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How to Stay Warm and Fashionable in the Winter

Warm and Fashionable 1It happens every year: our cute fall sweaters and shoes must turn into bulky jackets and boots making us look like we are ready to climb Mount Everest.

In winter you have to wear the same coat every day just for the convenience of being warm.

What many people don’t know is that there is a way to look good and be warm all in one outfit: Layers, layers, and more layers.

 Layering up an outfit is a great way to stay warm but look cool.

You can just start with a plain long sleeve or button down shirt, then you can really mix it up.

You can layer it with either a big chunky cardigan or an oversized poncho.

Something else that is trending this season is layering jackets, so you can take a simple cozy zip up and put a cool leather jacket over it.

The other great thing about layering is that if you get too warm inside school or work, you can just take one off.

Turtlenecks are always what your mom made you wear when you were younger, but are fortunately coming back in style.

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Gobble Gobble Good Fun

Gobble Gobble Good FunBy the time Thanksgiving rolls around, the fall semester is ending and students and faculty alike are ready to wind down.

 Thanksgiving is the best time of the year to relax and have fun without having the anxiety of waiting for midterm grades to weigh you down.

During Thanksgiving, there are many things to do that will leave you with lasting memories. Believe it or not, there is more to overload on turkey, stuffing, and mash potatoes, although that is the best part of the Thanksgiving season.

 If you are looking for activities to do around Thanksgiving, you’re in the right spot.

If you are planning to go home during Thanksgiving break, think about stopping by a high school football game.

 Although you may have graduated years ago, it is fun to bundle up on a chilly night and experience the excitement of Friday night lights with old friends.

If you feel like staying in, take a trip to your local bookstore and cozy up to new books.

If you don’t read, Thanksgiving break is a perfect time to start. The feeling of reading a new book while smelling delicious food cooking in the kitchen is what dreams are made off.

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Extracurriculars: An Extra Resume Builder

Extracurriculars Resume BuilderPeople think that as long as you have a 4.0 GPA, then you are guaranteed a successful career. But, does a 4.0 GPA enhance your social skills and expand your knowledge in different areas than your major?

Extracurriculars definitely provide a different perspective on interests outside your major, enchaning your college experience. Just by joining one or two clubs can impact your four years at school in numerous ways.

The best way to make friends is by finding something in common with each other.

By going to a club meeting, it is guaranteed that everyone there shares a similar interest.

Kassandra Ketcho, a freshman math education student, said, “I’m a social person and love meeting new people, so joining clubs is perfect because I get to diversify my friends.”

 As a freshman, as scary as it may be, joining a club or getting involved may relieve the hardest part of the first semester: making new friends.

There is a club for everyone at Monmouth, from academic clubs to religious clubs to even environmental clubs, there are many ways to do more of what you love or even find a new hobby.

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Cozy Living: It's Not That Hard

armchair book books 261969When living with your family or even living away from home in a dorm room, it is so important to feel comfortable in your space.

Making your room cozy, especially for the fall or winter seasons is so essential because it brings a welcoming vibe to the room.

From pictures to color schemes to decorative pillows, it’s not that hard.

One thing that may sound simple, but can cozy up any space would be to add a plant.

Adding a plant allows there to be life in the room.

Plants not only add color but it is healthy to have them in your environment.

If you can maintain keeping it alive, definitely go out and buy a real plant, but if you think you’ll slack on giving it the necessities for life, there are many places to buy fake plants.

As a college student, it is important to be in a workspace that gives you the proper amount of light.

Whether you add a few lamps or make sure you have the proper natural light, it can allow you to be in a space that promotes productivity.

Something that people do to make a room cozy is adding extra pillows or blankets. The fuzzy blankets that call your name will be bound to make you feel cozy.

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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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