“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?