10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Our Open House

Are you interested in Manor College? Yes? Awesome.  Are you attending Manor College’s Open House on Saturday, October 29th? No?


Please don’t play yourself. If DJ Khaled isn’t enough motivation to get you to register for Open House then I have 10 great reasons why you should attend Manors Open House.

  1. Meet with our awesome staff and faculty. Our 9:1 student/faculty ratio makes it easier for you to become closely attached to our professors and faculty.
  2. Use our Fire Emoji (Apple/iOS Version) Snapchat Geofilter! By the way, add us on Snapcsnapcodehat!
  3. It’s an easy way to meet future classmates and future friends. You might meet your “bestie for lifey” here at our Open House. You’ll never know if you don’t come.
  4. You can get a tour of our beautiful campus from our very own Student Ambassadors.
  5. Learn about our great academic programs. We have over 35 academic programs! Come find out which one is best for you to get your education on.
  6. Enjoy a delicious FREE lunch. Who doesn’t love free lunch?
  7. The President will be here. No, not Obama. Someone way cooler- President Peri. How many times have you had a chance to meet the President of a college? Come to Manors Open House and @PrezPeri will be here.img_6329
  8. Take a selfie with our very own Blue Jay mascot. When it comes to selfies, our Blue Jay is a pro!
  9. Money talks. If you have specific questions about your financial aid package, we’ll have financial aid counselors here to answer them.
  10. Get comfortable. Open House is a great way to learn why Manor is a great fit for you!

There are so many more reasons why you should come to Manor College’s Open House, but instead of reading the many reasons I write, you should be registering for the Open House right now!

Register here!

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.

Sad news; Spring Break is over.

By: Ruben C. 

For us here at Manor, our Spring Break began Monday, February 29th and ended on Monday, March 7th. We had a week off, which I guess is the usual time off for spring break. The only thing that was different is that a lot of other schools, especially the ones my friends go to, were not on Spring Break. So that stinks. If you are reading this during the week of March 7th or even after that, then you’re reading it while I’m back in school, and while my friends are probably on Spring Break.KeepCalmStayMotivated

Nevertheless, coming back from Spring Break can be tough. Some of us use it as a time to binge watch House of Cards on Netflix, while others go away to places like Miami, and party (responsibly of course). Either way getting back into the groove of school is very important. We’ve finally reached the final stretch of this semester so staying motivated after coming back from Spring Break is essential. Here are some of my tips to help motivate you after Spring Break:

1. Take some time to examine your performance so far this semester. Take a look at your finished tests, quizzes, papers and projects to help you understand how to adjust your study for better performance.

2. Get into the habit of reviewing your calendar. Anytime on a Sunday, review some of your syllabi and your calendar to check for any deadlines coming up or exams and papers that will be due soon.

3. Prioritize your assignments. If you know that a major project is due very soon, plan your time effectively and efficiently. Try separating some of your large assignments into manageable parts and hold yourself accountable to finish them in a timely manner.

4. Find different places to study. What’s great about this part of the semester is that the weather is changing, and hopefully getting warmer. Try finding somewhere outside to study that’s free from distractions. Maybe find a peaceful park with tons of shade, where you can study in tranquility.

5. Study with classmates. Notice I didn’t say friends. Friends aren’t the worst people to study with, but sometimes you should get away from those people that you are always with and study with some new faces. Doing this will allow you to get a new perspective on whatever you’re studying. Working with those classmates can get you back on track to refocus on what is important and holds you accountable.

These are just some ways you can stay motivated after Spring Break. There are a lot of different ways out there. You just have to find the right one or two that fit you best. As long as you’re motivated and prepared, success should be right around the corner. 




So Far So Good.

By: Ruben C.

Hey guys! Thank you for coming back to, hopefully, the best three to five minutes of your day! I know there are many other things you can be doing right now, but I am super excited and very happy that you’re reading this right now! (You’re awesome!) If you are a student here at Manor or another institution, I hope your semester has been going by fast and you’re being productive. If you are wondering how my semester is going, it has been “so far so good”.

