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Opinion

Life After College

default article imageOnce college is over, the real world begins. Starting a career you may have for the rest of your life, moving out, and eventually buying your own house. But, do you even know how to do that? What about taxes? What about insurance? All of these important details are vital in everyday life. So then, why is there not a class in college teaching students these skills?

At the University, graduating students are required to take a course called Senior Seminar. There are certain branches of this course that focus on certain majors but in some of the Senior Seminar classes, financial themes are taught. Insurance, how to manage or balance a banking and checking account are subjects that are touched upon, but topics like buying a house or paying a mortgage are not addressed. Therefore, students may know the basic knowledge of these financial subjects, but not enough to feel confident about these things.

I believe that colleges should start looking into teaching a course on life after school. There could be several classes covering different topics, such as: the various insurances, how to buy a house, mortgage, taxes, a checking account, a banking account, credit cards, student loans, and other important financial subjects.

There are so many different types of insurances that it can be confusing. Life insurance, dental insurance, house insurance, health insurance, and car insurance are the basic types. However, there are so many others like unemployment insurance, causal ity insurance, travel insurance, and even pet insurance. I believe if there was a course on this topic, students would feel more comfortable transitioning from college to the real world. They would be able to know the differences between each type of insurance and know what they will need in the future and what they will not.

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Are the SATs Fair?

default article imagePencils? Check. Calculator? Check. Water bottle and granola bars? Check.

Anyone who has ever taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test, commonly known as the SAT, knows this checklist incredibly well. Students spend months preparing, and parents sometimes spend hundreds of dollars on tutors to help their kids succeed on the SATs. I can’t help but ask myself why? Why do we really take the SATs, and what does the exam actually measure?

The SAT isn’t meant to rate intelligence or how well a student has grasped the material learned in high school. The exam is used as a tool to determine a students’ general knowledge in mathematics, critical reading, and writing. Meaning that, the test isn’t an accurate measure of how much a student knows, nor is it an effective method of determining how well a student will succeed in college.

The exam is administered, scores are released a few weeks later, and students then send their scores to their prospective universities without getting a full understanding of what they did right or wrong. If students are required to take a generic exam that tests their basic knowledge, there should be more feedback given to the students on what needs more improvement, as well as what the student does well. Feedback could be the difference between a student who takes the SAT repeatedly without knowing what he or she is doing wrong, and a student who takes the SAT more than once, but knows what corrections to make, as well as what type of academic criticism to expect in college.

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I don’t like goodbyes, so I will say see you soon... | Jessica Leahy's Senior Goodbye

4.19.17 J L 1I remember my freshman orientation over the summer like it was yesterday. I remember feeling insecure and nervous around so many smart and capable individuals. I was doubtful of my own capabilities at first, but once I started classes at Monmouth University, I saw how much I could achieve and I grew so much as a person during my time here.

I am proud of myself for remaining strong and pushing through to the end even when I felt like crumbling. However, I must owe a lot of my success and happiness to my family and my friends. I could not do anything without my family and friends by my side guiding me through and believing in me.

Mom & Dad: I want to thank both of you for always loving me and supporting me during my undergraduate career at Monmouth. Thank you for believing in me to achieve my goals and work toward a great future. I love you both more than anyone.

Michael & Anthony: You two are not only my brothers, but my friends for life. I know I will always have you two by my side. I cannot thank you enough for being such great younger brothers.

Krystina & Alyssa: I want to thank you both for being such amazing cousins. You are both practically older sisters to me. You are always there for me when I need you to give me advice, to hang out, to support me, and to have faith in me. Thank you both for keeping me calm throughout the application process for MU and also for graduate school at Rutgers University. Knowing I have two strong women on my side no matter what gives me strength to stand tall and stride toward my goals.

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Closing Time…I Love You, Monmouth | Lauren Niesz's Senior Goodbye

“Closing time, open all the doors and let you out into the world…”

I am so lucky to have been a part of Monmouth University. I am so lucky to have been a copy editor, writer, opinion and senior editor at The Outlook. I am so lucky to have been a lead commuter student mentor. I am so lucky to have worked for the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. The only thing I can really say definitively is that I am the luckiest girl in the whole world and I truly believe that.

There are so many people that were pivotal in making these past four years the most enjoyable and happiest four years of my entire life. This article is for you all because you are all so extremely important to me.

Alright, Drennan- you knew you’d be first. Thank you for sliding into my DMs Sophomore year and forcing me to be your friend. And thanks for screaming “Hey girl!” across the JP parking lot at me the first day of classes at 8:30 in the morning. I never thought that that “hey” would be the beginning of a completely unique and unbreakable friendship.

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The Many Types of College Professors: This is What I’ve Learned...

Types of College Professors

In four years of higher education, I have had every kind of professor you can think of. From the super chill guy who’s just happy when you show up to class, to the really sweet one who seems easy but will take points off if you decide to slack off. There are tons of different types of professors.

There are so many types of professors and I just want to thank them all for not only teaching me the course objectives, but for teaching me a thing or two about life in some way.

