A Guest Post From Sarah Clymer, Class of 2015: Hey Manor – I’ve Missed You!

Hello, Manor community! I’ve missed you!

As many of you know, I graduated from Manor this past spring and transferred to Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, where I’m continuing my Management degree.

Unfortunately, this means I’m required to take Calculus this and next semester; math is definitely not my strong suit, so I’ve been going to math tutoring almost every night. On the bright side, all of my classes transferred into Moravian (although many as electives), so I’m still on track to graduate in two years!

If my schedule allows it, I’d like to add a writing aspect to my major, perhaps the new certification in writing that Moravian is offering.

Outside of the classroom, I’ve joined MBL (Moravian Business Leaders), AAUW (American Association of University Women), and the Comenian Newspaper. As a member of AAUW, I’m a part of two committees. I’m in the process of writing two submissions for the November issue of the Comenian, and I might help with editing and their website.

This semester, I have two work-study jobs: in the Public Relations Department and as a Note Taker for the Academic Support Center.

I currently take and submit my notes for my Calculus and News and Feature Writing classes. I enjoy being a Note Taker because it’s simple and doesn’t take up too much more of my time than the classes already do!

In the Public Relations Department, I spend two hours a week in the office doing misc. tasks such as researching, brainstorming, and contacting local businesses. On top of those hours, I also spend a total of two hours a week posting to Moravian’s Instagram and Snapchat on Sunday’s and Tuesday’s. (Follow them @MoravianCollege! My Instagram posts include “- S.C.” in the caption.) I’m still looking forward to starting a blog as part of this work-study job.

I’m pretty positive that the main reason I’ve gotten hours in the Public Relations Department is due to the experiences I acquired while working with Kelly in the Marketing Communications Department at Manor! A big thank you to everyone that had any part in creating that internship opportunity 🙂

Thank you for all of your support, and please stay in touch with me (you can follow me on Twitter @sarahclyms)

Here is a picture of myself, my roommate (Quay - who is also a transfer) and a few other Moravian friends at Six Flags from a few weeks ago.

Here is a picture of myself, my roommate (Quay – who is also a transfer) and a few other Moravian friends at Six Flags from a few weeks ago.

6 Things To Do With Your Manor Student I.D Card

One of the best parts of being a college student is that others take pity on how poor we are, including businesses! 

Those businesses offer disManorCard logo-1counts to us when we show our student I.D., and even if the discounts are “only” 10% or 15% each, it adds up! The following businesses are the top five that I think are the most applicable to us as Manor College students. Take advantage of the opportunity to save money while you can!

1. The Daily Grind – 261 Old York Rd Jenkintown, PA 19046
Get 10% off at The Daily Grind, located about five minutes from campus.  This is my personal favorite café. The atmosphere is always quaint and quiet, the perfect spot for a relaxing brunch between classes. Their free Wi-Fi is ideal for finishing those pesky projects and papers. Lucky for us, they offer a 10% discount if we show our Manor I.D. cards! I recommend their sausage, egg and cheese on a crescent!

2. U-Swirl – 817 Old York Rd Jenkintown, PA 19046 
Get 15% off at U-Swirl.  Only 5 minutes away, and has a hip atmosphere that’s sure to wake you up on dreary days! If the cheerful atmosphere doesn’t, one of their 20 fat-free or sugar-free frozen yogurt flavors and over 60 toppings surely will improve your mood! With a 15% Manor I.D. discount, it’s definitely worth the weight!

3. YoFresh – 1621 The Fairway Jenkintown, PA 19046 
Get 15% off your order at YoFresh!  Only about five minutes from campus, YoFresh offers a huge variety of toppings that finish off any of their fat free or no-sugar-added frozen yogurts. They have several kinds of ice cream cones to match your frozen yogurt creation. If toppings aren’t your thing, pair frozen yogurt with fruit to create your own smoothie! Wrap all those options with free Wi-Fi and a 15% discount, and you can’t go wrong!

 4. Movie Theaters, varies Most movie theaters, including Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Theaters, offer student discounts, often during the week. Take a study break by visiting your movie theater and get a discount while you’re at it!

 5. McDonald’s and Burger King, The next time you’re grabbing a speedy meal at McDonald’s or Burger King, make sure you ask about their 10% student discount! If you do the math, I bet you can save a decent amount of your precious money by using this discount!

