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Dealing With Virtual Learning

Dealing 1Throughout my college experience, I always avoided online classes; I am the type of person who learns better hands-on and in-person.

I only took one online class prior to the coronavirus situation, it was not the worst thing in the world, but I felt as if I did not learn as much as I would have in the normal classroom environment. From there, I told myself I would avoid online classes and stick to in- person.

Fast forward two semesters, a global pandemic hits and I am forced to go to school entirely online. At first, I thought I would not learn anything, and I would be better off taking time off of school, but then I realized it would be more fulfilling if I were to rise to the occasion and finish out my senior year regardless of the circumstances.

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Cancellation of Fall Sports

cancellationsportsphotoCollege sports around the majority of the world have come to a halt due to the pandemic that has taken so many lives. The cancellation of sports this fall has put many athletes in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable situation. The cancellation has taken a toll on many athletes who were relying on the fall season for a breakthrough in their athletic career.

Many athletes who are graduating now have to find out what is next on the horizon for their future. Oftentimes curses are blessings in disguise and for every athlete, they will one day have no choice but to turn away from sports. This pandemic may prepare their minds for the near or far future ahead. Athletes can now, for a brief moment, focus solely on things outside of sports and establish a foundation for their life beyond a football field, soccer field, basketball or tennis court.

There is more to life than sports and athletes may find that they are skilled in other areas as well. The cancellation of sports is all about the approach and how athletes look at and deal with the cancellation.

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Back "On" Campus

default article imageFor most of us, we have not stepped foot on campus since March and spring break has felt like it never really ended. Spring break blended into summer with all of us stuck inside under the quarantine and social distancing guidelines. It shockingly has been six months since we were on campus for our normal class schedules. Now we are back but this semester is nowhere near normal.

Here we are back “on” campus….Some of us are getting the chance to actually come to campus for in-person and hybrid classes, but for a lot of students, all of their classes are strictly online. For those who do get to come to campus they are not going to the same campus they left last March.

You barely see any other students and all the parking lots are mostly empty which is really unusual but does make parking less stressful and there is no need for valeting this semester (a nice little perk). But having to wear a mask at all times and keeping a distance from everyone is weird and has some apocalyptic undertones.

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Maintaining Healthy Relationships

default article imageDuring this time, maintaining healthy relationships are really important to many people. As time is passing, all we have is our relationships with our family and friends.

Now more than ever we all need to be able to support one another as well as listening through this difficult time. Even though we are all isolated from our loved ones there are still many ways we can maintain our relationships. A few suggestions that we can consider in order to maintain healthy relationships during these times are; calling, zooming, and doing activities with family. However, remaining to be safe and cautious is what we still should be doing. I know it has not been the easiest for everyone.

For me, I have been trying keep busy and remain doing my daily tasks. But I will say that the one thing that’s been easy for me is talking to my aunts and cousin almost every day. I think we would all be lost if cell phones did not exist. Luckily, we do have these devices so everyone can keep in touch as we remain in quarantine.

Having relationships with family and friends are supposed to be healthy and enjoyable. Being cooped up inside is a perfect time to start focusing on maintaining and improving healthy relationships. I believe the number one thing that can help any healthy relationship, especially having to deal with this pandemic, is to be supportive. Being supportive is an important concept to really have for yourself and others around you. We all have to be able to listen and respect one another emotions. As always, you never know what a person is going through until they tell or express it to you. So being able to be supportive to your love ones is an important characteristic to have.

Another characteristic to have when trying to maintain healthy relationships is being be able to respect each other and ones’ feelings. As many of us are all going through different challenges and experiences we must be compassionate.

You may be asking why is this really important for people to do? To answer that, many people can’t physically be in each other’s presents. So now more than ever, it might be empowering to try and reach out to the people you care for.

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A Farewell to Seniors | Shannon McGorty's Senior Goodbye

default article imageSaying goodbye is hard, but this year's graduating class never got the chance to say it. The seniors did not get to thank their mentors, pass the torch to the next class, or enjoy a stroll around campus one last time. A lot has been taken from the class of 2020 and it is not something they can ever get back.

The past few years have been the best and worst years of their lives. Seniors have cried and laughed, they have felt pain and fear while simultaneously feeling joy and pleasure. Nobody asked for the world to get paused. The times we are living in are hard and uncertain. Having to wear face coverings and being locked in homes is something no one imagined would become a possibility.

Unfortunately, our seniors will not be able to walk across a stage to receive their diplomas. They will not hear the roar of the crowd as they shake the president's hand at graduation. One thing they will know is that even in times of difficulty, fear, loneliness and confusion, they were still able to succeed. Today’s seniors have faced these trying times with tremendous strength, and together they will triumph.

