Let The Fun Begin!

Hello once again all you blog readers! I hope all is going well in your daily lives and you’re enjoying life, and this gorgeous fall weather we’ve been having. Did anyone go see the Pope in Philadelphia over the weekend? If so, let me know all about your experiences and what it was like! slide_416042_5284590_compressed

As we all know, classes are in full swing now, along with all extracurricular activities, such as clubs and sports. I am indeed already fully immersed in my classes this year. For the fall semester, I’m taking the following classes:

  • Introduction to Business with Professor Marc Minnick
  • History of Western Civilization with Professor George Tomezsko
  • Introduction to Microsoft Computer Applications with Professor Norma Hall
  • Philosophy and the Human Condition with Professor Anne Knop
  • Criminal Practice and Procedure (starting October 31st) with Professor J.D. Rice

Along with these great classes, clubs have started up as well. As we all know, Manor College has many FANTASTIC clubs including: C.A.B. (the Campus Activity Board), Student Senate, Rotaract, and even a Fashion Club! I myself am part of C.A.B., Student Senate, Legal Studies Students Association (L.S.S.A.), Alpha Beta Gama (honors society), and most recently, the latest addition, the new Martial Arts Club!

From left to right: Me, Julianne, Zoeya, and Jordan representing Student Senate and C.A.B. at the Get Acquainted Picnic!

From left to right: Me, Julie, Zoeya, and Jordan representing Student Senate and C.A.B. at the Get Acquainted Picnic!

C.A.B. is responsible for a great many of Manor’s super fun events, like the Valentine’s Day Photo Booth, and my personal favorite, the rollerskating party!

A great group of my friends from the Valentine's Day Photo Booth last year!

A great group of my friends from the Valentine’s Day Photo Booth last year, including one of my fellow blog writers, Julie!

Most recently, C.A.B. has started selling tickets for our annual Halloween trip! This year, we’re headed to Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls! Ticket prices will be $15 for Manor Students, and just $20 for any non-Manor student who you might want to bring along (transportation will be provided)! The trip will take place on October 22nd, departing right from Manor at 7:00 PM. The 22nd will be here before you know it, and the deadline for purchasing tickets is October 19th, so make sure you head to the Student Activities office in the Academic building, or if someone you know is a C.A.B. member, ask them for tickets. If you see me around, you can ask me as well! I really hope to see a great turnout on the 22nd, and I look forward to a fantastically terrifying trip! You can find out more about Terror Behind the Walls, and Eastern State Penitentiary, here: http://www.easternstate.org/halloween

If you’re interested in joining C.A.B. or Student Senate, be sure to swing by the Student Activities Office and talk to Ali Mootz to find out even more about all the clubs, and what’s involved. It’s always great to get involved around campus and to help out and give back! Plus, it can be a nice break between classes or studying to come to meetings and help plan great activities (especially if you join C.A.B.)!

I really hope to see some new students join in the fun with all these clubs, and I hope all of your classes are off to a fantastic start so far! This is Jenna, signing off until next time!

Oh – I’m really excited that Manor is selling these awesome Breast Cancer Awareness shirts this month too!  Check them out here and make sure you order yours! mcbreastcancerawareness-1443043924310

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Summer 2015. L’Union Fait La Force.

A beautiful beach behind one of my fathers friends house.

A beautiful beach behind one of my fathers friends house.

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

These are words that I try to live by every day. So simple, but so true. It really shouldn’t be that hard to be yourself, sometimes it is because of everything or everyone around you, but just don’t let it be hard. For example, my parents gave me the name Ruben; full name Ruben Charmelus. I don’t want to be Reuben. That’s a sandwich, that I haven’t tried yet. I might have one before the year is over, but I don’t know. The name of the sandwich is not even spelled like mine, so it might not be good. Anyways, I’m a student here at Manor. If I’m not in class, I’m either home, working, or at church. I’m Haitian American that loves his country. Born in New York, but my heart’s in Haiti.

