5 Reasons To Get An Internship

Any opportunity you can get to obtain an internship is a great way to prepare for your future career. An internship is a position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, in order to gain work experience or to satisfy requirements for a qualification. Some colleges require that all of their graduates have an internship before graduating. This is a great way to set up graduates for success. Nearly 90% of people who have an internship with an organization get offered a job when they are eligible for job opportunities (National Association of Colleges and Employers).

  1. Gain Experience: Before going into your field of choice, you want to have as much experience as possible. This will help you decide whether or not you are entering into the right career. Completing internships in different areas will help you decide what you want to do. I feel that this is the best way to maximize the internship experience. Being able to sit down before graduation and think to yourself, “Which field did I enjoy the most?” will enable you to select one that you enjoyed and should love doing for a long time.
  2. Communication Skills: Holding these internships will help improve your communication skills. You will be able to meet new people that you may have never crossed paths with if it wasn’t for the internship. The more people you communicate and build relationships with, the larger your network will be. One thing that I was always told is “The more people you know the better.”  The more people you know, the more people can introduce you to professionals in your industry.


    Regis P., Marketing Communications Intern at Manor College

  3. Practice: Just like anything else in life, “Practice Makes Perfect”. The more practice you have in your desired field the better because it will enhance you for the future. The more experience you get, the better you will be when you’re on your own. Every  project or assignment you complete will increase your skills and knowledge of the company. This is why most businesses want to keep interns when they complete their internship.
  4. Resume Builder: Having an internship will help you build your resume. Internships can go on your resume as job experience and take the place of some less professional jobs you may have had in the past. This could give you the leg up in applying to jobs by having professional experience.
  5. Real World Experience: In order to be ultimately ready for the real world, one must get real world experience. The classroom is very important but this does not always prepare you for what’s to come in the real world. Being able to learn from professionals will be more beneficial in some cases then simply classroom experiences.

The philosopher John Locke once said, “No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.” The experiences you have in an internship will be the most influential and beneficial to your career. Learning from actually doing is better than reading from a book. Try to obtain as many internships as you possibly can during your college career to gain the most experience.

Summer Reading Recommendations

This summer, take full advantage of your time off by reading a book (or a few)! Not sure what to read? Look over this list to find some of the books that Manor’s faculty and staff recommend. (Just think how easy it will be to strike up a conversation with Prez Peri if you’ve read one of his favorite books!) Regardless of whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge, find inspiration, or relax with an easy read, this list has what you’re looking for!

The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

Recommended by: Emily Carroll, Digital Marketing Manager

Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah

Recommended by: Mary Sims J.D., Director of Legal Studies Program

Born to Run

By Bruce Springsteen

Recommended by: Mary Sims J.D., Director of Legal Studies Program

Demographics and Demand for Higher Education

By Nathan D. Grawe

Recommended by: Kim Hamm, Director of Institutional Advancement

The Glass Castle: A Memoir

By Jeannette Walls

Recommended by: President Peri

The Improvement Guide: A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance

By Gerald J. Langley, et. Al.

Recommended by: Kim Hamm, Director of Institutional Advancement

Just Mercy

By Bryan Stevenson

Recommended by: Mary Sims J.D., Director of Legal Studies Program

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs

Recommended by: President Peri


Recommended by: Sister Cecilia, Director of Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center

Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

By Lee Bolman & Terrence Deal

Recommended by: President Peri

Tuesdays with Morrie

By Mitch Albom

Recommended by: Sarah Clymer, Marketing Communications Assistant

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

By Lauren Hillenbrand

Recommended by: Cherie Crosby Ph.D, Program Director of the Early Childhood Education Program

Wide Sargasso Sea

By Jean Ryes

Recommended by Donna Guerin MLIS, Library Director

We hope you check out some of these books this summer for self improvement, inspiration, and relaxation. Have a wonderful and enjoyable summer, and feel free to start a conversation with someone about their recommendation when you’re back on campus in the fall!

Have a favorite read? Add a comment below!

