“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 Rachel Hellwarth on May 18, 2012 at 4:01pm

Hi Laura! I could not agree with your post more. Basically all my childhood memories seem to have taken place in warm weather, often in my backyard with my brothers and neighbors. All my play dates were with neighbors, I can only recall once or twice in my early elementary school years of my mom driving me somewhere. As I've gotten older, summers become more and more packed. Family vacations, soccer practice, volunteering and everything else all make the time fly by. I wish summers still went by as slowly as they did when I was a kid! Great post.

Comment by Soumya Vhasure on May 18, 2012 at 11:18pm

I definitely agree with you! I haven't had a free summer since the summer before 8th grade. And even then I went to a summer camp. But I actually kind of like having a busy summer because you can be busy without being stressed in the summer. Even summer school isn't that bad, depending on what class you're taking. I'm going to three camps this year, and I can't wait! Great blog!

Comment by Camilla Chee on May 20, 2012 at 11:37am

Hi Laura! My summers have definitely gotten busier, but I don't mind it either because it gives me some structure. This year will be my third (and last!) year doing summer school, and I don't think it's all that bad. Since I usually wake up at noon anyways, my day is pretty much the same, and I feel like I'm doing something productive. Also, I've been taking my graduation requirements over the summer, so it's not any stressful or hard classes.  This year I'm also looking for a job, so I might have more to do this summer than last. Either way, I can't wait for summer! Great job!

Comment by Yuri Shibata on May 20, 2012 at 4:28pm

Yes, I must say that summer is not the same as it used to be. My summer isn't busy in the sense of a job or sports but as in more responsibility at home. Taking care of three energetic siblings all summer with the help of only an older sister is a lot of work. We do everything from cooking to doing the laundry to entertaining to cleaning up the house plus a whole lot more. However, I think that having a busy summer is good for us. We are getting closer to becoming an adult and taking responsibility now and learning how to deal with busy summers could really help us out and prepare us for the harder stuff that's coming in the near future. 

Comment by Jamey Robar on May 20, 2012 at 4:56pm

I agree with you so much Laura. I am busy with cheer camps and practices, tumbling classes, lessons, plus I have to Health to free some room in my schedule. As we get older I think that we realize that we have more and more responsibilities. We get all this freedom to be able to have fun, but at the same time we don't have a lot of time on our hands to do all things we wish we could. I wish that I didn't have my entire summer basically already scheduled, but I wouldn't have such a great school year if I didn't. And in the end I think it all pays off.

Comment by Justine Kwiatkowski on May 21, 2012 at 12:31pm

Everything you said is so true! It seems like each year my summer flies by faster than the previous one. I remember the days when summer seemed endless and I was free of responsibilities. With summer always being so busy now, there's no time to complain about being bored. One thing I do enjoy though is not having to worry about homework for a couple months.

Comment by Kathleen Tresnowski on May 21, 2012 at 5:04pm

I completely agree Laura. Back in the day, summer really did entitle 3 months of complete freedom, but as we all get older and more involved, the freedom decreases. Summer definitely does not include all the stress that the typical school year has, but most students find themselves with plenty of commitments still in the summer. It's hard to decide what type of summer lifestyle is best for students.

Comment by Amy Maniola on May 21, 2012 at 6:04pm

This is so true! Summer has changed so much over the years, and now I can hardly imagine having three months of actual freedom. However, if I really had absolutely no commitments over the summer, I think I'd probably get bored easily. I personally love to stay busy to a certain extent, and summer is the perfect time to schedule enough activities to keep busy, but not enough to make me stressed out like during the school year. For that reason, I think that while even though summers are busy and full of responsibilities and commitments, they still give students a much-needed break from the craziness of the school year.

Comment by Jaimie Chung on May 21, 2012 at 10:36pm

I agree that summer has become a lot busier as we grow older.  Back as kids summer was all fun and games, but as you grow up, there became more responsibility and commitment. I enjoy summer because it isn't as stressful as the school year, but it isn't really a definite break. Some days I would love to just lounge around and relax, but summer school or other activities would come up in my summer days and I could never find time. Overall as we grow older, summer feels more packed and not much of a break, but growing older does have its responsibilities.

Comment by Morgan Johnson on May 22, 2012 at 7:48pm

I totally agree with you Laura! Summer used to be the time when you didn't have to think about learning or school at all. Yet, now many kids go to summer school and are at school constantly for sports. I know that I'll be spending a huge portion of my time at school for poms practices. It seems like summer is such an exciting think to look forward to, but we don't get as much of a break as we used to. 

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