Harper Stories

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Social media is full of people and companies trying to sell you on their latest powder, piece of gym equipment or diet that they guarantee will help you lose weight quickly or provide dramatic results in a short amount of time. The fact of the matter is that anything worth doing will take time and effort.

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Whether you care about winning or not, signing up for some sort of wellness challenge, race or event can help keep you motivated and on track. Try something new, even if there is the possibility that you might fail.

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While no one can accomplish your goals for you, find some inspiration to keep the needle moving.

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Your interests, body, and priorities are most likely going to change as time goes on but this doesn’t give you an automatic out to stop taking care of yourself. Every wellness dimension will not be perfectly balanced so it’s important to focus on finding a harmony that works best for you.

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If you’re struggling to find motivation for yourself when it comes to exercise, consider joining a group exercise class as classes can help provide accountability, variety and you don’t have to think about what you’re going to do for your workout.

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While there is no perfect solution, recipe or magic pill for helping a person achieve their wellness goals, here are a few suggestions on how you might jump start some of those habits, and ultimately, improve your overall well-being.

December 04, 2019

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Debunk common financial aid myths and learn how Harper College is here to help you navigate your financial aid process.

November 18, 2019


For Oscar Tapia, becoming a personal trainer is a labor of love.

Celeste Tomaz and her family

Four years ago, Celeste, her second husband and their two children moved to the United States hoping for a better life. Neither she nor her husband had graduated high school. They are doing their best to support their family, but it is a struggle. Celeste felt guilty that she hadn’t finish her education. She knew that to get a better-paying job, she needed to get her high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. Harper was close by, and its HSE program had a good reputation, but that didn’t mean it was going to be easy.


Nicole Berthold looks back on the memories in the graphic arts program that prepared her for her career.


The graphic arts program is the reason Michael Curiel is where he is today, and he couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone aspiring to have a career in the graphic arts industry.


The graphic arts facility helped Julie DeMarco find an internship, which led to her being hired full time as a graphic designer.


As a graduate of the graphic arts program, Julia Franiak uses the skills and industry knowledge that was learned daily in her current position as an art director.


Alec Majerchin left Harper College with much more confidence in himself and his abilities to begin his career.

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The graphic arts program taught Elsie Schwartz real world design processes she would need to know in order to thrive in the industry of printing.

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Stephanie Battista owes her entire career to Harper’s graphic arts program.


Thanks to the teachers, adjuncts and staff in the graphic design department, Myk Little was able to thrive during his time at Harper College and beyond.

October 29, 2019


Mukila Maitha, Geography Instructor at Harper College, grew up being exposed to diverse cultures. This experience sparked his interest in the world around him.

Ranjani Murali

Ranjani Murali became a Diverse Faculty Fellow this fall, but she has been at Harper since 2015 as an adjunct faculty member teaching English.

Personal Training

The reasons to work with a personal trainer are, literally, personal. Perhaps you want to learn how to exercise safely and effectively or need someone in your corner encouraging you. Maybe you need to be accountable to someone to keep working out or someone to develop a plan that will help you achieve your personal goal.