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Travel Tips That Won't Break the Bank: How to Explore on a Budget

Traveo Tips 1We’ve all been there: dreaming about a nice, warm beach vacation while sitting in your 8:30 a.m. class. You go on your phone (after class, of course) and start to look up the quickest flight to the warmest destination, to find that the prices are way too high for your college student budget. This is a dilemma that many students face when the topic of vacationing arise.

While vacationing is a fun and culturally immersive experiment, it may seem like traveling to another destination may be too much for those looking to save. However, there are many tips and tricks that could benefit anyone looking to see the world but not break the bank.

First step in deciding where to travel is establishing budget, and how much you want to allocate for a certain thing. For example, like staying in an AirBNB as opposed to a hotel, going on walking tours instead of expensive private tours, and cooking for yourself instead of eating out for every meal could save you hundreds of dollars.

“Students should travel because it’ll help them realize how immense and different the rest of the world can be. This will make them culturally competent and globally aware, which will help them as people in everyday life, and, practically, will help them as they prepare for the working world. Being more open and well-rounded because of travel will give them an edge when searching for jobs,” office coordinator for Study Abroad Samantha Falvey said.

Heidi Bludau, Ph.D., a lecturer of history and anthropology offered two places where people can save the most money is on food and accommodations.

“On food, don’t be afraid to eat where the locals eat and even go to a grocery store. Hostels often provide kitchen facilities and you can cook for yourself,” Bludau said. “Also, bring your own food on trains - pick something up from the grocery store, like sandwiches.”

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Gender Inclusiveness in the Classroom

Gender InclusivenessIn an essay titled, “Towards a Revolutionary Pedagogy,” bell hooks, a renowned author and social activist, proposes the idea of creating a revolutionary feminist pedagogy, or in other words, a method of inclusive teaching in the educational environment. By not supporting the neutrality of ideas and by treating knowledge as a transaction between the teacher and the student, education will be able to move away from an oppressive structure.

In order for or students to understand the definition of intersectionality, questions were posed on how a student’s race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, and other factors contribute to how they fit within a society.

This type of intersectional education should be a place where there’s a push and pull; a place of thinking where there is a sense of struggle, questioning and discomfort.

Students should be engaging in theory and practice while the professor works with the student to break away from parochial perspectives. Teachers have the power to enrich their students, provide and lead them through discussion and encourage them to discover their own voice in order to feel empowered.

By bringing the words “gender” and “inclusive” into a classroom in which students are able to respond and parse the material effectively requires a methodology different from just teaching the content alone. To teach content that encompasses these two, the professor and student are required to work together and find an outlet that is both engaging and efficient.

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Is Technology Controlling Our Lives?

Technology Controlling LivesYears and years ago, the internet was an escape from the world. Now, the world is our escape from the internet and the abundance of technology.

While technology can be very beneficial, it can control our lives without us even knowing it. Yes, it is nice having the ability to access anything and anyone at any time, but can we go five minutes without our phones?

Eddy Occhipinti, Associate Athletics Director/Marketing & Sponsorships believes that technology has greatly impacted our daily lives and society as a whole.

“In some respects, technology is incredibly helpful and has made many aspects of people’s lives easier and more convenient. In other ways, and depending on what and how, technological advances can be seen as harmful, depending on your perception and point of view. Like anything, if we allow it to control us, it will. I do think technology and its convenience has made us all very dependent on it, for better or worse,” he said.

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Gender Studies: How it Affects Us

Gender StudiesThe definition of gender specifically can change across cultures, overtime and within individuals themselves. In Western culture, we recognize two genders: male and female. However, the distinction aspect of gender is critical. The U.S. ascribes to a gender binary, falsely imposed on a disorderly reality. But, how does gender studies relate to us directly?

Gender Socialization is the process by which individuals acquire a sense of self and identity, when they learn to be masculine or feminine. At birth, we all are assigned to a gender from the beginning. If you are a boy, your color is blue, pink for a girl. Parents will treat you differently based on your gender too, even this early on in a newborns life.

