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Preparing for a Job Interview

default article imageOne of the many things you have to get ready to do when you are about to graduate from college or are still in college is look for a job. This process can be tedious, but if you have an updated resume showing off your skills and experience, and you are able to provide a good first impression, you are going to breeze through and get a job with ease. One of the most important processes, is having an interview with a company. The position you are applying for is unique, but so are you. What people become nervous about, is the types of questions that may be presented when you walk into the room nervously and sit down across from your possible future boss. There are thousands of possible questions an employer might ask an interviewee.  Here are some possible sample questions that you might want to consider if you are going on a job interview.

  1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
  2. What do you know about the company?
  3. Why should we hire you?
  4. What are your greatest professional strengths?
  5. What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
  6. Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
  7. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  8. What are you looking for in a new position?
  9. What’s a time you exercised leadership?
  10. How would your boss and co-workers describe you?
  11. How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

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Finding the Perfect Summer Job

Finding Summer JobSummer. Summer is something that, as a kid, you knew was coming. As soon as Memorial Day Weekend ended, the countdown begun.

Each and every student has their own path of what their summer will entail. Some students study abroad, take summer classes, work, travel, or spend time with their families in their family beach house or spend time with their family minus the beach house. But for most college students, they work. The common answer for college student employment is serving, hostessing or bussing in a restaurant, working on the boardwalk serving ice cream or ripping off tickets to get on your favorite ride, using your hands as the extra pair for a landscaping and lawn businesses, working on the beach checking tags, and the list smothers on and on.

So, what is the best summer job? If you live in central jersey (and yes, this does exist) then you’re familiar with beach clubs. If you live in Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright, Oceanport, Rumson, Deal, Ocean, Asbury, Neptune, Long Branch, West Long Branch, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, or Middletown then you’re very educated on what a beach club is, even if you aren’t part of one. Beach clubs are great places to spend your summer, they have a pool, beach access, a snack bar and sometimes an adult bar along with a playground for the little ones to keep occupied. A beach club is the best summer job to have. You meet people from all over, so it’s great for networking. It’s also great because you’re working on the ocean and you’re getting paid for it! There truly is nothing better.

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Dogs Have Emotions

default article imageIf you live with a dog you just know when it’s happy or miserable, don’t you? Of course you do. Even though scientists cannot directly measure what dogs are experiencing, they admit that dogs have emotions. According to Newsweek, “a study of 975 dog-owning adults, found that in times of emotional distress most people were more likely to turn to their dogs than their mothers, fathers, siblings, best friends, or children.”

With these numbers, it is not surprising then that dogs are the most commonly used animal in terms of animal therapy. Dogs are used more and more in a variety of mental health programs. These programs with dogs offer companionship, happiness and a love that is unconditional.

There is a common misconception about the types of dogs used to help those in need. Therapy dogs are not the same as service dogs. People confuse the two, but service dogs are trained to execute specific tasks for people who have disabilities. An example of this would be a dog who guides an owner who is blind.

A therapy dog is one who goes with its owner in a volunteer setting, such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Benefits of therapy dogs include; lowering blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, releasing calming endorphins, and lowering overall physical pain. Pet therapy is becoming a common way for experts to improve patient’s social, enthusiastic, and mental functioning.

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Coffee Options Increase with Warm Weather

Hot Iced CoffeeAs the temperature changes from those frigid single digit numbers to high 60’s during the day and low 50’s at night, the conversation has begun yet again of Iced Coffee vs. Hot Coffee. Both coffees are exactly the same but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, one has ice and the other doesn’t; there’s your difference!

But to break it down even further, there are people that will strictly drink hot coffee and think iced is gross, or they will strictly drink iced and think hot is gross. Coffee, just like everything else, is based on personal preference.

Here are my thoughts on which you should choose; if you’re a first-time coffee drinker, get cold brew. When ice is added to the coffee, it separates the rich taste that coffee has and breaks it down to make it less “insane” when it hits your pallet. But in general, definitely iced coffee. What to put in your coffee will depend on what you like. If you enjoy the coffee taste, do cream, milk, half & half, almond milk or coconut milk. If you want a little sweeter, ask for sugar.

As for hot coffee, if you’re home, try a creamer that’s not too sweet and do half a spoonful of raw sugar, this is what I highly recommend. If you run out to get your hot coffee, ask for cream and sugar because some places have different coffee beans than others so cream and sugar will keep it simple and standard across the board.

Dunkin’ has many different flavors when it comes to their coffee from caramel mocha, mocha, butter pecan, caramel, French vanilla, cookie dough, white chocolate raspberry, and rocky road. My advice if you go with one of these choices is to order as follows: medium hot mocha coffee with cream. No. Sugar. It’s already sweet enough and the sugar will be a massive overload! But, if you like the sweet, then go for it.