This semester I am taking five classes. Principles of Management, Math, Philosophy, Business Communications, and Managerial Accounting. It’s been just over a month since these classes started, and I am really enjoying all four of them. Yes, I said four because Math is Voldemort for me. He who must not be nahow2mathmed, or class that must not be named. I’m not a Math wiz, but I’m also not a math dunce. Math and I just don’t have a great relationship. Except for this semester! My math class this semester has actually been going well.

That’s enough about math, let’s talk about these other classes, that I can actually enjoy. Unfortunately, I don’t have any classes this semester that I can label as my favorite class. If there was a race for that title, my Business Communications, Principles of Management and Managerial Accounting classes would all end up in a tie. Those are my top three now because they are all business classes. I also have professors in each of those classes that are pretty cool, if a professor can be called cool, and know how to teach at the same time. My Managerial Accounting class was an easier transition for me compared to my other classes because I took Financial Accounting last semester with the same professor. My Business Communications class has been very informative. Lately we have been talking about resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Those are things that I sort of have a good grasp on, but I don’t mind knowing more about them. The more you know the more you grow.

My Principles of Management class focuses on the managerial functions of assessing, planning, organizing, and controlling. Both traditional and modern approaches are introduced and applied. So far throughout the class I’ve noticed that we also pay close attention to the ethical implications of managerial action and inaction. Wow. That sounded really educational, that’s how you know I’ve been listening in class.

The one class that I know is going to have me thinking outside of class is my Philosophy class. Our Professor is exactly what you think a Philosophy professor would be. He is someone who looks for the meaning of existence, in the structure of human interaction or the expression of spirituality. He doesn’t want you to just answer a question and leave it at that. He wants you to question the question while also questioning any answer that is given. A great saying that I’ve gotten from Philosophy so far is from Robert Schuller, “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.” In my opinion, a great saying that can be used for not only school and class, but for life.

If you are a student, I really hope none of your of classes are “Voldemort” like. I also hope that you all love your classes, and enjoy every minute of them. It’s so much easier to learn when you’re enjoying what you are learning. Thank you for reading!


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2016 Goals

By: Ruben C.



Happy New Year to all of you!

Welcome back to hopefully the best five to eight minutes of your day! I say five to eight minutes because I don’t think I’ll be writing a book for my first blog of 2016. Short and sweet is what I’m looking for. I’m happy and excited to be back at Manor this semester! The last three semesters here at Manor have been great experiences for me. Each semester brought new challenges and new successes, while helping me learn to do new things. I always knew I had goals in my life, but they were just things that came and went. Now I know to plan my goals, instead of letting them come and go.

For my first blog of 2016, I’m going to let you guys in on my goals for 2016. Most of these goals are going to be school related, but I’ll probably throw one in that’s not school related.

School Goals:

  1. Get accepted into a Four year College/University. I put this goal first because it’s one of my more immediate goals. This is a goal that I know I can achieve sooner than the others. This is my short short term goal. I had a plan to graduate from Manor, but things change, and now I plan on transferring after this semester. There’s a school


    on Broad Street, in Philadelphia, that I’ve always wanted to attend and graduate from. God willing, I’ll be accepted as soon as I send them the rest of the information that they need, but who knows, I could be getting accepted somewhere else too.

  2. Pass all my classes with an A. This is an obvious goal, everyone in school should have their eyes set on passing every class, especially with all A’s. When I was younger I used to envy those kids that got straight A’s so effortlessly, or so it seemed. Now that I’m older and in college I know that getting all A’s will not be done effortlessly, but with hard work and dedication I will do it.
  3. Perfect Attendance. Out of all of my school goals this is probably going to be the hardest goal for me. If you know me you know that I can be lazy from time to time, but not all the time. Me being lazy causes me to either miss a class or be late for a class. Well, not this semester. Baring any emergencies, I will make it to all of my classes! I guess my next goal should be: Stop being lazy! 
  4. Confidence. I believe students who are confident are willing to participate in class, and willing to provide ideas, even if I’m unsure if the idea is worth anything. I want to be willing to try new things and try again if they fail. Being confident is something that will not only help me in school but in my personal life as well.

