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Earth Day of Service — 2014!
On a beautiful April day, 250 Alvernia students, faculty and staff members manned shovels, saws, rakes and clippers to clean up the Angora Fruit Farm near Antietam Lake at the direction of the Berks County Parks Department staff. » See what it looked like through the eyes of Alvernia students.
» See other photos from the day

Earth Day of Service — 2014!

On a beautiful April day, 250 Alvernia students, faculty and staff members manned shovels, saws, rakes and clippers to clean up the Angora Fruit Farm near Antietam Lake at the direction of the Berks County Parks Department staff.

» See what it looked like through the eyes of Alvernia students.

» See other photos from the day


Knowing yourself

    This morning I helped to run an event for the Freshmen Commuters here at Alvernia. We bribe them with food and then talk about important college things like registering for classes, looking for internships, etc.
    
    While sitting and eating my healthy-adult breakfast (I skipped the bagel sandwich and had some fruit and a tea), I started to think about careers and jobs, as this was what our commuter discussion was about today. I thought about how I’m still learning about myself and what I want to do… even though I’m already a Junior.
    
    I realize this is what most of my blog posts are about, but I think it tells what kind of emphasis college education builds for its students. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing that we go to school so we can get better jobs, but I am saying that it’s not the real reason why I went to college.
    
    I’ve never been concerned about having the best career. Education is an art, and I never intend to master it, but to always study it.
    
    Do I want to go as far as to call myself an ‘artist’? Possibly. If that much is true, then I really believe that the world is becoming an increasingly difficult climate for artists to grow and develop. But hasn’t it always been like that?
    
    Leaving you with all these questions, I look towards the end of my Junior year. I ask you to challenge yourself and think (I know. It’s asking a lot). Really just take time and know yourself. Know what you do and why you do it.

                        Be your own artist.



-Andy-


Do you want to know my summer goal? Watch this video!


This story inspires me a lot. It makes me appreciate even more the opportunities I’ve been given. Also, I realize that I can always achieve more than I expect from myself no matter how challenging things get. Harold’s story is a true example of hope, courage, and massive success. I hope it inspires you as well!


The story of a blind girl

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying:

“Just take care of my eyes dear.”

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This is how human brain changes when the status changed. Only few remember what life was before, and who’s always been there even in the most painful situations.

Life Is A Gift

Today before you think of saying an unkind word–
think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food–
think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife–
think of someone who is crying out to God for a companion.

Today before you complain about life–
think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children–
think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep–
think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive–
think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job–
think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another–
remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down–
put a smile on your face and thank God you’re alive and still around.

Life is a gift – Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it, and Fulfill it.

By STEPHEN


College Meals

devensamson:

Living in an apartment with a kitchen has its benefits. Although, most of the time I usually just cook frozen pizza or a microwave dinner. After eating those for most of the semester, I decided to make a REAL meal for once! As much as I would…


Which Are You?

Which Are You?
Potatoes, eggs, and coffee beans

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

Moral:
In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?


jun-bernard:

Every once in a while it’s essential that one takes some time out of his schedule and watch a great motivational video. I hope this inspires you today! 



Twenty-two Alvernia students are taking a different kind of ‘break’ this spring, volunteering their time in Camden, N.J., the City of Reading, and the Dominican Republic.

Twenty-two Alvernia students are taking a different kind of ‘break’ this spring, volunteering their time in Camden, N.J., the City of Reading, and the Dominican Republic.