Socialization should be a lifelong process, allowing the child to fit into society on their own. In this case, the child will have to use the gender they are given at birth and are expected to uphold the certain standards and expectations that society places on them throughout their lives.

Since the topic of gender studies is filled with many opinions, it is important to get the viewpoint of those around you. Dr. Corey Wrenn, Director of Gender Studies believes she feels the influence of gender stereotyping in her life and is upheld to unfair standards and expectations based on her being a woman. She says, “Female professors are expected to do a lot more of the emotional work as well as “housework.”

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Cohabitating Before Marriage: The New Wave

Celebrating MarriageUp until recent years, it was unusual, as well as frowned upon for couples to live with one another before marriage. But, as time changes, so do societal norms and living together before marriage has grown more and more common.

The idea is that people should learn how to cohabitate before marriage to see if they could in fact eventually get married. According to a relationship expert Rachel Sussman, “It’s important to be roommates and see how that impacts your relationship.” She believes couples should learn how to handle arguments over things like finances and cleanliness around the house before getting married.

Dr. Corey Wrenn Ph.D., Director of Gender Studies, said, “The research on this phenomenon is changing. Not long ago, many states had laws on the book prohibiting cohabitation, and cohabitation was statistically infrequent. However, this is changing, and it is now becoming a relatively normal family structure."

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Take a Break from Winter Break

As the semester comes to a close, there is only one thing on everyone’s mind: winter break. Fourteen weeks of hard work and sleepless studying nights are finally over, and the holidays are around the corner.

Once the fall semester is history,that means the spring semester is just a month or so away. Similar to this semester, winter break will be over in the blink of an eye.

So, how do students and faculty utilize that beautiful break from classes? Is it a time for preparation or relaxation?

For adjunct communication professor, Kelly Harney-Furgason, winter break is more of a time to catch up instead of kicking back. Harney explained, “I’ll probably reread through a bunch of the information that’s been given to me for this class and see where I can expand on it.”

Harney continued to elaborate on how she will improve her classroom, “…perhaps add a little more in to fake news, since that needs to be more prevalent, look at what my students have said to me at the end of each semester… I ask the class what helped and what didn’t and then I try to adjust.”

On top of being a prepared professor, Harney will also take the time to focus on herself and her family. “I just basically try to get caught up on my own life, get caught up on my kid’s lives, make sure they’re on par with what they need to do get done,” she said.

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Home[body] for the Holidays

Home Holidays“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know, where the treetops glisten, and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.”

We all wish for and dream of different things when the holidays roll around, but some simply wish they had family and the ability to enjoy the excitement that comes with the holidays. So, how do the holidays really make us feel?

As the song states, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but the Huffington Post explains the reasons why that is not the case for everyone. For some, the holidays are simply a painful reminder of Christmases past, as well as family that is no longer here.

Throughout the past couple of years, members of my family passed away one by one, most recently being my father. While everyone else excitedly waits for Christmas, I just look forward to it being over.

Dr. Mark Sichel LCSW, author and psychotherapist, states that unrealistic expectations also come into play during the holiday season.

Regardless of whether you have family or not, it is easy to want that picture-perfect white Christmas or New Year’s Eve kiss at midnight. But, when you don’t get that, it can lead to disappointment, anxiety, and even depression.

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Is Black Friday Shopping Just a Black Hole?

Black Friday ShoppingWhat causes you to lose sleep and stresses you out to no end? Nope it’s not college, it’s Black Friday!

After all the turkey, stuffing, and desserts, some are willing to lose sleep and venture out into crowds of people to take advantage of the year’s best deals.

Is all of this really worth it and is Black Friday all it’s hyped up to be? states that the reason Black Friday is so popular is because it has grown into a phenomenon. It’s also important to note that it’s not all about the super low prices. In fact, most people aren’t even after anything specific.

Some people simply want to see what the hype is all about and experience it for themselves. Besides that, some companies will offer sales throughout the year that are better than Black Friday sales. A company may have a sale of 30 percent off but then offer 50 percent off either weeks or months after Christmas.  Senior communication student, Kayla Cardona, does not go Black Friday shopping and prefers to enjoy the holidays with family. She said, “I don’t go shopping since there isn’t anything I desperately need to be waiting in lines for or being surrounded by crowds.”

“I think it’s worth it if someone really needs something and it’s a huge deal they’re getting. But if not, I think it’s best to just stay home and enjoy the holiday,” Cardona continued. 

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Behind the Scenes Heroes: Theatre's Backstage Production

Behind Scenes HeroesNot everything is what it seems, especially on the stage. In theatre, the actors may be front and center, but without a dedicated crew behind the scenes, the show could not go on.

Microphones for the performers to be heard and spotlights for them to shine bright like stars are a couple of aspects, among many more, that are controlled by the technical and artistic staff of a production.

Although they are not seen physically, the crew puts in the same amount of hard work and passion into their roles of the show as the cast and should receive a standing ovation as well.

In honor of the sold-out run of the Monmouth University Theatre Department’s production of Hair, it is time to give credit where credit is due to those who helped this production become a huge success.

Anthony DeFilippo, a freshman criminal justice student, played a large part of the production team by operating the spotlight throughout each performance. Hair is an extremely audience interactive show; being on spotlight is already a challenging job, but having to chase around the actors as they bounce around the entire theatre takes talent and patience.

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Everybody's Crying Wolfe! Graduate Student Spotlight on Danielle Wolfe

Everybody's Crying Wolfe 1Upon starting her college career, Danielle Wolfe, now a Monmouth graduate student, always had a pretty clear idea on what she wanted to do inside the classroom. But, as the years flew by, her experiences outside of the classroom are what truly influenced her decision to continue her college career at Monmouth and to choose her program.

“I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in childhood studies. I knew since around 4th grade that I wanted to be a counselor--I know it sounds crazy. Initially, I thought I’d want to become a child psychologist. Once I became more involved on campus, everything changed,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe, a graduate student who is earning her Masters of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), is in the Student Affairs and College Counseling program on campus. But, before coming to Monmouth, her undergraduate career was spent at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ.

“I chose Monmouth [to continue my college career] because the minute I stepped on campus, I felt at home. The campus environment was so warm and friendly, which made me feel as though I could really thrive in this community. It had a similar feeling to where I went for my Bachelor’s degree, Stockton. If it felt like home and I could envision myself loving where I learn every day, then that’s where I’ll be glad to stay,” she said.

Her time at Stockton brought about many newfound passions, “I worked as a Student Assistant in the Tutoring Center, I was a Resident Assistant (RA) for upperclassmen and freshmen, I was on several executive boards, I volunteered for anything and everything that I could. The most impactful part was being an RA and having my then supervisor and now mentor show me the world of Student Affairs and I knew that this is where I was meant to be,” Wolfe said.

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Contagious Senioritis: How to Push Through Until the Finish Line

Contagious SenioritisSenior year of college certainly is an exciting time as you prepare to start the next chapter of your life. However, with senior year comes good old senioritis. Senioritis kicks in when you’ve lost all motivation and you’re in what seems to be a slump. All you want to do is cross that finish line, but not do all the work that will get you there.

According to U.S. News, here are some of the best ways to overcome senioritis.

First, do not let senioritis get the best of you. Classes still need to be attended and assignments still need to get done. So, set aside some time to relax and take care of yourself. If you eat breakfast to nourish your brain and find time to hit the gym, you will mentally stay on track.

No more staying up all night either. If you have a lot to do or an important exam, get things done throughout the day. Homework can easily be done between classes or while you eat lunch.

Plan on going to the gym? Bring something to study, like notes or your textbook. If you know you are going to be on the elliptical for 30 minutes, use that time to learn and memorize things. And if you don’t, stay on that machine until you do.

Joseph Coyle PhD., Department Chair of Mathematics, said,  “I think that senioritis is difficult to overcome mainly because you are typically surrounded by others that have it as well.”

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