Teens not ready to give up on summer

August 16, 2005|by HIRA ZEB

Fall is almost here, and I can taste the crisp fresh air just around the corner, biding its time before springing on us, bringing an end to our temporary period of bliss, otherwise known as summer.

Time is running out to relax and enjoy the summer.

I decided to find out what activities teens want to do before school starts next week.

What's happening?

I went to Valley Mall to find friendly-looking teens who would give me a few minutes of their time. I headed toward the Food Court, where, sure enough, groups of friends were snacking.

Laura Reed, 15, of Hagerstown, will return to St. Maria Goretti High School. During summer, she likes to be with her friends.

"I want to go to the beach again and just lay out and relax before the stressful school year," Laura says. "I also want to hang out with the people I may not get to see a lot this year such as my friends who don't go to my school."


Misbah Shafi, 15, of Smithsburg, will be a sophomore at Smithsburg High School. She daydreams of seeing faraway places and famous people.

"I guess I want to go to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina," Misbah says. "Oh, and I also want to see the movie 'Brothers Grimm,' starring Matt Damon, because, you know, he's hot."


Huma Chaudry, 17, of Hagerstown, will soon be a freshman at George Washington University. A few of her friends are still in high school, so she likes to spend time with them during summer. But she said everyone has been busy this year. She and her friends have not had many chances to all get together.

"I want to go hang out with my friends. We had planned to go to an amusement park but never got the chance," she explains. "Six Flags sounds good to me."

Justin Anthony Richards, 18, of Funkstown, also wanted to hit an amusement park before going back to school. He will attend Hagerstown Community College, but, before his first semester begins, he hopes to take a much needed vacation with his best friends. He has not been able to take the time to get away due to preparations for school.

"I really want to go camping with a few of my close friends for a few days, and maybe go to Cedar Point (an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio)," he says. "I've heard that the roller coasters there are totally sweet!"

Quiet time

Goretti student Drew Lechowicz, 16, of Boonsboro, likes having more time for personal things.

"Well, I've been wanting to have some days to just sit, brainstorm and write music," he said. "Yeah, it's a lot harder with school and all to set aside three hours for writing."

Elyssa Convey, 18, of Myersville, also would enjoy some time to enjoy quiet things. A student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Elyssa is home for the summer. She has taken several vacations, leaving little time for anything else.

"I went to the Bahamas for a week, visited family in Miami, and went to New York with my mother," she says. "I really want to watch more classic movies before heading back to university; movies like the original 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Citizen Kane.' Also, I refuse to leave town without taking a shopping trip to Georgetown. I love looking in all the stores there!"

Sadia Goheer, 16, of Frederick, Md., is a huge fan of the New York Yankees.

"I really want to go to a Yankees game just to meet Derek Jeter," she says. "He is obviously the best player on the team."

Study time

Saffiya Latif, 16, already has education in mind, even before she returns to Smithburg High School.

"I really want to get started on my SAT book; I want to be prepared for the new SAT!" she says.

Saffiya will be a junior this year, and driving steadily becomes more and more essential.

"I really have to get driver's ed classes in before school starts. I need my license!" she says.

Whether it's catching a movie, chilling with the gang or just taking personal time for yourself, it seems everyone could use a few more weeks of vacation.

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