What is Life after Manor?

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!

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!


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 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!

6 Best “Chill” Spots at Manor


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

librarynd 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.


Roller Skating!

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!!

The Cafeteria

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.

Alverthorpe Park

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.

How I Spent My Holiday Break

By: Julianne K. 


Lake Nockamixon during sunrise in early January

Hey guys! I’m hoping you all had a refreshing, enjoyable holiday break. I always find Christmas break to be my favorite. You get to spend time with family and friends you don’t often see during the year.

That is exactly what I did this holiday season. I spent time with those I hold dear. My holiday break began on Christmas morning, spending quality time with my mother, brother and father. We don’t always get to see each other because of our conflicting schedules. It was certainly a nice treat to have a few days off to spend together!


Christmas morning with my mother, brother and father!

You know that pit you get in your stomach as you watch your love ones drive away, knowing that you won’t see them for days, months, years? If not, it’s not a great feeling, so seeing extended family that you haven’t seen in a while is always a heartwarming time.

I made it a point to find some time to workout in the midst of applying to a few colleges. Those Christmas cookies had me feeling a little low on myself and I knew I had to whip myself back into shape! It was difficult, but I told myself that Christmas was over, and December 28th cookies should not still be considered “Christmas” cookies. The holiday season was over for good.


My friends walking the streets of NYC.

I traveled to New York City for the first time over the break. It was almost exactly how I had imagined it would be like my entire life. I may have only spent a short time there, but it was exactly how it had been portrayed in the movies. People and cars crowding the streets, bright lights, accents. It was nice to experience it first hand with my best friends, though, I don’t plan on moving there, ever.

It’s nice to have family that are not necessarily in the same vicinity as you all the time. That’s why I always enjoy the hour and forty-five minute drive to Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Hazleton is where my father grew up and it’s where my grandmom and other family members live. I don’t always have the time to visit my grandmom during the school year. That’s why it’s always a top priority to make a trip to see grandmom! After all, there is only so


My grandma and me!

much you can say over the phone.

One week later my friends and I took on an even bigger obstacle, nature. We all decided to rent a cabin at Lake Nockamixon in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. In spite of the relatively mild winter up until our trip, we encountered the coldest temperatures of the season while we were there. However, we found ways to keep warm-which meant going hiking with a grand total of about five layers of clothing.


Selfie at Haycock Mountain near Lake Nockamixon

It’s always fun driving into school when no one else is around. Well, if you’re on the women’s basketball team you know what that feels like. We practiced the entire week before school started. Basketball made up a huge portion of my break which included a part-time job at a 76ers basketball camp!

My, my, my how quickly time flies. It’s so hard to believe that we are already springing into the Spring semester which happens to be my final semester here at Manor College! I’m here to remind you that the holiday season is over and it’s time to get back into ‘school-shape.’ If you did well last semester, great, keep up the hard work! If not, learn from the past and focus on the present. I wish you all the best this semester!

The Athletic Side Of Life

By: Julianne K. 

I’m moving onto my second year of being a student-collegiate athlete here at Manor college! The women’s basketball team has officially started its regular season, holding a solid record with three wins and two losses. With only three returning players from last year, we’ve managed to mesh very well with the personalities and backgrounds of our new teammates. With the long season ahead of us, I know we will continue to gel together.  My teammates can probably vouch for me when I say that school without basketball is unimaginable. It’s my favorite way to decompress after an exhausting and sometimes frustrating day in class. It has allowed me to experience things that I may have never experienced. I have traveled places I would have never seen otherwise. I have made relationships that I will never forget. For me, it’s not about the title, but the opportunity to wake up and do what I love – basketball. College basketball was once a dream, but now that it’s a reality, I’m proud to live it up everyday. One of my favorite singers Taylor Swift would say, “Honey, life is just a classroom.” She’s right! After all, I have learned just as much outside the classroom as within. The experiences that you have and the relationships you make in your life help define who you are. It’s that afternoon text you receive from your best friend that reads, “I miss you, dude. I wanna hang out…”, or that text from your mom on the way to a game that says, “Good Luck! I love you!” I live for the little things in life, they keep us sane throughout our hectic school lives.

Here are 11 tips from #11 on the court !manor ball

  1. Naps are a gift, nap wisely.
  2. Life is better drama free. Be the bigger person and walk away from gossip if you can.
  3. Laugh, laughter is the best medicine.
  4. Being single in college is amazing, you have nothing but time.
  5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  6. Caffeine, all-nighters aren’t easy.
  7. Your mom makes a really great best friend.
  8. Sometimes, your sibling loves you more than you think.
  9. You don’t need to drink or smoke to have a good time!
  10. Reevaluate, prioritize, and try to find the fun in every situation.
  11. If there is one man you can count on, It’s Jesus.


I’m so thankful for this chapter in my life. I am very grateful for all my former coaches for believing in me when I doubted myself, for those that believed someday I would play college basketball. My coaches always pushed me to do better. Here at Manor, Coach Rob is so special to my team and myself, someone we know that we can count on. Basketball has been the root cause of many heartbreaks, yet also manages to make me feel so happy. I’m all about living in the moment and that’s exactly what basketball is about. It’s the rush of a “fast break” or knocking down a major three watching the crowd explode. I might not remember every play of the game, but you sure do remember those moments that pumped you up or sadly broke your heart. That’s what I love about the athletic side of life and how it brings out the better student in me!

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” -Winston Churchill

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How I’m Staying Motivated To Keep Working Hard

The beginning of the semester is always a tough start for me. It’s not easy to readjust into school mode after spending three months in a summer mindset!