Bonus Tip: Did you know that you can use your Manor Student I.D. as a credit card around campus? To do so, simply add money to your card, and then swipe it in the cafeteria, campus store, or Student Activities Office to pay for food, Manor gear, and tickets! Quite possibly the best part of this deal is that your relatives and parents can add money to your card as well! To add money to your card, follow this link here!

Want more student discounts for local restaurants and shops?
Email me at sclymer@manor.edu with where you would like to get a student discount, and I’ll do my best to make it happen!

My Next Steps…

Graduation and summer are (finally) upon us! Time has flown by, but at the same time I’m very ready for a break! My goals this summer are to make money, gain experience, spend time with my boyfriend, and relax. After summer, it’s grind time once again!

I have many part time obligations to gain experience over the summer. I’m going to continue interning with Woody Bicycles, a start-up company located in Cape May, NJ. This internship offers me great experience when it comes to starting a small business. I’ve already created a limited liability release form for them, and I’m currently working on a media kit. On top of this internship, I have three leads that could result in more internship opportunities for the summer.

In regards to making money, my primary source of income will be regular babysitting. On top of this responsibility, I’m going to help an author create a website for his book, and perhaps teach him the ropes of social media (I can’t wait!)

Besides all of these working obligations, I also hope to relax and spend time with my boyfriend. My schedule tends to get very hectic during the school year, so I appreciate down time when I get it. Additionally, it’s difficult to visit my boyfriend in Connecticut during the school year because of classes, so I’m excited to spend quality time with him this summer.

After the summer, I’m looking forward to transferring to a four year college. This past winter, I applied to Fairfield University, Moravian College, Quinnipiac University, and Villanova University. I’m still waiting to hear an admission decision from two of those colleges, and therefore I haven’t picked one yet. This next step in my education is an exciting one that I can’t wait to pursue!

I can’t believe how quickly this semester went, or how soon it will be over! I have high hopes for a fun summer this year, and can only imagine the experiences and opportunities I’ll receive at my next college! Best of luck to everyone finishing the semester!

Reflections On Being An Intern….

As you probably know, I’m graduating this May! Unfortunately, that also means that I must leave my Marketing Communications Internship behind me. Therefore, the Marketing Communications Department at Manor College is looking for a new intern!

Working with Kelly Peiffer, Assistant Director of Marketing Communications has been a very valuable experience! She is super knowledgeable, understanding, creative and fun. Kelly includes me in her brainstorming and decision processes, which not only gives me insight, but it also adds meaning to my work.

As Kelly’s intern, I do a wide variety of tasks that get mixed with weekly jobs to keep my work interesting. To name a few of my responsibilities, I schedule Tweets, take pictures at events, write a weekly blog, and upload/caption/tag photos to albums to the Manor College Flickr account. I play a large role in Trivia Tuesdays on the Manor College Facebook page by creating relationships with local businesses for prizes, coming up with trivia questions, and mailing gift cards to the winners. In the spring, I contacted faculty and alumni for updates in our 2015 Annual Review. (P.S. If you are a Manor alum reading this, send in your life update to magazine@manor.edu).

Besides spending my five hours a week in the office, I also spend time around campus capturing pictures and videos to post to our social media accounts. Occasionally, I would create a video to go with my blog postings. It would be great to have even more blog videos, as well as Vines, next year!

One of the coolest parts about my internship is that I’m encouraged to voice my opinions and ideas. Even better: I tend to see my suggestions on Manor’s social media accounts! Additionally, Kelly allows her intern to pick a year-long project. This is awesome because you can tailor the internship to fit your goals! When I decided that I wanted to learn about graphic design, Kelly spent a Friday morning teaching me the basics of InDesign.

This year, Kelly actually left me in charge of Manor’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for three weeks while she was away. Do you know how awesome it is to post to Manor’s social media? Super awesome. Kelly prepared me to succeed on my own through her expertise and instruction.

In the future, I want to learn more about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), coding and graphic design. SEO is crucial for your online content to show up in search results in order to reach your target market. Coding and graphic design would be very useful if I focus my career on social media and websites. As of now, the majority of graphic design that I know is from spending that Friday morning with Kelly.

I’ve been very pleased with everything that I’ve accomplished and learned this year in the Marketing Communications Department. Additionally, this internship will look great on your resume! If you’re going to be a Manor College student next year, I highly encourage you to apply! Please view the job posting at this link, or comment below.intern posting for FB

Combat Senioritis

With only two months left before the end of this semester, some of us might be having “Senioritis” as Sophomores (or even Freshmen). However, now is not the time to slack off! Instead, we need to finish strong, however hard that may be. To help combat “Senioritis”, I’ve created this blog post to encourage all of us to end the semester on a positive note.