One of my more personal goals is to pray more. As a Christian I believe that prayer acts as a base for my faith, after God and Jesus Christ. It’s so easy to get caught up with school, tests, quizzes, exams, homework, friends, family and other things that I would forget to pray, or not pray enough. This semester I’m making a change. Prayer is very important to me, so my goal for this semester and for the rest of my life is to pray more. You can never pray enough.

Those are some of my goals! I’ll try my best to keep you guys updated throughout the semester, so keep coming back to read these blogs!


Winter break is coming!

By: Ruben C. 

“Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a Library card!” I honestly don’t think I will ever forget this famous, and influential song by one of greatest shows of my generation – Arthur.


Used to be my favorite show. Buster Baxter was my favorite character.

Arthur Read was a great young aardvark and while what he said about having fun with library cards is very true, but I think I can one up him. Having fun isn’t hard when you attend Manor College. While Arthur went to the library to read and learn; this semester at Manor I’ve had many awesome learning experiences myself (and not just in the library).

Now that the end of the year is literally right around the corner I can look back and reflect. I can honestly say that this past semester has been the best semester of my short and infamous college career. One of the reasons why is because of my internship here at Manor with the Marketing Communications department. I knew that this internship would be a great experience for me, but this it has been better than what I expected.

I am so grateful to be able to work and learn while also having fun as a intern. I do many things as an intern but one of the best things for me, is that my boss, Kelly, gives me the freedom to be as creative as possible with the projects and responsibilities given to me. I thought I was pretty creative before, but now from what I’ve seen and learned behind the scenes, I feel like my creativity has evolved. I’ve had many chances to explore the creative process of marketing on my own, and also just to be able to watch everyone in the Marketing department do the same is a great learning experience.


Be Creative!

I’ve also learned that it is really important to set goals. I feel like I’ve always been someone who works hard, even though I can be lazy and a major procrastinator, but I also feel like that hard work doesn’t fully get me anywhere worthwhile. Setting goals gives me a long-term vision and short-term motivation. Setting goals has really helped me to focus, and to organize my time and resources so I can make the most of this life given to me. When I am able to achieve these sharp and clearly defined goals I have set, it raises my self-confidence while also motivating me even more. Whenever my sister and I start to complain about anything, whether it’s how tired we are or how bad we don’t want to go to work, we yell this phrase at each other.


I know that’s not correct grammar, but it’s true. The grind doesn’t stop, and these goals that I have set out motivate me to continue to “grind.” So continue to grind Manor, continue to grind everyone else that is reading this. When you achieve those goals that you have set out, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. I’m so glad that I figured this out now (and not later.)

I pray that you all have a fantastic Christmas break, and a Happy New Year! Remember that Christmas is not only about giving to your families, but to also about helping those that are less fortunate.



Finish Strong!

By: Ruben C. 

Can you believe it? It’s already the middle of November, meaning that it’s already December. Yes, that’s how months work for me. Time flies, it doesn’t wait for anyone. Which sucks because I could remember me writing my first blog like it was yesterday. (Shameless Plug: You can read it right here )

Anyways, the semester is basically over, but it’s not over yet. We still have a couple weeks left so I have a couple of ideas that I think will help you finish the semester strong!


Success baby motivation! FINISH STRONG!

1. Always monitor your mindset. Monitor your way of thinking. Don’t lose sight of a healthy mindset. Sometimes having multiple responsibilities at the end of the semester can overwhelm you. So it’s great to just step away from the work and breath. Instead of saying “how am I going to get this work done”, say “my work WILL get done!” Think positive!

2. Stay in the moment! Sometimes when your mind is filled with school work and other things you can begin to think about the future and begin to worry. Honestly, worrying never does anything to help. The more you worry the less you are concentrating on your work. Worrying is distracting and can drain you mentally. When you can focus at the task at hand, you won’t have time to worry.

3. Learn the best way to keep yourself from stressing out. Pressure


This blew my mind! Don’t stress, go eat some dessert.

and deadlines can help us plan and prioritize tasks, work smarter, work more
efficiently. Become the greatest manager for the work that you’re getting done. Having these skills can help reduce stress, and can keep you from freaking out. Be realistic but also be smart about your time.

