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A Rewarding Spring Break Alternative

Spring Break AltCollege is stressful. Whether it is midterms, papers, presentations, or finals, breaks always seems to fall at the perfect time. Breaks often consists of catching up on sleep or maybe partaking in a Netflix marathon from the comfort of your couch at home.

The cliché spring break would be somewhere exotic, warm, and sunny - a place where you can relax with your friends, enjoy the sun and make the most of your days without school work.

I have a feeling you are picturing a place similar to Cancun or Punta Cana. What comes to mind for me would be the beautiful country of Guatemala.

Monmouth University has a program on campus called the Alternative Break Program. Run by Corey Inzana, Residential Life Administrator, this program offers students a chance to use their break to give back to communities that are less fortunate than the one we live in here at Monmouth University.

Alternative Break Programs are offered during all three breaks: winter, spring and summer. These trips travel to three different countries: Haiti, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Haiti occurs over winter break

Twelve students are chosen to travel to help build a school for underprivileged children in Canaan, just outside Port-au-Prince. During spring break, students travel to Guatemala to construct a school with the help of Salud Y Paz.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Dishes

St Patricks Day 2016Saint Patrick’s Day is full of many traditions, most of which revolve around eating, drinking, and wearing green.

For many, it is a celebratory time to commemorate one’s heritage and enjoy what it means to be Irish.

For those of you that aren’t Irish, it is a day to immerse yourself in a culture that differs from your own. Irish or not, here are some great Saint Patrick’s Day dishes that are bound to be on your table, if you’re lucky.

Irish Soda Bread - This is a St. Patty’s Day staple. It is a crumby bread made with buttermilk and honey, and infused with cranberries or raisins, often soaked in whiskey.

Junior business/accounting major, Brittany Chapman said, “Irish Soda Bread is one of my favorite foods to eat on St. Patrick’s Day because you can eat it along with something else, or it’s just as good on its own as a snack.”

Shepherd’s Pie - This dish is a meat pie filled with beef or lamb and crusted with mashed potatoes. Vegetables are sometimes included. This is a very traditional Irish dish dating back to about 1877.

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Time Management Hacks for College Students

Time Management HacksTime management is a tough skill to master, especially in college. It seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all of the things done on your list. Balancing school, work, and a social life seems nearly impossible, but somehow it has to be done. It is so easy to let things spin out of control, to throw caution to the wind and hope everything goes well. But you’ll find that without proper planning, balancing these things will take a physical and emotional toll on you and leave you stressed.

Productivity stems from organization. Having some form of written schedule, whether it be a piece of paper or a planner, will make you feel organized and ready to take on the day. Organize tasks by the time it will most likely be accomplished, even color-code which tasks are school, work or social related. Alyssa Cosentino, a sophomore psychology student said, “My planner makes me feel like I really have my life together. I don’t know what I would do without it.”

List proper times for these things to happen. Having a written sample of all the tasks you need to accomplish today will leave you in a better state of mind, and it’s difficult to forget something once it’s written down.

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Playa Bowls: A Fun Alternative to Healthy Eating

Playa BowlsWhen you think of food at college the first word that comes to mind usually isn’t “healthy.” Late night snacks like microwavable popcorn or ramen are not often the best options, but they sure are convenient. It seems easier to grab a cookie or two in the dining hall than it is to grab an apple. French fries go better with a sandwich than spinach and cucumbers, right? If only there were a trendy, fun place to eat with your friends that was not only delicious, but healthy.

Your prayers have been answered. Welcome to playa bowls. A store front beautifully decorated and located on Ocean Ave in Belmar. This eatery is less than seven miles away from Monmouth University’s campus. You may have seen their colorful photos on Instagram or heard about this deliciously organized fruit cup, but playa bowls is a place that needs to be experienced by everyone.

The foundation of these fruit bowls are two super fruits: Acai and Pitaya. They blend these up with different juices and berries to create a delicious smoothie textured bottom. The next layer in the bowl can be created with fruit, granola, nuts, coconut, protein, almond butter, and even bee pollen. You can create your own cocktail of fruits and toppings! The last layer is topped off with Nutella, honey or peanut butter. It is a new, unusual and healthy option for a daytime meal or snack. This beach cafe is open year round in Belmar.

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Best Places to Shop and Eat in the Monmouth Area

Best Shop And EatOne of the great things about going to school in the Monmouth area is its location. It’s only a short train ride away from New York City, and when the weather’s nice, you can go to the beach. As a senior, I can say that during my freshman year, it was hard to find things to do on the weekend when you’re new to the area.

However, it doesn’t take long to learn about and experience all of the places this area has to offer. The neighboring towns offer many places that students love to venture to after class or on the weekends. Whether they are clothing stores, fun activities, or great restaurants and bars, there is always something to do.

 There are so many great restaurants, bars, and diners to go to that will shortly become one of your favorite places to grab food. The best thing about this area is the amazing food. A common favorite restaurant is MeeMom’s in Wall, NJ It is the perfect place to go to for brunch because it has a variety of French toast and amazing sandwiches. Another great restaurant and bar to go to is Tommy’s Tavern & Tap in Sea Bright. They have a huge selection, from amazing freshly made pizzas to delicious burgers. Its rustic atmosphere makes it a really cool place to meet up with friends. When it comes to breakfast, one of my favorite places to go in the area is Amy’s Omelette House in Long Branch, which is popular for its large selection of omelettes.

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Top 10 Items to Have in Your Backpack

Top Backpack ItemsYour backpack—probably a bag with gum wrappers, old class handouts, and food receipts crumpled at the bottom. It is also a bag with some of your most important items in it too!

Yes, you will always have your books, laptop, keys, and phone in it, but there are some more items that would be beneficial to have in there too.

1. Phone charger- Junior communication student Amanda Drennan said, “I always have a phone charger and/or a portable power bank with me. I don’t want to be caught with a dead phone.” A phone charger, whether you have the whole charger itself, or a portable power bank as Drennan suggests, is a very important item to carry with you. Even if it isn’t so we can keep checking the likes on our latest Instagram photo, keeping your phone charged is super important. You never know who may be trying to reach you.

2. Breath Mints/Gum- Never get caught with bad breath! Always keep breath mints or gum on you, especially if you are a coffee drinker. We may not be able to live without it, but coffee often leads to bad breath. Also, if you’re an antsy student sucking on a breath mint or chewing gum may help you to focus in class.

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Winter Fashion Trends

Winter Fashion TrendsAchieving a fashionable look in the winter months is difficult when all you want to do is wear your comfiest sweatshirt and wrap yourself up in a blanket for maximal warmth. Staying stylish and keeping warm can be a difficult look to master, or it can be the easiest thing in the world if you have the right mindset. Maintaining your personal style can be a breeze in the winter with the right pieces and techniques, and just a few simple adjustments to your look can make a drastic difference.

One simple way to stay warm in the winter while still looking your cutest is layering. Layering is a classic and easy way to maintain a fashion-forward look, while still being practical for the cold weather. Not only is layering wildly trendy, but it also always helps to keep you warm. That bundled up look we all strive to rock during those below freezing days is a perfect look for winter fashion. Layering is easy – a T-shirt, flannel, thick jacket and floppy beanie are all you need to piece together a cozy and fun outfit. Rebecca Roth, a sophomore communication student, is also a fan of layering and can be seen around campus bundled up to the max on those icy days. She said, “Layering keeps you warm but fashionable at the same time. It’s a winter go-to style.”

Communication instructor Nicholas Messina also opts for the go-to winter style of layering. “I’m a firm believer that in the winter, fashion takes a bit of a backseat to practicality. I want to be warm more than anything else. That’s why I layer!” said Messina.

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Reasons You Should Wake Up Early

Wake Up ReasonsGetting up early is probably the most torturous thing you could do to yourself, or is it? Just the thought of waking up before the sun rises is enough to make a college student cringe, but it can positively impact your life. Additionally, it will allow you to break the stereotype that all college students sleep until 3 P.M. (because we all pretty much do).