I had a wonderful summer. First, I spent about a week in Florida going to beaches and enjoying the sun. Also, I spent a lot of quality time with my family that lives in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The best part of my summer was when I visited Haiti in July for about three weeks. My reasoning for going to Haiti was for a mission trip with the church that I attend, and for vacation! I’m going to stick to the missionary side because I don’t want to be that blogger that brags about his beautiful vacation in the beautiful country of Haiti. For the first two out of three weeks I was on the mission trip with my church. The area where we, about 10 or 11 missionaries stayed, was at the top of a mountain. A place called Anse a veau, also the area where my father was born. At the beginning of the trip my father said it was going to be a 4 hour drive. I learned quickly that when someone gives you a time frame in Haiti, you’re probably not gonna get to your destination at that time. We ended up getting there in 6 hours, but it was great to be able to take in the breathtaking views Haiti has to offer as we drove up the mountain.

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The mountains of Anse a Veau

We arrived and I was astonished at what my church built in Anse a veau ! Our church had the opportunity to build a church, a home for the missionaries and a school for those that are less fortunate in the area. We also were blessed to have someone donate up to date computers so some older kids can learn how to use those computers. When we arrived there the first thing I experienced was the unity between the people in the area, and the missionaries. This was the first time I’ve met them and the first time they’ve met me, but they greeted me as if I was their

A small amount of the kids of Anse a Veau and I.

A small amount of the kids of Anse a Veau and I.

neighbor. Being able to live with and around them for two weeks really helped me understand Haiti’s motto. L’Union Fait La Force, Unity makes strength. They didn’t have a lot, but as long as they had each other, they had everything.

Summer has been over for about two weeks now, and I’m definitely going to miss it, but I am also very excited for this semester. I am very grateful that I was able to land an internship with Manor working as their Marketing Communications Intern. Thank you Kelly, Steve and everyone involved that said ‘yes’. I have some big shoes to fill, but I’m confident I can continue the great lineage Sarah C. started 😉 This semester has been going really well so far, and I have a feeling that it will continue to go great.

If you’re reading this, have a great semester! Also, don’t be shy. We have two other great bloggers so make sure you comment on our posts to tell us how your summer went!

The Summer of 4H

Hey everyone, I am Jenna! I’m a sophomore here at Manor College and for the first time, I’m living away from home and in the dorm! So if you’re in the dorm too, you might see me around, as I am also a Resident Assistant, or RA, within the dorm.

IMG_7282It’s all quite a transition, moving into school. I’m used to my little farm in central New Jersey, surrounded by all kinds of animals. Back home, my animals are my life. For a few years now I have been part of my county 4-H, which basically takes up most my summer months. I just graduated out, and now I’m working to become a junior leader within 4-H. I loved my 4-H family so much, I can’t just leave them behind, that’s for sure.

Early on this summer, around the 4th of July, I spent a weekend down at the shore with my sister, grandmother, and my brother-who came to visit from Virginia. It was the small bit of downtime we had together before the insanity of 4-H kicked in. It was an enjoyable, albeit short time together, with pleasant weather.

This is Eleanor and her mama Lucy! A pygora goat is a fiber goat, so they produce a soft, fluffy fiber, and often resemble sheep. But they are absolutely 100% goat.

This is Eleanor and her mama Lucy! A pygora goat is a fiber goat, so they produce a soft, fluffy fiber, and often resemble sheep. But they are absolutely 100% goat.

After Eleanor (the goat), Norah (also a goat) had her kids on June 26th. She had gorgeous twin does which we named after their mother, in a way.

After these love bugs, Grainne (another goat) had her kids, much to our surprise. We weren’t expecting her to kid for another few days, and then she had her kids before anyone was up, four days early on July 15th. She also had twins, though she had a buck and doe. At first we couldn’t tell the two apart, but later on, the buck, Pluto, turned a wonderful shade of chocolaty brown.  This made for all of our babies for the season! We then had a grand total of eleven goats on the property. This meant it was just about time to get ready for the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. All fair photos can be found at the bottom of this blog post. The fair is six straight days of nonstop goat showing, and all around fun! There’s plenty of animals to see, rides to enjoy, and strange foods to eat (even alligator gumbo). By the time the fair came to its halt on August 23rd, it was time for me to start packing up to prepare to move into the dorms.

