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The Best Part-Time Jobs for Full-Time Students

Part Time JobsBeing a full-time student is fulfilling, but it can be difficult. It is especially hard when you’re balancing a schedule that also includes a job. We all want the degree, but we also need money to get through the degree. While that may feel like a struggle, it’s not impossible.

There are many options when choosing where to work, specifically if it’s best for you to work on or off campus.

If you choose to work off-campus, you do not need to travel far. A commute to work can be very time-consuming and if you have a full workload with your classes, time is the last thing you can afford to lose.

In addition to Monmouth Mall being close by, there are plenty of other off-campus options. There are several Rook Coffee locations suitable for early birds, and various bartending options in Asbury for of-age night owls.

If you are a commuter student, it may be best for you to select an off-campus job that is close to your home instead of school. Samantha Losurdo, a junior communication student, said, “I work at a gym called Tilton Fitness in my hometown. I commute to campus and live about 20 minutes away, so it would be a little crazy for me to drive back and forth.”

Off-campus jobs also allow you to immerse yourself in an atmosphere outside of campus. “I also really like the fact that I have time away from campus and another source of meeting people and establishing relationships elsewhere,” Losurdo added.

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There are Literary Ghosts in the Library

Literary Ghosts LibraryHalloween is getting closer every day and Monmouth University is quickly transitioning from the September back-to-school posters into spooky events and exhibits. Monmouth’s Guggenheim Library is featuring its own exhibit, showcasing all of the classic horror and gothic stories.

Located on the second floor across the hall from the university librarian’s office, students will find a grotesque poster featuring a disturbing skull taken from Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher to get students in the Halloween mood. The exhibit is going to be running from now until Halloween.

George Germek, the Director of the Special Collections and Rare Book Room, has created a list of classic horror stories and has assigned myself, as well graduate assistant Robert Zadotti, to create the display and respective signs.

Zadotti, a graduate arts and creative writing student, noted, “Though the display is not completely gothic in a literary sense, the display is gothic in that it celebrates horror in literature.”

When one thinks of horror, immediately poltergeists and zombies appear in their mind. In the world of literature, those freakish scenarios are expressed in a vivid way. The illustrations depicted help readers to envision the unique nature of the author’s descriptions.

To help readers really see these horrors, illustrators are hired to etch, paint, draw, or even make woodcuts of disturbing or aesthetically pleasing images relative to the text. What is special about these horror stories, in relevance to the exhibit itself, is that the publication works to feature both the text and illustrations in conjunction.

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Why Internships are Important

Internships ImportantMonmouth students are used to opening their email inboxes to find information about internship opportunities. However, among the overwhelming amount of emails students get every day, information about internships may get lost in a digital sea of spike-ball tournaments and academic workshops.

Joking aside, these emails may just be the most important ones you receive, especially if you are a sophomore or junior, so make sure to pay attention to them. Sophomore and junior years are the best times to start applying to internships, so that you create a resume that stands out in the crowd.

Every future college graduate needs to make themselves unique. Employers look for field-related experience that also emphasizes your personality and academic interests.

Yes, you have gone through the motions of college. You have written your papers and sat through all your Gen Eds, but an employer will look for more. What is going to set you aside from the next applicant with the exact same history? Experience.      

Build your resume. This might seem trivial because the purpose of internships is to gain experience. But stay focused on scoring an internship that is within your major or interests because that will help you in your future career; do not settle for an internship that will simply fulfill a requirement.

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How You Know You Chose the Right Major

Choose Right MajorPassion, happiness, and enthusiasm are the three essential ingredients to consider when choosing a major or second-guessing whether your current major is right for you. Our college majors reflect our careers after graduation, so it’s imperative that we know we made the right choices.

Choosing a major when you’re undecided may feel like a weight on your chest that never goes away, but once you go with your gut feeling, the decision process will be easier than expected. It’s also perfectly fine to change your major before finding where you fit like a perfect puzzle piece. In fact junior English student, Caitlyn Hartigan, had this experience.

“I was two different majors before I finally settled on English,” she said. “I was psychology, and then I did education for two semesters. When I was thinking about switching to English, I just wanted a major that could be creative, because that’s my strongest ability and I love writing and reading.”

When reflecting upon your major, or deciding which one to choose, consider the phrase “do what you love”. Your skills and interests will guide you to the major that was meant to be.

Dylan Griswold, a junior computer science student, said, “There’s a lot of stuff you can make with a computer science degree, whether it’s coding, video games, simulations, or Artificial Intelligence. It really opens up my very creative mind.”

