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Ways to Keep Yourself Busy This Fall

Keep Busy This FallWith summer coming to an end, people experience different emotions. Many people get sad when the summer season ends, but it can allow us to look forward to the variety of fun activities that fall brings.

Going to school at the shore makes it hard to get into the fall spirit since we are constantly surrounded by the beach, but there are so many activities to enjoy in the fall.

When asking people around campus what they like to do in the fall, different answers were given. Donna Dolphin, an associate professor of communication said, “I love to go camping in the fall. I think it is the best time of year for it. The days are a little cooler but the sun is still warm. The nights are quite chilly, even cold sometimes. It’s perfect for enjoying a campfire.”

She continued, “The leaves are turning brilliant colors and that makes the hiking and canoeing that much nicer. I like to enjoy fall foods with the change of seasons and everything tastes even better when you are cooking outdoors.”

One of the most common fall activities is apple or pumpkin picking. Delicious Orchards located in Colts Neck is one of the most popular places to go apple and pumpkin picking around here.  Along with going pumpkin picking, there are so many delicious treats you can buy.

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Fall Wardrobe Must Haves

Fall Clothing Must HavesFall weather can be described as an “in-between” season. As it’s too chilly to wear a sundress, but too warm to wear a fuzzy sweater all day.

In your fall fashion wardrobe, it is important to remember the idea of layering and color coordination. Fall can easily be any fashion lovers favorite season. When the weather is finally cooling down and leaves start to turn, it is important that your wardrobe changes with it.

The first and favorite fall fashion essential is a cardigan. There is nothing more versatile than a grey or tan cardigan. It also comes in handy when first transitioning into the brisk fall weather.

Cardigans are great to layer over summer camisoles or tanks tops that you have not yet parted with, making them great for any type of weather coming. Something that has also become very trendy recently is buying a bright colored cardigan, such as red or yellow, it can really help spice up a basic outfit. A plain white tee shirt with jeans is a classic look, but add a bright cardigan and you’ve made it original.

Ahh, with a new season comes new shoes. You cannot be walking to class in your Old Navy flip-flops anymore so it is time to break out the fall footwear. A very common theme that is seen in the fall, especially around campus, is wearing boots.

From work boots, to booties, to combat boots, and more, there is such a variety of this popular footwear. Boots are easy to match with anything ranging from jeans and a shirt to even a dress.

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Striving for Success from the Start

Striving Success StartThe ticking of the clock sends a zap of panic as you try your hardest not to stay behind on studies. You become preoccupied with finishing your assignments with nothing less than pure determination. So you paste inspirational quotes on the walls of your dorm room in hopes that you will find the motivation to make it a great semester. And this cycle repeats every September.

But college does not have to be this hard. Finding inspiration is easier than one may think; inspiration can be the butterfly you see as you walk to class, the passage you read in your literature textbook, or the risks you take as you transition from one year to the next. With every new experience comes new inspiration.

“You find inspiration from the world around you,” said Sue Starke, Ph.D., associate professor of English. “You don’t have to have special knowledge; you just have to observe. It’s like the advice they give to writers; write what you know. Observe the world, and that will inspire you.”

Stephanie Driscoll, sophomore fine arts student, shared her inspiration-getting techniques, “I really thought it over in the summer; like what are my goals for this year, what I want to achieve, what I want to do, if I want to set aside extra time for studying than I usually do.” Planning ahead is the best skill to build as a college student, because inspiration is bound to arise as you plan for a short-term goal, such as getting an A on a test, or a long-term goal, such as going to graduate school.

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Make Organizing Your Forte

Organizing ForteThe idea of organization is crucial when it comes to overall academic and personal success. It is the foundation that keeps one wanting to strive to achieve all goals. Goals are important but, without organization and motivation, tasks will not get done, resulting in negative results and consequences. If you were not the most organized in previous years, right now is a great time to start.

It is important to stay organized so that you are able to decipher what tasks in your life need attention and when. One of the best ways to go about organizing your life is by keeping a planner. With a planner, you will not miss any upcoming tasks or events that need attention.

 If you are not interested in a planner you should definitely start taking advantage of using the calendar application on your phone. That way it is accessible easily and it has dates at your disposal.

Sasha Canan, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health and physical education, offered some insight about how when she was a student, and even today, she relies heavily on her planner. “Ever since my freshman year of college, I always made it a point to keep a planner and have never stopped using one since,” said Canan. 

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Have Your Best Summer Beauty

Best SummerIt might not feel like it here in New Jersey, but summer is right around the corner. That means it is time transition your beauty and skincare routines to prepare for beach days.

