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Starting a Business as a College Student

Business As College Student 1Starting your own business and being a college student sounds nearly impossible. Who has time for that when it's a struggle finding time to grab Rook iced coffee between classes? For me, I had to start finding time, because I came up with a small business idea in June that blew up more than I ever anticipated.

One day over the summer, I was browsing online for necklaces when I noticed everything I liked was totally overpriced. I didn’t want to buy a piece of string with a gem on it for $30. Then, I realized that I could easily make my own necklaces and accessories.

ABC's hit TV show "Shark Tank" is a show I watch constantly, which subconsciously taught me a lot about how to succeed as an entrepreneur. It can be challenging starting a business as a college student, but with hard work and creativity, anyone could do it.

Finding the courage to begin is a tough part for many young adults with a big idea. Alan Fazzari, Instructor of Management and Decision Sciences, offered the following advice to budding businessmen and women: “Follow your passion, don’t be afraid, because fear is not a part of being an entrepreneur,”

The first step is testing the market. I went to the arts and craft store and bought a small amount of jewelry supplies. With trial and error, I made a few chokers and a few necklace wraps, then advertised them on my personal Twitter account. If no one showed interest, I would have just kept the necklaces for myself. But luckily, I had a lot of responses of people asking where they could get one and for how much.

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Uber Everywhere (Without a Driver)

Uber No Driver 1When many of us think about the future of technology, innovation and the year 3000, we paint a picture with cars flying sky high above the ground. But even in the most elaborate visions of future technologies, most people also picture a driver operating those sky-high vehicles. While neither Google nor Uber are trying their hand at creating a flying car, they are coming up with the next best thing – a driverless one.

Uber is currently test-driving self-operating vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and are inviting passengers to come along for the ride. For many, the idea of getting into a car without a licensed driver is worrisome, but others believe this is the next big step for our society and will revolutionize the way we get around. John Morano,a professor of communication, isn’t planning on hopping into a driverless car anytime soon. “I’m not sure I would trust this technology just yet; rather than be a Guiana pig, I’ll stick with driving myself around,” Morano explained. “But when I’m in my 80’s and when this technology isn’t so new, I’ll be thrilled to be in a self-driving car so I can still go places and do things when I can’t drive myself.”

Although the creation of self-driving cars is controversial, there are many benefits for both the passengers and companies taking advantage of this advanced technology. Driverless cars and robots will help to reduce congestion on roadways as the “Domino’s Robotic Unit” operates only on sidewalks and bicycle paths to deliver contents and reach its destination. This four-wheeled robot navigates its way through bustling towns and cities using GPS and lasers, while maintaining a steady speed of twelve miles an hour. This bot is also equipped with cameras to keep vandals and pizza thieves away from stealing its costumer’s food and beverage. Upon arrival, the robotic unit will stop in front of the designated address and wait as the hungry customer enters a four-digit code to gain access to their lunch, dinner or late night snack. Through the use of domino’s pizza bot, we can cut down on the amount of cars on the road and reduce traffic in suburban areas.

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Have We Become Numb to the Homeless?

Numb To The Homeless 1Over the summer I was frequently in and out of cities all across the country. As I walked through the hustle and bustle of each city, a common pattern came to mind. We, as a society, have turned a blind eye to the homeless. I decided to test this “pattern” out. Last week while I was in New York City I walked to Bryant park and sat. I people watched, you could say. On each corner of Bryant park there are a few homeless men, women, children and dogs just laying with cardboard signs explaining how they got there. Some say veterans, some are business men beaten down by this economy and some are mothers. Person after person passed by without a blink of an eye.

 I liked to call this the numbing bystander effect (NBE). Thousands of people walk by each of these homeless men, women and children every day and they are aware of these people, but we walk by. We all take part in the NBE—you look at your phone, at your shoes, you talk to the person next to you just to avoid that split second of eye contact with a destitute beggar on the ground. The NBE is a social psychological phenomenon where people will refuse to provide aid to a victim when other people are present. The less people there are, the more likely you are to jump in and help.

In urban areas, there are so many people around, that we all think “Oh, I’m sure someone else is helping them, they have to be, right?” The answer is no. We need to break the cycle. We cannot turn away. We cannot look down. We are the problem. People love to ask the question, “What is wrong with the world?” Well I am, we are. The problem will not disappear without us. We cannot merely dream of the solution. We must be the solution.

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Pageants: The Importance of Beauty and Brains

Pageants 1When people think of beauty pageants, the first thing that comes to mind is girls up on stage, decked out in their best attire with their makeup and hair expertly styled. On the other hand, some people take notice of the hard work, dedication, and preparation that goes into these events. The talk about pageants is so intriguing due to the multiple views associated with them—do they objectify women and showcase them as just pretty objects? Or, do they pro-vide women a platform for empowerment?

Eleanor Novek, Professor of Communication, points out that a big aspect of beauty pageants comes from the name itself: beauty. “Unfortunately, the primary emphasis of a beauty pageant is physical beauty,” she explains. “So young women who might otherwise spend time excelling in sports, or doing science experiments, or writing a novel, or becoming a musician, or traveling and learning about other languages and cultures, or developing their talents through other ways, instead spend the majority of their spare time and energy on their outward appear-ance.” Beauty pageants have been shown to lower young women’s self-esteem, which can lead to plastic surgery and eating disorders.

