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.
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’t 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.