Written by: Julianne Kostic
“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!
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!
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!
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.
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-
They may hate me for posting these…Haha!