As of right now, I am currently taking six different courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology with Dr. Aneesh Kushman
  • Effective Oral Communication with Professor Beth Brooks
  • College Algebra with Professor Leslie Weinfeld
  • Philosophy & The Human Condition with Professor Anne Knop
  • Religion & The Human Experience with Professor Michael Sims

These classes keep me on my toes, but there are also athletics and clubs that keep me involved as well. I’m currently involved in our Student Senate, CAB (Campus Activities Board), Student Ambassadors, Women’s basketball, Women’s volleyball, and the new Martial Arts Club!

Our women’s volleyball team is currently holding a solid record with 4 wins and 7 losses. That record keeps us in the running for the playoffs which will make Manor history! The Women’s volleyball team has never been to the playoffs in the five seasons it has been played. I’m greatly honored to wear that gameday jersey down the halls and to be apart of a talented playoff team. It gets pretty hectic balancing athletics and school. There are some days where I’m exhausted from practice and I might not want to finish my homework. Luckily, the basketball girls have an amazing coach, Robert Reeves, who not only keeps us in shape on the court, but in the classroom as well. Sports are what motivate me to wake up in the morning and take the day on! If I don’t stay on top of my classes, I can’t go to practice, or worse, a game! Coach gives us that little healthy reminder that we are students first, before we are athletes. I truly love playing sports in college, I wouldn’t trade this frenzied lifestyle for anything.

Here is my team – the 2014 women’s basketball team! Coach Robert Reeves is to the right.

Here are my volleyball teammates and I!

I know many of you live hectic, demanding lives as well. It can make completing your schoolwork challenging, especially if you don’t completely understand the work being assigned. If you’re having trouble in a certain class, I would like to refer you to Michael Landis in our Learning Center (down the hall from the cafeteria). He will be happy to set you up with a tutor. That way, you can contact the assigned tutor and arrange times to meet up! Never be afraid to ask for help! I’ve been told by several professors that, “The best students ask for help.” So, use our free resources and get the help you need as soon as possible!

Be sure to check out our Counseling center while you are at it! We have two fantastic counselors who will be more than willing to attempt to relieve some of your stress! Our “Personal Counselor” Christie Price. She will assist you in any personal or school related issues you may be faced with. Also, our Transfer Advisor Christine Krewson! If you are looking to see what credits will transfer to another school or if you need help deciding what to do with your future go to her!  Remember-you are not alone! Seek the help you need early to avoid any future conflicts.

As for me, I’m taking part in our Blood Drive which occurs on October 8th. I think it’s pretty cool being able to say you assisted in saving someone’s life. If you are feeling brave and are able to give blood, please be sure to sign up for our Blood Drive in Ali Mootz’ office ASAP!!

If you are still intrigued enough by my post to have made it this far, then I recommend swinging by my fellow blogger Jenna. Her blog has informative information about upcoming events!

My Summer

Sports, Sports & More Sports

As a four year high school soccer player, I never imagined myself playing volleyball here at Manor, but as they say, “everything happens for a reason.” I was disappointed to find out we didn’t have a soccer team, but I was open to new things.  Volleyball seemed to be the perfect new beginning for me, so I decided to join the team!  Last year was my first year playing volleyball, and it took me some time to learn how the game works. With the help of my teammates and coaches, it wasn’t long before playing volleyball was natural to me (and I was really loving it).  Our team spent much time this summer training for this year’s volleyball season. When I wasn’t  playing volleyball, I was playing basketball (basketball will always be my absolute favorite sport) – I feel very fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to play sports at Manor.

Our 2015 Women's Volleyball Team

Our 2015 Women’s Volleyball Team

Believe it or not, I did spend time doing other things besides sports. When I wasn’t working at my part-time job at Moe’s Southwest Grill, I would be spending quality time with family and friends. One day, my mother surprised my best friend Christy and myself with a mini vacation to Cape May, New Jersey. As a kid, our family spent most of our summer vacations in Cape May, N.J. and it was nice to be able to share that part of my childhood with a great friend of fourteen years! One week later, I was delighted to be packing my bags, preparing myself for a trip of a lifetime. 

My Trip Out West

My friend Christy had invited me to accompany her family on a trip out West.  I spent a week on a luxurious bus driving through five different states. Beginning in Colorado, traveling up through Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana. Then back down through Idaho, Utah and back to Colorado. Like many of the students at Manor, I was born and raised in the city, and became immensely awestruck by the beauty of the mountains and the peacefulness I felt within Yellowstone National Park. I had the opportunity to stand beneath Mt. Rushmore  and feel like the tiniest person on the planet. I walked the streets of West Yellowstone, Montana (where I could see my breath in the middle of July)! Driving through Idaho was unlike anything I had ever experienced before – such vast land (you could sense both emptiness and beauty at the same time). Lastly, my feet touched down in “The Great Salt Lake” in Utah. It was a culture shock and I know I will never be the same person as I was before. I met some pretty amazing people who touched my heart in less than a week. It made the plane ride home difficult to overcome, but I do love Philadelphia. I will always represent my city loud and proud. (Yes, that’s right, I asked for “wooder”, not “water.”)

Me at Arches National Park

Me at Arches National Park

The Final Farewell to Summer

As as final “farewell to summer” my Aunt took my brother, cousins, and myself to see the Phillies play at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts (the green monster).  After spending such a relaxing summer with beautiful people, I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to my final year here at Manor!

My family at Fenway - Go Phils!

My family at Fenway – Go Phils!