Summer is finally coming up on us. The signs of it are everywhere.
For one, many are looking for summer jobs and summer internships.
For some students, summer vacation is three months of saving up money and then using that money sparingly for the next eight months.
For others, it is a time of relaxation and joyful fun in the hot weather.
Summer is something that we as college students have to look forward to.
Well, for the next few years, before we are sprung out into the world.
In the real world, we have to go to our jobs to get two weeks of vacation time.
As a kid, summer was one of my favorite parts of the year.
I remember certain summer days spending eight hours at the beach, looking forward to sticking my feet in the sand.
I’m sure that you all have similarly happy memories surrounding the summertime.
It’s easy to see why everybody looks forward to the summer season.
Summer is a fun-filled, three months of joy that has no worries, and is seemingly stress-free.
I look forward to summer every year.
It is what gets me, and I expect many other students, through the cold winter months here at Mercyhurst University.
However, there is something a bit somber about this summer in particular.
I have come to the realization I have three more years of summer as it is. Then summer will just become work.
No more vacations after that.
I understand that day is coming sometime in the future, but I also remain excited about what’s coming up.
I still have multiple summers ahead of me.
I can’t wait for a fun-filled summer of drinking lemonade next to the ocean.
I can’t wait to finally be able to go head first into the cool sea, after all these frozen months.
I’m sure that everyone has quotes that remind them of summer.
One of my favorite summer quotes, one that really sticks with me, is by Anna Godbersen.
It comes from her novel “Bright Young Things.”
The quote goes, “It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.”
That’s what summer represents to me more than anything else, a time of freedom.
We only have a few summer vacations left, so we should enjoy them while we can.