On August 30th I moved myself into the dorm with help from my sister and my dad. For the next week I was learning my way around my new RA position. It was all a new experience for me, and is sometime that I never would have expected to see myself doing. It’s an incredible opportunity for sure, though, I do miss my goats, and my mini horse, my cats, my rabbits, and my dog back home.

While I didn’t really do any traveling this summer, I had one of the best summers of my life so far. Now classes have started up, and club activities will start up soon as well. I’m excited for another year at Manor, and I am so happy to be able to document my experiences and share them with all you guys. Enjoy the fair photos below!

Little baby Norah'Easter, who we're keeping this year!

Little baby Norah’Easter, who we’re keeping this year.

Little boy, or buck, Pluto's Heart, or Pluto. A natural born screamer.

Little boy, or buck, Pluto’s Heart, or Pluto. A natural born screamer.

Pluto's darling sister, Supernova Sky, or as we call her Nova. She has a ducky on her tummy.

Pluto’s darling sister, Supernova Sky, or as we call her Nova. She has a ducky on her tummy.

Libby, the multicolored silky fainting goat!

Libby, the multicolored silky fainting goat!

Norah and I in senior showmanship at the New Jersey State Goat Show.

Norah and I in senior showmanship at the New Jersey State Goat Show.

Here is Norah and I taking fourth in senior showmanship at the County show.

Here is Norah and I taking fourth in senior showmanship at the County show.

My Summer

Sports, Sports & More Sports

As a four year high school soccer player, I never imagined myself playing volleyball here at Manor, but as they say, “everything happens for a reason.” I was disappointed to find out we didn’t have a soccer team, but I was open to new things.  Volleyball seemed to be the perfect new beginning for me, so I decided to join the team!  Last year was my first year playing volleyball, and it took me some time to learn how the game works. With the help of my teammates and coaches, it wasn’t long before playing volleyball was natural to me (and I was really loving it).  Our team spent much time this summer training for this year’s volleyball season. When I wasn’t  playing volleyball, I was playing basketball (basketball will always be my absolute favorite sport) – I feel very fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to play sports at Manor.

Our 2015 Women's Volleyball Team

Our 2015 Women’s Volleyball Team

Believe it or not, I did spend time doing other things besides sports. When I wasn’t working at my part-time job at Moe’s Southwest Grill, I would be spending quality time with family and friends. One day, my mother surprised my best friend Christy and myself with a mini vacation to Cape May, New Jersey. As a kid, our family spent most of our summer vacations in Cape May, N.J. and it was nice to be able to share that part of my childhood with a great friend of fourteen years! One week later, I was delighted to be packing my bags, preparing myself for a trip of a lifetime. 

My Trip Out West

My friend Christy had invited me to accompany her family on a trip out West.  I spent a week on a luxurious bus driving through five different states. Beginning in Colorado, traveling up through Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana. Then back down through Idaho, Utah and back to Colorado. Like many of the students at Manor, I was born and raised in the city, and became immensely awestruck by the beauty of the mountains and the peacefulness I felt within Yellowstone National Park. I had the opportunity to stand beneath Mt. Rushmore  and feel like the tiniest person on the planet. I walked the streets of West Yellowstone, Montana (where I could see my breath in the middle of July)! Driving through Idaho was unlike anything I had ever experienced before – such vast land (you could sense both emptiness and beauty at the same time). Lastly, my feet touched down in “The Great Salt Lake” in Utah. It was a culture shock and I know I will never be the same person as I was before. I met some pretty amazing people who touched my heart in less than a week. It made the plane ride home difficult to overcome, but I do love Philadelphia. I will always represent my city loud and proud. (Yes, that’s right, I asked for “wooder”, not “water.”)

Me at Arches National Park

Me at Arches National Park

The Final Farewell to Summer

As as final “farewell to summer” my Aunt took my brother, cousins, and myself to see the Phillies play at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts (the green monster).  After spending such a relaxing summer with beautiful people, I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to my final year here at Manor!

My family at Fenway - Go Phils!

My family at Fenway – Go Phils!