August 5th, 2013

Summer is Almost Over…

Hello! Unfortunately, summer is almost over and class begins real soon. I go back next week. It is hard for me to believe I’m going to be a senior and even harder for my parents. My mom and dad constantly tell me how they still think I’m an 8-year-old. I’m sure the same goes for you! Anyhow, this blog is going to be about my summer experience! Enjoy.

For the entire month of June, I attended summer school for Senior Project. I’m sure some if not most of you folks are taking that class. Honestly, I had no desire to take Senior Project for any reason other than wanting to be recognized as an honor graduate. The course does not finish until November, but with what has already been completed, I can say that it has been a great experience. I gained a lot of knowledge on my topic, juice cleansing, and the real world. I acquired skills that will help me in college and the workforce. I learned to be punctual, persistent, responsible, and professional. For the class, I had to complete 25 hours of fieldwork with professionals related to the field of my topic. I was quite frightened and intimidated by the doctors and dieticians, but working with them provided me an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and become more confident and sociable with adults. This class definitely made my summer go by a lot quicker.

In July, I frequently volunteered at the Living Art Marine Center. It is a place where people can learn about marine life through a tour and a hands-on experience with real sea creatures. While I was there, I was given a job at the arts and craft area where I assisted children with their fish printings. I also spent some time at the discovery zone where I watched the kids interact with the crabs. It was really fun because I love working with children. Also, seeing their reactions to anything fascinating is quite entertaining.

This summer, I taught myself how to play the piano. I have had a piano around for years and I never got around to playing it. I realized it required a lot of time, memorization, and patience. Music has always been an important part of my life, so it was wonderful being able to extend it through learning another instrument. Speaking of music, I have recently been obsessed with the classics. I have been constantly listening to Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and especially Doris Day. I had my mom purchase me a turntable awhile back because I love to listen to their music through vinyl. You can call me very old-fashioned.

Besides the things mentioned, I planned and did tasks for my club Interact for this school year, completed summer assignments, and watched tons of movies and shows. Watching movies and shows are my guilty pleasure. It is the number one distraction from homework! I hope to limit my time on Netflix this year and set my priorities straight. Currently, I have been attending rehearsals for my school’s Welcome Back Assembly. I am doing the voiceover of one of the main characters in a skit as well as participating in the final dance number. It has been a great opportunity for me to have a better bond with my peers.

Overall, my summer was meaningful. I had wonderful memories, learned new things, and rested well. This school year is going to be more crazy and stressful than the last! I’m not looking forward to those piles of homework, college applications, and tests while trying to deal with sports, school activities, and volunteer work. Now it is time for me to cry in a corner . . .