What is Life after Manor?

Written by: Julianne Kostic

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“April showers bring May flowers.” Yes, I really just used the old cliche. We all have struggled this past month with last minute projects, tests, and homework. It’s comforting to know that May is officially here, and I’m excited to see what it has in store for me!  You can breathe easy now knowing that all the hours of lost sleep and worry are over for the semester. If your semester didn’t go as you planned- you should still be proud of what you have accomplished this year! Disclaimer: Considering this may be my final blog as an actual Manor student, I will try to make it as cheesy as possible!

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Let’s look back at what went down at Manor this year!

In September, we started off with our “Get Acquainted Picnic” where all new students had the chance to mingle with other  students.  Everyone had the opportunity to join new clubs and get more involved with the campus. Perhaps, they tried something they had never done before. Prior to attending Manor College, I was seldom involved in student activities. I was persuaded to become more actively involved at Manor.  I can honestly say that I do not regret participating in the many groups and activities that Manor offers. In fact, I feel as though I grew as a more mature individual after signing up for clubs!

Zoeya, Jenna and myself taking a leisurely stroll in Bushkill, PA.

December, it was sometime during the change in the seasons, when all of my time revolved around playing basketball and going to class. Yes, there was a slight change in the weather, but there was a new storm brewing. I’m not talking about snow either; Manor College was in the process of hiring a new school president. It wouldn’t be long before recently inaugurated President Peri would attend our basketball games. The thought of the school President willingly getting involved so quickly elated me! He wasn’t very hard to spot… not very many people wear a suit to our games. He even offered a few words of encouragement during halftimes at the games!

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Flash-forward through the second semester~

There is so much to love about Manor College, and it’s strange to think I won’t be around all the time anymore. It’s the simple things I love the most. I’m sure going to miss seeing my friends everyday, and especially Coach picking me up at 5am for 6am practice. I hope you didn’t catch my sarcasm. I don’t think the professors at Manor will miss me trailing them down the halls, waiting to ask questions. I have become so close to some of my professors that I am even on hug-level with them. I’m not sure what I’m going to do without them. I wish I could put them in my pocket and take them with me to my future school.

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My Aunt made us pull over when she saw my face on Cottman Avenue…

My goal is to continue my education at a new institution where I can gain as much positive experience as I can, while pacing myself through the many blessings and opportunities of college life.

Here’s to my fellow graduating class, Congratulations! Here’s to kicking back and soaking up the sun this summer! (If you have ever tried catching some sun through the classroom window, you know it doesn’t work very well).

Manor has become more like a family than an actual school.  After all, there are not too many schools that would post your face on a Septa sign (No, I’m not kidding). When I walk out of that gym on graduation day and into the unknown abyss of whatever my future holds for me, I will smile broadly. I know that I’ve done my best to not only make my family proud, but also the entire Manor family.

I may have broken a record for the number of Manor professors that taught me these past two years. If they ever read this, I want them to know that we are thankful for everything you do and sacrifice for us. We may not have always enjoyed doing the homework or studying for the tests, but they always challenged us to be better students and better people. I am a  much better student since coming to Manor College, and I thank all of the professors at Manor for their support and kindness.  Thank you, Coach Rob for being one of the best coaches I have ever had, and for dealing with my craziness on a regular basis… Many thanks to Ali, for always letting us take over HER office, and for being a great source of support.  I am grateful to my family who are always there for me. Finally, a shout out to the friends I have met and grown with the past two years. The unselfishness and love that I received here at Manor has given me many lasting memories, and I’m so thankful for all of you! I recently overheard a fellow graduate question, “is there life after Manor?” That question really resonated for me. It will be difficult to leave this place that has become my second home. But don’t worry…I’ll be back. -Insert ominous laugh here-

 

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They may hate me for posting these…Haha!

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Sweet Emotions

By: Jenna-Kim L

Who could have ever guessed that two years could fly past me so quickly? It seems like just yesterday it was September 2nd, 2014- my first day at Manor College. I had never been so nervous in my life, switching from my lifetime of homeschooling, to the new and mysterious world of college life. Since then, I’ve experienced two years of wonderful education, I made some lifelong friends, and I learned so much about myself and the world around me.

In the beginning, I was incredibly nervous, but I adjusted so quickly thanks to the help of many wonderful people at Manor College. One person in particular who helped me right off the bat was my WONDERFUL adviser and professor, Professor Diane Pevar.
Professor Pevar was my saving grace during my time at school, guiding me and giving me the best advice possible. She is the one who made me feel comfortable at school from the very beginning. I owe much of my academic success to her during my time at Manor, and I appreciate every little thing she has done for me over the past two years. I will definitely not lose contact with her, as she has definitely become a very important mentor and guidance in my life!
DSC_0085I learned so much academically at Manor, but I also learned a lot about myself and I had so many chances to better my communication and leadership skills, especially through the clubs I was involved in, such as Student Senate and Campus Activity Board.

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Anna Lobely, Nicole Suwala, and me (CAB members), and Professor Smalarz, a happy dunk tank volunteer!

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Our wonderful Student Senate!

These groups have definitely helped me form lifelong bonds with some fantastic people who I am happy to call some of my best friends. Senate has done so much to help improve things across campus, and CAB has had the opportunity to develop some of the greatest events of Manor College history (including our first annual Blue Jay Ball, of course)! Joining clubs was one of the best things I managed to do during my time at Manor. I learned how to become a better leader, how to communicate my ideas better, and how to best work with others in a collaborative group. Plus, as I said before, I have made some of my best friends through the help of these clubs.

