Student voices: Ready to make the most of summerI always like to set some sort of goals to achieve and activities to pursue before summer begins so I can, at the very least, accomplish something tangible with my time off.
By: Marnie Sciamanda, Rosemount Town Pages
The school year is winding down and quickly grinding to a halt. I could reminisce through memories of my junior year of high school, and remark on the miracle of my survival through it all, but instead I prefer to focus on the very near future: summer.
I always like to set some sort of goals to achieve and activities to pursue before summer begins so I can, at the very least, accomplish something tangible with my time off. Each year, the results are varied, but this year, I am determined to fulfill my list.
Most of the things I plan to do over my vacation I simply did not have any time to do during the school year. The potential is high, as is the freedom, and I simply do not want to waste it on nonproductive nothingness. Accomplishing so much during the school year only to lose it to laziness in the summer is almost disheartening to me — I aim to overcome the grip of summer’s sluggishness and make something a bit more memorable and meaningful out of my time off.
Last August, I began to learn guitar, which occupied my time and made my summer more valuable. What exactly that “thing” will be this summer, I have yet to discover.
Spending time at home relaxing and catching up on such activities takes up a majority of my summer. However, summer is also a time packed with special events and opportunities that I can fully take advantage of without the burden of homework constantly hanging over my head. Most of my best memories come from vacations or outings that only summer could host — a mission trip, outdoor music festivals, taking time to explore the cities and even taking a trip to New York last year to fully enjoy the city’s vibrant streets and Central Park.
This year, I may not be traveling quite as much, but I am still eager to attend various events throughout the state. The warm weather and people encountered during summertime engrave unforgettable memories into my mind that I am able to recall during the less jubilant conditions of winter.
I suppose I have high expectations and full plans for summer, in hopes that I will not be disappointed. In a year full of worries, I can finally let go and change up my extremely repetitive school year routine. I know these last few days of school will go by as slow as ever, and with even more confidence, I know summer will fly by quickly. I hope I can relax as well as cherish the time I am lucky enough to have all to myself these next three months. An endless summer sounds fantastic compared to the impending stress of senior year I am soon to face.