The place at which to get your coffee is not something people thought about 10 years ago, but now new and hip coffee places are popping up left and right. Where to get your coffee will be based on what you like, how strong you like your coffee, and if freshness is important to you. Dunkin’ has a large number of flavors and blends. The breakdown of blends includes Original Blend, Dark Roast, and Dunkin’ Decaf. The flavored shots, that are unsweetened and sugar free, consist of French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Toasted Almond, Blueberry, Raspberry, and Coconut. Lastly, the flavored swirls consist of Caramel, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Mocha. If you’re looking for freshness from Dunkin’, the best time to go is in the morning before 9am. Anytime after that, you may run into some problems of the coffee not being good or fresh.

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Running a Marathon? No Thanks

Running MarathonDo I want to run a marathon? No. Hard no.

I don’t even like running around the block. I definitely do not want to train and put my body through hell to run 26.2 miles. I am sure that if I were to complete a marathon I would feel very accomplished, like I had just conquered the world.

Oh well.

My uncle ran in a few marathons but after a while he said that he had had enough. He was tired of wearing his body down. My high school softball coach was an avid runner. He would run every half-marathon and marathon in the area. He would run a race and then come to softball practice directly after. I don’t know how he stood on his legs for three hours after the races.

Every year my tennis team participates in the Red Bank Crop Walk. This is a five mile walk/ run to raise money to end hunger. I walk every year. I couldn’t even run the five miles if I wanted to. Sure, we run during tennis practice and matches, but that’s only a few steps per every shot that we hit. After the first half mile, my knees would burn like a match was lit inside of them. Then my right shoulder would begin to ache with every stride. Then my ankles. And let’s not forget about my breathing. I would really be sucking air during this five mile run that is a walk around the block in comparison to a marathon.

Over Spring Break I went on a trip to Puerto Rico with my parents. While we were there a Iron Man race was taking place. This is even more extreme than a marathon. The participants swim in the ocean, bike, and then run. The participants looked like they were struggling. How could anyone enjoy that?  It just seems painful. 

But just because I would never run a marathon does not mean that I have no respect for the people who do. I have even more respect for them, professionals and amateurs alike.

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Major Trouble

default article imageIn my most honest approach to this topic, I believe I should begin with the fact that it took me years to choose a major; not because I did not know what I felt most passionate about, but because of shame and self-doubt.

Most people who are in college go to college in order to look forward to a future with stability: a stable job, a stable income, a stable lifestyle, and jeopardizing such stability would defeat the whole purpose of investing about $50,000 (a year) in your education. Such is the grand belief I had for myself; that while I was unsure of what I wanted for my future, stability and consistency was a must. Especially for someone of troubled background with the responsibility to make something grandiose of myself as first generation. So my freshman year of college I came in as a STEM major, which I knew I was good at, seemed promising, and would impress family and friends.

I learned the very harsh way that not all that is gold is for you. I did well, and I enjoyed my first semester at college, but very quick did I realize that when times were stressful or things seemed pointless, I leaned on literature to get me through. The arts, they have always been crutches in my life; as a toddler, when I used to “read” to a crowd of teddies (much as I knew nothing about the differences between the letter z and t); as a middle schooler, I felt handicapped in America for not speaking English and reading in said language until English became a fluent passage to a world of more art; as a teenager, when, well, teenage things occur and we begin to let our dreams die, I only dreamt bigger.

Yet how could I even fathom a major in the arts? All my life I did most of my research in the STEM field. I’ve never considered the idea of a non-STEM major and therefore I was unprepared; realistically, the only thing I thought anyone could do with an English major was to… teach? I was unsure if I wanted to end up teaching either, but I did not want the misery that came with doing hard work and no enjoyment for my future.

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The Rush of Attending a Live Concert

Rush Attending Live ConcertIn life, at least for me, there is no greater feeling than going to a good concert. Introduced to a wide array of genres at a very young age -ranging from classic rock, blues, dance, country, jazz and so on- music has always been what I like to call my release not only from the everyday stresses life likes to produce, but an escape to a state of true bliss.

And, what better way to do so than by going to a concert to see a favorite band play some great tunes?

As an avid music lover and constant concert goer, in my eyes, one of the aspects of a good concert is when the front man, or woman, instantaneously kicks off the show not only with a great hit to amp up the crowd, but a conversation with the audience. Whether it’s just a little bit of small talk, or a five to ten-minute story about the inside of the artist’s life, I believe conversation allows a special connection to be had between singer and audience, making the show that much more meaningful.

Another aspect of a good concert is when the music allows you to simply feel. At a good concert, you feel a sense of unity with a whole lot of unfamiliar faces around you who share the same love, appreciation, and understanding of lyrics not only capable of moving thousands, but having the ability to produce waves of all kinds of emotions among the sea of people you are in. Music has a powerful effect on people where tears are brought to the eyes, smiles appear from ear to ear, and a recollection of memories resurface of times good, and bad, giving one a taste of nostalgia once again.

