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When to Have Kids

default article imageNot knowing when the best time to have kids at?  It’s okay! You have time! Around the ages of 27-30 are good times to start a family.

Two big things to keep in mind before starting a family are health and financial security. Before deciding when to have kids, having money aside to help support your future kids plays a good role.

If you are at the stage in your life where you aren’t financially secure yet, maybe holding off a little bit to have kids is a good idea.

When the time comes to have kids, you want to know that you can provide and care for them. Before having kids, you must take care of yourself before bringing a child into the world. Also, your health is really important when determining the right timing to have kids.

A lot of people want to experience their life to the fullest before having kids. Traveling is something that everyone wants to do before settling down and having kids.

When you have kids, traveling with them is great and all, but before putting another life into the world, you want to have the chance to experience everything the world has to offer.

In your early to mid-twenties, you have time to sit back and enjoy your life without having to worry about having kids. However, towards the end of your twenties is a good time to slow down and figure out if you would like to have children. Also, being comfortable enough and having a steady paying job to support a family is an another part to think about.

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Day Trip to the City

default article imageOver spring break, the Monmouth Women’s Lacrosse team traveled to New York City for the day to go to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The MET.

This was a very special experience for some of the women on the team as we had never been there before. We took the ferry after practice on Tuesday, March 19. The idea of taking the ferry was, in itself, interesting because usually you hear about people taking  trains, cars and buses into the city, but not the ferry. This was a first for me, I had never been on a ferry before.

It was a beautiful sight; I stayed outside with a few other brave souls the whole way there and back. I just could not get over the view. I mean, seeing the buildings from a distance set the scene for me right away.

When we got off the boat, we then walked a few blocks to the subway. Taking the subway was a new experience in which we were introduced to a whole new type of person who resides in the city. Most of the people in New York walk with purpose, they have somewhere to be, but these people, they are on a whole other mission.

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Social Media Struggles

default article imageAre you scrolling through Instagram right now (maybe not at this exact moment because you are reading this, but moments prior to reading this) and finding yourself wishing you were someone else?

Maybe you do not want to completely change everything about yourself, but you find yourself constantly comparing physical attributes to other people. It is virtually impossible to not feel jealous when you see images of people who appear to be perfect. They have the perfect family, body, and seems to be getting paid from various social media outlets just for how they look.

Their appearance on social media makes it seem like they do not have any problems and makes you feel worse about yourself. Of course, you should not wish problems on other people but, life can be stressful and it is helpful knowing that you are not alone. However, when someone is having a bad day social media can make a bad day worse by giving the false appearance that some people do not have any struggles in their lives.

 For me personally, I have felt this type of jealously from scrolling through my Instagram feed. Then, I took a step back and realized I am in power of whom I choose to see on my various social media accounts. Many of the people I see on my feed who I feel most jealous and envious of are the ones who I chose to click the follow button at the top of the page.

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Monolingualism

default article imageThere are more Spanish native speakers in the U.S. than there are in Spain, and yet less than one percent of American adults feel they’re proficient at a foreign language they learned in the classroom. According to The Atlantic, monolinguals are the minority in Europe, with 19 percent bilinguals, 25 percent trilingual, and 10 percent speak four or more languages. In America, only 15-20 percent consider themselves bilinguals.

From an outside perspective, America, the land of opportunity and freedom, is praised for its diversity and coexisting cultural variations. However, oftentimes there is lack of representation and embracing from within the U.S., which puts both foreign citizens and Americans at a disadvantage.

In the United States, middle and high school education consists of courses which attempt to prepare students for only harder and more challenging courses for higher education. Languages are a skill that surpasses university, trade schools and careers. Regardless of the path a high school student chooses to take, having the ability to speak another language puts them at a huge advantage from the start. Though it is a controversial subject, whether or not  basic education prepares students to enter adulthood, it is clear that monolingualism in the U.S. only creates a barrier, a gap and animosity between groups.

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American Sign Language

American Sign LanguageLanguage is an interesting concept if you really think about it. Groups of people came together and strung together different sounds and assigned meaning to each of them in order to communicate with one another. I only speak English, but I’d love to be able to speak another language. Nothing common for American students like Spanish or French, though those would also be really nice to know. For me, it’s always been sign language.

I grew up in a school system that enrolled me in multiple Spanish classes, so predictable is practically my upbringing. I’m sure a lot of us had the same experience, being carted in and out of Spanish class after Spanish class in elementary school. I suppose people would think that I’d pick up on it fairly well considering I’m half Puerto Rican and for the most part, they’d be right. I enjoyed learning Spanish and practicing it outside of the classroom, but when the school year ended, I never remembered what I learned in class. It just retreated to the corners of my mind, generally out of reach besides the occasional recollection of random words and phrases.

When I got older, the choices for language expanded. I took a French class in middle school but then in high school I had the option to learn Italian, only to switch back to Spanish. It was a basic language that I was already familiar with and I didn’t want to stray away from what I knew I was good at. I even took two semesters of Spanish here at Monmouth which proved to be challenging but also fulfilling. Through all this Spanish though, there was always one language that I had always wanted to learn. I think that’s why I never truly remembered everything I learnedin Spanish classes. There was no passion behind it.

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Baseball is the Best Season

default article imageWith a little less than three weeks until Opening Day 2019 and MLB Spring Training officially underway, the 2019 season is just around the corner.

We waited long enough for the signing of top free agent Bryce Harper, who just signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on a record breaking 13yr contract for $330 million. At just 26 years old, Harper is considered to be a rare commodity as he was not only elected free agency but is just one of the three sluggers to acquire a $300 million contract.

Not far off is Manny Machado who is off to the San Diego Padres on a 10yr, $300 million deal. After waiting as long as we did for those two to sign, I think we can wait another three weeks for the season to start.

I think we can all agree that it is fun to root for a team. With Monmouth’s Basketball season coming to an impressive end, baseball is a nice spot to pick up. With all of the new acquisitions during this off season, every team has something to root for.

Whether it is the star closer of the New York Mets, Edwin Diaz, or J.T Realmuto, the star catcher now on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rooting for a team definitely brings people together but at the same time, we all love a good competition. Everyone has an inner competitive side to them, and watching baseball really brings that out.

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Learn to Just Breathe

default article imageJust breathe. No really take a big, deep breathe.

We often forget, though so simple, that breathing is a necessity in resetting out minds. While air is vital for survival, it also has many health benefits for the mind. On days that may seem impossible to make it through, slow down and take deep breaths.

In a society that is constantly on the go, it is important to take moments to slow down, and reset the mind. According to the article, The Health Benefits of Deep Breathing it states many health benefits to taking a deep breath. For example, the article states that breathing calms the nervous system allowing the body to be in a relaxed state.

On days where you feel like you have never-ending school work or obligations, it is important to take a deep breath. While, college can be very stressful both physically and mentally, breathing allows us to relieve some stress, anxiety, and even depression. Taking deep breaths relaxes the mind and helps us to increase our attention and memory, ultimately making you time in the classroom more valuable.

Being a student athlete, I have found deep breathing to be vital to my sanity. On some days, I feel like screaming because I am so overwhelmed. As the to-do list starts building in my mind, I start to feel more and more anxious. However, being a senior I have learned different methods such as, deep breathing and meditation to help relax my mind. With one deep breathe I can start to focus on each task separately instead of looking at the big picture. On some days, our mind is our worst enemy.

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Hard Work or Luck?

default article imageIt is no secret that success is a driving force for a lot of people all over the world.  It’s what people aim for, whether it be reaching a career goal, achieving financial stability or finding happiness in your everyday life.

However you define success, I can’t think of one person on this Earth who doesn’t want to achieve it in one way or another. How we come about this success is the topic for a great debate, so it is here that I pose the question to you.  In finding success, should we place more value in luck or hard work?

Now there are two sides to this debate and I am fully willing to recognize that. Hard work can be seen as how much you put into something which in turn determines how much you get out of it. Luck is determined by what you stumble across to help you out along the way. However, I feel like hard work seems to make the most sense when answering this question.

Let me explain.

The idea of luck is nice, but is it truly a reliable approach? Think about it. How many success stories are there in the world? You have Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and many others who found success throughout history. While luck did help some of them out a bit, it was never a determining factor in their overall success.  It was their hard work that pushed them forward.  Their determination to never give up on their end goals. 