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Making a ‘Major’ Decision

One of the most challenging decisions that you have to make in college is choosing your major. With several different majors, concentrations, and minors that you can choose from, you can make your degree the perfect fit for you.

It’s stressful when you’re trying to declare your major because it’s important to most to try to graduate on time. A student at Monmouth can stay undeclared until their sophomore year, or when they complete 56 credits.

Monmouth has an office of undeclared services to help students who have not yet decided their major. They offer career planning guides and workshops that help students decide on a major and they are advised through the Center for Student Success.

Friends and family try to help, but sometimes their direction can lead you the wrong way. Those who care about you are usually trying to be helpful, but they may advise you to choose a major based on the average salary a person who graduates with that major makes.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Lilo and Stitch

Life Lessons Lilo and StitchWhile, “It’s nice to live on an island with no large cities,” according to Lilo, we can’t all have that luxury. As the singing and pounding of drums in Hawaiian fashion hum in the background, Lilo and Stitch and their shenanigans share with us life lessons meant to last forever.

It’s okay to be a little weird or different.

We weren’t made to fit in, biologically, physically, emotionally, we’re all meant to be different. In a world where we are all the same, life would get boring quickly. Whether your interests include dancing, writing, sports, etc. follow them! Many people are afraid of following their passion because college is stereotyped as either the time to focus only on studies, or a time where everything lets loose--a happy medium is best for all.

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Accepting Tattoos

Tattoos are becoming more common in today’s society and college students, recent high school grads and millennials are getting inked. The odds of knowing someone with a tattoo, or multiple tattoos are extremely high. It has become more commonplace for people to want to get something tattooed on their bodies and show off their personal artwork.

Personally, I never thought I would want a tattoo, but over the past couple of years I have actually gotten several. When I first asked my mother for permission for getting a tattoo, her response was, “Why don’t you just draw a picture of what you want and hang it on your wall? Don’t you think that’s a better place for art?” Clearly, her opinion on getting inked is very different from mine.

After a couple of conversations with her, she realized why I wanted one so badly, and she finally gave in. Originally, I thought I just wanted the one small finger tattoo and it would be done. Everyone said it was addicting and that I would want more, and it turns out they were right. Today, I have four tattoos and they all mean something different to me.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from The Office

For many people, spring break is a time of vacationing and tanning on a beach the farthest away they could get. For me, your local, lovable pal and Outlook writer, it was a time of binging. I binged Netflix shows until my eyes literally closed. Now that I have let you in on how cool I am, I’m going to share with you some of the life lessons I learned from my most recent binge: The Office.

“I am Beyoncé, Always.”

When talking to Michael Scott, Andy Bernard explains that he is Beyoncé because anyone who gets cheated on in the movie is the hero. So this makes Michael the Ali Larter (in reference to the 2009 film, Obsessed) in this case. But, about eleven seconds into this conversation, Michael lets him know he will always be Queen B. This mentality is important to carry into life. Be a queen. Slay all day and every day, even if someone thinks that you’re the Ali Larter.

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The Importance of Physical Music

There is More to Music than Meets the Ear


My dad always says to me, “When I was a kid, we spent our money on vinyl records, not whatever you kids do today.” The act of listening to music was a huge part of people’s lives. More often than not, people would make an experience out of listening to a whole 45 minute or so album. Buying and listening to music used to be a big event for music lovers, which made the music more meaningful.

Music was made for the sole purpose of listening and experiencing the music. Now, music seems to be just the background noise in everyone’s lives. Many people only listen to music at parties or when they’re out just to dance or have something playing to fill the space. There’s nothing wrong with dancing to music, but there is so much more to it that younger people today don’t understand.

The world of music is similar today as it was during our parents and grandparents’ generation. There are still boybands, pop icons, rock stars, etc. The big difference is what is important to fans about these artists. In the 1960s when fan girls swooned over The Beatles members’ long hair and British accents; they weren’t only concerned with the band’s image, they were attached to their music. If you heard a song on the radio that you really liked, you would go find that song on whatever album it was on, then buy the vinyl record for it, and spin it until the record wore out.

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Gym Culture: No Need to be So Intimidated

Gym Culture Dont be IntimidatedEvery day it seems like there is an overwhelming amount of new information emerging that has to do with health and fitness lifestyles. Whether it be our diets or what we physically do with our bodies, it is hard to get away from the conversation. Magazines, television, and social media (specifically, Instagram) are flooded with images of people at their peak performance, giving the impression that “gym culture” is now a significant part of our everyday life.

The media pushes this image on us, but the reality is that not everyone exists in a perfectly picturesque health and fitness bubble. Many feel as though joining a gym and being a part of that arena is intimidating for different reasons, such as learning how to participate and fit in to a new space that has been labeled “male dominated.” While there are some truths built into these statements, they should not be the end all be all to the decision to be a part of any “gym culture.”

The first step into this realm may translate into a few hours of the week and, as a busy MU student, this may help you decompress from the many stresses we experience in a positive and productive way.

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