The back story — why SLO is my happiest place in America

Hey guys, I feel like I owe it to you to better explain why I am so committed to SLO being such a happy place. I hope this video shows you why I love it so much (:

Croftie out. For real this time. But you can keep up with me on my personal blog, here!


I’m thankful for San Luis Obispo

Today I was present at three Thanksgiving gatherings. Yes, three. And so I’m taking this time to tell you that the happiest part of San Luis Obispo is by far the people. And the people agree.

“I wasn’t sold on Cal Poly until I came to campus and I met the people here,” liberal studies junior Amy Herman said. “When I saw how happy and friendly everyone was, I knew this was the right place for me.”

And I couldn’t help but be taken aback by the people I run into every day. Maybe it’s because I’m involved, and the people I meet are involved too, but everyone I know here is friendly.

We had a Thanksgiving reunion with my WOW training group. These people inspire me in so many ways. I'm so glad San Luis Obispo brought us all together.


When you’re in SLO, you know you’re going to be able to find people who motivate you, who put a smile on your face, who remind you that you’re a person of value.

Cal Poly graduate Ilana Winter said her love for SLO grows exponentially even though she’s now living in New York City.

“SLO taught me that people are inherently good,” she said. “It gave me a place where I could be myself.”

So I told you before, I had three Thanksgiving get togethers today. One of them took place in the Mustang Daily newsroom. And I’m going to be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with said newsroom. But I guess, if you throw us all around our big table, serve us heaping portions of food and prompt us to talk about what we’re thankful for, we’re going to be nice to each other.

Our managing editor talked about how thankful she was that we in the newsroom have a killer work ethic.

And in that moment I realized another reason SLO is so happy — the people here work tremendously hard to make this place great. Whether it’s putting out a paper or building a prosthetic foot or planning a seamless Week of Welcome, we as a community are willing to work hard. And I think that overall contributes to our happiness levels. We love what we do — that’s something to be happy about.

And then I was whisked away to yet another Thanksgiving feast, where we dressed up and we cooked everything from scratch and there was even a turkey and the entire time I was awe-struck. I’m probably wrong in saying that this only happens in SLO but I feel like these kinds of things don’t happen at the same capacity anywhere else.

“I love this, I love us, I love SLO,” architecture junior Aly Rodgers said. “This is too great. I can’t believe this is the group of friends I got.”

homecooked, family style heaven. No place on earth does college Thanksgiving quite as well.

So while it may sound clichè, I’m using my last blog post to tell you how much I love this place, and how happy I am here. I hope everyone else is too, and I’m pretty sure they are.


Croftie out.

SLO stays happy by staying fit

I’m a Poly Rep. I rock the unflattering green polo, walk backwards, and give people a thousand reasons to click the “accept” button on their Cal Poly admissions offer. And one of the things I always talk about is how active we are as a community. You can’t walk through campus without seeing someone on a run, on their bike, or heading to the gym.

“I always tell people on tours that we’re a super active campus,” poly rep Kelly Rowse said. “Whether you’re at the rec center or hiking Bishop’s Peak, there’s a ton of ways to get active here in SLO.”

Exercising releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.

“I love having a gym on campus because it’s so easy to go with friends,” Kelly said. “And there are a ton of clubs you can join whose sole purpose is to be active in SLO.”

The Rec Center is currently under construction, but will open at the beginning of winter quarter.

Like Kelly said, there are a ton of clubs you can get involved in that keep you active.

The Cal Poly Distance Club is one way to get active and get involved. Graphic communication sophomore Andrea Hernandez said she loves working with the distance club because “running with others helps to keep me motivated.”

Andrea is also involved with intramural sports.

“I play intramural soccer every quarter,” she said. “It’s such a fun way to hang out with your friends and keep active.”

ASI runs intramural sports every quarter. They vary from soccer to dodgeball, encompassing just about everything in between.

ASI maintains the intramural fields and has both artificial turf and natural grass fields.


