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Opinion

Why the Rush? Time Management is Key

Time-ManagementSo, the saying is true. Time flies when you least expect it. Yet, how is it that time can always be slipping away from us?

We’re only human; we run late, miss deadlines, and occasionally forget to do things. But it all revolves around time. Students at MU are trying to master the ways of time management to rid themselves of any lateness whatsoever.

I know that if I could have one super power (other than flying), it would be the ability to control time. I would be a “time-bender.” If I had to meet a tight deadline but was short on time, I would magically give myself an extra two hours to get it done.

What a perfect world.

However, I have created some great tips to managing time and making time your friend, not your worst enemy. You do not have to do all of them- unless you want to be super-crazy organized, then by all means, go for it. But just by doing one of these, you will find that time will become your friend.

Keep your long-term goals in sight: I find that making a to-do list for the week is a good way to achieve your long-term goals. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but crossing things off of the list will alleviate stress and keep you focused and driven.

Schedule anything that you are aware of for that week: In your planner, write down any work times, social events, and even some study breaks to give yourself some down time. Scheduling on a calendar helps you see your weeks and allows planning accordingly.

Start planning tomorrow at the end of today: This way you can know what to expect for the next day and you can set a list of priorities for yourself to make sure that you can check them off your list.

However, it is often easy to stop a task and immediately deal with anything that can be considered a small distraction, and as college students, let’s admit it, we can get easily distracted. But if something new distracts your attention, it is okay to come back to it later.

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Future of YouTube

Website Continues to Expand


On March 20, YouTube announced that it had reached a staggering 1 billion users per month.  The site is continuing to grow, with higher production content for users, and with mobile devices becoming more prominent, it seems a shift could be in the near future. What will YouTube’s next step be to continue their  consumer growth?

Among most members of my generation, YouTube has become more than just another site to see cat videos and people failing horribly at dares and physical activities. I’ll admit I have spent my fair share of time on YouTube, sometimes more than I probably should, but putting a limit on how many videos you watch is like being at a buffet and only eating at the salad bar. YouTube is a smorgasbord of something for everybody.

Since the site launched in 2005, there have been those that have created tutorials, dramas, music videos, and the list can go on and on. YouTube has reached over 1 billion users, which begs the question: What will this mean for video content in the future? It seems that if I want to watch a clip of a television show, the first place I run to is the Internet. YouTube is only one of the several sites that has been attracting consumers for years.

It’s not really hard to see why YouTube has become so popular. There are millions of videos and “YouTubers” that create weekly and daily content that is suggested by their viewers. It seems to be the best of both worlds: creators can make videos that they know will be viewed,  the consumers get what they desire and can give feedback so they know that they are being heard. Imagine doing that with your favorite television show. With these trends, I can imagine that in a few years, if not sooner, content from bigger networks will be making their way to the site. Actors such as Neil Patrick Harris and Ricky Gervais already have their own channels that viewers can subscribe to with original content. It is a fast, easy, and fun way to quickly get content to the masses.

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Full Time Student to Employee

Deciding When to Begin Working After College


Some may disagree, but I think change is good.  Whatever those changes may be, I firmly believe that a person is able to make changes to his or her life by taking a step back to look at things with a new perspective. 

For seniors graduating in May, life is going to throw us a curveball, and we have to be ready to hit it out of the park.  Graduation day is the beginning of the rest of our lives (I know, so cliché).  Realistically, each and every one of us students hope to have a job lined up upon graduating.  Knowing we have some financial security when we leave school would be an extremely comfortable feeling.

However, if those of you reading this are anything like me, job hunting is not the only difficult part of seeking full-time employment. The other is when to begin our lives as full-time employees.

Many of my friends that graduated last year have given me the following advice: do not start working right after graduation.  Each of them decided to enjoy their last summer “off” and postpone their lives as working women until August or September.

They spent the few months after graduation vacationing and traveling. They also used that gap between college and the “real world” as a transition period. However, there are many graduates that begin working the week after graduation.  So, when should a recent college graduate begin working full-time?

