Holiday Greetings and Reflections

By: Jenna- Kim L. 

As we all know, the semester is coming to an end. A few will be graduating by the end of this semester, while others will be transferring. We will all be headed home for the holidays for a well deserved break. But before we can do any of that, we must make it through finals!

Finals are exhausting, but I fully believe you can get through them all! Study hard, but don’t forget to take breaks. Don’t get overwhelmed, it’ll be over before you know it!

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As our semester comes to an end, I’d like to reflect on all I’ve learned this year. Obviously, I have learned a lot academically, but there’s even more to it than that.
This being my first time living away from home, it takes a lot of adjustment. You have to learn how to better take care of yourself without your parents help. I’ve learned a great amount of new responsibility while being an Resident Assistant this past semester, and I have learned a great amount from my wonderful Resident Coordinator (RC), Liz. One of the biggest things I learned from Liz was the virtue of patience. There is obviously a lot of responsibility that she carried, having to oversee so many residents and activities. Her level of patience astounds me and I admire it for it.  She may have been my first and only RC, but she’s definitely my favorite.

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We Love Liz!

I’ve also learned a lot about myself and who I am over this past semester. I had always thought myself to be more shy and reserved, and while I still am, I have learned to come out of my shell a lot. I have made some wonderful new friends, both commuters and residents. I’ve become more outgoing and willing to do more public speaking and get my voice out in the community. I’ve learned to speak up and become more confident in myself, much from the help and support of my friends and peers, who truly mean so much to me. Without my friends support, I don’t know what I’d do!

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Another thing that’s helped to keep me grounded over this time is my family. My family means the world to me and being away from them for so long has been a really big adjustment. I miss them so much while I’m away.  I try and keep in contact with my family as best as I can to stay close to them, and I go home on the weekends whenever I have time. My family is my biggest source of support and love. I know they’ve always got my back, even through finals week!

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My wonderful family Christmas photo from 2014!

And of course, Christmas is coming up fast, it’s less than two weeks away now! I am so excited to get home and be with my family and to get to relax a little bit. All I want this year for Christmas, is for my family and friends to be happy this holiday season, and to feel the love we all deserve. And I hope all of you receive all the joy and happiness in the world this holiday season.

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As this semester closes, it’s always good to look back and reflect on all you’ve done. You have accomplished so much in just a couple of months, think of what you can accomplish in a lifetime! May your future be bright, and may your holiday season and your New Year be joyful and full of love and happiness. May God bless you all this beautiful time of year, and always. Until next semester, this is Jenna, signing off till 2016! Much love to you all, good luck on your finals, best wishes to family, and Merry Christmas, happy holidays!

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Winter break is coming!

By: Ruben C. 

“Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a Library card!” I honestly don’t think I will ever forget this famous, and influential song by one of greatest shows of my generation – Arthur.

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Used to be my favorite show. Buster Baxter was my favorite character.

Arthur Read was a great young aardvark and while what he said about having fun with library cards is very true, but I think I can one up him. Having fun isn’t hard when you attend Manor College. While Arthur went to the library to read and learn; this semester at Manor I’ve had many awesome learning experiences myself (and not just in the library).

Now that the end of the year is literally right around the corner I can look back and reflect. I can honestly say that this past semester has been the best semester of my short and infamous college career. One of the reasons why is because of my internship here at Manor with the Marketing Communications department. I knew that this internship would be a great experience for me, but this it has been better than what I expected.

I am so grateful to be able to work and learn while also having fun as a intern. I do many things as an intern but one of the best things for me, is that my boss, Kelly, gives me the freedom to be as creative as possible with the projects and responsibilities given to me. I thought I was pretty creative before, but now from what I’ve seen and learned behind the scenes, I feel like my creativity has evolved. I’ve had many chances to explore the creative process of marketing on my own, and also just to be able to watch everyone in the Marketing department do the same is a great learning experience.

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Be Creative!

I’ve also learned that it is really important to set goals. I feel like I’ve always been someone who works hard, even though I can be lazy and a major procrastinator, but I also feel like that hard work doesn’t fully get me anywhere worthwhile. Setting goals gives me a long-term vision and short-term motivation. Setting goals has really helped me to focus, and to organize my time and resources so I can make the most of this life given to me. When I am able to achieve these sharp and clearly defined goals I have set, it raises my self-confidence while also motivating me even more. Whenever my sister and I start to complain about anything, whether it’s how tired we are or how bad we don’t want to go to work, we yell this phrase at each other.

THE GRIND DON’T STOP!

I know that’s not correct grammar, but it’s true. The grind doesn’t stop, and these goals that I have set out motivate me to continue to “grind.” So continue to grind Manor, continue to grind everyone else that is reading this. When you achieve those goals that you have set out, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. I’m so glad that I figured this out now (and not later.)

I pray that you all have a fantastic Christmas break, and a Happy New Year! Remember that Christmas is not only about giving to your families, but to also about helping those that are less fortunate.

 

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