By: Julianne Kostic
If you were to ask me where my favorite place to “chill” at Manor College is, I honestly couldn’t even tell you! Surprisingly, there are so many different places here that I enjoy hanging out at. If you know Manor College, you know it’s a small school. So, I know what you may be thinking, ‘This is a small school, where can you possibly go to enjoy yourself?’ Depending on the day, I always manage to find a spot to feel comfortable to do homework, or unwind after a hectic day in class! I’m not the type of person who can sit still very well. So, I’m always on the move to find something to do around school!
The LibraryThe atmosphere in the library is calming and quiet, a place where you can hear yourself think. In today’s culture we often feel obliged to keep ourselves updated with what’s going on in social media. I think it’s great to keep on top of what is going on in today’s world, but it can be just as great turning that phone off! When I go to the library I often turn my phone off, that way there are no distractions, which helps me focus on my work. I fi
nd this quiet time important because you need time to be with just yourself. No music, no noise, just you and your thoughts-can be very relaxing.
There are plenty of books to read. If one day you feel inspired, try reading something a little different, try to find a new perspective. The staff working in the library are some of the kindest people and are always willing to help (Fyi: Marie has some of the best candy, especially during the holidays).The library is also a great meeting place for friends! I often study for Dr. Khushman’s tests with my friend Lauren R. Yes, Lauren and I spent Halloween (which happened to be a Saturday) in the library studying for one of those tests…
Ali Mootz’s Office
There is one place that stands out above the rest! There is an office that resides across from the chapel on the first floor. I spend the majority of my time before and after classes there.
If you’re ever looking for one of the kindest, sweetest souls at Manor this is where to go! Ali is almost always bombarded with projects and events, yet somehow, she goes out of her way to spend time with her students. She was one of the very first people I met at Manor College and she really made me feel at home. I specifically remember playing basketball in the gym with my brother the summer prior to my freshman fall semester. Coach Rob (Head Women’s Basketball Coach) had told her about me and she immediately came down to the gym to greet me. I think it’s a rare quality to find someone who becomes THAT excited to meet new students. She invited me to stop by her office anytime and encouraged me to join EVERY club the school had to offer. By the way she spoke to me, I knew that we would always get along well. She has always had my back and does the impossible daily! I often say, “I aspire to be Ali, yet I still wouldn’t want to have her job.” She plans and sets up every school event on her own and I rarely hear her complain. She does everything behind the scenes and her work often goes unnoticed, but she doesn’t seem to mind as long as her students shine. It’s going to be a sad goodbye at graduation because I know it’s going to be impossible to find someone like Ali anywhere else!!
If you know anything about Manor College, you know the Cafe is usually THE place to be. There are always students and professors fumbling and bustling around the cafeteria. If I ever need to find someone, there’s a high chance I can find them there. It’s where most of our exciting events are held, such as transfer fairs, wing bowls, and our brand new event – The Blue Jay Ball! The Cafeteria is my main source of entertainment. In fact, on a good day you might find one of the women’s basketball players dancing or singing, which is always interesting to watch. (Heck, they make me want to learn how to dance). You can even sit in the student lounge which is a vibrant room in the Cafeteria where you can watch television!
The School Gym
It makes me upset knowing that some students shy away from the gym. I’m here to encourage you to go play in the gym! It doesn’t necessarily have to be basketball. In fact, I know one student in particular who creatively set up the placemats found on the stage to practice his Tae-Kwon do. It was unique to me; his skills almost inspired me to sign up for classes! If you ever see me around school, please challenge me to a game of basketball.
Fun fact: You can sign up for a membership to AFC (Aquatic Fitness Center) for being a Manor College student! I go to the gym with some Manor people, specifically Zoeya J. who is practically my personal fitness trainer.
I’m not sure how many students know this, but there is a park located across the street from Manor College. If you are stopped at the gate, simply flash your Manor College ID. BAM! You have achieved access to one of the most beautiful parks in the Jenkintown area. I wasn’t expecting this park to have so many activities going on. They have baseball fields, park benches, running trails, golfing, basketball courts and a playground for children. One time, when I was walking with fellow blogger Jenna, we saw a family of deer and a baby fox! Unfortunately, the fox scampered away before I could capture a picture of it. I remember my first time walking through Alverthorpe and coming upon a beautiful large pond. It was so unexpected and it’s definitely something you have to see for yourself!
The Learning Center
I’ve said it once, but I will say it again. If you are ever having trouble in a specific class, this would be the place to go (down the hall from the Cafeteria). I would like to refer you to Michael Landis in our Learning Center, who will be happy to set you up with a tutor. That way, you can contact the assigned tutor and arrange a time to meet up. Never be afraid to ask for help. I’ve been told by several professors, “The best students ask for help.” Please get the help you need ASAP!
There has never been a set “pin point” location for myself at Manor. I enjoy meeting new people and learning new things. Yes, that means I have to go out of my comfort zone, but staying in the comfort zone is never any fun! I have unexpectantly built so many memories in the past two years that will live with me for the rest of my life. Manor may seem tiny, but if you get involved it will leave a huge impact on your life.