, so that you are more mentally prepared and have less anxiety.

 
3. Sit down with Your Employer- Express to your boss that you are in college, and let him/her know what is more important. Most jobs are willing to work around the schedules of college students. Make sure your manager is aware of everything, and give them a physical copy of your schedule. Request time off accordingly, and for as far ahead as you can. If the semester is just starting, work off the dates on your syllabus. This will reduce the chance of conflict in your schedule, and neither you nor your boss will have to worry about last minute requests.

 
4. Stay Organized! – I cannot stress this tip enough! Being organized makes life in general easier. Once you’ve sat down with your employer, you should pretty much have all your important dates. Invest in a planner or dry erase calendar. (You could even use your smartphone!) By keeping all your activities, your work and school schedule and appointments filled in, you will never miss a beat. This will also help you easily identify the free time you have in between. You will definitely need the rest!

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5. Study Frequently & Stay on Top of Assignments- The biggest mistake you can make in college is procrastinating. Preparation is key. Start studying ASAP- this way you never fall behind and you know the material like the back of your hand. Don’t let work become an excuse! Bring your school to work, if possible. Look over your notes on your break, or study flashcards while you’re on the bus. Every bit of effort you put in will show!

 
6. Be Thankful! – There are only 24 hours in a day, so don’t get down on yourself if you don’t get everything done. But be grateful! Getting an education and having a job is an opportunity that many people do not have. Keep your long term goals in mind when you feel like giving up. Stay motivated by celebrating ALL achievements, even if you only brought your D up to a C. Be proud of yourself, EVERY improvement is important.
These are my tips on how to deal with working and going to school. Thank you for reading, I hope you find some (or all) of these helpful!

5 Tips for a Successful Midterm Week

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Well, it’s here- that week we often dread. Midterm Week often has a negative connotation- one that is associated with sleepless nights, lots of junk food, and endless studying. This doesn’t have to be you this year! While it’s inevitable that you will have to push yourself a little harder this week and stay up later than usual, if you follow these tips, your midterm week will be a success!

  1. Plan Your Schedule schedule

Since Midterm Week can be hectic, making a to-do list/schedule at the start of the week is essential to eliminating stress. When it comes to schedules, the more specific you can be, the better. Include each exam you have and also be sure to fit in time where you can study for your next tests. Creating time in your schedule for other activities like exercising is also beneficial. Sometimes even writing the list itself helps to calm down midterm nerves!

  1. Get Your Sleep sleep-emoji

We all know sleep is important, but during Midterm Week, it’s even more vital. All-nighters are usually synonymous with midterm week but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you plan ahead and study early on, you won’t have to cram and stay up until 4am. A good night’s sleep will leave you refreshed and energized; you’ll be ready to ace those midterms!

  1. Eat Well red-apple-isolated

When we think of stressful times, usually junk food is involved somehow. It’s almost as if our brains are wired to reach for the chips and candy the moment we realize we’re slightly overwhelmed. It’s possible to break that cycle! I don’t mean you have to only eat vegan and organic food all week. Rather, choosing some healthy foods is a good way to get fueled up and prepared to take your tests.

  1. Take Breaks

Don’t keep working hour by hour and forget about stopping to relax. It’s important to find a balance. For example, if you study for an hour straight through, give yourself a 15-minute break. This will make the time you spend doing work more effective!

  1. Reward Yourself 

At the end of Midterm Week, treat yourself! Your reward could be anything from indulging in your favorite treat or watching that movie you’ve queued on Netflix! At the end of midterm week you deserve it!

If you follow these tips your midterm week is sure to be less stressful!

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Our Open House

Are you interested in Manor College? Yes? Awesome.  Are you attending Manor College’s Open House on Saturday, October 29th? No?

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Please don’t play yourself. If DJ Khaled isn’t enough motivation to get you to register for Open House then I have 10 great reasons why you should attend Manors Open House.

  1. Meet with our awesome staff and faculty. Our 9:1 student/faculty ratio makes it easier for you to become closely attached to our professors and faculty.
  2. 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! 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 Obama. Someone way cooler- President Peri. How many times have you had a chance to meet the President of a college? Come to Manors Open House and @PrezPeri will be here.img_6329
  8. Take a selfie with our very own Blue Jay mascot. When it comes to selfies, our Blue Jay is a pro!
  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!

Register here!