The good thing is that there is no right or wrong answer to that question. In my mind, it really boils down to two things: the kind of person you are and the hiring employer.

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Counting Down to Graduation

Senior Student Shares Sentiments About Moving On


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“Time flies when you’re having fun.” “These next four years will fly by.” “You’re going to miss this time of your life.” Have you ever been on the receiving end of these messages? I have on countless oc­casions, and each always sounded so cliché that I never bothered to truly accept the truth about them. Now that I am less than two months away from graduating college, I cringe at the thought of every mo­ment that I took for granted.

Although I am offering the sim­ple advice of cherishing each sec­ond of your college years, I do not want to write for the underclass­men. This article is for the seniors, the graduates of the class of 2013. If you are anything like me, May 22 could be marked down in your di­ary as the saddest day of your life.

In no way am I ready to graduate. Sure, I am pleased with my prepa­ration for the professional world, and an opportunity for a job right out of college looks like a good pos­sibility. So that is not the reason I’m not ready to graduate. Like all of the seniors here at Monmouth (or at least the majority of them), my seventeen years of schooling (in­cluding kindergarten) comes to an end. I went through a short-lived phase of sulking about all of the things that will disappear when I graduate.

Here are just a few of them: being in a classroom setting, sleeping in, procrastinating school work, hav­ing Christmas and spring break, staying out late on a Tuesday, run­ning club meetings, having ample time for the gym, and living within a mile from all of my friends. All of these memories are irreplace­able. Although I do not wish to go back and redo any of them, I do wish I could have more time to en­joy them.

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Journalism Industry Changes As Digital Media Dominates

Traditional Journalism Gradually Fades into the Past as More News Moves to Online Outlets


Over the past several years, the journalism industry has seen many changes and these changes are proving to be large contribut­ing factors to the gradual decline of traditional journalism.

The most evident change in journalism has been the dras­tic transition to digital media as technology gradually immerses itself into every aspect of our everyday lives. In recent years, more and more news outlets have made an effort to reach out to wider audiences through the use of technology.

“The big change in all news media has been the migration of content to digital distribution,” said Dr. Eleanor Novek, journal­ism professor.

Societal changes and the need for quicker news have also con­tributed to the changes in the in­dustry. As more audiences turn their attention to digital outlets for news, traditional news outlets, particularly newspapers, have suffered. In this day and age, newspapers are no longer timely.

With the use of technology as a source of news, audiences are able to have their information at their disposal at any time of the day with the click of a few but­tons, proving to be a desirable method of obtaining news. Peo­ple today do not want to take the time to buy a newspaper and flip through pages of long articles in order to extract information about news which has already occurred.

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Separate, but Equal

Are Gender-Specific Facilities Fair?


I wouldn’t classify myself as a feminist, nor do I promote any radical gender reform, but I believe in gen­der equality. As I watched television the other day, a commercial came on for Lucille Roberts Women’s Fit­ness Center. I have never really given much thought to a gender-specific fa­cility before but it got me wondering if promoting such facilities was in our country’s best interest. How can men and women be equal if we keep creat­ing these places that separate us?

Lucille Roberts Women’s Fitness Center opened in 1970 by a woman named Lucille Roberts. Roberts’ goal by opening the facility was to pro­vide women with a comfortable and affordable place to exercise and lose weight. According to the Lucille Rob­erts website, “…we are ladies only because we believe women should be comfortable working out. Our mem­bers can jump higher, squat lower and sweat without feeling self-conscious.”

Curves, another popular women’s -only gym is said to be “an overnight success, as it gave women a support­ive and comfortable atmosphere in which to work out.” Today, Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world with over 9,000 clubs in over 70 countries.

