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Summer Plans In An (Almost) Post-COVID World

With vaccines swiftly rolling out across the country, many of us are overwhelmingly excited about the summer to come. Being in quarantine throughout much of last year, and for some of us, into this year, has had a pretty big mental and emotional impact on our collective psyches. Because the pandemic forced so many of […]

With vaccines swiftly rolling out across the country, many of us are overwhelmingly excited about the summer to come. Being in quarantine throughout much of last year, and for some of us, into this year, has had a pretty big mental and emotional impact on our collective psyches. Because the pandemic forced so many of us into cancelling our plans and staying at home last year, it’s unsurprising that people are raring to get back to some semblance of normal this summer.

One thing that many missed a lot last year was traveling. Since a lot of us are planning on being fully vaccinated by the time summer starts, certain parts of the country and the world will once more be open to tourism.

“I’m looking forward to traveling and seeing family that we didn’t get to see at all last year,” says Kaili Abay (’24).

Others, however, are still choosing to air on the side of caution and will continue to avoid big crowds and large gatherings for the foreseeable future,or at least until they’re fully vaccinated. This fear is definitely understandable simply because of how devastating the pandemic has been to so many lives and livelihoods. But at the same time, it’s also exceedingly easy to get why lots of people are so eager to take trips over the summer.

“Once I get the vaccine, I’m definitely gonna go on vacation with my family,” says Sofia Antido (’22). “Both of my parents are already vaccinated and my first shot is coming up soon, so I’m excited to be able to travel again and see my friends without worrying as much about COVID.”

One notable experience that lots of us missed out on last year was college visits. With most campuses being closed throughout most of the past year, many of us never got an opportunity to look at colleges across the country. Personally, I had to cancel college visits throughout all of last year, but I’m definitely making up for that this summer now that being around other people is a little bit less terrifying.

“I’m still not quite sure where I wanna go for college, so summer will give me a good opportunity to to finalize my list and hopefully start writing applications,” says Jasmine Ohki (’22). I also hope to see more of my friends and hang out with them as everything opens up again.”

For many sophomores specifically, the pandemic also meant delaying getting a learner’s permit. “I’m hoping to get my permit this summer since I didn’t want to before I was fully vaccinated,” explains George Hall (’23).

A summer more free from COVID than the last also means that a lot of us are starting to apply for jobs. “I just got a job at In-N-Out that I’m starting later this month, which I’m pretty excited for,” says Audrey Gardner (’22).

From the looks of it, this summer is definitely looking to be more jam-packed with activities and adventure than anything else we’ve had in a long time. And regardless of whether you’re planning on traveling, just staying at home, or doing anything else, it’s almost certain to be better and more eventful than last summer.

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