4. Get your thoughts out of your head! Grab a piece of paper and start writing. Being overwhelmed with our thoughts can make it hard to make sense of your situation. We love to blow things out of proportion and we start confusing the facts. Then we go into panic mode, panic mode is never good. Getting your thoughts on paper can help you decide how you’re going to attack your work. Having a plan of attack in very important as well!

5. Try to avoid being alone all the time. Working in a quiet space with your own thoughts is great, but we as people long for relationships and interaction with others. Reach out to someone, talk to your classmates. You never know, they might be overwhelmed with the same things you’re overwhelmed with. When you connect with other you’re more likely to talk through it, laugh through, and get passed it.

The end of the year is right around the corner and I honestly believe if you take into account these five things, getting through the end of the semester will be easier. Good luck!



Midterms Got Me Like.

Hey guys, I hope the semester is going great for everyone so far. My semester has been filled with ups and downs, but it wouldn’t be college if it wasn’t, right? Sadly one of my “downs” will be coming soon enough. Wondering why? Well, one word –  midterms.

Yes, it’s already that time of year.  In most classes midterms are a pretty big part of your grade, so you want to make sure that you study and are prepared to ace this big test!

This 100 percent me when it comes to studying.

This is me when it comes to studying.

Usually around this time I can be found sitting in my room with my books in front of me, sobbing uncontrollably into my pillow. So, let’s stop the sobbing, and get to studying!  If you need some study tips keep reading this blog for tricks that will help you ace that tough midterm and have a great semester!

Study Tips:

  1. Begin preparing as soon as possible. Don’t wait til last minute to prepare your study tools, and your notes. Start ASAP!
  2. Go to review sessions in class! I know a lot of us use those review days as day offs, but DON’T! Go to the review session, they help.
  3. Start or join a study group. Most likely the same questions you have, so do the other kids in your class. Start or join a study group to find those answers together.

    I love this baby. He works for everything. TEAMWORK!

    I love this baby. He works for everything. TEAMWORK!

  4. Eat! More importantly, eat healthy foods. Eating healthy helps stimulate the mind.
  5. On midterm eve skim through Chapter headings, footnotes, the course syllabus, study questions, and chapter reviews. This should help refresh your mind on what you might have missed before.

If you don’t remember anything else about these tips, just remember it’s all about Relaxation, Preparation, and Time Management.

The Aftermath

The midterm is over, but the semester isn’t. Keep working at the awesome grades you’ve already earned; or nudge a grade slightly higher to reach a certain goal; or try to save yourself from a poor grade or failure. Make an appointment with your Professor and find out where your grade is at right now. Whether you’re celebrating because of your grade or freaking out, meet with your Professor to know where you stand at this moment–while there is still time to make a plan of attack.

I hope these tips help you and good luck!!

Manor. The Melting Pot.

As I roam the halls of Manor College, instead of studying relentlessly like a “good” student until my eyeballs fall out of their sockets (looking like the new Snapchat update), I see something different everyday. Every room I pass is different from the last room. Manors diversity is a huge part of the experience here at Manor. Diversity is defined as a range of different things. I’m sure if you searched hard enough Manor would be defined the same way.

Manor’s a melting pot, all races, cultures, and religious choices.

Manor, The Melting Pot small College.

Manor, The Melting Pot.

When I first enrolled at Manor, I was coming from The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). Probably the most popular community college in Philadelphia. CCP was a diverse college, different people everywhere you go. Tall, short, long hair, short hair, different races and other things. CCP is also a very large campus, which makes Manor so very special in my eyes. I’m sure you’ve all noticed that Manor College is one-of-a-kind. There really is no other college like Manor. Manor is just as diverse as some of these big colleges in Philly, the kicker being that Manor is a small college.

There’s people that I’ve met at Manor that are old enough to be my parents. There’s a guy I’ve met in one of my classes who has a wife, kids and a full-time job helping kids that are known as “delinquents.” He’s a psychology major because he wants to do more then just help those kids, he wants them to help remove the stigma that they can’t do well in this life because they have been labeled as “delinquents.”  He is one of the most down to earth people I’ve met because of his faith in those kids. He chose to come to Manor because he saw that Manor was the right college to help him grow, and also help those kids grow too.

Diversity really does start here at Manor.

Diversity really does start here at Manor.

I believe because Manor is diverse it also helps students be better students. Having a diverse group of students and teachers makes someone like me more interested in class. For example, I’m taking a Principles to Marketing class this semester. It’s one of the most diverse classes I’ve taken at Manor. Everyone in that class is nothing like the person next to them. Whether it’s gender, ethnicity, beliefs, or how much they like or don’t like the class. For me, I love the class. I love the class because it helps me learn more about Marketing, then I can take what I’ve learned and apply it to my internship here at Manor and vise versa. Imagine if you’re in a Marketing class and everyone has the same ideas – that’s boring. That’s what makes this class, (and Manor) so great – everyone is unique.

My Principles of Marketing professor, Gilbert Ridgely, is completely different from the other professors at Manor. Sometimes “Ridge” and I agree, and sometimes we don’t, but that’s what I believe diversity is all about. Difference and diversity go hand in hand. I’m not going to agree with everything you say or believe, but we can grow together as people and students throughout the semester. Which is why I say Manor being filled with diversity helps its students. We all have different ideas and opinions which helps stimulate our minds. We are forced to be thought provoking – which is awesome.

Summer 2015. L’Union Fait La Force.

A beautiful beach behind one of my fathers friends house.

A beautiful beach behind one of my fathers friends house.

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

These are words that I try to live by every day. So simple, but so true. It really shouldn’t be that hard to be yourself, sometimes it is because of everything or everyone around you, but just don’t let it be hard. For example, my parents gave me the name Ruben; full name Ruben Charmelus. I don’t want to be Reuben. That’s a sandwich, that I haven’t tried yet. I might have one before the year is over, but I don’t know. The name of the sandwich is not even spelled like mine, so it might not be good. Anyways, I’m a student here at Manor. If I’m not in class, I’m either home, working, or at church. I’m Haitian American that loves his country. Born in New York, but my heart’s in Haiti.

I had a wonderful summer. First, I spent about a week in Florida going to beaches and enjoying the sun. Also, I spent a lot of quality time with my family that lives in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The best part of my summer was when I visited Haiti in July for about three weeks. My reasoning for going to Haiti was for a mission trip with the church that I attend, and for vacation! I’m going to stick to the missionary side because I don’t want to be that blogger that brags about his beautiful vacation in the beautiful country of Haiti. For the first two out of three weeks I was on the mission trip with my church. The area where we, about 10 or 11 missionaries stayed, was at the top of a mountain. A place called Anse a veau, also the area where my father was born. At the beginning of the trip my father said it was going to be a 4 hour drive. I learned quickly that when someone gives you a time frame in Haiti, you’re probably not gonna get to your destination at that time. We ended up getting there in 6 hours, but it was great to be able to take in the breathtaking views Haiti has to offer as we drove up the mountain.


The mountains of Anse a Veau

We arrived and I was astonished at what my church built in Anse a veau ! Our church had the opportunity to build a church, a home for the missionaries and a school for those that are less fortunate in the area. We also were blessed to have someone donate up to date computers so some older kids can learn how to use those computers. When we arrived there the first thing I experienced was the unity between the people in the area, and the missionaries. This was the first time I’ve met them and the first time they’ve met me, but they greeted me as if I was their

A small amount of the kids of Anse a Veau and I.

A small amount of the kids of Anse a Veau and I.

neighbor. Being able to live with and around them for two weeks really helped me understand Haiti’s motto. L’Union Fait La Force, Unity makes strength. They didn’t have a lot, but as long as they had each other, they had everything.

Summer has been over for about two weeks now, and I’m definitely going to miss it, but I am also very excited for this semester. I am very grateful that I was able to land an internship with Manor working as their Marketing Communications Intern. Thank you Kelly, Steve and everyone involved that said ‘yes’. I have some big shoes to fill, but I’m confident I can continue the great lineage Sarah C. started 😉 This semester has been going really well so far, and I have a feeling that it will continue to go great.

If you’re reading this, have a great semester! Also, don’t be shy. We have two other great bloggers so make sure you comment on our posts to tell us how your summer went!