5 Ways to Manage your Time as a Student Athlete

As a student athlete you are asked to carry a lot of responsibilities. You are expected to balance practice, homework, workouts, games, and a social life. Balancing all of these is a job in itself, not to mention if you really do have a job. Here are a few ways to help you manage your time.


  1. Schedule your time: Try to schedule a week in advance by using a planner or calendar on an electronic device. You want to set aside time for homework, studying, practice, individual workouts, and games. Trying to remember everything without writing anything down or having it digital is hard. Check things off as you go so that you know what is or isn’t done.
  2. Set goals: Setting goals for yourself before the season is normal for athletes. Every pre-season, even if you don’t know you’re doing it, you think about what you want to accomplish, such as how many points, hits, blocks, steals, goals, strikeouts, or kills you want to average, even if you don’t know you’re doing it, you think about what you want to accomplish. Setting goals in the beginning of each semester is a great idea as well. Some goals you could start off with are obtaining a higher GPA than you did last semester, attending all of your classes, or turning in all our assignments on time.
  3. Get to know your professor: Getting to know your professor and building a good relationship with them at the beginning of the semester will be beneficial to your academic success. Being able to talk to them, tell them you’re an athlete on campus, and your game schedule (especially if you have a night class) will help you be successful in your classes. Professors are there to help you and they want to see you succeed. If you put in the effort to talk to them and build a relationship they will do the same.
  4. Avoid distractions: Sometimes in order to be successful you must separate yourself from everything and focus on things you have to get done. Outside distractions can distract you from your ultimate goal and soul purpose of being in school. Derek Jeter, a former professional baseball player, once said, “I attribute much of my success in New York to my ability to understand and avoid unnecessary distractions.” It’s easy to let distractions get in the way of your goals but that’s one of the most important things to try and control.
  5. Don’t give up: If you run into problems you can’t give up. If life was a game you would have to excel to higher levels and as you get to higher levels they get harder. This is something in life that you can’t give up on, just like you wouldn’t just quit in a game; you’re just in the next level of life. If you made it to college as a student athlete your coach already decided you were a good enough student and athlete to make it so just like they trusted in you, trust in yourself.

Using your will, determination, and some of these tips, your time in college as a student athlete will not only be fun and memorable, but successful as well.


How to Best Prepare for College

When preparing for college, there are lots of things people are going to say you need to do. Here are a few that everyone should try.

Get involved: When you are first are going off to school you should get involved in as many activities as you can, no matter if it’s participating in clubs, sports teams, or in school-sponsored on-campus events. This will give you the opportunity to meet different types of people from all over. Getting your mind off of the stress that comes with school will help your transition be smoother and more enjoyable.

Get to know your professor: Professors are there to help you and wouldn’t be teaching if they didn’t want to see you succeed. Don’t be afraid to get to know them and talk to them. Ask questions when you don’t understand something; teachers are there not only to teach the class but to help you understand the material. Getting to know your professors could even lead to an internship!

Making friends: Try to make friends with as many people as you can. Don’t limit yourself only to people that you think are the most like you. Instead, talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to. The more people you know the better; it’s all about relationships nowadays. Networking plays a part in every aspect of the world today.

Make the most of every situation: Put 100% effort into everything that you do. Never sell yourself short and say you “can’t” do something; have faith in yourself. Give 100% effort in everything you do so that you can say that you tried your best.

Be true to yourself: When coming in to school, you will be faced with many challenges that you have never faced before. Never change who you are as a person to please someone else.

Show school spirit: Represent your school on and off campus. This could be by wearing school merchandise off campus, going to school sponsored events, or talking about your school to someone who may have never heard of it before.

Using these tips and your own personal touch will put you in the right position to be successful in college. Remember to enjoy where you will be spending most of your time for the next few years of your life!

