Saturday June 3, 2017

Why My Summer is Going to be Awesome

I wrote the title of this post and wondered if I had a solid answer to that question. Immediately, "because I said so," came to mind, and that seems like a great answer! And this is exactly where I'll begin--my attitude this summer is what is going to give me a great start. 

For years throughout our educational careers, we are fed this paradigm that summer is a major break for us. Three months of no school gives of three months of doing absolutely nothing or just whatever we want. The catch, though, (in my opinion) is that summer is actually the time to do the exact opposite, to do more. Summer is time for us to push ourselves to the limits of our imagination and to become the young adults we are meant to be on our own account. This comes in many forms, though,--summer classes, traveling somewhere we have always wanted to go and learning a new culture, getting a job or internship in our field of study and gaining professional experience, finding a new creative hobby of ours that allows us to express an interest that we may not have time for during the school year. 

Even though I'm busy with some heavy classes that I'm taking, I'm still making sure I take a break to relax and do something fun. My first adventure will be in a few weeks when I travel to New York City to visit family and explore the city. It's one of my favorite places to be, mostly because of the family I don't get to see often, but also because of the food, the shopping, the views, and the city life in general. It does not compare to anything in Cleveland, and I'm looking forward to telling the story of my experience there. (Also I'll be flying on a plane, which is nerve-wracking for me because my last and first experience was horrible, and I am also dramatic)

A few weeks after I return from NYC, I'll be heading back to the great city of Dayton to work the Women in Engineering Summer Camp as a Counselor. I'm mostly looking forward to this experience because it's going to give me a taste of what it's like to be a resident assistant for a few days. Even though I'm not an engineer, I'm happy I get to use time in the summer to work on my leadership skills, work in an interdisciplinary setting, and meet lots of new and amazing women in the STEM field. Working with people that I don't know will be great, too, because it forces me to step out of my comfort zone and learn something about someone else. The camp is a week long and we have lots of amazing things planned for the campers. I've also never officially been a camp counselor anywhere, so I am sure this experience will be special.

After I work the summer camp, a few weeks later I'll be moving back onto the UD campus for good for RA training on August 6th. So this summer has the potential to go by extremely fast. Come to think of it, we have already made it to the month of June! So far I've started reading two amazing books, started summer classes, and made it a few seasons into a great Netflix series that I may or may not be obsessed with. I feel like it was just a few days ago that I was finishing my last final and getting ready for my long journey back to Cleveland.

The importance of realizing the potential of my summer to be an amazing and rewarding experience comes from the fact that I was a little disappointed in my own inability to find a steady job for the summer. My plans earlier in the school year were to find a great internship in the Cleveland area that would allow me to do research or gain experience in the field of Environmental Biology or even clinical medical experience (in case I still want to go to Med school). With that, I'd be able to support myself financially and build my professional background. This is almost the perfect summer for any ambitious and qualified college student wanted to focus on their future as a young professional, a.k.a. ME. I wanted this very badly. 

But, as usual, things didn't go as planned, and before I knew it, it was May and I was back in Cleveland. Unemployed. (Again)

So now I have to look at the bright side of things, a side that is very bright nonetheless: I have the opportunity to basically get a semester's worth of credits out of the way, meaning I could graduate a semester earlier if I wanted to. I have time to read even more books (I just love books), and I can actually travel this summer. I can watch more Netflix, I can spend more time with my mom and dad, I can truly be at home and not just be in my home. 

Most importantly I am claiming this summer to be my summer of personal growth. As I celebrate another year of life this month, I want to have a great start to another chapter of my life journey. Positivity and opportunity continue to surround me. I'm happy with myself now even though things didn't go as planned. I truly believe that God always has a door open for me, step by step I will realize how special this time can be. My full investment in what He has in store for me is what is going to make this summer one to remember. 

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