Combat Senioritis

With only two months left before the end of this semester, some of us might be having “Senioritis” as Sophomores (or even Freshmen). However, now is not the time to slack off! Instead, we need to finish strong, however hard that may be. To help combat “Senioritis”, I’ve created this blog post to encourage all of us to end the semester on a positive note.

IMG_8423To keep yourself encouraged, I recommend finding (or creating) rewards in your daily activities. Don’t want to do that reading assignment? Place M&M’s or Skittles on your page, and eat one at a time as you approach it by reading the page. For other assignments, place a coin or dollar bill into a jar for each one that you complete, and then treat yourself later with the money.

On top of short term rewards, I recommend having general rewards that you repeatedly look forward to. For example, I look forward to events on campus, seeing my boyfriend, and sleeping. When I’m feeling sleepy or in the dumps, I encourage myself knowing that one of those rewards are bound to happen soon.

Have goals for yourself so that you can tell yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. What do you want to do when you “grow up”, and what do you need to do to get there? Personally, my goal is to run a business in the future. This goal drives me to learn as much as possible in and out of the classroom so that I can achieve it. Without a vision for my future, I’d be a lot less motivated than I am.

In addition to goals, it’s important to do what you love. I enjoy my classes because they’re teaching me information that I’m sincerely interested in and want to learn more about. Additionally, my classes are showing me how I can succeed at my goals. Doing assignments and going to class is easier and more fun when you see how it applies to your life.

Lastly, another obvious way to inspire yourself is to read inspirational quotes. You can check out my list of inspirational quotes in a previous blog post that will encourage you to work hard and finish strong!

I wish you all luck finishing your semester strong, and remember: the more you do now, the less you need to do later!

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Free Things From Manor College

This week, I collected everything that I’ve received for free from Manor College. The video show cases all of the items that are listed below.

  • Manor College sweatshirt blanket (pictured in the background)
  • 8 assorted pens
  • Manor College cleaning cloth
  • ID holder, attaches to cell phone
  • 2 Manor College stickers
  • AFC (Aquatic Fitness Center) membership
  • 2 drawstring, Manor College bags
  • Large, striped Manor College bag
  • Manor College planner
  • 2 Manor College folders
  • 2 Student Senate (student government) collared shirts
  • CAB (Campus Activities Board) t-shirt
  • 2 Manor College t-shirts
  • Manor College Ambassador (tour guide) t-shirt
  • Purchased: 2 breast cancer awareness t-shirts
  • Fill A Bagel coupons

That’s a total of over 25 free items!

Michael Fowlin: A Night To Remember

Last Thursday, January 29th, Manor College hosted Dr. Michael Fowlin. His presentation of “You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me” consisted of characters from different stereotypes and the struggles they deal with on a daily basis. He covered issues such as race, discrimination, violence prevention, personal identity, suicide, gender equality, homophobia, and the emotional pain felt by special education children. His presentation blended together perfectly, and caused his audience to laugh and cry.

Through the duration of his performance, he acted out four relatable stereotypes. However, his act consisted of much more than that. Between personalities, he spoke words of wisdom, told stories, and shared his experiences. He discussed how grade school teachers affect stereotypes, and how much one smile could save a person’s life. These divulgences caused me to have epiphanies that I may have never reached without his presentation.

After one of his stories, the room was so silent that the ticking of a clock was thunderous. To understand the impact of that story, you should know that the room was full of at least 60 students, faculty, family and friends. Due to that fact, it’s obvious that his presentation left his audience completely speechless.

Cherie Crosby, Director of the Early Childhood Education Program, gave me some of her feedback on Michael Fowlin’s performance. “His presentation impacts how we view each other and interact with each other on a daily basis. It reminds us of the importance of exploring the bias that we have and move past them. It also reminds us of the importance of living ‘authentically’ and not living with masks.

His message about getting to know one another and truly making sure we take the time to get know one another was right on target for the audience. He reminded us of the importance of taking time in our day to simply smile and say hello to one another. Even better, he reminded us of the importance of making those human connections and realizing that each success and struggle we face impacts us all. We simply cannot thrive without these connections.” Ms. Crosby especially loved, “His ability to connect to the audience by not only providing “real life” examples that the audience can relate to as well as sharing his own struggles with difficult issues.”

If I had to sum up Michael Fowlin’s presentation in one word, it would be, “powerful”.  The experience was eye-opening, thought provoking, and tear-wrenching. After his performance, his audience thanked him with tears in their eyes. I left with the desire to be a better person.IMG_0278