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    ElaineTsui

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    Join date : 2009-09-01

    For CE: Summer Rocks!

    Post  ElaineTsui on Sat May 15, 2010 12:41 pm

    By Kate Harwitz

    Ahh, summer. A time for frolicking carelessly through flowers, a time to revel in the freedom heralded by sunny days and frequent frozen yogurt trips. Most of all, it is a time for some hard-earned “ R and R”—especially for us juniors. We have slaved away till the wee hours of the mourn at our many AP courses and have watched our eyesight dwindle away, rendering us little better than blind. Current freshman and sophomore will likely be slaving away at summer school, and current seniors will likely be working their butt off at a job and stressing out over how to pay for college. As soon-to-be-seniors, however, most of us have no need to take summer courses. The only thing we have to worry about is college applications. Writing college essays. Finding college resume building activities. Bah, this is going to be the easiest*summer of our lives.

    With only one year of high school to go, summer will be quite welcome. The worst of our high school years is over. All-nighters and binging on energy drinks will be completely behind us. All of our previous high school summers have been spent in fear of what the coming year held for us. The time between eigth grade and ninth grade was spent in anticipation for the drastic school changes to come, and the summer between ninth and tenth grade was spent in fear from the upperclassmen who liked to play on our delicate emotions and tell us how much busier sophomore year would be and whisper horror stories of crazy teachers in our years. The summer between sophomore year and junior year for quite a few was constantly overshadowed by AP US history homework and AP English homework that would remain undone until the last weekend of summer. However as seniors-to-be we know exactly what to expect from our next year, and our hardships will not be workload, but the small problem of emotional distress. We know the deal and have seen it firsthand. Getting in college and scholarship applications on time then waiting for decisions that will affect the rest of your life—no biggie.

    Writing college apps during the summer to four to six colleges each, will be a piece of cake. We only have to write multiple essays that embody our unique appeal to colleges at a time of year where we have nothing else better to do. Summer vacation is a dreary wasteland of heat and down time that has no better use than to be spent on studying and applications.Summer provides us with a time completely free of distractions, unlike the hectic school year. There’s only water parks, Disney land, Six Flags, the mall, and adventures awaiting outside. Of course they are no temptation to our willpower and determination of steel; everyone knows that juniors never get distracted. And when we’re in the confines of our homes, we only d have the whole internet to not be distracted by. Facebook and AIM to not chat on, TV. shows to not watch online, and online games to not play.

    Clearly the summer of junior year will trump all previous summers by far in greatness and fun. Our schedule is once again in our hands, free to do with as we please, as long as what we please means working on college related shenanigans and planning the course of our future. Boy, I’m feeling summer already.

    *note: sarcasm

    Joanna Shen

    Posts : 87
    Join date : 2009-08-31

    Re: For CE: Summer Rocks!

    Post  Joanna Shen on Mon May 17, 2010 12:57 pm

    Ahh, summer. A time for frolicking carelessly through flowers, a time to revel in the freedom heralded by sunny days and frequent frozen yogurt trips. Most of all, it is a time for some hard-earned “R and R”— especially for us juniors. We have slaved away till the wee hours of the mourn [morn] at our many AP courses and have watched our eyesight dwindle away, rendering us little better than blind. Current freshman [freshmen] and sophomore[s] will likely be slaving away at summer school, and current seniors will likely be working their butt[s] off at a job [jobs, seniors is plural] and stressing out over how to pay for college. As soon-to-be-seniors, however, most of us have no need to take summer courses. The only thing we have to worry about is [are] college applications. Writing college essays. Finding college resume building activities. Bah, this is going to be the easiest*summer of our lives.

    With only one year of high school to go, summer will be quite welcome. The worst of our high school years is over. All-nighters and binging on energy drinks will be completely behind us. All of our previous high school summers have been spent in fear of what the coming year held for us. The time between eigth [eighth] grade and ninth grade was spent in anticipation for the drastic school changes to come, and the summer between ninth and tenth grade was spent in fear from [of] the upperclassmen who liked to play on our delicate emotions and tell us how much busier sophomore year would be and whisper horror stories of crazy teachers in our years. The summer between sophomore year and junior year for quite a few was constantly overshadowed by AP US history [History] homework and AP English homework that would remain undone until the last weekend of summer. However[,] as seniors-to-be[,] we know exactly what to expect from our next year, and our hardships will not be workload, but the small problem of emotional distress. We know the deal and have seen it firsthand. Getting in[to] college and [delete, change to comma] [turning in] scholarship applications on time[, and] then waiting for decisions that will affect the rest of your [our] life [lives]—no biggie.

    Writing college apps during the summer to [for] four to six colleges each, [delete] will be a piece of cake. We only have to write multiple essays that embody our unique appeal to colleges at a time of year where we have nothing else better to do. Summer vacation is a dreary wasteland of heat and down time that has no better use than to be spent on studying and applications.Summer provides us with a time completely free of distractions, unlike the hectic school year. There’s only water parks, Disney land [one word], Six Flags, the mall, and adventures awaiting outside. Of course they are no temptation to our willpower and determination of steel; everyone knows that juniors never get distracted. And when we’re in the confines of our homes, we only d [we'd only] have the whole internet to not be distracted by. Facebook and AIM to not chat on, TV. [delete period] shows to not watch online, and online games to not play.

    Clearly the summer of junior year will trump all previous summers by far in greatness and fun. Our schedule is once again in our hands, free to do with as we please, as long as what we please means working on college related shenanigans and planning the course of our future. Boy, I’m feeling summer already.

    *note: sarcasm

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