As I roam the halls of Manor College, instead of studying relentlessly like a “good” student until my eyeballs fall out of their sockets (looking like the new Snapchat update), I see something different everyday. Every room I pass is different from the last room. Manors diversity is a huge part of the experience here at Manor. Diversity is defined as a range of different things. I’m sure if you searched hard enough Manor would be defined the same way.
Manor’s a melting pot, all races, cultures, and religious choices.
When I first enrolled at Manor, I was coming from The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). Probably the most popular community college in Philadelphia. CCP was a diverse college, different people everywhere you go. Tall, short, long hair, short hair, different races and other things. CCP is also a very large campus, which makes Manor so very special in my eyes. I’m sure you’ve all noticed that Manor College is one-of-a-kind. There really is no other college like Manor. Manor is just as diverse as some of these big colleges in Philly, the kicker being that Manor is a small college.
There’s people that I’ve met at Manor that are old enough to be my parents. There’s a guy I’ve met in one of my classes who has a wife, kids and a full-time job helping kids that are known as “delinquents.” He’s a psychology major because he wants to do more then just help those kids, he wants them to help remove the stigma that they can’t do well in this life because they have been labeled as “delinquents.” He is one of the most down to earth people I’ve met because of his faith in those kids. He chose to come to Manor because he saw that Manor was the right college to help him grow, and also help those kids grow too.
I believe because Manor is diverse it also helps students be better students. Having a diverse group of students and teachers makes someone like me more interested in class. For example, I’m taking a Principles to Marketing class this semester. It’s one of the most diverse classes I’ve taken at Manor. Everyone in that class is nothing like the person next to them. Whether it’s gender, ethnicity, beliefs, or how much they like or don’t like the class. For me, I love the class. I love the class because it helps me learn more about Marketing, then I can take what I’ve learned and apply it to my internship here at Manor and vise versa. Imagine if you’re in a Marketing class and everyone has the same ideas – that’s boring. That’s what makes this class, (and Manor) so great – everyone is unique.
My Principles of Marketing professor, Gilbert Ridgely, is completely different from the other professors at Manor. Sometimes “Ridge” and I agree, and sometimes we don’t, but that’s what I believe diversity is all about. Difference and diversity go hand in hand. I’m not going to agree with everything you say or believe, but we can grow together as people and students throughout the semester. Which is why I say Manor being filled with diversity helps its students. We all have different ideas and opinions which helps stimulate our minds. We are forced to be thought provoking – which is awesome.