Summer vacation is done, and I'm ... sad

August 21, 2007|By BETHANY FERGUSON

Lazy days and late nights are now a thing of the past for young people all over Washington County.

It feels like just yesterday I was sitting at the edge of my seat in Mr. Garland's horticulture class, anxiously awaiting the clock to strike 3:30, declaring the beginning of my summer vacation. But summer flew by, and, for many reasons, I can't say I'm anxiously awaiting the start of a new school year.

The start of school means homework, projects, deadlines, dress codes and, worst of all, waking up early. I have to kiss goodbye my routine of waking at noon, slipping into a swimsuit and sunbathing by the pool all day.

Now I must go to bed at a "decent hour," as my parents say, so I can be out the door and on my way to school by 8 a.m.


Now, should I really be looking forward to that?

One of the great things about summer is being able to talk to your friends whenever you please. During school, you're limited to talking to your friends in the hallways, between classes and during lunch - if you're lucky enough to be on the same lunch shift as them.

Also, during the summer, being able to call and text your friends at any time of day is a plus. As most people know, use of cell phones is prohibited during school hours.

Like most teens, I rely on my cell phone. It is with me at all times. I love being able to stay connected with friends and family at the push of a button. Being able to use my phone whenever I please during summer means I can stay updated with my friends and family and inform them on the latest happenings.

In school, that is prohibited. If my phone is seen by an administrator or teacher, it's that person's until the end of the year.

Not only do I have to take on school responsibilities like homework, studying and projects. I also have after-school commitments. I'll have to learn to balance all of my activities in a organized manner so I don't lose my mind.

Another reason I am bummed at the ending of summer is the constant pressure to perform put on you at school. The pressure comes not just from students around you - at least, from the students who aren't trying to convince you to skip class or skip school altogether - but from teachers who have high expectations of you. Assignments are being thrown at you from every angle and you are expected to put all your effort into each piece of work or your teacher will be disappointed.

Obviously, I dread the end of my 15th summer. The start of school brings many disappointments and takes away the things I took for granted over the summer, like sleeping in, sunbathing and even texting.

But I realize hating school won't change it. So, like students all over Washington County, I will face reality, kiss my sweet, summer days goodbye and accept a new routine: homework, projects and the dreaded sound of my alarm clock.

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