From a personal standpoint, I always feel better about my day when I’ve done something active during it. Whether it’s a run through the architecture graveyard, an assist at an IM soccer game or an hour on the elliptical at the Rec Center (which, by the way, I cannot wait for), my mood is always lifted after I get in some exercise.

Maybe it makes sense  – fit people and happy people go hand in hand. So, seeing as I’m an expert in statistics, I’m going to inferr that SLO is happy because it is a town of fit people.

And you said journalists can’t do math!

Melky Cabrera to rock the orange and black next season

  1. Major league baseball and aficionados everywhere sound off on Twitter about the trade. 
  2. BREAKING: @Royals acquire LHPs Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo from @SFGiants in exchange for OF Melky Cabrera.
  3. With the Trade for Melky Cabrera. Look for the SF Giants to address the out Field and Short Stop issues moving forward.
  4. #SFGiants acquire OF Melky Cabrera from Royals in exchange for Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo.
  5. Giants acquired OF Melky Cabrera from the Royals for LHP Jonathan #MLB
  6. Youth movement? Giants’ Melky Cabrera trade may be a turning point via @sfgate #sfgiants
  7. The trade was met with wit and excitement as fans exploded on Facebook this Monday.
  8. Giants GM Brian Sabean discusses the trade that brings Melky Cabrera to San Francisco …
  10. The San Francisco Giants acquire OF Melky Cabrera from Royals in exchange for Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo.
  11. Kansas City’s Melky Cabrera on a September 3 game in Kansas City. Cabrera will be wearing more orange next season. 
  12. Jonathan Sanchez heads to Kansas City, after losing the faith of many loyal Giants fans. 
  13. Ryan Verdugo only pitched one game with the Giants this season, and will now head to Kansas City. 
  14. Melky Cabrera’s almost grand slam.
  15. San Francisco will be acquiring a powerhouse hitter in Melky Cabrera. 

Timeline fun – The history of this happy place

Hey all,
I made a pretty sweet timeline of the history of SLO. There’s a few special spots on here that I think add to the happiness of San Luis Obispo. Check it out, and comment with anything you think should be added to this happy timeline (:

Check out my cool timeline HERE!

Happiness found at Avila Beach

After a week of midterms, interviews, homesickness and overwhelming amounts of stress, I needed a break. A relaxing afternoon. So, I turned to my favorite place  – Avila Beach.

Since I was 12, I’ve spent every birthday at Avila – playing in the waves, eating Doc Burnstein’s ice cream, contemplating ways to get past the “no jumping” sign on the pier (dont’ tell my mom, but I conquered that one on my seventeenth birthday) and soaking up the ever-present sun.

“It’s always sunny in Avila,” my mom always says.

So I grabbed two friends, a couple of snacks, and made my way to the sandy shores of Avila beach.

On a hot day in San Luis Obispo, Avila looks like this. "I love this place," child development sophomore Alexis Benner siad. "Even when it's cold. Even when it's raining. I love Avila."

Avila is my favorite of the beaches in SLO county because my mom is right – it’s always sunny. And it’s always diverse. Filled with families, college kids and sometimes tourists, Avila connects me to the greater San Luis Obispo community. Saturday was filled with children running across the beach, building sandcastles and crying at the thought of leaving the beach. It reminds me of being that innocent. It reminds me of when my mom would bring me to Avila, and the stories she’d tell me about spending her childhood there. It’s a family tradition – one of many that San Luis Obispo has to offer.

“Avila is where you go to have a fun beach day,” graphic communication sophomore Kat Zeltner said. “It’s not like Shell Beach on Ceasar Chavez day.”

That’s what I love about Avila. It’s FUN. It’s carefree. It’s not the frat party beach.

“It’s the beach where three year olds run around naked and college kids play frisbee and everyone coexists,” Alexis said.

"Avila is the place to play," Kat said. "And the place to relax after a long week of midterms."

So if you’re looking for a relaxing, playful beach with some quality ice cream and a fun swing set, Avila’s your place. It’s easily SLO’s happiest beach. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed.