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Welcome to the Merry, Merry Month of May! What’s so merry about it, you ask? Does Jolly St. Nicholas secretly deliver presents to all the good little mammals of May? Are you kidding me? The dude works all year to have a single night of such immense strain that it takes an entire year to charge him up again. It’s really not a healthy lifestyle at all! We should all learn from Mr. Claus by not following his example, especially when, as with this time of year, we so badly want to.

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Yeah, yeah, I get it. It’s just one final push (no pun intended) to being done with your school studies for a few months. And yes, it is certainly the exact opposite of a good time to SLO down. But does that really mean that the tremendous school binging you’ve marked down upon on your personal calendar is worth it? Because, truth be told, it might not be. As students, life pressures continue to pile themselves up and up and up in a raging teakettle of stress. If you don’t want to go the way of a family on reality television then here are a few pointers for you!

Long walks on the beach aren’t just for dating profiles anymore. As citizens of San Luis Obispo County’s collegiate population, such wonderful things surround you, what more is you lookin’ for? Under the ... sun you’ve got access to a lot of great places for de-stressing through physical activity. It’s really, really worth it, and you can take a friend along!

Alright, it’s confession time, a confession I could lose respect over. ... I’m not a big fan of Farmers Market. Yeah, yeah, boo away. I suppose I’m just not super hot on spending a few hours walking from one side of a crowded street to another deciding how to spend a few dollars. But I’ll be darned if I wouldn’t recommend it in a heartbeat as a great way to get out of the dorm and pump the blood. Hearty dinner? Fresh fruit? Live music? That’s certainly a triple threat. If you really need an excuse to get out of the house, knowing you have one night a week only for that particular event can help ... but let’s be frank here, there are other farmers markets on the Central Coast. A grand day out, a la Wallace and Gromit, is sometimes all it takes to refresh one’s attitude for the final few weeks.

Contributor Chris White-Sanborn wishes you the best of luck for the upcoming scholarly behemoth. Send conquest tips to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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