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H.A.G.S 2018

As summer 2018 quickly approaches, many are searching for something fun or productive to do while off before school starts again. Some get a job, others go on vacation, and few participate in unique activities that will be a lifelong memory. For seniors, this upcoming summer is the first summer they’ll spend as a college […]

As summer 2018 quickly approaches, many are searching for something fun or productive to do while off before school starts again. Some get a job, others go on vacation, and few participate in unique activities that will be a lifelong memory. For seniors, this upcoming summer is the first summer they’ll spend as a college student. The Talon talked to seniors Vanessa Avila (’18), Alia Ortiz (’18), Katherine Stiplosek (’18) and Mia Nieves (’18) about what they are planning to do the last summer before college.

As a graduation present or a last hurrah before college, many to-be-college students decide to go on a vacation during summer.

“Right after graduation I’m going to Europe,” Vanessa happily stated. “I land in Paris, and then go to Sweden, Italy and Spain.”

Europe trips are popular among seniors entering the years of adulthood. People go from anywhere from Portugal to France.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Paris, its been my dream, and its my graduation present,” she said. “ I hope to learn more about different cultures and get a lot of shopping done in Paris.”

Vanessa and her immediate family plan to travel around Europe for two weeks. Given the challenges that come with traveling to a different country, surely she had to have fears regarding to the trip itself or about the country’s lifestyle. But Vanessa only had one.

“I’m nervous because I have to pack only one bag of clothes because we’re moving around a lot,” she stated.

The perks that come with a vacation are limitless. But as we seniors prepare ourselves to become adults for the next four or so years, a vacation with your family this summer might just be the right way to say goodbye. While Vanessa and countless other seniors decide to spend summer 2018 on vacation, Alia plans on spending some of her summer to prepare for her college years. Her future school, Cal Poly, requires all freshman to attend a retreat right before school starts in August.

“It’s an overnight retreat where we spend the night in the dorms [on campus] while our parents go to a wine-tasting type function,” Alia explained. “It is to introduce us to the campus, the campus life and the other people that will be going to the school.”

The idea of college life can be daunting. Sooner or later we’ll all experience getting lost, not knowing anyone in our classes, or even the struggle to find a good study spot. The benefit of spending some of summer at college is to prepare future students for the next four years to come.

“I hope that this retreat reaffirms my choice of going to Cal Poly because I’m still nervous to go to college so its a good introduction to the school, “she said. “I hope to make new friends and relationships and that I get to know the school better, and I’m really excited for it”

While vacationing in a different country is appealing and preparing for college life is beneficial, Katherine hopes to spend her summer on a service mission in South Africa.

“I’m going to a  village for two weeks in South Africa to help out,” Katherine says. “There are different ways to help [the village] such as business consulting, education, construction, trying to teach kids to code, trying to set up a library, trying to improve health and public sanitation conditions. There is a place for everyone.”

This particular service trip is associated with the Yale Alumni Service Core, an organization with Yale University and Oxford University, where Katherine’s mom went. Katherine has done several service missions before, such as a trip to Ghana in 2012 and Nicaragua in 2014. The benefit of a service mission is not only going somewhere new and giving back to a community, but also meeting different kids of people from all over the world.

“It’s so refreshing to meet all the different kids because there isn’t not a lot of opportunities just in daily life to meet people you don’t know because we have the same routine everyday,” she said. “It’s really interesting to make those connections.”

As a consistent member of service missions all over the world, Katherine shared why she continues to participate and why others should do the same.

“If anyone has the opportunity to go on a service mission go” she said. “I think its a much better use of money than a vacation because you meet so many people,you have the chance to do something enriching to maybe even learn a new skill or passion. It’s a great way to build independence because you’re not with your parents.”

As intriguing as all three of these summer plans sound, many students have to find a summer job to keep themselves busy and save up for the school year to come. Mia has spent the last two summers as a lifeguard at Park Terrace Swim Club, and plans to again this summer for her third yearn a row.

“I know it’s hard to get a job in the school year with a busy schedule, so in the summer when you get a job, you can save money and have the money during the school year so you can do other things like extracurriculars and focusing on school,” Mia said.

Mia plans to save the money long term for college and future trips that lie ahead. Life-guarding is just one of the many jobs Mia could have gotten, but its unique aspect is what interested her in the first place.

“I do life guarding because its nice to be out in the sun, I like my coworkers, it’s not a stressful job because kids in my area know how to swim and it’s fun” she happily stated. As a lifeguard myself, I can personally agree with Mia and say it’s the perfect summer job to have. If you like swimming, meeting new people, and people watching, it is surely the job for you. Plus, the tanlines are priceless.

Whether you plan to travel to a different place like Vanessa, prepare for college like Alia, embark on a service mission like Katherine, or apply for a summer job like Mia, find some way to make your last summer memorable.

 

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