Balancing the Books and the (Soccer) Ball

By: Erica Foreman

My name is Erica Foreman and I just completed my sophomore year at Manor College. I will be coming back in the fall to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. For my first year at Manor I was nervous like any other freshman college student would be. I was worried if I chose the right school, if I would like my professors and if I would succeed. After the first few weeks I knew I made the right choice! I loved the environment, the faculty, and the students. Everyone was so welcoming and made me feel at home. IMG_8805

During my sophomore year, the Women’s Soccer team started up again at Manor, so I happily joined. I got to play the sport I love, with a great team and coach and we had a fun season! Just recently at the sports awards ceremony, I was awarded the Women’s Soccer Coach’s Award.

Juggling academics and athletics wasn’t always easy.  There were days I had to go right from classes to practice or sometimes even miss practice.  I tried my best to attend as many practices as possible. Many teachers were very understanding when I had to leave class a few minutes early to catch the bus for an away game.  I kept my grades up and always put my academics first.  There were some late nights typing papers and taking tests, but it was all worth it to play the game I love. Here are some tips I have for students who are thinking about joining an athletic team:

1.) Put school first.  It’s important to remember that your education is crucial.  Sports are important, but getting grades comes first.

2.) Communicate with your professors.  Talk with them at the beginning of the semester and let them know you’re an athlete but that you will make sure your work is turned in on time.

3.) Make time for yourself.  Being a student athlete means you will be busy most of the time! Making time each day to watch your favorite Netflix show or read a good book is a great way to relax.

I am looking forward to coming back to Manor in the Fall to pursue my Bachelor’s degree and to continue to play soccer at an amazing school, with an amazing coach and teammates – go Blue Jays!


Manor College Summer Camps = Endless Summer Fun!

Classes are out, the sun is shining and kids are looking for some fun this summer! Manor College is offering a variety of camps for kids of all ages! Whether your child loves putting their creativity to work by making movies or crafting magical positions, we have a summer camp for them!   Listed below are 5 reasons you should sign your kiddo up for a Summer Camp at Manor College! 
1.) Fun.  Your child will have a blast this summer.  Games and learning are intertwined in these summer camps so your child will learn while being entertained!

2.) Safe.  Our camp instructors ensure the safety of all campers at all times.  We have a nurse available during summer camps as well, for additional safety. Manor College was rated #1 for Safest College Campus in Pennsylvania.

3.) Educational. Each camp has elements of learning included in them and your child will having fun while learning new things each day!

4.) They’ll stay active.  Your child will be active and definitely off their electronic devices during these summer camps (besides the Movie Maker and Computer Coding camps, of course)!  With several camps that have outdoor activities, your child will get plenty of vitamin D!

5.) Friendships.  Summer camps are the perfect opportunity for kids to form friendships!  Manor’s summer camps are sure to create friendships and memories!

Please visit manor.edu/summercamp to learn more about our camp offerings!

Three Reasons Why You Should Attend New Student Orientation

By: Marta Penkalskyj

Congrats! You have decided to attend Manor College! Now is a time of great excitement, and while you’re probably eager to see what lies ahead, you might be nervous to embark on this new journey. But let me tell you, that’s perfectly normal!

Some time before classes even began though, I attended New Student Orientation, where I made myself at home at Manor College. The people here realize that not only are you new to Manor, but Manor is new to you! Whether you’ve just finished high school, are transferring from another institution, or if you’re simply starting fresh, here are some reasons why attending New Student Orientation will benefit you:

1.) Meet New Students

Okay, this may seem like an obvious one, but it’s very helpful! At New Student Orientation, everyone is on the same boat. This day gives you the opportunity to meet someone new and expand your social circle. These are the people who you will be spending the next few years with, and building a relationship with other students will help you along your journey. One of the great aspects of Manor is it’s small size, which allows a sort of intimacy on campus. This means that you will most likely see these other students anywhere from studying in the library to enjoying a tasty meal in the cafeteria. You may even meet your new best friend at Orientation! It’s the perfect opportunity to make some friends or to even just put yourself out there.


