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Today’s Beauty Standards

Todays Beauty Standards

Society has been known for its harsh critiques of women’s beauty standards. Constant media ads paint women as perfect models who are always sporting glamor­ized looks and magazine smiles. When women are marketed with flawless makeup and perfectly styled hair, it creates a facade of the ideal women.

This painfully effects the youth by making them want to apply makeup to cover up any perceived imperfections and makes them feel insecure if they do not. This guarantees make-up and other health and beauty product compa­nies a nice steady income, know­ing they will have a solid custom­er base, while adding on teenagers and young adults as well.

Another negative beauty stan­dards thanks to the Hollywood are Photoshop and surgeries over natural/realistic looks. This promotes a negative mentality to youth and women that if they aren’t happy with their appear­ance, they need surgery, or to hide behind a camera filter to mod­ify their looks. Why diet? Why change your lifestyle? Why eat healthy foods? Why exercise, just pay a surgeon and hope it works out for you.

Even if one gets surgery, some quick fixes will not be maintained if they do not change their life­style. They will probably revert back to their old ways, and per­haps recreate the problematic issues that they were trying to avoid.

As a result, they have wasted their money and have exposed themselves to the many compli­cations that can come from that elective surgery, perhaps with no gain.

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Early Bird Gets the Worm

Early Bird Catches WormYou can tell a lot about a person based on where they stand on the subject of morning classes against night classes. It’s true, a lot can be said of your character, priorities and general habits just by showing up to class whether it be at 8:30 a.m. or p.m.

From a commuter’s point of view, morning classes are a saving-grace. While that may seem like a bit of an exaggeration, just think about how frustrating it can be to circle the parking lot for ten minutes, only to realize there are absolutely no open spots.

We’ve all been there and have likely learned our lesson the hard way, its true, the early bird really does catch the worm.

While most may groan at the idea of waking up before 9 a.m., there is something to be said about getting an early start to the day. Now before I begin to sound like your mother, hear me out.

Waking up early provides you with a peace of mind that you’ve got the whole day ahead of yourself. In a perfect world, us college students would love every single class we are taking, adore each professor and be genuinely excited to sit for an hour and twenty minutes. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

No matter how hard I try, certain subjects will never maintain a firm grasp on both my interest and attention span.

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Natural Disasters Everywhere

Is There Truth Behind Climate Change?


Natural Disasters EverywhereThe South is flooded and the West is in flames. If there was ever a time to believe in the science of climate change, it is now.

It is amazing that this is a topic that is still up for debate. It is 2017. There have been two hurricanes that destroyed everything in their paths in the last three weeks, and another one is on the way. Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and soon to be Katia have displaced and devastated thousands.

Harvey had winds reached seeds of 132 miles per hour. But this was almost calm compared to what came next, Irma. Irma brought wind with speeds up to 137 miles per hour at landfall and was classified as a Category 5 hurricane when it swept through the Caribbean islands and forced the residents of the state of Florida to evacuate. On islands such as Barbuda, almost all buildings and homes were leveled.

The West is hot, so hot that it is literally on fire. Dozens of wildfires are ablaze across Montana, Oregon, and California. Sure, there are normally wildfires that start because of careless campers or droughts throughout the summer months. But not like this. Who would have thought that after a snowy winter, the West would experience such a hot and dry summer?

Last winter, there were days when the temperatures reached the low sixties. As I walked to class I looked around and saw people in their summer attire. They were donned in their summer skirts and sandals. I know New Jersey is typically warmer than my home in Pennsylvania, but it was not supposed to be that warm. It was January. It was that sweater weather in the morning and tank top in the afternoon kind of weather.

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Falling in Love with Fall: The Best of the Four Seasons

Falling In Love With FallWhile I agree, it is difficult to watch beach days dwindle down and warm summer nights come to end, I think it is undeniable that Fall is the best season. You have to be lying if you are not ready to trade in hit or miss weather, sweating, and forced family BBQ’s for comfortable weather, hayrides, cozy nights and sweaters.

Fall pulls together all the things we love most. It has plenty of things to do, holidays to celebrate, moments to enjoy and something to offer to everyone! Who doesn’t love the picturesque colors of the leaves on trees, pumpkin spice everything, apple picking, corn mazes, or the tranquil fall weather?

To begin, the orange, red, and yellow leaves that scatter everywhere you go always make such a magical scene. Everywhere you look is a stunning painting! Not much is better than the crunch of the autumn leaves below your feet as you are strolling around. Just simply driving down the road is a great way to take in the amazing views that fall brings with it.

Then there is the incredible crisp Fall weather. It is not too hot, but not too cold; it is the perfect comfortable happy medium. Fall weather means cozy flannels, sweaters, and boots.Fall means earlier, cool nights. Cooler weather also means keeping warm by bonfires with s’mores, warm drinks like hot chocolate and of course, the classic pumpkin spice lattes! 

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Practice Safe Posting

Safe Posting“Yes, we know you are in college, but if you look like a sloppy mess [on Facebook], we aren’t going to trust that you’ll make it into work at 5:00 am,” said Carla Marie Monica, Producer for New York’s popular radio station, Z100. 

Monica is a prime example of an employer that students need to keep in mind when carelessly posting inappropriate content on their social networking sites.

Every day, millions of people worldwide log into their social networking accounts for various reasons.  Most people engage in the social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, for the entertainment and social value; however, some use them for business.

Those who access these sites for business reasons are promoting their products or companies with the easiest and free advertising approaches or, what students seem to overlook, looking up their future employees.

This raises eyebrows for many college students looking for internships during school, and careers after graduating.

Raunchy pictures, unnecessary jokes, and other inappropriate material, which are commonly found on the average college student’s Facebook or Twitter account, are beginning to be looked at more carefully by employers.

In recent years, social networking sites have been the source of problems for many athletes, some crowned Miss Americas, as well as numerous entertainers.  Before beginning their careers, pictures were posted on social networking sites such as Facebook, which came back to haunt them.

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Life After College

default article imageOnce college is over, the real world begins. Starting a career you may have for the rest of your life, moving out, and eventually buying your own house. But, do you even know how to do that? What about taxes? What about insurance? All of these important details are vital in everyday life. So then, why is there not a class in college teaching students these skills?

At the University, graduating students are required to take a course called Senior Seminar. There are certain branches of this course that focus on certain majors but in some of the Senior Seminar classes, financial themes are taught. Insurance, how to manage or balance a banking and checking account are subjects that are touched upon, but topics like buying a house or paying a mortgage are not addressed. Therefore, students may know the basic knowledge of these financial subjects, but not enough to feel confident about these things.

I believe that colleges should start looking into teaching a course on life after school. There could be several classes covering different topics, such as: the various insurances, how to buy a house, mortgage, taxes, a checking account, a banking account, credit cards, student loans, and other important financial subjects.

There are so many different types of insurances that it can be confusing. Life insurance, dental insurance, house insurance, health insurance, and car insurance are the basic types. However, there are so many others like unemployment insurance, causal ity insurance, travel insurance, and even pet insurance. I believe if there was a course on this topic, students would feel more comfortable transitioning from college to the real world. They would be able to know the differences between each type of insurance and know what they will need in the future and what they will not.

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Are the SATs Fair?

default article imagePencils? Check. Calculator? Check. Water bottle and granola bars? Check.

Anyone who has ever taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test, commonly known as the SAT, knows this checklist incredibly well. Students spend months preparing, and parents sometimes spend hundreds of dollars on tutors to help their kids succeed on the SATs. I can’t help but ask myself why? Why do we really take the SATs, and what does the exam actually measure?

The SAT isn’t meant to rate intelligence or how well a student has grasped the material learned in high school. The exam is used as a tool to determine a students’ general knowledge in mathematics, critical reading, and writing. Meaning that, the test isn’t an accurate measure of how much a student knows, nor is it an effective method of determining how well a student will succeed in college.

The exam is administered, scores are released a few weeks later, and students then send their scores to their prospective universities without getting a full understanding of what they did right or wrong. If students are required to take a generic exam that tests their basic knowledge, there should be more feedback given to the students on what needs more improvement, as well as what the student does well. Feedback could be the difference between a student who takes the SAT repeatedly without knowing what he or she is doing wrong, and a student who takes the SAT more than once, but knows what corrections to make, as well as what type of academic criticism to expect in college.

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I don’t like goodbyes, so I will say see you soon... | Jessica Leahy's Senior Goodbye

4.19.17 J L 1I remember my freshman orientation over the summer like it was yesterday. I remember feeling insecure and nervous around so many smart and capable individuals. I was doubtful of my own capabilities at first, but once I started classes at Monmouth University, I saw how much I could achieve and I grew so much as a person during my time here.

I am proud of myself for remaining strong and pushing through to the end even when I felt like crumbling. However, I must owe a lot of my success and happiness to my family and my friends. I could not do anything without my family and friends by my side guiding me through and believing in me.

Mom & Dad: I want to thank both of you for always loving me and supporting me during my undergraduate career at Monmouth. Thank you for believing in me to achieve my goals and work toward a great future. I love you both more than anyone.

Michael & Anthony: You two are not only my brothers, but my friends for life. I know I will always have you two by my side. I cannot thank you enough for being such great younger brothers.

Krystina & Alyssa: I want to thank you both for being such amazing cousins. You are both practically older sisters to me. You are always there for me when I need you to give me advice, to hang out, to support me, and to have faith in me. Thank you both for keeping me calm throughout the application process for MU and also for graduate school at Rutgers University. Knowing I have two strong women on my side no matter what gives me strength to stand tall and stride toward my goals.

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Closing Time…I Love You, Monmouth | Lauren Niesz's Senior Goodbye

“Closing time, open all the doors and let you out into the world…”

I am so lucky to have been a part of Monmouth University. I am so lucky to have been a copy editor, writer, opinion and senior editor at The Outlook. I am so lucky to have been a lead commuter student mentor. I am so lucky to have worked for the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. The only thing I can really say definitively is that I am the luckiest girl in the whole world and I truly believe that.

There are so many people that were pivotal in making these past four years the most enjoyable and happiest four years of my entire life. This article is for you all because you are all so extremely important to me.

Alright, Drennan- you knew you’d be first. Thank you for sliding into my DMs Sophomore year and forcing me to be your friend. And thanks for screaming “Hey girl!” across the JP parking lot at me the first day of classes at 8:30 in the morning. I never thought that that “hey” would be the beginning of a completely unique and unbreakable friendship.

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The Many Types of College Professors: This is What I’ve Learned...

Types of College Professors

In four years of higher education, I have had every kind of professor you can think of. From the super chill guy who’s just happy when you show up to class, to the really sweet one who seems easy but will take points off if you decide to slack off. There are tons of different types of professors.

There are so many types of professors and I just want to thank them all for not only teaching me the course objectives, but for teaching me a thing or two about life in some way.

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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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