A big issue in our society is the notion of physical appearance, especially that of women and their femininity. Women and young girls care more about their looks, how skinny and fit they are, and what their hair and makeup look like. The pressure to look like the girls on stage when you’re watching Miss America on TV can affect a lot of girls negatively. However, there are positive aspects to these pageants that viewers might not realize.

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From the Runway to Real Life

AXID STG 1J.Crew made a bold statement at this years New York Fashion Week as their models stole the spotlight from the clothing everyone was there to see. This New York brand decided to ditch the pro-fessional models and use the everyday woman, man and child to present its new line to the public. Staffers, friends and family members of J.Crew were featured on the runway to model the clothing in an attempt to create an effortless, relatable and relaxed feel for J.Crew as a fashion company.

A diverse group of non-professional models were seen walking up and down the runway in J.Crew’s latest apparel. The everyday models were a diverse group of people with different skin tones, body shapes and sizes. This “normal people” notion created a brand so relat-able that people watching were able to picture themselves in the clothes, as there wasn’t one standard of unrealistic beauty. Jennifer Shamrock, a Lecturer in the Communication department, comments on the use of real models during this runway: “This is really a move in the right direc-tion for our society. It’s great to hear that the fashion industry is becoming more inclusive and appreciative of different body types in their runways. I think as a society we need to move away from one unrealistic body standard and this is really where it’s going to begin.”

By using everyday people to model their clothes, J.Crew empowered their audience to embrace their uniqueness and helped bridge the gap between the runway and the checkout line. J.Crew sent New York Fashion Week viewers a powerful message that we shouldn’t conform to one stand-ard of beauty and everyone should be celebrated. Stephanie Merlis, a senior business student, re-marks “I think it’s great that J.Crew didn’t use professional models in their run-way during Fashion Week. It helps create a more personable brand and typical beauty stand-ards.”

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Robbie Panasuk: On and Off the Court

Robbie PanasukWhen you’re sitting in the stands for a basketball game, cheering and screaming for the Hawks to destroy the other team (especially Iona) you’ve probably seen Robbie Panasuk standing on the sidelines. Or, maybe you recognize him from the HERO Designated Driving Campaign billboard on Route 35, or you saw him and other members of the basketball team on stage last spring in Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy event, Big Man on Campus. But who is the manager of the basketball team, really? Is he actually 30 years old like everyone says he is? Today, we’ll find out more about the guy with the Minions backpack who sometimes is referred to as “Ruber.”

After attending one year of college in Virginia, Robbie took a semester off before his family decid-ed to move back to New Jersey. “I stayed behind which was not a good choice on my part,” Robbie remembered.  “I thought I was ready to be an adult; I wasn’t.” So, he moved back to New Jersey, put in one semester at Ocean County Community College, and then applied to Monmouth, thanks to the recommendation of his uncle, a former Monmouth football coach. When he told me this, I squinted in suspicion. “Didn’t you drop out of Princeton,” I ask him? He laughed at me. “I bought a Princeton sweater at TJ Maxx and wear it around and tell people I transferred from there because I am a liar and that’s what I do.”

Robbie is definitely someone who doesn’t paint himself in a serious light. He’s ea-ger to joke around, whether it be around his friends or onstage in Greek events. He participated in Big Man on Campus twice, and ended up winning his second time around. “I like to believe that I can be decently funny,” he says when asked about his winning strategy. “And making people laugh is something I like to do as often as possible.”

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Confessions of a Broke College Student

Broke College StudentWhen we start college, we are excited to make new friends and have a good time in a new place; however, you slowly start to realize when you get to college you have to start “adulting,”. Our parents are not around anymore to do our laundry, cook meals for us, or buy us what we need. These college years often challenge young people and really put their “adulting” skills to the test. Finances are one of the hardest things for a college student to maintain and get a real grasp of. Many students are taking a full class load and do not have time for a job.

Or, even if they have a job, they cannot work as many hours since they’re juggling a million responsibilities. Often college students have to decide between buying textbooks, purchasing food, or having a social life. While it may seem obvious to choose food, college students want to experience college to the fullest while still getting acceptable grades and not collapsing of starvation.

The classic joke is that the college student’s diet consists of only Ramen noodles. While that may not exactly be the case, there is some truth to it. Andrew Jackle, a senior music industry student, said “Freshman and sophomore year especially, I ate so many microwavable meals because I would just get tired of the dining hall sometimes.” Students cannot afford and often do not even have the resources to make good quality meals.

Kelly Currie, and senior art student advised, “Whenever I can, I try to go home and get leftovers from my mom just so I can have a good meal.” We all know that at one point or another, we have gone to an event on-campus just because they offered free food. Currie continued, “I remember last year I really wanted to go to the ‘Paint Night’ on campus in the Rebecca Stratford Student Center, but I wasn’t sure if I could make it… until I heard there was free food, then I was totally in!”

