This Month in Review: June

June has finally come to an end. With a month of summer under my belt, I’ve become quite accustomed to my sleeping summer hours, going to bed around 2 in the morning and waking up around 9 or 10 A.M. This summer seems oddly similar to last summer in some ways, but with the addition of work and a driver’s license, my time at home during the day has decreased dramatically compared to last year.

Last year I was freaking out about becoming a Junior. I felt as if time was slipping by, and I wasn’t living life to the fullest. I didn’t have any plan as to what major I planned to study in college or where I planned to go. I was stuck in a maze of confusion.

Now, I’m excited to be a Senior. Time seems to be passing at a perfect pace this summer. It’s hard to believe that a month of summer is already gone, but there’s still a lot of time left. I’ve decided where I would like to go to college. I’ve narrowed the majors I would like to pursue down to a select few. I have many goals for this summer, whereas last summer was mostly carefree. I have a plan for my future, and it looks good.

And no matter how boring, stupid, or disappointing this summer is, it will be impossible to look back on it and say, “I did not do anything interesting, productive, or relevant this summer.” Choosing the college I plan to attend and my major was definitely a necessary task to complete before I begin my senior year. Working during the summer will look good on my college applications and it builds job experience. I’ve also managed to have some good times with my friends amidst all the boredom.

And in between hanging out with friends, working, taking college entrance exams, and making important future career decisions, I’ve been recording the experience here. I see this summer-long blog project as a very productive endeavor. It forces me to write daily, allowing me to practice working with vocabulary and language regularly. This practice will sharpen my writing skills. It also allows me to record my experiences, thoughts, emotions, and everything else that’s going on during this summer. The benefits of this project seem endless…

The best is yet to come. When I look at the calendar for July, I see a packed month. August looks even more enticing, with the main-event of this summer, the week long road trip to Seattle (and other destinations along the way), beginning a few weeks before school starts. I’m excited for July to begin– it’s arrival signifies an end to the incessant boredom and idleness.

July also means that it’s time to start running and working out again. XC, here I come…

– Will