Professor Jee Hyun Lim, who teaches voice lessons, mentioned, “An early start gives you a jump start to the day! Our concentration level is higher in the morning, and you finish class earlier!”

The early bird really does catch the worm; below I have listed the five benefits of being a morning person!

1. It gets your day started

It will make you more productive! We’ve all had that day (or many days) when we slept until late afternoon and felt so lazy; we accomplished NOTHING and had no time to accomplish anything because the day was nearly over. Waking up super late makes you feel like a useless couch potato and no one wants to feel like that! Getting up early will allow you to be very efficient.

Makenzie Cox, a freshman psychology student, stated, “Waking up too late can waste the entire day. Getting up even slightly earlier than usual makes me feel better about myself and helps me get more accomplished.”

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Why You Need to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Comfort ZoneWhenever you want to try something, there is always that voice in the back of your head telling you to hold back. But, maybe it’s time to find experience in being uncomfortable.

Communication professor, Claude Taylor, explains, “Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a valuable way to learn more about yourself and stretch your mental and physical limits. Of course it can be scary, but the risk/reward benefits can be significant.” There is a lot to do to get out of your comfort zone, just grab a friend and start your adventure!

There’s so much you can do that you would have no idea about if you didn’t push yourself. Surround yourself with people who are willing to help you open up and be yourself. Lauren Niesz, junior English student shared, “Being someone who is introverted, I find it hard to get out of my comfort zone. But, I found a friend who helps me!” Using your friends is a great tool to help you ease yourself into trying something new. Neisz continued, “If she wasn’t so persistent on getting me to loosen up I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.”

There are plenty of things that can help get you to loosen up and try new things, here are a few:

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Reasons Why It Is Important to Always Have Your Guard Up

Most people see having your guard up in a negative way. Specifically, when you see how it is portrayed in romantic comedies. The main characters are normally someone who has had their guard up their entire life and end up shutting people out. By the end of the movie, they meet someone that breaks their walls down and ultimately convinces them to lower guard.

 Constantly having your guard up may enable you to shut out people which hinders the formation of relationships with others and can seclude you from the rest of society. However, having your guard up around others can also be positive in certain situations. In most cases having your guard up is beneficial because you are not always award of the intentions of others. Ellen Brennan a senior education student said, “You can’t always trust people and you don’t know if everyone’s intentions are honorable, so keeping your guard up keeps you from getting hurt.” This is one of the main reasons why people want to have their guard up in the first place. They don’t want to get hurt.

 If you have just gotten out of a serious relationship where your significant other cheated and lied to you, the odds of you having your guard up when dating after that are pretty high. It’s a good idea to have your guard up because you never know who you can trust. Cristina Rauco, a senior creative writing student said, “It’s always better that you protect yourself before considering letting anyone else in.” Which is another reason why it is good to have your guard up, people are unpredictable.

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Valentine’s Day: Single Guys vs. Girls

Single Women V DayThe holiday that singles dread most is upon us. For those that lack a significant other on Valentine’s Day it may feel as if they will be #foreveralone. However, your mom usually pulls through by sending you your favorite candy or a cute stuffed teddy bear. Even spending time with your friends help you cope with the copious amounts of couples that are out and about on February 14. Just because you don’t have a bae does not mean that you can’t enjoy the holiday.

Communication professor, Shannon Hokanson gave her advice for single people on Valentine’s Day, “Don’t put too much energy into the holiday. It’s a little overblown. Take care of yourself.”

When single people are asked about their Valentine’s Day plans, they seem to not give much thought to their relationship status. Casey Labarre, a health studies student discussed her plans for Valentine’s Day this year, “I’m just going to hang with my friends, and have a good time. Who needs a boy, you know?”

Nick Bellomo, a student studying business, remarked “There’s other things to love in life; there’s nothing wrong with loving yourself.”

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