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Take a Break, Sit Down, and Watch that Documentary

Break Sit Down WatchDocumentaries have been a part of society and the entertainment industry for a number of years; but upon deeper inspection, there is much more to documentaries than just entertainment.

For those in Generation Z, television was simply a large part of growing up or a major source of influence in their childhood.

Within the television channels, popular options for kids growing up were Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon, but there are also the less popular Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and History Channel.

These TV channels were one of the prime sources of knowledge we as children received when parents were busy, after school or simply just before dinnertime; and in some channels, documentaries provided us with basic knowledge of history, sciences, and even the trivia which might have even sparked the interest in our careers.

Yet, why is there shunning toward documentaries? Why are documentaries oftentimes associated with boredom or wasting time?

Watch that documentary. Ignore that stereotype associated with documentaries; after all, they aren’t always boring.

After a hard day at work or school, we often want to relax and clear our mind by doing something such as watching includes Netflix and Youtube, so why not fully indulge in a documentary?

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How to Perfect that Instagram Picture

Perfect Instagram Picture 1Everyone is always scrolling their Instagram feed wondering, “How did they get their picture like that?” or, “What filter did they use?” We live in an era in which we focus all of our time and effort into our social media personas.

We are constantly thinking of what to post, when to post, and where to post, but can we ever get it absolutely perfect?

Karlee Sell, a junior communication student with a photography minor, said, “The ability to be creative is one of the beauties of Instagram. When I’m looking for the perfect photo for Instagram, I always chose something that I feel is truly an expression of my own creativity.”

This is a great tip for people who want their social media accounts to truly represent themselves.

Sell continued, “This can come from the lighting, the edits, the content of the image, etc. There are no set rules for expressing yourself, and that’s something that I love to explore via Instagram.”

You can capture your picture, you can create your own feed, and you can show the people who you are, which is the amazing thing about Instagram.

You can really be creative and make anything look how you want it to.

Many people say the main way to perfect your Instagram picture is by having a filter. There are already preset filters on the app itself, but if you’re a professional you don’t use those.

Everyone uses third party apps to filter their Instagram pictures, in which the two main apps people are using are Afterlight and VSCO.

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How to Have a Spring Break on a Budget

Spring Break BudgetFeel like you are missing out if you aren’t going away for spring break? Students who aren’t able to get away from the Jersey shore over spring break should not be worried. There are plenty of exciting plans you can make that don’t require a plane ride.

First off, find some friends that will want to go take a day trip somewhere that will be fun and exciting to see.

New York is always a great choice for local fun, with an endless amount of things to do.

There are so many different things you can do in the city such as: going out for a nice lunch or going to see a Broadway play.

Alexis Nulle, M.A., a specialist professor of communication, said, “Spring break is a great time to rejuvenate the soul for both students and faculty. Whether this means spending some quality time with your family and friends or planning a nice day trip.”

She continued, “There are great ways to relax and have fun while you can. I try to treat myself to a nice and relaxing pedicure or facial during the semester.”

It is challenging to find time to have fun, so do it while you can.”

So plan that day trip. Here are some suggestions for if you want to go to New York. Try the Museum of Ice Cream, you can go and see the different décor of the museum. You can also take pictures in a pool filled with sprinkles and get to see the different types of treats.

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Stepping Out Of Comfort Zone“If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right.” This quote from Roland Gau is one that we should try to remember each day. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can help you learn so much about yourself and make you realize things you didn’t know before.

If you don’t try something new, you won’t know if you like it or not; so why not give it a shot? When stepping outside of your comfort zone there are so many opportunities for growth.

Everyone can relate to being scared to do something for the first time, but most of the time, after you do it, the activity becomes much less daunting and possibly exciting.

There are many ways to put yourself into situations where you will be forced to step outside that comfort zone. Maybe you decide to go with an extreme and go skydiving during your summer vacation. Or maybe you decide to put yourself out there and reach out to people you normally wouldn’t talk to in your classes.

A big fear that many people have is public speaking. Public speaking is something that many people do not feel comfortable doing, especially in front of a large audience. However, it may get easier with practice.

Through schooling, public speaking is something required for students to learn. Communicating effectively is an important skill to help us move outside of our comfort zone, especially if we are able to vocalize how we feel about new and unnerving situations.

Whether we realize it or not, we public speak more often than we would probably like.

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Part-Time Job Perks: Why You Should Do It

Part Time Job Perks“Don’t talk to me unless I’ve had my morning coffee.” That’s a term you probably hear a lot. Coffee lovers are their own club, exclusive and you’re either a part of it or not.

Unfortunately, coffee is not the healthiest drink for you.

Coffee becomes an addiction, which means once you stop drinking it you go through withdrawals, and that’s not good. It’s also unhealthy to rely on it all of the time instead of your body’s natural source of energy.

Shannon Oswald, a junior communication student, said, “I don’t drink coffee but as a source of energy I feel it is more important to eat a good breakfast.”

Eating a well-balanced, healthy breakfast can keep you energized throughout your day, and unlike coffee, you won’t shut down.

One example of an easy and healthy breakfast is avocado toast on grain bread with a cup or water or orange juice.

Eating healthy snacks throughout the day can keep you full and energized.

That’s one of the problems with coffee, when someone has a cup, they crash a few hours after and need more.

When you have a good breakfast you don’t need anything else until your next meal.

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Is Your Glass Half Full?

Glass Half FullDo you look at the glass half full or half empty? Looking at the glass half full can help you create a new perspective on life. They say that the answer to that question helps to see if you are more of an optimist or a pessimist.

 Being positive can not only brighten your own day but also the days of others.

You have no idea how much of an impact smiling to a stranger can have on their day. There are so many different ways in which we can practice positivity in our everyday lives.

Being positive starts with us and it spreads to those around us.

Being grateful is such an important trait when it comes to being positive.

When you find yourself down about something, whether it is failing an exam or just having a bad day, remember what you are grateful for.

Be grateful for the little things in life. For example, maybe it’s the house you live in or the amazing people you are surrounded by each day.

It is easy for us to get so caught up in life that we tend to forget the little things that make life so important.

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Ask Chloe

default article imageWhere is the best place to take someone on a first date?- Anonymous

Anonymous-- It can feel like there is an infinite amount of pressure being put on a first date because you want everything to be absolutely perfect, so you can land that second date. There are some general parameters you can follow when setting up your date. Heidi Bludau, Ph.D., a lecturer of anthropoligy, suggests that although there is not one best place for a first date, you may start off by thinking of a neutral space to go to.

Bludau said, “For example, public places where the couple can just sit and talk (drink coffee, etc.), so a favorite coffee shop or cafe.” Going to a public place will give you and your date similar levels of comfortability because it is something you are trying out together.

Furthermore, Bludau said, “Daytime dates are good to start so that there can be a clear end time without pressures to move faster than desired. Of course, that also leaves the door open to a longer first date if it’s going well! I think the main thing is to think low stress and a chance to just get to know each other better.”

The less stress, the more time you and your date get to focus on one another.

If you are not sure of where to take your date around the Monmouth University area, Jennifer Shamrock, Ph.D.,  a lecturer of communication suggests taking a drive around Asbury Park in the late afternoon. Shamrock said, “You can walk along Cookman Avenue and grab a bite for dinner at Talula’s or Capitoline. Then head toward the boardwalk and play some pinball at Silverball Museum or grab dessert at Porta.”

In my opinion, do not worry too much about your first date. All that matters is that you are yourself and if you can find someone to love the you that you love that is an added bonus.

Good Luck,

Chloe

If you would like to be featured in the “Ask Chloe” section, you can submit your question to s1106449@monmouth.edu.

Why Would Anyone Write Letters?

default article imageNowadays, there is a lack of passion for writing. Information and  communication documented from the past was tracked through letters, but the growth of technology has vastly changed this.

For the current generation, sending a message through an app, making a phone call, or video chatting are now considered the easiest forms of communicating.

Therefore, the idea of sitting down and writing a deliberate letter seems laughable.

In fact, our generation relates writing “letters” in reference to assignments, heavy work, dreaded formalities and academic responsibilities. All in all, these are validated since we do have other methods of self-expression.

But letters, too, give a certain type of validation we’ve yet to acknowledge; a different scope to self expression, communication, and even changes. The way we view things if only we dedicate time to think, what is worth writing.

Writing a letter does more for one’s state of mind than what is imaginable.  Envision the overcoming of all your  thoughts and sentiments one wishes to communicate and yet there is a  certain amount of given space.

Contrary to popular belief, it is important to write down how one feels. When writing a text, or video chatting, there is little to think about but the mundane, socially acceptable conversation at hand.

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Ways to Go Green: Saving the Planet Edition

Ways To Go GreenWe must realize that how we interact with the environment affects this planet. Just a few positive changes can make an impact and decrease our individual carbon footprint and help save the Earth.

Saving energy in the home is an easy first step that can be implemented. Simply turning off lights when leaving a room will reduce consumptions and limit carbon emissions. Utilizing windows for sunlight is an even better habit. During the day, instead of turning on lights to do homework, open the blinds and let the sunshine in. Also, as mindless as it is, unplug things when you aren’t using them.

Water is a basic but vanishing necessity. Numerous areas in our country suffer from a lack of water. Saving water is a major move towards being greener and it’s a fairly simple one. While brushing your teeth or washing your face, turn the tap off. By doing this, you could save water daily that equals gallons over time. Another way to conserve water is by taking shorter showers. Leave the singing and dance performance for your room and get in and out of the shower quickly.

Plastic is a major convenience factor but detrimental to the environment. Our ocean wildlife is screaming for change as they are choking on single-use plastics and nearing extinction. Plastic is used everywhere in our lives, but to combat the omnipresent killer there are non-plastic, reusable alternatives. Instead of plastic straws, there are paper, glass, steel, silicone, bamboo, and metal straws.

To avoid buying bottled water that is sold in plastic, opt for a reusable bottle and take advantage of the many water fountains and water bottle fountains on-campus. At home, without the convenience of a water fountain, Brita Filters are a green and cheaper alternative to access filtered water than buying bottled water.

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Healthy Alternatives to Drinking Coffee

Healthy Alternatives Coffee 1“Don’t talk to me unless I’ve had my morning coffee.” That’s a term you probably hear a lot. Coffee lovers are their own club, exclusive and you’re either a part of it or not.

Unfortunately, coffee is not the healthiest drink for you.

Coffee becomes an addiction, which means once you stop drinking it you go through withdrawals, and that’s not good. It’s also unhealthy to rely on it all of the time instead of your body’s natural source of energy.

A junior communications student, Shannon Oswald, said, “I don’t drink coffee but as a source of energy I feel it is more important to eat a good breakfast.”

Eating a well-balanced, healthy breakfast can keep you energized throughout your day, and unlike coffee, you won’t shut down.

One example of an easy and healthy breakfast is avocado toast on grain bread with a cup or water or orange juice.

Eating healthy snacks throughout the day can keep you full and energized.

That’s one of the problems with coffee, when someone has a cup, they crash a few hours after and need more.

 When you have a good breakfast you don’t need anything else until your next meal.

Madison Uurarro, a junior social work student, said, “I drink passion tea with sweetener in it. It gives me enough energy and is also super refreshing.”

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The Social Media Snowball

default article imageOur addictions to our devices don’t stop at incessantly scrolling through Instagram to see an abundance of “good vibe” posts ranging from twentyfun shenanigans to breakfast dates.

You might even see another post of someone abroad, or the classic beach post while in the dead of winter. And we all know the person that posts a plethora of videos because they claim they have “post-festival depression”.  

It doesn’t stop after seeing tweets of your favorite musician announcing he’s in the studio or that he’s going on tour, random requests from Chrissy Teigen for 6 brown bananas from someone in Los Angeles, or the photos from “Just Travel” that makes you to want to go somewhere that your bank account won’t allow.

We’re not yet filled with enough satisfaction when we see a dozen puppies on Facebook harmlessly attacking a child or a “how to” food video that ignites our taste buds and fills our mouths with drool. There is always a new fad that lives to entertain us. Enter Find My Friends and the classic “Snapmap.”

The new feature on our iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks are checking up on our friends and family to see where they are without actually having to ask. We can keep track of anybody in our contacts simply with a request and a share indefinitely response.

In addition to that response, there are options such as share your location for an hour or until the end of the day. It’s convenient for a variety of instances.

Though, like everything, it’s become an addiction to check people’s locations when it has no relevance to our everyday lives. The question is, should we continue down this road that imposes on privacy?

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Monmouth University
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