2.) Meet your Department

At New Student Orientation, you will get a chance to break off with the rest of your major. That means you get to see others who will take the same courses as you, talk to your future professors, and get a small taste of the curriculum that lies ahead. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the excitement of this day, separating with your major will definitely put you at ease. The groups are smaller and the dialogue centers around your particular interests. This is a chance to get any questions that have been on your mind out of the way. Your department is eager to meet you and is happy to assist you in any way they can, so don’t be shy!


3.) Experience the Campus

Maybe you saw Manor’s campus before or even had a tour, but now is your chance to actually experience it. Discover how you can get involved beyond the walls of academia. Manor offers  an array of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for sports, clubs, or organizations, Manor has it all. Explore your own interests or try something new. Your limits are endless! Not only does New Student Orientation introduce you to your classmates, but it also gives you a chance to talk students who have belonged to the Manor community for some time. So don’t be scared to ask questions! Getting involved will help broaden your horizons, and will only add onto your college experience.

New Student Orientation is a great way to kick off your time at Manor. Before no time you’ll see that you truly do belong here. Come meet your classmates, get to know the college, oh, and most importantly, get to eat some delicious, free food! So come on in, have some fun, and make yourself at home!

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Register for New Student Orientation, which will be on August 30, 2018, right here!

Fight the Flu: Tips and Tricks for how to stay safe during cold and flu season

Hey there, everyone. I hope everyone is having a good semester. Right now we are in the thick of Winter. It’s cold, a little snowy, and I really miss the sun. Anyway, since it’s the middle of Winter, we also know that it’s the middle of cold and flu season. We try our best to stay healthy, but it can be nearly impossible when we’re around so many people all day. What’s a student to do?

If you were around me at all last year, you’ll know that around this time I was sick for a while. Clearly, I know something about being sick. We all here the basic tips on being healthy. Drink fluids, rest, yadda yadda yadda. But what else can I do when I’m sick? Well, something that always helped me was psychosomatics. If I tell myself that I’m feeling better, than I start believing that I’m feeling better even if I’m not. Let me share with you some of my best tips for faking wellness:

  • Get Dressed. When you’re sick, you’ll want nothing but to stay in your pajamas. However, if you get out of bed and put clothes on, you’ll feel a little more like a regular person and you may feel encouraged to move around a little more. That brings us to my second point. 
  • Move. It’s hard. Believe me, I know it’s hard, but you need to move. Even if you just walk around your house a little, it’s something. Some movement will freshen your surroundings and brighten your mood.
  • Put on Some Make Up.. Dab some concealer on your nose and eyelids; or maybe put foundation on your face. Do something that will cover up the redness and hide the sick face. Look in the mirror after you’ve done this. You’ll look a lot healthier and it’ll make you feel much better.
  • Wash your Hands. This easy tip can sometimes be forgotten.  Always remember to wash your hands multiple times a day, especially during cold and flu season.  If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer is another great way to stay clean.   
  1. Eat Well.  Our bodies need nourishment, especially when we are sick.  If you are feeling under the weather, eating lots of fruits and vegetables is a great idea.  Also, it might be cliche, but homemade chicken noodle soup is one of the best things for you when you’re sick! Check out this recipe right here

So, there you have it. I hope they help you. I should mention though that there is one fool-proof way that you can help yourself feel better. Don’t get sick in the first place 😉 *

*If your cold/illness persists, please seek care from a medical professional.


Are you interested in Manor College? Yes? Awesome.  Are you attending Manor College’s Open House on Saturday, February 24? We sure hope so!



There are SO many reasons you should attend our open house.  We’ve outlined 10 reasons right here.

  1. Meet with our awesome staff and faculty. Our 12:1 student/faculty ratio makes it easier for you to become closely attached to our professors and faculty.
  2. You can 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 and we have BRAND NEW Bachelor Degree Programs too! 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 Donald Trump –  President Peri. How many times have you had a chance to meet the President of a college? Come to our Open House and @PrezPeri will be here.
  8. Take a selfie with our very own Blue Jay mascot, Manny. When it comes to selfies, our Blue Jay is a pro! 37848813412_3a47aea24b_z (1)
  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!