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We’re approaching the end of April, and therefore the beginning of May. “The year is advancing!” the masses cry, “How much closer we are to the seventh episode of Star Wars and Jurassic World!” But as exciting as franchises we’ve been doing our best to pretend have not been dead for 20 years are, we must not allow them to distract from a much greater killer of time, and a sooner one at that: the eventual cessation of the current school year. It’s an involved process, with long, detailed paperwork to fill out (colloquial habit leads to referring to this process as “Finals”) and, as with any bureaucracy, there’s a strange desire to put off one’s job until the last minute possible. But fret not! I have determined an effective and efficient avenue for helping you get back on track: by giving you advice here that you’ve probably heard before. You see, according to my calculation, the average Cougars & Mustangs reader picks the column up as a feeble attempt at procrastination. As insulting as the implications of this research may be for me, I shall not waste an opportunity of any sort for helping my readers anyway.

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Every school library has its flaws. This is a universal constant. Some never finish collecting the entirety of the fiction series they get you hooked on; others decide that their Wi-Fi does not extend into the rooms you need them in. But it’s a guarantee that they will be a safe, quiet haven for those who cannot deal with a blazing sun or unruly cafeteria noise. Never forget that the library is a great place to get working. But what if you arrive and realize you don’t have the motivation?

Well, study groups aren’t just for NBC sitcoms. A group of procrastinators, each one sitting across from another, books placed before them, may discover that despite a lack of enthusiasm for everyone in the room, an overall task efficiency is nonetheless there for the tapping into. Either the sheer number of people sitting in the room ensures that someone will always be able, at some point or another, to get the rest back on task, or the collective failure of everyone present at the next meeting after a test will be such a dreadful sight that there will be nothing left to do but improve for next time—and they will.

 

Contributor Chris White-Sanborn believes in the you that is finally getting around to it. Send collegiate news to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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