When I think of a good concert, I think back to the times I found myself surrounded by a crowd of people, singing, and waving their phone lights back and forth in a rhythmic manner to Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is,” head-banging to Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart,” and singing terribly and rather tone deaf to Journey’s very well-known hit “Don’t Stop Believin.’” Not only did all of these headliners put on an awesome show in a matter of three hours, but knowing that I was able to be immersed in a large community of people who shared the same feelings of ecstasy made it that much more of an enjoyable experience.

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Caring for Your Body as an Athlete

default article imageEveryone is chanting your name, the stadium is filled, and you are the big fish in a small pond.

However, imagine being 18 years, old away from your family, and practicing three hours a day, 6 days a week, plus the expectation of doing extra skill work. There are days where you feel like you cannot move out of your bed because your legs are so sore. Everything hurts but you are expected to jump right out of bed and do it all again. Then there is the mental aspect of putting yourself through the same pain as you endured the practice prior. Your legs shake, the arms feel like Jell-O, and you want to quit. How are you supposed to continue? But your coaches and teammates are expecting you to push through. They need you.

The thought of playing a sport in college can sound like a dream until you are fully immersed in what sometimes feels like a nightmare. This is my fourth year of being a Division I college athlete and I am not going to lie, it has taken me a long time to learn how to care for my body.

Over all the years of being an athlete, there are important steps that should be taken in order to keep your body mentally and physically able for the game. First, it is important to be well rested. In an average day, an athlete spends so much time working out physically whether it is running or in the weight room.

What about after those work outs? The only way the body can truly recover is when it is well rested. It is important for an athlete to have at least 9 hours of sleep per night in order to have the best recovery.

Additionally, it is important to stay hydrated and constantly replenishing the liquids in your body. In order to have optimal performance an athlete should be putting water and electrolytes in their body to perform to the best of their ability.

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Senioritis: An Epidemic

default article imageAccording to Dictionary.com, the term “ senioritis” is define as being “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.”

I think most of us had a time in our lives whether it was in high school or college where we have just felt little to no motivation in doing schoolwork. If you are reading this and have no clue what I am talking about then kudos to you, you over achiever.

Your alarm goes off for an 8:30 class and you snooze it about ten different times. There is a whole conversation happening in your head about whether you can afford this absence or if you even care anymore since you will be off in the real world soon. The minutes start to pass and you glance at the clock, well you are late already so mine as well take the absence. Motivating yourself to go to class becomes very difficult.

The last few weeks of senior year are now among us. Graduation letters and emails are starting to take over our inboxes and we feel the pressure of finding a job and moving on from college. This at times can feel scary and make you want to enjoy the time you still have left at college.

College is a great opportunity to make new friends and create a culture where you have a whole support system away from your family and home. But, when you find that time winding down it makes you less motivated for things like going to class because you want to spend time with your friends since you won’t be with the as frequently next year.

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The Power of Partaking in Community Service

default article imageWant to know something that will instantly make you feel better? The answer is community service.

I know you might not have been expecting this answer, as it is not an easy fix as getting food or hearing a good joke, but it will make a significant difference in your life. Community service provides students with the ability to apply academic learning to real life situations.

During my high school career, it was a requirement to do a certain number of hours of community service each year. Now at first, this was a burden. Who wants to spend their time going to a particular location to do work for free?

It wasn’t until I arrived at the food kitchen, the park to plant flowers, or the elderly home when I realized how important what I was doing really was. Serving and helping others made me feel good. It was instant gratification. Helping feed the homeless made me appreciate the food on my table, something I had taken for granted beforehand.

Engaging in an act of doing community service or volunteering with a group allows students to gain a sense of community with people who they might not normally interact with.

We live in a world where most people view community service as a punishment, and in most cases, it is. When you get in trouble with the law you might be required to do community service hours for the charges you have received. It may seem like the law is forcing you to be a better person, but in some cases, people actually volunteer to help their community.

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Moving Off-Campus

default article imageLately, I have been hearing a lot of people asking whether they should be living on campus, or if they should look for off-campus housing.

I am a firm believer in staying two years on-campus and two years off to enjoy the full benefits that college has to offer while experiencing the full college transition. Granted, there are things that must be considered such as financial status, location, rooming, etc. before that decision can be made.

Personally, you will have to discuss with your parents what the right options are for you. At the end of the day, most of you will not be providing your own spending money to expend on your living expenses, the money will be coming from your parents. Again, there are many special instances where this is not the case.

Frankly, there are ups and downs to both living on-campus, verse living off. Off-campus, you’re not close to school, and you must deal with the local government when it comes to trash/recycling and noise complaints. When you wake up late you must drive to campus, but when you’re on campus and wake up late, you find yourself sprinting to class.

The benefits of living off -campus are that you are no longer living in a small place, and there is a lot more freedom to do what you want. You won’t be yelled at for having drapes, a microwave etc. Lastly, the major benefit of living off-campus is that in most instances, it’s cheaper than living on-campus.

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Contact Information

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

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu