Last updateMon, 29 Apr 2019 1pm


Your Journal, Your Friend

IMG 4368The word “journal” is often accompanied by the stereotype of writing proclamations of love that your middle school crush will typically never see.

 At times, writing in a diary is made fun of because but it is the perfect way to express feelings that you don’t want to run share with friends while drinking a cup of coffee.

For others, journaling can be therapeutic and help rid of the heavy thoughts you may be holding inside.

Colleen Moretti, a junior communication student said, “It’s a good way to relieve stress and get all of your feelings out.”

At first, sitting down to journal can seem daunting and can even make you feel awkward.

 An easy way to start off is by writing down certain things you are grateful for, or positive parts of your day.

Once you put positive thoughts down on paper, the universe will reward you. You will always get back 100 times what you give; journaling is a great way to manifest in your future.

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Are You Living the Best Life?

Living the Best LifeMonmouth University is unique in the sense that you have the opportunity to live on-campus or off-campus.

A common trend is that many freshmen live on-campus to get a feel for college and to meet people; while students progress in their college years, many find themselves  moving off-campus with friends you have met.

 Many juniors and seniors have experienced both sides of living. Similar to most things in life, there are pros and cons to each. Something that many students notice is that their peers spend two years off-campus and two years on.

Living on-campus as a freshman is a great decision that new students make.

Although Elmwood Hall is not the most glorious building, students find themselves making an abundance of friends throughout the building.

From living next door, to bonding over the obscene heat of September, it could be easy to make new friends.

 By just keeping your door open you can meet so many people which ultimately contributes to your college experience. It sounds cliche, but it works.

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Must Have Items: Backpack Edition

Must Have Items BackpackLet’s be honest most of our backpacks halfway into the fall semester are cluttered, bottomless pits that hinder more than help us. After items accumulating in our bags, not all of them will be the essentials.

Well, it’s time to change that.

In college, it is imperative to be organized and always think ahead of the game.

It’s hard to begin to pick and choose what will help you survive long school days, so if you feel like you need a pre-curated list, keep reading.

Item one is a reusable water bottle.

Emphasis on the reusable because it not only saves the environment, but it is easy to keep refilling it.

 If you are someone who has back to back classes, it is important to stay hydrated.

Plus, stopping to fill up with water is quick and easy thanks to the filtered water machines at Monmouth.

Item two is a phone and laptop charger.

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Buy Good, Eat Good, Feel Good

Buy Good Eat GoodEating snacks is a part of human nature; choosing a healthy snack, however, is not. It is very hard to choose a healthy snack when a bag of chips is just sitting there waiting to be opened and enjoyed.

Choosing to eat a healthy snack is an important component of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Snacking can provide fuel and boost energy for when you’re feeling fatigue in the middle of the day, but only if it’s the right kind of snacks.

To practice this, it is important to shop smart, make mindful decisions, and stay aware of the ingredients you’re putting in your body.

One of the best healthy snacks to have is apples with peanut butter. This snack is super easy and doesn’t break the bank either.

All you have to do is slice up an apple and dip it in some peanut butter, any kind you want. Possibilities include crunchy, smooth, and for those extra health-conscious, almond butter is a great option without all of the extra fats.

Shannon Oswald, junior communication student, says “apples provide important health characteristics that you want a snack to have, while peanut butter provides the sweet taste you are always craving.”

Everyone has their favorite snacks so why not make them healthy?

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Outside of the Classroom Battles: Studying with an Audience

Classroom BattlesTechnology has made it incredibly difficult to focus on anything for an extended period of time.

With websites and apps that never end, it’s pretty easy to get distracted by your phone or computer.

 Minutes pass by unnoticed, specifically during the moments in which a social media platform is on the screen or you’re browsing through Spotify or YouTube.

Evan Orsini, a freshman biology student, admitted that YouTube often pulls him away from his assignments.

Orsini mentioned that once something has your attention, “It’s difficult to peel your eyes away from it.”

There are so many distractions unrelated to technology as well.

For instance, your surroundings are a huge impact on whether or not you can zone out the movement and noise around you and this plays a significant role in the amount of work you’re able to get done.

Many of us are guilty of being nosy and interested in what others are doing which is why we often find ourselves looking away from tasks.

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Let's Taco 'Bout Some Good Eats

Lets Taco Good EatsLet’s face it, Monmouth is definitely one of those universities known for their location. Pier Village and being by the beach both mean one thing: great food places.

A go-to lunch spot is essential for everyone’s college career. While iced coffees from Dunkin’ satisfy almost everyone on campus, there are so many other places to try.

However, if you do want to stick with Dunkin’, try their newest fall specialties. A common favorite is the iced apple cider. Affordable, convenient and refreshing. Pumpkin muffins and apple crisp donuts are some extra yummy treats that are featured this season. These are perfect for a snack or even a quick breakfast before an early morning class.

No one should live off of Ramen noodles and microwaveable mac and cheese.

Go through the underpass and head to the Student Center to get a fresh rice bowl or salad for under $10. With a variety of toppings, it’s impossible to get sick of these. These can be made vegan or vegetarian which is a unique option.

Looking for a smoothie? Look no further. Another on-campus option is the cafe in the Plangere Center. This is perfect for freshly made smoothies, baked goods and wraps. This is very convenient and a great place to get a snack.

Tinamarie Lopes, a freshman biology student states, “I love the smoothies from Plangere. They taste fresh and come in many varieties.”

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You Get What You Give: Practice Gratitude

Practice GratitudeSchedules are busy, time is limited, and stress levels are high. Without noticing, college can instantly become something that strips away our daily gratitude and it can make us forget what is important in our lives.

If there is a loss of gratitude in your life, take proactive steps to embrace the little things that make you smile.

To do this, first, understand the meaning of gratitude. Gratitude is essentially the act of being grateful.

 Instead of just saying what you are grateful for, put it into practice.

Being proactive with this will ultimately turn your life into an overall positive experience.

If you don’t know where to start here are some tips. 

Look at the glass half full.

Think of five things that you normally begrudge.

These can be going to class, waking up early in the morning, or even having to put gas in your car, and write down why you are grateful for them.

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A Quick View on How to Ace That Interview

Quick View Interview“So tell me about yourself” is the dreaded interview question. The process of applying for positions and preparing for interviews can be a full-time job itself. It’s important to be prepared for an interview whether it’s face-to-face or over the phone.

Either way, making a lasting impression and standing out from other applicants will really provide a leg up for the employer.

Interviews can be extremely intimidating; so hopefully, by compiling some tips, this process can be easier for the future and for other students.

A good mindset can go a long way when it comes to being interviewed.

Trivial details like body posture and a smile show care for the job already. Jess Pak, a freshman math education student stated, “Definitely walk in with a smile and dress nice. It’s all about the small details like that. They mean the most.”

These are the first few things that an employer will notice about you and starting the interview in a positive way before even answering any questions is a nice start to a long process.

She continued, “Showing a want and care for the job before even getting it is a great sign.”

Interview attire should be formal. Stick to the basics such as slacks and a blouse with a necklace or earrings and for a guy, a collared shirt and dress pants. While looking the part is not everything, it does mean a lot for the employer.

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The Dreaded Phenomenon: The Freshman 15

Dreaded Freshman 15There is a lot to gain from the college experience: friends, knowledge, life skills- and for some, unwanted weight. Adapting to the college lifestyle can be challenging for new students.

The newfound sense of freedom can be both exciting and dangerous when it comes to eating habits and exercise.

 The freshman 15 is a phenomenon that can be a threat to students everywhere; if the proper measures are not taken it can become a reality and affect one’s health in a negative light.

New levels of stress can cause mindless overeating and it can be difficult to find time to work out between classes. Freshmen can be overwhelmed getting used to the college workload, never mind trying to incorporate an exercise regime. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid succumbing to the dreaded weight that can come with life at a university.

Having a healthy diet and steady exercise regime does not have to be for vanity reasons. It is important to treat your body well in order to achieve overall wellness.

Taking care of your health has countless benefits. A healthy diet can make one feel energized and ready to tackle the next task.

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How To Become A Morning Person

Morning PersonWe always go to bed telling ourselves that we are going to start waking up early and being productive, but does it ever really happen? The answer is probably no. Starting your morning off the right way will set your tone for the rest of the day.

Don’t you ever notice when you’re running late in the morning, or you get a coffee stain on your clothes that the rest of the day follows with bad luck? That’s why becoming a morning person is so vital for the rest of your day.

The first tip to becoming a morning person is an obvious one, actually getting up and out of bed. We all want to keep giving ourselves “10 more minutes” until the last possible second, but morning people never hit that snooze button. A good way to practice this habit is one that starts the night before.

When you are about to get cozy and ready for bed and you go to charge your phone, you should put it on the other side of the room, instead of allowing it to be right next to you. This way in the morning you will actually have to get up from the comfort of your bed to turn that annoying alarm off.

After getting out of bed, it is really easy to contemplate getting back in it. But take some advice: don’t. When asking people that define themselves as ones who enjoy mornings, an answer that may help this problem was found.

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Packing Hacks to Improve Traveling

Packing HacksWith summer coming to an end, that doesn’t mean that traveling has to. Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a long journey to Europe there is one similarity that would be important for either.

This similarity is packing. When going on vacation or away for the weekend, packing is necessary, no matter how long you will be gone.

Unfortunately, many people hate packing or just don’t know how to do it in an efficient way. There are many things to consider when it comes to packing for a trip.

 First and probably the most important aspect to think about is whether you are flying or driving to your destination.

When you are flying you need to be aware of the weight and size restrictions of your luggage.

On most airlines you are only allowed one carry on, as well as a backpack or other bag that can fit under your seat.

You can check a bag that is much bigger than a carry on, but that will be for an extra cost of course.

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The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151