One of the most important things to remember in the warm weather is to stay hydrated. Besides being important for your health, keeping hydrated will help give your skin a summer glow.

Not only can you achieve this from drinking lots of water, but you can keep your skin hydrated by eating fruits such as watermelon and cantaloupe. It’s easy for your skin and hair to become dull from the harsh ultraviolet rays in the summer. Watermelons are full of hydrating properties, which will prevent this from happening, keeping your hair and skin looking healthy.

Speaking of harsh ultraviolet rays, using products high in sun protection factor (SPF) will keep your skin safe from burning and aging. Spending long days at the beach can be harmful to the health of your skin if you do not.

Dr. Jennifer L. Weinberg, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.E in health studies/nursing shared her opinion, “Spending moderate time in the sun has been shown to contribute to health by providing pain reducing (analgesic) properties and helping to regulate metabolism. On the other hand, sunlight includes rays of invisible ultra violet light of varying wavelengths which can contribute to sunburn, accelerated skin aging, and skin cancer.”

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Start Keeping Up With the Spring Trends

Keeping Up Spring TrendsWith the spring slowly but surely approaching, many people find that they are in need of outfits that are more appropriate for the warmer weather.  For some, this is a simple transition that they have been dying for. 

Others that are fans of the colder weather, the transition is upsetting and difficult.  No matter what side you’re on, it’s time to put away those bulky jackets and spring into the warm weather.

Henry Tran, a junior accounting student, spoke about some of his favorite outfits and ways to have more variety in the spring. “Some of my favorite outfits for the spring are flannels with basic tees underneath.  Long sleeves are always a staple,” he said.  He mainly addressed the fact that layering can still be utilized during the warm weather. 

After speaking about footwear for the spring, he said, “I find myself more in Stan Smith’s, Vans and even boat shoes.” Low-cut sneakers seem to become extremely popular when the warmer weather approaches. 

Finally, when asked if he had any advice for someone looking to update their wardrobe, he said, “Less is more.  You should really build an outfit up from the bottom.  Work with the shoes you pick and go from there.”  He also spoke on why choosing a simple outfit can be utilized more frequently.  “A solid tee provides more options than a tee with designs on it.  You can wear various flannels, jackets, and sweaters.”

Brendan Tedaldi, a junior business management student, gave his input on the topic. He stated that he is a fan of long sleeve shirts on, “Windy, but warm, spring days.”  Tedaldi explained how he is not the biggest advocate for wearing jeans and enjoys wearing shorts during the warmer weather. 

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How College Sports Can Help Your Future

Fun Filled SummerBeing a college athlete is one of the greatest feelings in the world. The thrill of winning a game is unlike anything and the bond with your fellow teammates you form is irreplaceable. By the time an athlete is in college, playing the game and the routine that comes with it is second nature. On campus, athletes are usually looked up to. They’re often the face of a school and seen as leaders and role models.

When these aspects of life are taken away, it’s easy to feel lost. Low self-esteem and confusion from lack of identity are emotions that are tied to this transition in life. Playing a sport gives you an identity that feels like it can never be taken away. However, this isn’t the case when graduating college; the transition of leaving a sport can be shocking.

Such a small amount of athletes get a chance to play their sport in college, and even fewer get to take their talents and play professionally. Finding a place in the real world can seem overwhelming if continuing your sport after college is not in the cards.

Although student athletes might feel confused when saying goodbye to playing competitively, the things learned by being a college athlete have prepared athletes for the real world in more ways than you might think.

Monmouth University’s women’s golf coach Sue DeKalb offered her input. She said that playing sports in college is a great thing to have because employers will know that “you are able to manage your time, work well with co-workers, and will be able to perform under pressure from the responsibilities and duties you had as a member of a team.”

Having to live life with a regimented schedule of balancing practice, workouts, meetings, games, and classes teaches time management skills that are unmatched. Being a college athlete also forms a person into being a team player with stellar communication skills.

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Enjoy a Fun-Filled Summer

College Sport Help FutureFinals are approaching, but so is the start of the summer. There is a ton to do and to see both within the state of New Jersey and out. Besides the shore and catching a tan, you want to look back on your summer vacation and all of the amazing things you did!

With four months at your disposal, imagine how much binge watching you can accomplish on Netflix! Narcos, Black Mirror and Stranger Things have met their match! If maybe watching television shows in one sitting for 427 hours on end is not your thing, you can make a trip to Delsea Drive-In Theater in Vineland, New Jersey.

Movie night with friends? Make your way to a modern movie theater to some highly anticipated blockbusters such as Deadpool 2, Incredibles 2, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, Avengers: Infinity War, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! For a different kind of movie watching experience, Aberdeen is the home of the live Rocky Horror Picture Show performance with a shadow cast as the film rolls on!

You may want to fill up your time that you have under sun doing more novelty or niche things. Maybe it is finally time to get a tattoo designed by a favorite artist? If having a needle stabbed into your skin or having a design permanent for eternity intimidates you, there are semi permanent options like from, where you can purchase a pen and have a tattoo for about two weeks.

You will be exposed to the sun a lot, so make sure to wear your sunscreen, but still take the time to appreciate this enormous burning ball of gas! Set aside a day, one day during break or once every month, where you wake up really early to watch the sunrise and sunset on the same day. Take a breath and notice how similar or different the colors are; think about everything you accomplished and ate that day, also known as a mindfulness practice. Four months can go by really quickly but it is enough time to learn a new language, train for a marathon, or learn to play ukulele.

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How to Shop Without Breaking the Bank

Not Breaking BankMost people can admit that they engage in retail therapy. Shopping can make you feel good and improve your mood. However, if you are a college student most of your money is probably being spent on things like housing, books, and tuition. This makes it that much more important to be a savvy shopper and stretch your cash a little further. There are ways to indulge in the fun of shopping without reeking havoc on your budget.

A smart way to start saving is by using apps and websites that automatically find you deals and apply coupons. Shop Savvy is a great barcode scanning app that searches local stores and websites for the best price on items you want. Using coupons is an obvious way to save, but old fashioned paper coupons aren’t totally practical. Apps like Snip Snap make using coupons easy. This application can search stores and retailers for coupons and then download them individually directly to the app. It automatically sorts them by expiration date so you don’t have to remember when to use them by.

Senior communication student Alexa DeTurris is a fan of this method of saving. “Whenever I’m shopping for a big ticket item I usually use my phone to make sure the store I’m at is giving me the best deal,” she said. 

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Combating Spring Fever

Spring Fever 1With the most recent winter storms and two snow days in the past week, it is difficult to see that the season of spring has begun. This past Tuesday, March 20, marked the first day of spring for 2018. This important date for lovers of warm weather indicates that soon clear skies and warm rays of sunshine will cast upon the Jersey Shore.

Going to school one mile from the coastline and for many Monmouth University students, living even closer to it, the beach is much more appealing on these spring weather days than the classroom. As the weather improves it becomes more difficult to keep grades rising with the temperatures. Allowing time to enjoy the weather and do homework, routine, and self-care can be essential to staying focused on school and avoiding spring fever.

The nearby town of Long Branch grants one of the nicest luxuries for exercise. The newly refinished boardwalk along the coast provides a long, flat strip for runners and walkers to take in springtime on the shore. Students within walking distance can gain access to the boardwalk in Long Branch between Brighton Avenue and Laird Street. Those that wish to drive to the path can find head- in parking on Brighton Avenue or street parking on any of the streets stretching North to Pier Village. Political science associate professor and faculty advisor to the Monmouth University Debate Hawks Joe Patten shares his experiences running outside in the springtime in his hometown of Howell, NJ. “Going for a run while listening to music is always the favorite part of my day. It is especially great when I run the loop in the wooded area of the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell. Sometimes I get a special treat of running up on a family of deer or an especially bright red cardinal. Running to music also chases away any toxic stressors that might come my way and keeps me energized and in a positive frame of mind,” he said.

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Take a Break and Go Off the Grid

Off the GridAs a society, we could sometimes use a complete disconnect with the digital world. We need to all take an unforeseen virtual hiatus from all methods of digital communication. It may be hard, but at the end of the day, disconnecting from the cyber universe we all depend on so much can be cleansing.

We always long for those text messages, phone calls, and ‘likes’ on our posts. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, are all things we spend hours on each day. We live in the generation of “If I didn’t snap it, did it even happen?”

However, by taking the time to really disconnect you will be alarmed by how connected you are to an inanimate object. Without a phone constantly in hand, people feel as though they are missing one of their extremities, like a hand or leg. Doesn’t that sound a little insane? We should not be so connected to an object in our life, but we should be connected to those around us.

People almost use their phones as a shield. A shield that acts as a barrier to forming new relationships. A barricade that protects us from awkward interactions. Think about it. In the first moment of awkward silence amongst our friends or strangers, we instantly glance down at our phones. It’s almost become a defense mechanism or involuntary reflex in our society.

Senior marketing student Shannon Christie shared her opinion on the subject. “I think people need to disconnect from their phones because it takes away from personal relationships. We should know about people’s lives and events happening in them through their own mouths rather than what is posted on social media. I think relationships would benefit from interpersonal communication rather than what we see through social media,” she said.

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