Take J.K. Rowling for example, as the creator of the Harry Potter series that we all know and love, she has found a lot of success in her life. From authoring the books to contributing to the production of the eight movies in the franchise, this woman is a prime example of what success looks like.

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Powerful Podcasts

Powerful PodcastsMusic has always been my go to when I get in the car to drive. When I got home and plopped in my bed, the television was always what I put on.

I was never a person to read in my free time or pick up a newspaper so the only place I was ever really learning was at school. But my whole world changed when I was introduced to podcasts.

Podcasts are the greatest thing ever invented. I had to take Online Journalism over the summer and I absolutely hated podcasts because I was terrible at making them. Once I started listening to them, the class actually gave me respect for the people who are good at them. The podcast I am going to focus on throughout this piece is Joe Rogan’s.

If you have not listened to Joe Rogan’s podcast then you should be suffering from a severe case of FOMO. I know what you’re thinking for those of you who don’t listen to podcasts, “That sounds boring. I don’t want to listen to someone talk for two hours. I have better things to do.” I know that because that’s how I felt until I gave it a chance. Joe Rogan’s podcast changed my mind and I know it will definitely change yours too.

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Importance of College GPAs

College GPASGrade Point Average.

For some, it may mean nothing but a number, but as for myself, Grade Point Average is a reflection of not only how hard college students work at earning his or her grades, but can act as a catalyst to motivate students to achieve an even higher GPA than they did the previous semester. At the end of the day, my GPA gives me a sense of pride, and to strive to always put my best foot forward. Whether you think so or not, your GPA absolutely matters!

Let’s be honest, maintaining a high GPA in college can be rather difficult at times. College is certainly no cakewalk. Between juggling extracurricular activities, working what feels like those seven grueling hours of pain as a college student, along with keeping up with grades can be quite the challenge, especially if you find yourself struggling with time management, something I feel, can be fixed with a little bit of prioritizing.

If college students neglect to keep up with their GPA, they may not necessarily be guaranteed a spot in the college they’ve been dreaming of attending since high school, or qualify for those helpful scholarships that can be put towards pricey college tuition depending on where one applies. And, truth be told, students may view each other a little differently seeing what kind of effort, if any at all, that he or she puts toward their studies. When you take care of your GPA, your GPA will take care of you!

Earning a high GPA not only allows students the opportunity to earn a rightful spot on the Dean’s List, but a chance to join different clubs, or organizations they may be interested in that could possibly lead them to newfound friendships that last a lifetime, or discovering a passion they never knew they had within.

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Reading Opens the Mind to New Ideas

Reading Opens MindsI should start with the elephant in the room and admit that it is quite cliche and obvious that I, an English major, would of course have a passionate adoration for reading. However, such was not that way always; I was not born appreciating Shakespearean tragedies and with the extensive bookshelf I have now. In fact, like most (if not all) the young adults I know now, I used to despise books and the idea of reading anything longer than nutrition facts was a dreaded punishment.

For the benefit of being thorough, I should mention that English is not my first language. Spanish is. So it all began back when I adamantly sought to absorb the English language and not give the other kids of my class the opportunity to bully me on my lack of proficiency. I felt responsible to learn it, and I took it upon myself to watch all seasons of Friends, Game of Thrones, Skins, Sherlock, Doctor Who and movies like Twilight and The Hunger Games over and over again until I could recite dialogue. I came across a printed, book version of Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) and made it my mission to finish all published books, and continue with the Hunger Games, and found a different form of entertainment I hadn’t really known until then.

It became quite the simplest way to find myself in someone else’s shoes, and have it be therapeutic. For reading is not simply to absorb as much knowledge and big words as possible, but to broaden your perspective, imagination, and in comparison, quite similar to binge watching Netflix.

Holding reading as a hobby was dear to me, and I did not think it important in any way to make it a career. Hence why I was first a biology major. Though I do not regret it, and science is still quite an interesting subject to me, it allowed me to understand my true passion, my dreams of a career, and how reading not only taught me the English language, thematic values and how to grasp knowledge but the importance of following my interests.

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