Personally, I like the idea of a wom­en-only fitness center. I wouldn’t have to put any effort into the way I look when going to the gym, I wouldn’t be self-conscious about the way I run on the treadmill and I wouldn’t fret if I got a little sweaty. A women’s facil­ity would cater to my needs and I see the reasoning behind them, but I feel uneasy when I think about the impact gender exclusive facilities have on our efforts to achieve gender equality.

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Spending Spring Break at Home

Ways to Spend the Week For Those Not Traveling


Spring-Break“What are you doing for your spring break?” has been the most popular question in my classes I have heard over the past few weeks. As usual, there are the general responses of going to Florida, cruises, skiing, and, of course, visiting grandma and grandpa for the week.

However, among those exciting plans I heard in a surprisingly dreadful tone: “You guys are so lucky. I’m just going to be stuck at home again this year,” from one of my female peers.

Like several of my other classmates, I will also be spending my Spring Break this year homebound in North Jersey. While it would be nice to travel some place warm and sunny with consistent weather, I can attest that as a college student, my budget is currently kept on a tight leash making travel a low priority for now.

Still, to those of you who are staying home, you can still have just as much fun with a well-planned “Stay-cation” this year. You just have to see for yourself instead of moping around on Facebook looking at everybody else having fun.

If you are looking to do something fun over the break, try planning a day trip somewhere. As long as you have some type of transportation and an open mind, you can go anywhere and have a great time. It could be going to a museum in the city, the beach, or simply having a day in the park with your friends.

Something as simple as going out to dinner and a movie with friends can be a great way to shake your stay home blues, and if you are short on cash, have dinner and a movie at your house.

This is a great way to try those new recipes you have on your Pintrest board you have been waiting to try, and show off your wicked cooking skills to all your friends.

However, I know that, like myself, several of my friends from home are on different Spring Break schedules. If this happens to be the case, try to meet someone new, or invite a friend from Monmouth to come hang out with you.

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

One Student Shares Story of How Her Vision for the Future Changed Throughout College Years


sanfran33When I was in the first grade, I remember writing down all of the things I wanted to be when I grew up; an astronaut, a teacher, a mommy, a puppy. I wanted to be anything I found inspiring and fun.

As I grew older and realized that I could be anything but a puppy, I realized the many other things I wanted to be along with my original ideas; a lawyer, a doctor, and an actress.

As I reached high school, I thought I had my dreams limited down to what I wanted to study in college. I wanted to be a television broadcaster and work in New York City.

After my freshman year at MU, I switched majors and decided I wanted to study Public Relations. What do I want to be now? I couldn’t tell you.

I honestly wish I had a clear image of what I could see myself pursuing as a career. The truth is that I can see myself doing a lot. I still feel like the little girl who imagined flying to the moon in a space shuttle, teaching kids the alphabet and becoming a movie star.

Although those dreams have slightly changed to be more realistic and tailored to my current interests, I find myself constantly wondering the same question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

This has been the toughest question I have had to answer during my entire college career. I still tend to get caught up in moments of stress thinking about it. I am sure every senior feels overwhelmed thinking about what they will be doing after graduation.

There are things I do wish I would have considered pursuing, possibly some of the careers listed above from my childhood.

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Preparing for Life after Monmouth

Dean of Humanities Shares His Insights


It is quickly becoming an assumption of the times that recent college graduates and current college students are the most stressed out generation in the U.S. This is correlated with the economic times, which seems to have squashed many college students’ aspirations to begin careers (notice I did not say get jobs) in areas of their interest - especially if they are liberal arts majors.

There are certainly elements of truth in these observations. However, I would offer this reality is at least in part self-fulfilling and moreover that Monmouth students can overcome many career barriers by taking advantage of the career mentoring opportunities the university offers.

Let me being by discussing some things students should be doing during their Monmouth careers in order to prepare for the life-long careers. The first bit of advice is for you all to reflect on why you are studying what you are studying - and the answer cannot be because it is required. All courses, be they general education, major or minor courses, should contribute to your life-long learning goal. If your initial answer to the question “why are you taking this course?” is that it is interesting, I would ask you to dig a bit deeper and ask yourself “why it is interesting?” Is it because you like history and particularly British History? That is absolutely great, but again, why do you like British History? What does the subject matter and the way you learn about it mean to you? What does it allow you to do that you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise? Do you enjoy doing research papers and writing about history? Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What, in short, do you learn by studying history (and the answer cannot be facts and dates)?

