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Opinion

Making a ‘Major’ Decision

One of the most challenging decisions that you have to make in college is choosing your major. With several different majors, concentrations, and minors that you can choose from, you can make your degree the perfect fit for you.

It’s stressful when you’re trying to declare your major because it’s important to most to try to graduate on time. A student at Monmouth can stay undeclared until their sophomore year, or when they complete 56 credits.

Monmouth has an office of undeclared services to help students who have not yet decided their major. They offer career planning guides and workshops that help students decide on a major and they are advised through the Center for Student Success.

Friends and family try to help, but sometimes their direction can lead you the wrong way. Those who care about you are usually trying to be helpful, but they may advise you to choose a major based on the average salary a person who graduates with that major makes.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Lilo and Stitch

Life Lessons Lilo and StitchWhile, “It’s nice to live on an island with no large cities,” according to Lilo, we can’t all have that luxury. As the singing and pounding of drums in Hawaiian fashion hum in the background, Lilo and Stitch and their shenanigans share with us life lessons meant to last forever.

It’s okay to be a little weird or different.

We weren’t made to fit in, biologically, physically, emotionally, we’re all meant to be different. In a world where we are all the same, life would get boring quickly. Whether your interests include dancing, writing, sports, etc. follow them! Many people are afraid of following their passion because college is stereotyped as either the time to focus only on studies, or a time where everything lets loose--a happy medium is best for all.

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Accepting Tattoos

Tattoos are becoming more common in today’s society and college students, recent high school grads and millennials are getting inked. The odds of knowing someone with a tattoo, or multiple tattoos are extremely high. It has become more commonplace for people to want to get something tattooed on their bodies and show off their personal artwork.

Personally, I never thought I would want a tattoo, but over the past couple of years I have actually gotten several. When I first asked my mother for permission for getting a tattoo, her response was, “Why don’t you just draw a picture of what you want and hang it on your wall? Don’t you think that’s a better place for art?” Clearly, her opinion on getting inked is very different from mine.

After a couple of conversations with her, she realized why I wanted one so badly, and she finally gave in. Originally, I thought I just wanted the one small finger tattoo and it would be done. Everyone said it was addicting and that I would want more, and it turns out they were right. Today, I have four tattoos and they all mean something different to me.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from The Office

For many people, spring break is a time of vacationing and tanning on a beach the farthest away they could get. For me, your local, lovable pal and Outlook writer, it was a time of binging. I binged Netflix shows until my eyes literally closed. Now that I have let you in on how cool I am, I’m going to share with you some of the life lessons I learned from my most recent binge: The Office.

“I am Beyoncé, Always.”

When talking to Michael Scott, Andy Bernard explains that he is Beyoncé because anyone who gets cheated on in the movie is the hero. So this makes Michael the Ali Larter (in reference to the 2009 film, Obsessed) in this case. But, about eleven seconds into this conversation, Michael lets him know he will always be Queen B. This mentality is important to carry into life. Be a queen. Slay all day and every day, even if someone thinks that you’re the Ali Larter.

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The Importance of Physical Music

There is More to Music than Meets the Ear


My dad always says to me, “When I was a kid, we spent our money on vinyl records, not whatever you kids do today.” The act of listening to music was a huge part of people’s lives. More often than not, people would make an experience out of listening to a whole 45 minute or so album. Buying and listening to music used to be a big event for music lovers, which made the music more meaningful.

Music was made for the sole purpose of listening and experiencing the music. Now, music seems to be just the background noise in everyone’s lives. Many people only listen to music at parties or when they’re out just to dance or have something playing to fill the space. There’s nothing wrong with dancing to music, but there is so much more to it that younger people today don’t understand.

The world of music is similar today as it was during our parents and grandparents’ generation. There are still boybands, pop icons, rock stars, etc. The big difference is what is important to fans about these artists. In the 1960s when fan girls swooned over The Beatles members’ long hair and British accents; they weren’t only concerned with the band’s image, they were attached to their music. If you heard a song on the radio that you really liked, you would go find that song on whatever album it was on, then buy the vinyl record for it, and spin it until the record wore out.

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Gym Culture: No Need to be So Intimidated

Gym Culture Dont be IntimidatedEvery day it seems like there is an overwhelming amount of new information emerging that has to do with health and fitness lifestyles. Whether it be our diets or what we physically do with our bodies, it is hard to get away from the conversation. Magazines, television, and social media (specifically, Instagram) are flooded with images of people at their peak performance, giving the impression that “gym culture” is now a significant part of our everyday life.

The media pushes this image on us, but the reality is that not everyone exists in a perfectly picturesque health and fitness bubble. Many feel as though joining a gym and being a part of that arena is intimidating for different reasons, such as learning how to participate and fit in to a new space that has been labeled “male dominated.” While there are some truths built into these statements, they should not be the end all be all to the decision to be a part of any “gym culture.”

The first step into this realm may translate into a few hours of the week and, as a busy MU student, this may help you decompress from the many stresses we experience in a positive and productive way.

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Why We Love Dogs So Much

Why We Love DogsPlain and simple: dogs are God’s gift to this earth. There is nothing that makes a heart smile more than a dog with a cocked head and searching eyes does. There is something truly incredible about the way dogs make us feel and, simply put, it is therapeutic.

Around campus, dogs are usually greeted with gasps, pointing, and fawning. There is a reason for this obsession. According to an article on Psychology Today, there is a concept called “biophilia,” which means that we are all genetically programmed to interact with nature. We seek a connection and relationship with living things.

We have an internal yearning for these connections and relationships, not only with our peers, but with animals and what better animal is there than a dog (cat people will debate, but I think the paws have it)?

Biophilia, the article suggests, could be the reason that we don’t find dog slobber as disgusting as it really is, or why petting a dog is extremely soothing and comforting. Interacting with animals is proven to lower blood pressure and brings a sense of calmness and awareness that we really cannot achieve on our own.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from Parks and Recreation

Although Parks and Recreation may have ended almost two years ago, the cast of hilarious and uplifting actors have brought about tears, joy, and many life lessons that are still valuable and applicable. Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, Tom Haverford, April Ludgate-Dwyer, and the rest of the Pawnee Parks Department crew have offered some of their most coveted life lessons to society.

Leslie Knope has taught us all to be opinionated on everything. Whether it be a social norm, politics, or just a hairstyle you may or may not want, the fearless gal that she is has always taught her peers that being opinionated is never a bad thing. Today’s society is filled with news resources and outlets, social media, and many other platforms for us to become educated about whatever it is that we are even the slightest bit curious about; it’s time for us to research and be vocal and bold now more than ever.

April Ludgate-Dwyer has shown us, first-hand, that taking that random internship is completely worth it. In the beginning of the series, Ludgate is found as the most conniving and least dedicated worker in the department, but, as the show progresses, the audience is able to really see that her simple summer internship has lead her in the direction of her lifelong career.

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Benefits of Service Trips

A Personal Look Into the Guatemala Service Trip


On my first day at Monmouth University, Dr. Christopher Hirschler, an associate professor and chair of health and physical education, recommended the course Guatemala Public Health. At first I thought the class was not for me because of concerns I had about the safety of traveling to Guatemala. However, everything changed fall 2016 when I took the class Health in Developing Countries. This class, taught by Dr. Kiameesha Evans, a specialist professor of health and physical education, emphasized the desperate needs of people living in other countries and how we can make a difference.

Later in that semester, I decided to apply to Guatemala Public Health, which was one of the best decisions I have ever made. On Mar. 11, as I looked upon Guatemala from the airplane window, I was in shock with the beauty of the land. As we began the journey into this amazing country, my concerns decreased because I felt safe and welcome at all times.

Nine students, seven health studies students, one psychology student, and one social work student, along with Dr. Hirschler spent eight days in Guatemala; I could not have been happier being part of such amazing group. We worked towards the same goal- to bring happiness and health education to women and children at a domestic violence shelter in Xela, Guatemala.

We also worked to improve the lives of families by building bunk beds. Some may think, ‘beds?’ Yes, beds! Families of six or eight people were sleeping in one bed. By building beds we were supplying a long-term solution that instantly improved quality of life.

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Bringing Back Childhood Habits

Growing up sucks. There, I said it. Having to juggle school, work and friends can be exhausting and oftentimes, it leaves you yearning for the past in which you had little to no responsibilities and even the smallest moments could bring about immense joy.

As a child there was no greater feeling than receiving something in the mail, be it a birthday card, party invitation or a letter stating who your teacher would be for the upcoming year. While I am still guilty of being excited over receiving mail, that excitement fades once I realize the ‘surprise’ in the mail is nothing more than my bank statement (yikes) or perhaps a textbook shipped from Amazon.

Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, we have outgrown our childhood years and the realities of adulthood have either smacked us in the face or are looming ahead in the near future. The most crucial part, however, of becoming a mature adult and figuring out who you are or wish to be, is to never let go of your inner child. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, recall some of the best childhood memories, and figure out how we can still incorporate them into our daily lives as college students.

Nap Time

Remember the days when taking naps was not only encouraged, but enforced? Why did I ever take such an opportunity for granted? Yeah, learning the alphabet, colors and simple addition and subtraction was hard work, but by no means was it as stressful as daily college life is now.

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A Review of the 1960s: Peace, Love, and Music

Review 1960 Peace MusicThe “Summer of Love” really sums up the history of hippie beliefs and fashion. In the summer of 1967 in San Francisco, over 100,000 people gathered to promote love and protest the Vietnam War. Monterey Pop Festival was another part of the Summer of Love that included a three-day music festival in Monterey, California. This festival had some iconic performances from acts like The Jimi Hendrix Experience and artists like The Who and Janis Joplin. A few years later in August of 1969 is when the most famous music festival occurred: Woodstock.

The emergence of these musical festivals that focused on peace, love, and music came along with the developing rock and roll counter culture. The conservative, “keeping up with the joneses” lifestyle of the 1950s was a perfect segue into the counter culture that came to be in the 1960s.

Although rock and roll began with artists like Chuck Berry in the 40s and even a little later in the 50s with Elvis Presley, the 1960s is most known for the solid rock and roll culture. Rock music helped to motivate young people to question their government and what was going on in the world.

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