IMG_8423To keep yourself encouraged, I recommend finding (or creating) rewards in your daily activities. Don’t want to do that reading assignment? Place M&M’s or Skittles on your page, and eat one at a time as you approach it by reading the page. For other assignments, place a coin or dollar bill into a jar for each one that you complete, and then treat yourself later with the money.

On top of short term rewards, I recommend having general rewards that you repeatedly look forward to. For example, I look forward to events on campus, seeing my boyfriend, and sleeping. When I’m feeling sleepy or in the dumps, I encourage myself knowing that one of those rewards are bound to happen soon.

Have goals for yourself so that you can tell yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. What do you want to do when you “grow up”, and what do you need to do to get there? Personally, my goal is to run a business in the future. This goal drives me to learn as much as possible in and out of the classroom so that I can achieve it. Without a vision for my future, I’d be a lot less motivated than I am.

In addition to goals, it’s important to do what you love. I enjoy my classes because they’re teaching me information that I’m sincerely interested in and want to learn more about. Additionally, my classes are showing me how I can succeed at my goals. Doing assignments and going to class is easier and more fun when you see how it applies to your life.

Lastly, another obvious way to inspire yourself is to read inspirational quotes. You can check out my list of inspirational quotes in a previous blog post that will encourage you to work hard and finish strong!

I wish you all luck finishing your semester strong, and remember: the more you do now, the less you need to do later!

Free Things From Manor College

This week, I collected everything that I’ve received for free from Manor College. The video show cases all of the items that are listed below.

  • Manor College sweatshirt blanket (pictured in the background)
  • 8 assorted pens
  • Manor College cleaning cloth
  • ID holder, attaches to cell phone
  • 2 Manor College stickers
  • AFC (Aquatic Fitness Center) membership
  • 2 drawstring, Manor College bags
  • Large, striped Manor College bag
  • Manor College planner
  • 2 Manor College folders
  • 2 Student Senate (student government) collared shirts
  • CAB (Campus Activities Board) t-shirt
  • 2 Manor College t-shirts
  • Manor College Ambassador (tour guide) t-shirt
  • Purchased: 2 breast cancer awareness t-shirts
  • Fill A Bagel coupons

That’s a total of over 25 free items!

Michael Fowlin: A Night To Remember

Last Thursday, January 29th, Manor College hosted Dr. Michael Fowlin. His presentation of “You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me” consisted of characters from different stereotypes and the struggles they deal with on a daily basis. He covered issues such as race, discrimination, violence prevention, personal identity, suicide, gender equality, homophobia, and the emotional pain felt by special education children. His presentation blended together perfectly, and caused his audience to laugh and cry.

Through the duration of his performance, he acted out four relatable stereotypes. However, his act consisted of much more than that. Between personalities, he spoke words of wisdom, told stories, and shared his experiences. He discussed how grade school teachers affect stereotypes, and how much one smile could save a person’s life. These divulgences caused me to have epiphanies that I may have never reached without his presentation.

After one of his stories, the room was so silent that the ticking of a clock was thunderous. To understand the impact of that story, you should know that the room was full of at least 60 students, faculty, family and friends. Due to that fact, it’s obvious that his presentation left his audience completely speechless.

Cherie Crosby, Director of the Early Childhood Education Program, gave me some of her feedback on Michael Fowlin’s performance. “His presentation impacts how we view each other and interact with each other on a daily basis. It reminds us of the importance of exploring the bias that we have and move past them. It also reminds us of the importance of living ‘authentically’ and not living with masks.

His message about getting to know one another and truly making sure we take the time to get know one another was right on target for the audience. He reminded us of the importance of taking time in our day to simply smile and say hello to one another. Even better, he reminded us of the importance of making those human connections and realizing that each success and struggle we face impacts us all. We simply cannot thrive without these connections.” Ms. Crosby especially loved, “His ability to connect to the audience by not only providing “real life” examples that the audience can relate to as well as sharing his own struggles with difficult issues.”

If I had to sum up Michael Fowlin’s presentation in one word, it would be, “powerful”.  The experience was eye-opening, thought provoking, and tear-wrenching. After his performance, his audience thanked him with tears in their eyes. I left with the desire to be a better person.IMG_0278

5 Things To Do At Manor Before You Graduate

Regardless of whether you’re a Freshman or Sophomore, your time at Manor College will truly fly by. Therefore, it’s important to make the most of your time while it lasts! I’ve compiled this list of things I suggest everyone does before they graduate from Manor!

1.     Join a campus club

 Joining clubs on campus allows you to explore interests and meet people that you wouldn’t otherwise. And most likely, those people will turn into new friends! Being in a club gives you something productive to do outside of class time, and it’s an easy addition to your resume.

2.     Make connections

Meeting new people by joining clubs allows you to not only network with your peers, but also the advisors of the clubs that you join. Connections can also be easily made by communicating with your teachers and advisor. All of these networking opportunities have the potential to turn into jobs or internships.

3.    Score an Internship

 Internships can offer great experience and learning opportunities outside of the classroom. They will also improve your resume tremendously. As mentioned in number 3, internships will come your way with the right connections.

4.     Focus on your classes

 Understandably, getting an education is the most important part of attending college. With focus and dedication, success in your classes is attainable. Your teachers are there to help: work with them and they’ll help you succeed! The more you communicate with your teachers, the more likely they will be to help you when you need a job, internship, or their real-world knowledge.

 5.     Work hard

 Obviously, you will get the most out of your time at Manor if you put in the time and energy. Therefore, it’s something I believe must be done before graduation. Working hard will allow you to succeed in your classes, and have time for the previous 4 activities: joining clubs, making connections, interning, and learning. Additionally, working hard will market yourself as a dedicated student that your connections will want to work with. Without the right mindset and work ethic, your connections are practically useless. However, with the right attitude, you’ll acquire countless opportunities!

pic of sarah for blog

I hope that this list inspired you to make the most of your time at Manor College!

25 Inspirational Quotes To Start 2015 Off Right!

With a new semester starting, it’s of utmost importance to start out on the right foot. Personally, this means mentally preparing myself for the plunge into school work. To do this, I love reading inspirational quotes that will encourage me to push myself, get work done, and be optimistic.

I hope the following quotes will be an inspiration to you!Never Give Up

1.     “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”

2.     “Because the ones that are crazy enough to think they can change the world- are the ones that do.” – Steve Jobs

3.     “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

4.     “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

5.     “Why haven’t you ever seen a Lamborghini commercial before?  Because the people who can afford them aren’t sitting around watching TV.”

6.     “Take pride in how far you’ve come, and have faith in how far you can go.”

7.     “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

8.     “Many things aren’t equal, but everyone gets the same 24 hours a day, 7 hours a week. We make time for what we truly want.”

9.     “In this world there is no force equal to the strength of a determined woman.”

10.  “Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.”

11.  “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

12.  “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

13.  “Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.”

14.  “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

15.  “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”

16.  “Failure isn’t falling down, it’s remaining where you’ve fallen.”

17.  “God is working things out for you, even when you don’t feel it. Have faith and be thankful.”

18.  “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”

19.  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.”

20.  “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

21.  “Don’t worry about hard times, because some of the most beautiful things we have in life come from changes or mistakes.”

22.  “Be thankful for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.”

23.  “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.”

24.  “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” – Plato

25.  “The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.”


What I’m Doing Over Christmas Break

Thank goodness Christmas break is here! I have a fairly busy schedule ahead of me, but I’m excited for all of the holiday festivities!

The most important thing for me to do this break is apply to colleges. I hope to use my time off from school wisely so that I don’t have extra work to do when classes start again. There are a few things, such as my official Manor transcript, that I’m waiting to send until my Fall semester grades are submitted.  On the other hand, I’m forcing myself to complete the Common Application over break.

If I have time this break, I would love to get ahead on my job search for the summer. I’m not sure where or what I want to do, but I know that I need to make money to pay for college. Wish me luck!

When it comes to my holiday to-do list, I’m looking forward to baking for Christmas. I enjoy baking and brightening someone’s day through the desserts I made. Baked goods also make great, affordable gifts for friends and family. Looking for gift ideas? Check out my blog on holiday gifts for friends and family.

On top of baking gifts for my family and friends, I’m looking forward to attending the Tableaux at my church. The event is always a peaceful evening that never fails to get me in the holiday spirit! I especially love the song, “Mary Did You Know”, that the shepherds sing. To this day, I have yet to find a version online that sounds as good as the version sung in our Cathedral.

After Christmas, I will be visiting my boyfriend before classes start up again. This is our third year in a long distance relationship, and unfortunately we can’t visit each other as much as we would like, because we’re both in college. I’m excited to spend time and laughter with him before it’s time to focus on another semester of classes and work!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and an enjoyable break, see you in 2015!