Next, I want you to reflect on the competencies and knowledge you are acquiring as you take your courses. Reflect on activities such as doing research. The goal of your teachers is to help you learn how to ask questions, collect data (sometimes observations, sometimes numbers) organize it into information, and then analyze and interpret this in ways that answer your questions. In a parallel way, your arts professor is there to help you learn how to ask questions and express your answers visually, in performance, or perhaps as poetry or a short story. 

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Choosing a Travel Method

Flying vs. Taking a Road Trip for Spring Break


With Spring Break right around the corner, students must decide whether to take a road trip or fly to their destinations. Both driving and flying have their perks, and they also have their downfalls. When traveling, you have to think about your choices and which is the best option for yourself.

Taking a road trip in a car for multiple hours at a time could be a curse or a blessing depending on how much you like the people you are with.

No road trip is complete without an epic playlist. Before leaving, put together playlists for all possible situations; loud and crazy jam sessions, drives down long deserted roads, keeping everyone awake, and while the passengers are sleeping.

On the other hand, flying gives the opportunity for quicker travel. You can fly across the country in less than six hours. By saving time on travel, it leaves more time for actual activities and fun on your vacation.

In my personal experience, flying has always been more expensive than driving. Each person will pay hundreds of dollars for their plane tickets. However, gas money and tolls split between a car full of people would be much cheaper.

Who is driving and whose car to take is always a decision that has to be made, and sometimes this may or not be an easy decision.

On a plane ride, you are waited on by flight attendants. They are there to help you if you are hungry, thirsty, or cold. The downside of flying is that airplane food can be expensive and is not the tastiest. Complimentary beverages are always good though.

How annoying is it when you are trying to read in a car and you get motion sickness? Reading is a great way to pass the time while traveling. On a long plane or car ride you can finish a good book, but if you suffer from motion sickness, it is more difficult to complete that task in a car.

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Do Certain TV Shows Give Us More Than Entertainment?

Reality Television Shows Sometimes Teach Viewers More About Themselves Than They Think


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“The Biggest Loser” and “What Not to Wear” are my two favorite shows. I will not miss an episode of “The Biggest Loser.” I literally would not be able to go to sleep on a Monday night if I did not see who was knocked out of the competition and how much weight they have lost since.

Every time I turn on TLC and “What Not to Wear” is on, my day is made. If I do not watch it from the beginning, I make sure to see the hair and makeup makeover.

What is my fascination with these two shows? Is it because I am interested in the health and fitness industry? Absolutely. Is it because my career calls for professional attire and I need to learn how to coordinate clothing and jewelry better? One hundred percent yes. But I can research health issues and fashion on my own time without watching either of these shows. So what is the underlying reason for my infatuation?

I can relate to them. Each and every one of us can. I am not morbidly obese nor am I considered overweight. But I do not always feel comfortable in my body, especially after splurging on half of a pizza pie and chocolate cake. I guarantee that almost everyone reading this feels the same way sometimes.

Same goes for fashion. There are days that I know Stacey London and Clinton Kelly from “What Not to Wear” would have a heart attack if they saw what I wore to class. Do I really expect myself to get in a pair of jeans on a Monday? No way. But when I go through my closet looking for casual outfits, I usually end up hating all of my clothes. So when I turn on these two shows, I find inspiration and hope. I see an end result and a plan on how to get there. I see other people dealing with similar struggles as myself. That is the beauty of reality television.

Any fan of “The Biggest Loser” understands the concept of the show. Contestants compete in physical activities, learn healthy eating habits and “weigh in” every week. One person goes home after each episode, and there is only one winner.

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