Unfolding Summer: Exploration, Growth, and Peace

Getting on the computer for the first time in forever and opening a notepad is a little daunting. I am used to sitting at my computer and researching articles for an analytical essay, or editing journalism articles for the school newspaper. Not today.

The days of the school year are winding down, and the only thing standing between me and summer break are three finals. My head is a little more clear today — it is not full with homework assignments, it is not running in circles, and it is not heaped with a stack of things I need to do.

For me, summer vacation means I will soon be living back at home with my parents, working from my room, reading outdoors in my free time, and seeing friends in the evenings and on weekends.

It is one of my favorite times of the year because those three months are a recuperation period for me — summer vacation allows me to escape the commotion that comes along with living in dorms, cutting out time to work on and turn in assignments, and fulfill outside obligations when I’m not scurrying from class to class.

Summer is also a host to my favorite holiday (Independence Day), because it is one of the most relaxing. There is no pressure to buy presents or put on a fancy feast, yet every component of this holiday still revolves around family and friends through fireworks, cookouts, parades, and bonfires.

This summer, I have an internship and will be completing a research project that will explore pharmacy students’ memorable messages about communication and professionalism, as well as the development of their relationships and the impact they have on their organizational socialization. I am eager to be working under the supervision of one of my professors. This project will be a new change of pace for me. I will be able to work from anywhere I have my laptop, and I can work on my own time, as long as I reach my weekly goals.

On Saturday after my sister’s graduation ceremony, I will be home, sitting on my front porch, reading a book and getting some sun. On Sunday, I will catch up with old friends I haven’t seen in a while. And the week after that, I will be beginning my first “real” research project. This summer will be another season of exploration, growth, and peace. As F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

Sincerely yours,

c.k.

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