“When’s summer?” This has been asked countless times the last couple of weeks. I can’t even begin to think about the number of times the countdown for summer has been spoken about whether it’s in person or online. Personally I haven’t thought about it as much until the past couple of days.

                When we were younger, you would say goodbye to everyone for the summer. For almost three months, you wouldn’t see a majority of your friends and classmates. I remember my companions throughout the summer were my neighbors whose houses I would run over to at ten in the morning, ready to begin another day outside. I’m sure many of you can relate.

                Now summer is obviously much different. We are much less isolated from school and friends, and summer has become less of the distinct break from life during the school year. Many of us are still involved in activities or sports and go to school for practices frequently. Even more students take summer school classes to help free their schedule during the school year or to meet graduation requirements. Lastly, many high schoolers find summer jobs to make some spending money or to start saving up for college.              

              I would have to admit I miss my summer days as a kid. At the beginning of last summer, I balanced summer school, an activities camp, and a job and wasn’t quite as free as I had hoped. However, after summer school ended, things slowed down and I gained more time to spend with friends. It was still a relaxing summer, and I would not change how I spent it. This year, I made sure not to sign up for summer school but will still stay busy with poms and a job.

               Overall, I would probably view the transformation of summer as a good change. We continue to stay involved and be productive while still having a break from school to relax. While I sometimes wish my summer was less scheduled and had more free time, I know if I didn’t stay busy I would probably complain about too much free time.

             What do you all think? Has your summer become busier as you’ve become older?

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Comment by Ali Murauskis on May 28, 2012 at 7:27pm

Laura, This is sooooo true! Summer used to be a lot more free, but I think about it, and now as a teenager I'm kind of glad that my summer is scheduled. I am really glad that I'm not taking summer school, but I still have a job and sports camp. I think that summer is a break, but it still is filled with other activities.

Comment by Jacquelyn Watson on May 28, 2012 at 11:21pm

My summer has definitely been busier.  I have a ton of camps, a job, and two separate families that I have to balance this year.  It's definitely going to be a bit stressful trying to fit in any free time.  I think some of it is good, like you said, but I miss being able to just play with my friends and be lazy a little bit in the summer.  Nice post :)

Comment by Rachel Misic on May 30, 2012 at 5:54pm

I completely agree. Summer also seems so much shorter than before due to the abundance of work that must be accomplished within the span of just a couple of months. Thankfully I have no summer school this year, but conditioning is a must for many singers and athletes. Summer is made up to be days lounging around at home or poolside, working on obtaining some color, but now us teens need to focus on finding a job. Growing up has positives and negatives, just like anything else. Nice post. :)


Comment by Leah Fagerson on November 17, 2012 at 3:01pm

This has definitely become applicable to my life; summer has become less of a break since I entered high school. The big factor was summer school. Last summer, my summer going into my sophomore year, I signed up for two summer school courses. This meant that I had about a week in June after school let out and then I was headed right back. Many of my weekends were consumed with trips to Wisconsin, my friend’s lake house, a wedding, and church camp. When summer school let out I had to visit my dad’s family in California and my mom’s in Pennsylvania; the one day I had in between those two trips I went back to school for VAMP mentor training. By the time I was back at home, I only had one week until school was back in session. It’s safe to say that this has been my most jam packed summer yet. I also miss those days back when I would have next to nothing planned and could just spend the whole summer relaxing and hanging out with my best friends. Now that my summers are so busy they go by really quickly, and it feels like summer break is hardly a break at all.

Comment by Courtney Lemajeur on December 2, 2012 at 5:55pm

This is completely true Laura! When I was a kid, swimming, ice cream and ridding my bike consumed my entire summer. This year I had poms, summer school and drivers ed! I guess times change as we grow up. I barely felt that I had a summer break this year. I was so busy I never never actually had time to myself. At least this is better than sitting in front of the TV the whole summer.  I think most high school students feel the same way. You did a great job on this blog post, it is such a relatable topic to all of us! 

Comment by Allison Romag on November 13, 2013 at 10:05pm

Not only has summer become a lot busier, but it also seems to go by a lot faster as well. By packing my summer full with summer school, sports practices, and work- all while trying to get together with friends- makes the summer go by in no time. On one hand it is nice to keep busy while having time off, but at the same time I want to be able to kick back and enjoy the few months off.


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