August 5th, 2013

My Summer: Perfect, no. Productive, yes.

When the final bell rang on May 23, 2013, a bolt of lightning ran through my veins as I exited the building to face the summer skies. I had high hopes for my summer; I had a job, a car, and all the energy in the world. There was no doubt my summer vacation would resemble those in my favorite films, but to my surprise, there were no sunny beaches or late night drives around the city. Although my summer vacation was not as perfect as I projected it to be, it was still productive and fulfilling.

The most rewarding part of my break was my job. As a restaurant hostess, I enhanced my social and communication skills by interacting with individuals with various backgrounds. I also met a ton of incredible people, better known as my co-workers, and the money I earned forced me to become fiscally responsible. I finally understand what my parents mean when they say, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Gaining such responsibilities helped me mature a great deal.

The beginning of summer was mildly stressful as I prepared for my first ACT test. I studied as much as I could and it paid off; I received a composite score of 27. I recognize this as one of the highlights of my summer. I’m involved in a few clubs/organizations at my school, so I spent a great deal of time planning for the upcoming year and volunteering with teachers and administrators. With the help of my National Honor Society officers, I organized fundraising and community service events to get the year started right; we plan to leave our mark on Westlake High School.

Besides all of the working and planning, the remainder of my summer vacation was spent in the company of my friends and family. Countless trips to the movies, the mall, and, of course, Six Flags Over Georgia kept me entertained when I wasn’t flipping channels with one hand and texting with the other. All of that is over now; it’s the beginning of the end—senior year. This summer, I progressed in more ways than one, and now I’m ready to conquer my final year in high school. It’s time for me to get focused and study hard; college is much closer than I think.