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Opinion

Holiday Shopping

default article image‘Tis the season of shopping. The holiday season is here so that means it is time to buy all your loved ones’ gifts.

This is the most wonderful and stressful time of the year. The turkey has been devoured, the tree has been decorated, and red and green have taken over. It is time to hit the stores, online or in-store.

I have mixed feelings with what I like better: shopping online or shopping in-stores.

I am an avid Amazon shopper, who does not love ordering something and it getting delivered the next day. Amazon is definitely the go-to for Christmas or other holiday shopping.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

True ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! For many Christmas is a time of celebrating and good fun, but to me, it is a lot more than that.

In 1914 there was a ceasefire along the western front on Christmas day during World War I; that ceasefire became known as “The Christmas Truce”. It was not about what anyone had, it was about coming together for the holidays. For that single day, both sides crossed over into enemy trenches, exchanged gifts, sang carols, and held joint burials for fallen soldiers.

So many forget the true meaning of Christmas, they become so focused on receiving and forget that other people are just as important. Giving is nice, but Christmas is really your acceptance of everyone around you. The spreading of love and cheer and helping those who can’t help themselves is the true meaning of Christmas.

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Thank you, Professor Morano

default article imageI wanted to write you a letter thanking you for, well, everything. However, I thought a more appropriate channel would be to thank you using a platform that serves as the very foundation of our teacher/student relationship: the newspaper.

I would not be who I am today nor where I am today if it were not for you.

You changed my life the second that I stepped foot into your ‘Introduction to Journalism’ course my sophomore year of college. There I was still navigating Monmouth University, not quite sure of what I wanted to make of my life nor the potential that I even had. Don’t get me wrong, I knew I liked writing. I knew I was okay at it and I knew I liked talking to people. I didn’t necessarily know how I could combine all of those skills together to really make something of myself, though.

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"Monmouth Plague"

default article imageIt’s that time of year again. You know, the one filled with a cacophony of sniffling and coughing. The weather begins to drop (just to be warm again the next day) and you begin to feel unwell. The “Monmouth Plague” has struck again.

I am the “Monmouth Plague’s” #1 fan, I get sick constantly. This semester alone I have already been sick four times.  I have the worst allergies, the changing of the seasons and the temperature fluctuations wreak havoc on my body.

I frequently get really stuffy and have severe throat and ear pain. This is what the health center loves to call a cold (after testing me for strep for the 10th time even though I had my tonsils removed 11 years ago). Sadly, the common cold cannot be treated simply with a round of antibiotics, the body just has to fight it on its own. So, the best way to combat a cold is to prevent it before it happens.

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Straight Edge in College

Straight EdgeThe “college experience” is associated with heavy drinking, experimenting with drug use, smoking and/or vaping, etc. There is one thing that separates me from most of my peers: I consider myself to be a part of the straight edge community.

Straight edge is a community of people who abstain from recreational drug and alcohol use. The term originated as a subculture of the punk scene, but it can also be applied to anyone who refrains from drug use for life.

One of the main reasons I value a straight edge lifestyle is because being in control of myself is something that is very important to me. In fact, staying sober 24/7 is effortless for me.

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Straight Edge in College

Straight EdgeThe “college experience” is associated with heavy drinking, experimenting with drug use, smoking and/or vaping, etc. There is one thing that separates me from most of my peers: I consider myself to be a part of the straight edge community.

Straight edge is a community of people who abstain from recreational drug and alcohol use. The term originated as a subculture of the punk scene, but it can also be applied to anyone who refrains from drug use for life.

One of the main reasons I value a straight edge lifestyle is because being in control of myself is something that is very important to me. In fact, staying sober 24/7 is effortless for me.

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Monmouth University: "A Green Campus"

Green Campus 1Any time you receive an email from a faculty member on campus, you will see on their signature right below the Monmouth University logo, a green leaf. Next to the leaf, it reads, “We are a green campus. Think before you print.”

It’s blasphemous that this “green campus” does not practice what it preaches.

In my junior year at Monmouth, one thing has never changed: our lack of recycling. Sure, you see the recycling bins in every building. There are even some recycling bins placed side by side with no trash bin alternative next to it, like right outside of The Outlook’s office.

But in fact, when you place your plastic cup or food containers in the recycling bin, it does not matter. Most custodians combine the recycling into the same bags that hold the trash.

On an even more troubling note, there are plenty of trash bins campus-wide that are not labeled for recycling or trash.

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Taking a 'W'

default article imageWhen you hear that someone had to withdraw from a class or is thinking of withdrawing from a class, your initial reaction is that they are probably failing the class, cannot handle the workload, or just do not want to deal with a hard class. But that is not always the case. Withdrawing from a class is perfectly fine, sometimes these things happen and they can for multiple reasons.

Before coming to Monmouth, I attended Brookdale Community College for three years and earned my Associate Degree in Psychology. On my way in doing so, I had to withdraw from two classes early on. Having to withdraw, without a doubt, is one of the worst feelings ever. It is a feeling of thinking you are not enough. But that fear gets better once you realize you had to drop the class to save your GPA, even if it was a total waste of your money.

There are pros and cons to withdrawing from a class or multiple classes, but the cons outweigh the pros. I would be interested to find someone who could tell me otherwise. The pro of withdrawing from a class, the one and only, is dropping the class because it is in the running to ruin your GPA.

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Good Study Habits

Good HabitsPracticing good time management and good study habits is key when trying to accomplish your homework. Setting a regular time at least every other day to study is a perfect way to stay on the right track. To be successful in college you must find good study habits and organizational skills that work best for you.

For me, recording assignments in a planner helps me remember what I have to complete. I find it quite beneficial for me to write everything down that is important to get done.

However, everyone is different and has their own way of handling things that they need to get finished. Not every option will work for everyone, there are so many study habits and ways to get homework done. The key is to find what works best for you.

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Halloween

default article imageHalloween in college is much different from when we were younger. In fact, rather than celebrating on October 31 itself, it is an all-weekend event.

For many schools, at least in New Jersey, the weekend is known as “Halloweekend.” Halloweekend is a weekend full of fun where students spend a lot of time going out with their friends to different parties or events all while wearing costumes.

Depending on what day the holiday falls on, Halloweekend could be considered two days or sometimes even four. This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, so we all know it will be at least three days of celebrating for us students.

 As fun as this sounds, it is often a long and annoying process that you must plan for well in advance because each day means a different costume. College students have to come up with at least three or four costumes for this one holiday. Many students, especially girls, plan accordingly by thinking of costumes in early October so there is ample time for costumes to be purchased and delivered.

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Why First-Year Seminar Should Stay

Seminar StayI believe that the voting committee has made a terrible mistake by getting rid of First-Year Seminar as a university-wide general education requirement for the class of 2024 and incoming classes beyond.

There are a lot of mixed reviews out there on this matter. First-Year Seminars crack open many different opportunities for First-Year students that they simply will not receive in their other coursework.

To start, the purpose of general education is to ensure our graduates are well-rounded and have been exposed to different areas of study. Some students felt that this course was a waste of their scholarly time at Monmouth because the content of their First-Year Seminar did not coincide with their major.

A clear majority of your general education requirements are not necessarily supposed to align to your comfort zone, after all, how can your coursework prove that you are a well-rounded graduate if your audit has no diversity whatsoever?

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