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The Importance of Excelling at Your Internship

Internship ImportanceInternships give students an opportunity to experience what a job in their career field would be like. They provide the individual with a taste of their future, enabling them to see if they enjoy what that major has to offer, and if not, internships can lead to students changing their minds about a career field. Internships are a great thing to have on a resume as well, showing employers what you projects you have accomplished and skills you have honed.

Toni Taranto, a senior sports communication student, had an internship with the New York Jets football team. A few days after Taranto submitted her application, she received a phone call and was invited to a group interview at the Jets facility. “Being involved with a group interview was a different, yet cool experience. I have never been to a group interview before, but it gave an insight to other people, their opinions, and what they had to say,” she said. 

Taranto is a huge sports fan with a passion for football, making her internship more enjoyable. She worked in the training camps alongside the NFL players. Every Sunday home game, Taranto would be on the sidelines, working the game, getting the crowd hyped, and assisting the team with anything they needed.

Yazmin Rodriguez, a senior communication student, also had a valuable internship this summer working for "The Chew".

“I think that internships are a great thing to complete. I enjoyed my internship, but at the same time, I learned things about myself,” Rodriguez pointed out. “I discovered that there are some aspects of the field that I just do not enjoy. I am happy that I figured that out and had the chance to, sooner rather than lat-er.”

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How to Make the Most of Your Freshman Year

Freshman YearThe transition into college is a tough one for a lot of new students. High school doesn’t teach you a lot about the balance of a college workload and maintaining the trifecta of mental health, good grades, and a fulfilling so-cial life. College is a whole new world where suddenly a new independence is thrust upon you, and you can handle that freedom in whichever way you desire. While you may enter Monmouth afraid of making friends, managing your time, or fitting in in this big sea of new people, every other student has been there before. If you are a new student reading this article, then get ready for some weight to be lifted off your shoulders. A range of upperclassmen are here to provide their insights into the freshmen year struggle and how to make the most of your new beginning.

One of the biggest things freshmen stress out about is managing their time. Justin Robinson, a senior communica-tion student, recalls being nervous about the balance of homework and other commitments. “The biggest thing I was stressed out about was definitely time management,” he said. “Understand that your parents aren’t here, and you’re completely responsible for everything. Its all on you now.”

While the workload can seem overwhelming at first, there are many ways to utilize your time effectively and stay on track. “Have a calendar with you at all times!” recommended Bianca DiPreta, a sophomore health studies student. Maintaining a day planner, setting aside certain hours each week for focusing on studying, and meet-ing up with classmates to work together are just a few tactics to keep up with assignments without getting in over your head.

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Truths About Moving to the Other Side of the World

Australia KoalaWith my passport in one hand and my GoPro in the other, I walked on the plane with the mindset that four months abroad would be the best time of my 20-year-old life. I had never been out of the country before, so why not begin with being 10,000 miles away from my comfort zone? After years of dreaming, months of packing, and weeks stressing, I finally embarked on my journey across the world to Sydney, Australia with my best friend by my side.

First impressions are crucial, and to be frank, my first impression of Sydney was awful. Not because of the scenery or the culture, but because adjusting to living in a new country and the fourteen-hour time difference was a form of torture that I never knew existed. Homesickness formed like a cloud over my head and rained on me everywhere I went. To say I felt like an outcast was an understatement. While everyone went out to explore our new home, I was on the phone with my mom making arrangements to go back to my home. My family supported my feelings and said I could back, but coaxed me to give it a “real” try. Meanwhile, I had already decided that I was heading back to America as soon as humanly possible.

I contacted Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Director Colleen Johnson, who is also my advisor, rationalizing on why I wanted—needed— to come back so badly. She told me, “You are in Australia – learning a new culture, seeing new sights, growing as a person. Think about it and be thankful.” She was the one person who was stern with me and really pushed me to stay. Looking back, I didn’t know how badly I needed that push.

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We’ve Got No Time For Getting Old | Erin McMullen's Senior Goodbye

Senior Goodbye 1I’ve been waiting to write this goodbye since I started in The Outlook as a freshman, so you’d think that I would have had some idea of how to start this by now. I honestly have no words of wisdom, no great advice, and nothing inspirational to share with anyone bored enough to read through this whole thing.

I do, however, have a lot of people to thank for making my time at college everything that it was, so I won’t waste any time getting to the point.

Mom and Dad, I don’t even know where to start. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn, live, and grow at a place as beautiful as Monmouth. Thank you for allowing me to travel the world and experience life in a way that I never thought possible. Thank you for showing me unconditional love and support, even after you figured out that me moving back home after graduation is not what I would consider to be an ideal situation. You both have given me literally everything I could ever ask for and then some, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you.

To Morgan, my little sister – the person that I love the most in this world – thank you for always being my cheerleader, my rock, my best friend. You inspire me every day to be a better version of myself and I truly could not imagine my life without you. I am eternally grateful that you chose Monmouth, not just because you always let me steal your meal swipes, but because being able to watch you grow during your first year here has been the ultimate treat. You make me proud always.

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