Taking the time to notice what makes us feel alive and be mindful of our feelings, emotions, and thoughts, can help us understand ourselves, as well as have empathy for others who are experiencing difficult situations or negotiating big changes. Knowing that other people think about me. They know that I exist. That is like an affirmation that I am alive. What is enjoyable at this moment is spending time with those people. What makes me feel alive in this moment is not knowing what the future holds. It makes me feel excited about the future. Not being stuck in the same place makes me feel alive and know that I am doing something with my life. The … [Read more...] about VoxPop: What makes you feel alive?
Going to school full-time and working full-time can be considered a balancing act, especially with the high demand that most students deal with when working in retail. The CSUSB campus has a substantial amount of students either working on campus or off campus along with taking the full-time unit requirements for a college student. Students balance the two, whether effectively or not, in order to lessen the financial burdens on themselves and their parents. But how do students cope or balance both work and school? For students like Finance major Ihab El Zein and Senior Communications major Mirna Hernandez, balancing school and life is difficult. “Working full-time at school and … [Read more...] about Balancing school and work
Young adults in this generation are hit with unexpected independence. Whether they are ready to enter into the world of adulthood or not, they are expected to find a sense of prioritizing a life that is constantly changing. Everywhere, the constant question that seems to be presented to the average eighteen-year-old is, “Hey, you going to college?” or “So just working for now, huh?” These new-born adults begin to decide if college, work, care-taking, or other means of responsibility outweigh the importance of other responsibilities and choices. CSUSB professor, Dr. Jasmine Lee, from the English Department of College of Arts and Letters considered the factors of what determines … [Read more...] about Prioritizing life in early adulthood
Ever wondered what your purpose in life was? Or what force of energy makes our heart beat? Better yet, perhaps why different people go through different struggles and challenges in life. In order for us to know that a dream is a dream, we first have to wake up, and within those dreams, we sometimes gain some wisdom or an innate intuition of knowing that there was something about that dream. What if we too are in a dream? But we call it life, and once we die or transition, that is when we truly wake up. Earth is but a school for us humans to learn more about ourselves. “There needs to be contrast in order for us to understand the opposite, sometimes we grow up in a dysfunctional or … [Read more...] about Why did you come to Earth school?
By Monica Rosales |Contributing Writer| Students look for many ways to survive school, and with modern day technology, there are millions of applications at our fingertips to keep us afloat in and outside the classroom. Beside social media app favorites, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, we also rely on apps to maintain our organization and focus throughout the school year. Many of our phones already come programmed with a number of apps like a calendar, calculator, memo recorder and even ITunes U. “Timetable reminds me of all my assignments. I would be running around like a chicken without a head,” said student Esmeralda Aguilar. Planners are essential for the busy bee … [Read more...] about Apps students shouldn’t live without
By Shirleena Baggett |Staff Writer| So what? You made a mistake. Unfortunately, that is life. When you take action towards your goals, it is bound to happen. Think about it, what would our world be like if there were no mistakes made? It would be perfect and in my opinion, perfect is boring. "I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work," is a quote from the world-famous Thomas Edison. He could have given up after the first try, but where would we be without his 1,093 invention patents, including the phonograph, Vitascope and light bulb? "There is great opportunity in every mistake," said student Lana Elyo. And she is right. Life never comes out how we dreamed and … [Read more...] about Opportunity strikes growth
By Shirleena Baggett |Staff Writer| Books, exams, debts and depression—the perks of college life. Last fall, my life was moving along without me; I was a wreck, drained in every aspect, and knew I needed to get help. Forty-four percent of college students experience symptoms of depression, according to an article on healthline.com "Depression in College Students." Attending school is a transitional period for us all. Whether it is moving away from our family for the first time, to enduring the stress that comes along with getting decent grades, to of course the rise and fall of relationships and friendships. It is a lot—and there is no real way to be "ready" for it all. The truth is, … [Read more...] about It is okay to be depressed
By Shirleena Baggett |Staff Writer| The students of CSUSB’s Department of Communication within the Human and Organizational concentration are starting a club for Fall Quarter 2016. The purpose of the club is for students to sharpen their communication skills, giving them the competitive edge needed in today’s job market. Their mission is to not only fun and interactive, but most importantly a resource for students studying communication to positively impact the university as a whole. All majors, please accept the club’s invitation to share your ideas, suggestions and questions at the two informational meetings on May 25 at 12 p.m. in UH 038 and 6 p.m. in … [Read more...] about New COMM club
By Rachel Rundengan |Staff Writer| The Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) is a place where students can eat, drink, play and meet. Though the SMSU is the focal point of the campus, the majority of the student body may not know the full benefits it offers. “This place offers a lot,” said main desk employee Edgar Sanchez. “We have the Gamers Lounge, the pub, helpful centers, places to eat, listen to music, and so much more,” added Sanchez. The Box Office is a place inside the SMSU, which offers great prices for tickets to Disneyland, Magic Mountain, AMC theaters and Knott’s Berry Farm, just to name a few. The Gamers’ Lounge is another part of the SMSU that students may not … [Read more...] about SMSU perks
By Shirleena Racine Baggett |Staff Writer| Men, women and the other? That tends to be the way our country classifies its population. This division making headline news is in regards to which bathroom we should go into in public. According to Monash University, sex refers to biological differences, internal and external sex organs, while gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture defines as masculine or feminine. In other words, sex is biological and cannot be argued upon, and gender has been cultivated into picking and choosing which traits fit one’s personal identity. North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill which states that a person should go into the … [Read more...] about The bathroom law