Although this chapter is complete, it feels unfinished. The class of 2020 never got to turn their tassels, leaving the last page of this chapter unturned. Many “what ifs” remain unanswered. The graduates will never have those answers, but they will always have each other and the rest of their hawk family standing beside them. The class of 2020 can now turn their tassels. Your work is complete, your job is done. Get on your way and go have some fun. Congratulations, seniors, you did it. You graduated.

Tips for Success During Online Classes

default article imageOne of the biggest challenges regarding online classes is staying focused and productive. Whether it be Netflix, online shopping, or social media, it is super easy to get distracted with all of the things around us. It is important to create a balance between self-instruction and leisure time when it comes to online classes. With these few tips and tricks, you will have some spare time and keep on track with your classes.       

Something that helps me concentrate and make my online classes speed by is listening to music. There are hundreds of studies that prove listening to music while doing work not only improves the quality of your work but makes the time go by quicker while you do it. However, the type of music you listen to might impact your productivity. Listening to music with lyrics can be distracting, especially if you are reading. Try listening to music that is relaxing and does not have any lyrics. Lo-fi beats on Spotify is a great playlist with a handful of options.     

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Coronavirus vs. Flu

default article imageNews of the coronavirus outbreak has been captivating media outlets around the world as of late January and it is hard not to stay informed about the deadly illness. The coronavirus is a type of virus that has a bunch of different strains, some of which cause diseases. The virus causing the worldwide pandemic is COVID-19, and its symptoms can look very similar to the flu. According to John Hopkins Medicine, both of these viruses cause a fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms can range mild or severe, and sometimes fatal. Lastly, both have the potential to result in pneumonia.

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Maintaining Long-Distance Relationships During Quarantine

default article imageSince the coronavirus has spread all over the world, we have all had to adjust to social distancing and self-quarantining. Due to the “new normal” we are currently faced with, couples around the world have been separated while the government tries to contain this deadly virus. Self-quarantining poses the question of how couples who do not live together cope with this new way of living. Although the physical aspects of a relationship are key, there are a few methods to maintain a stable connection during this time of uncertainty.               

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How to Process Your Emotions During This Difficult Time

default article imageThis is a difficult time for everyone. The world is changing, and things seem to just be getting tougher. But we are all going through this tough time together and trying to handle our emotions in the best way.

During this world-wide pandemic, it is important to focus on your emotions and well-being as social distancing continues. We can all agree that life is so different now that we are dealing with this virus. This time spent at home is making me stop to reflect and appreciate life as it was. I am glad that my family and friends are staying healthy during this critical situation.

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A Change of Plans: COVID-19

default article imageWhen I first entered my last college semester of my undergraduate career, I looked forward to the classes I would take, the people I would meet, and the experiences I would encounter that I truly would hold dearly to my heart forever, specifically my spring break service trip to Guatemala. This all changed when COVID-19 hit.

This outbreak was certainly not expected, and although I may have resented Monmouth at the time for stripping me of my service to Guatemala, I reflect now on it and believe it was ultimately necessary.

“I was eager to use what I learned in class and apply it to my travel experience and bring good intentions to Guatemala,” Tiffany Tereshkina, a fellow classmate of mine, had told me. “Seeing how fast COVID-19 unraveled in our tri-state area, I was happy with the University’s decision and believe cancelling our travel was the right thing to do. Instead of being in a foreign county, far away from our families my classmates and I are home with our families riding out the storm”.

The corona virus, which causes a range of mild to severe fevers and respiratory symptoms, changed everything. A life changing opportunity that I was not only looking forward to for months, but had prepared for 7 weeks, taken in a blink of an eye, along with the remainder of my senior year, commencement, and memories I wanted to treasure forever.

In Guatemala Public Health (HE 376), Dr. Hirschler prepared us with various class discussions, articles, and documentaries to enhance our experience on the trip, and even a self-defense class that would help us to facilitate a variety of lessons we would deliver in Guatemala. During my preparation, I had learned of the harsh reality Guatemalan’s face in such a poor country that is plagued by violence. We were expected to help communities on a more intimate scale by delivering water filtration systems to make up for their lack of clean water, construct bunk beds for large families who piled into a single bed at night, teach lessons to domestic violence victims who were sheltered away from their families and abusers, along with a cemetery clean up to help beautify and show our respects to the dead and the community, contributing to the country’s economy by purchasing items at local markets, and hiking the Pacaya volcano at sunrise (that for many of us would be our first time on a volcano).

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Faculty Members Respond to Homophobic Incident at Basketball Game

default article imageWe strongly condemn the homophobic harassment displayed by certain members of the Monmouth University student body at the home basketball game on March 6, 2020.

 Monmouth University must be a community free from hatred, bigotry and discrimination. All people should feel welcomed and accepted on Monmouth University’s campus. Any harassment or threat to others, whether they are visitors or members of our community, is a threat to the very foundation of empathy and understanding upon which our university is built. Monmouth University should strive to be an intellectual beacon of humanity and compassion so that all those who visit know we hold our members to the highest standards of excellence.

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