What are you doing this summer? Any big trips planned? Taking summer classes? Maybe a job or internship? Summer is a couple months off school (if you’re not taking summer classes) that allow you to go on a vacation, get that dream internship, or just recharge your brain after a long school year.
This summer I’m planning on going to Texas for my cousin’s high school graduation. I haven’t seen her for about a year so I can’t wait to visit! Besides going to Texas, I’ll be doing a lot of camping in Southern Missouri. We camp at a campground right on a river, which is perfect during summer because you can hop right in the water! When I’m not swimming in the river I’ll probably be swimming in my pool back home or at least laying out by it. Its one of my favorite things to do during the summer. As far as having a summer job, I might be working at the accounting firm I worked at during tax season. One of the partners of the firm asked if I would be interested in coming in a couple days a week and helping out with some accounting work. Gladly I said yes, so hopefully it works out!
While summer seems so close now, before we know it, it’ll be over with. So I say enjoy your summer!
Oh my gosh can you believe that this summer is almost here?! Though really we will still be in the season of spring until the ending of June, summer vacation is so close! I have been doing my best not to wish this semester away and get stuck by spring fever. So far I have been doing well, though on a day like today, what more could one ask for? I love planning summer vacation, with all of the possibilities ahead: road trips, having a summer job, or three at least in my case. I hope to have the time to go and visit some friends and family actually up north, since the snow has melted and warmer temperatures have arrived. This summer shall be a blast and my goal is to take each day one day at a time because really that is all I have in front of me. Sure I have seven more days as a sophomore within the semester, but with each of these days I can take one at a time as well.
As for my summer plans, really I have a lot planned in the end. I have at least 3 jobs in line that should span across the entire summer though each on different days that do not cause conflict with planning. Also, I shall be taking at least two classes at Meramec Community College, one online and the other one will be on campus at least once a week though for about three hours. I find that taking classes during the summer helps lighten my course load through the main semesters where I am a full-time student. This time around with taking a class online, I had one of my friends sign up with me who also needed to take a history class, so that way I will have someone else holding me accountable for doing homework. I shall do the same for my friend since I want what is best for her in return.
Along with having about three jobs and taking two classes at Meramec, I am pretty excited about volunteering with various organizations. For starters I am excited about going back to St. Louis Children’s Hospital and volunteering at least two days a week for a few hours, where I can spend time with patients and give of my time. Along with volunteering at Children’s Hospital, I anticipate returning to Springfield, Missouri to volunteer at two weekend retreats with a total of about 6,000+ teenagers and chaperones and youth ministers called Steubenville. This weekend can be just about the peak of any teenager’s summer, at least a teenager who is in love with their youth group and growing more as a person. Now that is not the exact criteria to attend such retreats, because I think that any teenager can really attend this retreat weekend and create new experiences. And last, I hope to return to a Vacation Bible School that I have volunteered at since I attended as a kid.
I cannot wait to plan road trips with friends, take an adventure and let the summer begin!
This summer is my last summer break of my undergrad and I’m feeling both anxious and excited.
I will be working full time at my job, while still finding time to relax and spend time with friends and family. I’m looking forward to quality time with friends and family because during the last month of school, I’ve hardly had time to take a breather, let alone devote enough attention to loved ones. I guess that comes with the package deal of being nearly done with undergrad. At least I’m on the home stretch!
This summer one thing I have planned is to visit my boyfriend’s mother and sister in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’ve only driven through North Carolina so I can’t wait to see what the city is like. Vacations are not only fun in the moment, but they really make you appreciate home once you come back. Illinois can get a little boring in the summer, needless to say.
One goal I have for summer is to practice bike riding more. I recently learned how to ride a bike last year. A childhood bicycle accident traumatized me, and before I knew it I was an adult who was super embarrassed to get help riding a bike. It would be a great achievement if I could feel more confident on a bike this summer.
Good luck to all the seniors graduating this semester!
Have a great summer, everyone!
I finally went on a trip that has been on my bucket list for a long time: Los Angeles! I started planning this vacation a few months ago with two of my closest friends, Delane and Taylor. The three of us have fun together no matter what we do, especially when we visit one of the most famous cities in the world. I have family that lives in L.A., so we were very lucky to be able to stay with them. My cousin, Stephanie, also gave us rides everywhere, so we didn’t have to face the crazy L.A. traffic on our own.
In just a few short days, we packed in so many adventures that I don’t even know where to begin! We did a lot of the touristy things of course, such as reading the Hollywood Walk of Fame names, hiked to the Hollywood sign, stalk celebrity homes in Beverly Hills, a visit to Venice Beach and Canal, and shopping around Downtown Disney and Universal Studios. We considered all of these essentials when visiting L.A. We also did some things that are a little less traditional, such as a hot air balloon ride in Orange Country and browsing the Observatory in Griffith Park.
One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new food. We considered going to famous restaurants, like having Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Instead, we ate less crowded places (well, at least a little bit) that locals recommended. I love cities like L.A. that are so diverse, so you can find such a wide variety of foods. My favorite dinner was the one at a Brazilian restaurant in Burbank. I tried plantains there for the first time. My favorite breakfast was at The Griddle Café in Hollywood. They had the largest and most unique dishes, such as Chips Ahoy French toast and Frosted Flakes pancakes.
It is has been a goal of mine to travel as much as possible before I graduate in less than a year. I like exploring a variety of cities so I can get a better sense of where I might want to move outside of St. Louis (if that’s what I end up deciding to do). Also, I know that once I have a full time job, it will be harder for me to take off work whenever I want. Something that surprised me about L.A. was how spread out everything was. It is not as compact as other major cities I have visited. Also, the weather was not as hot as I expected. Especially at night, it gets chilly there. Delane, Taylor, and I all really enjoyed our time in Los Angeles. I would like to spend more time there again someday. Who knows, maybe I will end up living there!
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