You don’t have to be an expert at a subject to major in it. The classes you take in your major will help you build your skills and grow your appreciation for the subject.

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Books That Have Changed My Life

Books Changed My LifeBooks are my life, and even that’s pretty much an understatement. It’s crazy how much a reader can take away from one, even the ones that weren’t intended to be teaching anything.

That’s the absolutely crazy and astonishing thing about reading books: everyone can read the same words but get a different meaning out of them. Hopefully, whatever that person has taken away from the specific book, sticks with them throughout their life.

Katie Sharkey, a junior communication student, said that a book that left an impression on her life was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The book kept things so new and fresh that Sharkey repeatedly kept saying, “I couldn’t put it down.”

She loved to watch the developments of the characters throughout the book. Sharkey read The Help during her freshman year of college and it got her back into reading.

Shannon Burke, a junior communication student, said that The Book Thief by Markus Zusak made the biggest impact on her life. Told from the perspective of death, the novel offers an unusual viewpoint.

Burke read this during middle school and still remembers the tale that takes place during the Holocaust very clearly.

“It made me realize that we point fingers at people, but they do what they have to do to survive,” she said.

Donna Dolphin, an associate professor of communication, thought back to her own college experience when she was asked about a book that was influential in her life. The Awakening by Kate Chopin was a book that she initially read during a course on American women writers, and it’s one that she’s reread throughout the years.

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How Animals Help Relieve Anxiety

Animals Help AnxietyAs it turns out, man’s best friend is also man’s best chance at some relaxation.  While the calming teas and naps may not always reduce your stress and anxiety, sitting down with an animal for a little while just might do the trick.

As a pet owner, I can confidently say that being around my little Maltese-Shi-Tzu instantly makes me feel better.  She plops down on my lap and relishes the belly rubs she greedily accepts from me.  It’s as if every stress-inducing nuisance that is clouding my thoughts melts away when I’m running my hand back and forth through her fur.  But why does this happen?

Andrew Lee, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, said, “Spending some time petting an animal can reduce some anxiety; it can lower heart rate and lower blood pressure.”  So if you think you’re imagining the effects your furry friend has on your mental well-being, you’re not. 

There have even been studies that show the benefits of animal assisted therapies.  In the case of an older patient, these studies have been proven to aid in the improvement of cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, according to Everyday Health.

From the eyes of a student who struggles with mental health, animals are more than just a pet to senior psychology student, Andrea Castro.  Her dog, Luna, provides her with the emotional support she needs while dealing with depression and anxiety.  “Whenever I get anxious or I am going through a depressive stage, I hug her and she licks my face and even if it is just for a few minutes, I am happy and calm,” said Castro. 

“Small gestures like licking my face or cuddling up next to me in bed mean the world to me. They are gestures that show unconditional love, and those are reminders that I need when I am at my lowest,” Castro added.

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Dr. Greason Moves to the School of Education

Dr Greason TransferWalter Greason, Ph.D., the man behindt the University Honors School, has changed the program in a short period of time. Prior to his position at the honors school, he had been a lecturer in the department of history and anthropology.

He has made a significant impact as a dean. The students in the honors school have nothing but the upmost respect and gratitude toward his passion for their move through the semesters.

However, news has broken recently that Greason is stepping down from being the Dean of the Honors School. He is moving into a position alongside Dean Henning at the School of Education. But fear not, honors students, his thesis courses will still remain intact, and he certainly will not make himself a stranger.

Susan Schuld, a graduate English student, said, “I am sad to see Greason go, as he was an incredible asset and advocate for the honors school.” Susan, who is also the Graduate Assistant in the Honors School office, is one of many who feel this way.

However, they are happy that he was able to kick-start a phenomenal program so that the Honors School can only get better with time. There will certainly not be a vacuum in the system; the new dean will be just as qualified and considerate as Greason was. After all, now there is a high standard to meet.

Greason was passionate about building the importance of scholarship, but that does not mean that he disregarded the lives of students outside the classroom. On nights when Honors School events happened, students would find Greason happily helping and taking part in the activity.

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Student, Music Lover, Published Author

Student AuthorA sprinkle of inspiration, a dash of music, and a boatload of writing; these were the main ingredients that drove the self-publication of my debut novel, The Uncommon, at 18 years old.

The Uncommon combines my two lifelong passions—music and writing. The coming-of-age novel follows five high school musicians from New Jersey who form a rock band and realize that they all have one thing in common: they’re all uncommon from the rest of society.

Each of the characters have different backstories that make them unique, and they’re able to form everlasting friendships with one another through the power of music. The thematic combination of friendship, growth, aspiration, and music holds a very special place in my heart as it reflects upon my own life and virtues.

I wrote The Uncommon to inspire readers that being uncommon is an idea that should be embraced. So many young adults struggle with fitting in, but these five characters show that being different from society should be valued because it’s what brought them together in the first place.

They show that individuality is a wonderful thing, since it has the power to teach you about your true self, and help you understand exactly who you want to become. Without being true to themselves, their journey would never happen.

A book is more than just words on pages. Books send messages to their readers with the power to change lives, while transporting them into captivating worlds.

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Malibu: Bringing the West Coast to West Long Branch

Malibu West Long BranchBy now, most Monmouth students have heard of Malibu. But if you haven’t had a chance to jam to their beachy vibes yet, you’ll definitely want to add them to your playlist.

The band consists of Scott Buksbaum (bass/vocals), Ray Laux (guitar/vocals), Eric Schwartz (guitar), and James Spavelko (drums). Since coming together to create music as freshmen last year, the members of Malibu have experienced major success.

To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Malibu has over 14,000 Spotify streams on the song “Brighter Blue.” They also recently announced that they will be supporting Natalie Claro during her upcoming tour, throughout October.

In regard to how they began to create music together, Buksbaum, a sophomore music industry student, said, “I knew Ray through a couple classes and I knew he played guitar and sang, so I asked him if he wanted to start a band. I never met Eric before our first band practice, and I met James through a mutual friend.” Once they began to play together, there was instant chemistry. 

Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth’s student-run record label, has infinitely helped Malibu grow as artists. Schwartz, a sophomore political science student, said, “Blue Hawk Records gave us our first outlet to write and record our songs, which we’re really grateful for.”

“We recorded and released ‘Brighter Blue’ with them, which has since been our most successful song. They’ve also given us plenty of opportunities to perform on and off campus, letting us reach a bigger audience,” he continued.

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Transfer Student Survival Guide

Transfer Student Survival GuideImagine being a penguin in a jungle, somewhere unfamiliar that you’re jumping into headfirst. For many transfer students at Monmouth, this is a common feeling.

If you’re stressing about fitting into Monmouth as a new transfer student, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are unlimited ways to overcome the struggles of being a transfer student. Monmouth offers numerous resources to help transfers adjust to life here.

Erica DiNapoli, a junior business administration student, transferred to Monmouth this year. “I’m feeling like a freshman again,” she said. “I’m trying to figure out where everything is, and I’m trying to meet people.”

One of the most common difficulties of being a transfer student is the social aspect of college. But meeting friends at a new school is easier than you may think.

DiNapoli continued, “You have to put yourself out there and go out and meet people. I’m doing that all over again. It can be scary at first, because you don’t know anybody and you don’t know how they are. But if you get invited to things, you should go regardless.”

“Just try to make the best out of it. If you transfered as a junior, you have two years left and at that point, you might as well make them count,” she added.

Take advantage of the events that are hosted right here on campus. There are so many things to look forward to. For instance, Gift-Card Bingo and Casino Night are happening on family weekend from Sept. 28-30.

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The Best Things to do in Monmouth County

Monmouth County Best ThingsAs syllabus week winds down and you have planned out your work, or planned to procrastinate, you may be looking for some things to do. Thankfully, there are countless things to do around Monmouth County to occupy your time. 

Only a ten-minute drive and a couple of dollars for parking can immerse you in the artistic, hipster, and alternative vibe of Asbury Park’s boardwalk. Walking down on the far end, past the Paramount Theatre, are a collection of aesthetic murals. The hand-painted surfaces features everything from mermaids to Marilyn Monroe.

Donna Dolphin, an associate professor of communication, said, “It’s a lovely place, very close to campus, and I can’t think of a reason why anyone wouldn’t want to go there. It can be a free activity. It’s full of cultural history as well.”

Further along the boardwalk, there are various other attractions, such as mini-golf and a vintage-styled shop. There are also beachfront restaurants that are the perfect spot for a date-night.

One of Asbury Park’s most unique attractions is its Silverball Museum. Chris Chen, a sophomore computer science student said, “It was very nostalgic seeing all these old pinball and arcade machines. It was honestly worth the $15 to play until closing since I was there for hours.”

The Silverball Museum is not your average gallery or collection. You can immerse yourself in this pseudo-1950s world with pinball, skee-ball, and even authentic air hockey machines. Similarly, Red Bank offers Yestercades, which is filled with other vintage games like Pac-Man.

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