With many of the clubs I was part of, we had the best club adviser anyone could hope for, Allison Mootz, the shining light of the Manor College student activities. She has been the one to keep us on track during all of our meetings and events with CAB and Senate. I have mentioned her before and I will continue to praise the work of Ali, as she does SO much for all Manor students. She has been such a wonderful person in my life and she is always willing to help anyone who ever needs her, and that’s why I love her so much! She has a heart of pure gold! With Ali’s help, I learned how to be patient and how to always keep a cool head in every situation. I have also learned how to be the best I can be, and always contribute and give back to those who gave to me.

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Ali, Julianne Kostic, and me!

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All the student leaders and the awards we won!

As I mentioned, I also made a lot of friends through my time at Manor. You might have noticed a certain Julianne Kostic in a lot of my photos, much thanks to the fact that she was one of the first people I met at Manor. She is the one who first told me to join so many clubs with her, and I am ever grateful for her and her pushing me to be more social. I made so many wonderful friends through clubs and classes at Manor. I know all the friends I have made will always have my back. We have shared a lot of laughs and so many good times together. All of the people I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with have made some kind of impact on my life. I’ve learned what a good friend is and how to be one myself. I’ve come out of my shell a lot thanks to these guys at Manor, and I cherish each and every one of them. I will remember them forever and always and hold them all in my heart as we part ways- even though I know we’ll all have one big Manor reunion one day!

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Phi Theta Kappa Induction!

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CAB squad at the Blue Jay Ball!

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The wondrous Valentine’s Day Photo Booth

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Sometimes, Manor even helps you find love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest thing I’ve learned? There’s still more to learn! The world has so much to offer us, and this was the first, big step into our futures. The whole world is there ahead of us, with so many opportunities all thanks to Manor. We are a student body who has been educated and prepared for whatever we want to go and pursue. We have made connections, friends, and impacts which will continue on wherever we go one day. Thanks to Manor, we will always know where we came from. Manor is an unforgettable school that  has given us the boost we need to move forward. Manor College has been one giant support system for me. I’ve learned lifelong skills that will help me through whatever I want to do next. I will always remember everyone I knew at Manor and all that they have done for me. I will never lose contact with all the people here who have done so much for me. I may be moving on and graduating in life, but I guarantee that Manor will be part of me for as long as I live. I am a Blue Jay for life!

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We Made It!

New Beginnings…

By: Ruben C. 

My mother always tells me there’s a time for everything. My father always tells me there’s a time to begin, and there’s a time to end. I think I’ve finally accepted that this past semester was my last semester at Manor. I can easily say that this past semester was the end of my collegiate career here at Manor College, but I’d rather say I’m moving on to new beginnings.

Manor College has honestly been a God send for me. Leaving a local community college, taking a semester off, taking time to really asses my decisions over the summer, and falling into the caring arms of Manor was something beyond special. I don’t know how it happened, but Manor found a way to take the mistakes that I made, and change them into success stories, and building blocks that I can move on with. Manor College has been life changing for me, and I know I’m not the only student that feels that way.

In this blog I want to tell you about my new beginnings, the goals that I have accomplished, and failed, but first I have to thank the people that helped changed my life while at Manor. First, I have to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Him. Secondly, I want to thank my parents for all the support they poured into me, even when I knew I didn’t deserve it. Thirdly, I want to thank each and every staff and faculty here at Manor that always kept an eye out for me. When you all asked me how I was doing, it wasn’t because you had to, it was because you cared. They may not ever read this, but I want to specifically thank Mr. Moody, Dr. Seltzer, Gilbert Ridgely, Marc Minnick, Ms. Weinfeld, Nick Rudnytzky for being so kind, and last but most certainly not least, my boss, Master K, Kelly Peiffer.  images

My four main goals for this past semester were: Get accepted into a Four year College/University, Pass all my classes with an A, Perfect Attendance, and Confidence. I tried to make these goals challenging enough so I could feel like I earned them, but also not too challenging so they wouldn’t consume my life. I didn’t want my whole view of the success of this semester to be based off of these goals, and if I accomplished them or not.

Fortunately, I was able to get accepted into the Four year University that I’ve always wanted to go to. Broad street is calling my name, and I can’t wait to experience what’s in store.

I wasn’images-1t able to pass all my classes with an A, but I did get all A’s and one B. So I feel very confident in what I did, which was my fourth goal.

To be more confident. I feel like I’ve done that, I’m more confident in myself because I see that the harder I work, the better results I get. Unfortunately I didn’t get perfect attendance, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. I missed a couple of classes in the beginning of the semester, but finished strong by making the rest of them.

There’s a Chinese proverb that says “The journey is the reward.” I’m glad I was able to set out these goals and achieve them. The process of achieving my goals and the experience I’ve gained has changed me. I’m guessing that’s why the Chinese proverb says “The journey is the reward.”

My newest beginning will be my new school. I can only hope I’ll feel the same way about my new school when I graduate as I’m feeling now about Manor… I don’t think I will though, and I actually don’t think I want to. I can only hope to create relationships the way I did here at Manor, at my new school. I can only hope I will miss and appreciate my new school, but right now, I know what I know. I know I will miss Manor, and I know the way I’m feeling will be specific only to Manor College because Manor is like no other.