Giving Sustainability the “Old College Try”

Written by: Chelsea Brown

My morning routine is much like any of the thousands of other college students across the world. Step one: coffee. Step two: breakfast on the run. Step three: more coffee. The combination of late night study sessions and early morning classes leaves little time for thinking about anything more than your exam on Friday. But with the amount of plastic waste in our oceans becoming a regular major headline and the threat of some pretty wacky weather as global temperatures rise, it may be time to take a break from sipping your third Starbucks and think about your impact on the environment. It took me about two seconds of cleaning out the backseat of my car a few years ago of what felt like a hundred empty plastic water bottles to realize I needed to make some changes to my consumption habits. Don’t worry though. As a notorious over sleeper and procrastinator, the changes I made were simple, easy, and perfect for my fellow on the go coffee/snack/smoothie lovers.img_5204

BABY STEPS. The first thing I did was take a good long look at what my daily life consisted of. A quick rundown: one or two cups of coffee from K-cups, a few individually wrapped snacks, anywhere from two to four plastic water bottles, and my daily smoothie habit meant grabbing a bottle of one pre-made. That doesn’t include my weekly grocery trips or the occasional trip to the mall and the plastic bags I accumulated. And things that most people don’t even think about like the tooth brush you swap out every few months or those dryer sheets when you finally breakdown and do your laundry for the first time this semester or the plastic straws in basically everything.

All of those things amount to quite a bit of garbage. While some is recyclable, it doesn’t always end up where it is supposed to. Annual beach cleanups around the world report single use plastic items making up a large majority of the trash they collect. So that is where I focused my efforts. Where could I eliminate the single use items from my life? Pretty much everywhere. So I put a little list together of things I changed, perfect for busy students. All it takes is a little bit of extra planning and reworking of your shopping habits. Nothing a bunch of smarty pants college students can’t handle.

NOT JUST FOR JAMS. I have two very important words for you: MASON JARS. Honestly. They are simple and so handy. I have used them for coffee, smoothies, salads, soups, and snacks. They help me eliminate about 80% of the plastic waste that I used to generate. With a little night-time prep I no longer need to purchase a salad in a plastic container, a smoothie in a plastic bottle, or granola bars or crackers in plastic wrappers. img_5195Plus it’s the perfect way to try all of those smoothie recipes you have pinned on Pinterest.

GREEN YOUR CAFFEINE FIX. An amazing classmate of mine introduced me to the glory of coffee during my senior year of my undergraduate career. My life has never been the same. But when I first started drinking it, I was getting one or two cups of coffee from Wawa a day using their single use plastic and wax-lined paper cups. While the lid is recyclable, the cup portion is not.  You’re probably thinking: but Chelsea I use a reusable mug filled with my home brewed coffee. To which I ask: Are you using a K-Cup to brew that coffee? Unfortunately, that little cartridge is not recyclable at all and even the inventor regrets creating something so detrimental to the environment. So when I did my soul-searching in order to green-up my life, I knew my coffee habit was top of my list.

The first step I took was buying a reusable coffee mug. Which most of you already probably have. But did you know you can use it to get coffee at Wawa and it is CHEAPER?! You save money and the environment. But I often forgot my mug at home or didn’t have enough time to stop (did I mention I’m an oversleeper?) and I was always resorting to bad habits. So don’t worry friends. I have two options for you if you want to have more control over you coffee making. One, get a French press. Two, get reusable K-Cups. My French press is my favorite because I can make more than one cup at a time and it can be brewed hot or cold. (Side note: if you haven’t tried cold brewed coffee, you should). With the French press I eliminated the plastic K-Cup, the filter sometimes used with reusable K-Cups and coffee makers, and you can save the coffee grounds for some DIY magic.

TECH BREAK. Adapting a greener life-style is as simple as one extra click. At night or when you’re in class, just simply put your laptop on Sleep Mode instead of leaving it powered on all day. Most laptops will do this on their own now, but if yours doesn’t you could save up to 13-15W of power, the same amount of energy it takes to charge your iPhone for an hour. Another technology based tip, print double sided as much as you can. Two years or four years of college means a lot of paper. Printing double sided basically cuts your usage in half. Even better, avoid printing all together by taking notes directly on your laptop or tablet. Disable the wifi so you don’t get distracted in class. img_5189

HYGIENE HIJACK. No, I’m not telling you stop showering every day to save water. Last year, President Obama passed a law phasing out the use of mircobeads in all hygiene products culminating with them ultimately being banned completely by 2019. Don’t wait until then. Start early and switch your body care products next time you shop. Use the free app Beat the Microbead to scan a bar code or search a product while in the store or a safe bet is to just avoid any products that have ingredients that start with “poly.” With there being enough plastic microbeads in one bottle of exfoliant to equal a full plastic bottle according to the United National Environment Programme, it certainly won’t hurt to start early.

SAY NO TO THE STRAW. By now you have probably already seen the video of a the sweet little green sea turtle that had  a large piece of  plastic straw removed from his nose that went viral this summer. So when you’re out with your roommate at Taco Tuesday or eating on campus, skip the straw. I won’t say you won’t get some weird looks, but think of the turtles. Plus, some cities like Miami have already banned them, and we all know how cool the people that live in Miami are.

My biggest tip of all, start small. Choose one thing that you know you can manage. College is overwhelming enough, no need to make yourself even a little extra stressed. Have a friend join you or make the announcement on your social media for a little accountability. Living a green lifestyle in college doesn’t require you selling your old gas guzzling car or moving into a log cabin off the grid. All you need is a little extra planning and a couple handy items and you’re on your way to saving the planet and maybe a few bucks, which is always helpful for college students.