The Dreadful Summer Work

Summer is a time for fun, relaxation, and what no one looks forward to, work. Even though everyone procrastinates work until two weeks before it’s due, some work has to be kept up with. Whether it is FLVS, blogs, or APUSH work, they all have one thing in common- constant deadlines.
Everyone dreads having to take an online summer class and having to force themselves out of bed to get it all done. “With two online classes and summer work for another, my summer is going to feel like an absolute hell” said Kimberly Jean, a Cambridge junior. However, it doesn’t have to be all that stressful.
“I just separate the work into three different days, one day I study AP chemistry, then Spanish, and then physics” said Jean, “Its three days of pure stress but then four days of relaxation.”  Not all people have the same approach though, some people just let it pile up and do it all the day its due and stress even worse.
FLVS isn’t the only work students deal with throughout the summer, there are AP and honors classes as well. Among the given, there are plenty of other ways to deal with it all. One of which is to do it after everyone is asleep, this helps prevent all the common distractions like texts and phone calls.
Setting short term goal is something useful in the long run. For example, if there are 5 assignments due by midnight, set 5 different deadlines up until then. Give each assignment an hour or so instead of trying to do it all at once.
Something everyone hates doing may just be the best way to get things done, turn off everything. Removing yourself from all social media and human contact is difficult but it gets things done. There isn’t the constant distraction of checking your phone and checking Twitter and Facebook, you just focus.
Push yourself. Don’t let laziness and distractions get the best of you. Fight through it and do it even when you least want to. It’s going to be beneficial in the long run instead of just letting it pile up.
“This work isn’t just to waste their time. The students are going to have to do it either during the summer or when they come back in August,” said John C. Moffi, a US history teacher. “I don’t give busy work. I give them work that’s going to help them succeed; Even if it is too much.”
Don’t make your summer all about the work. Take a break. Do constant work for a few weeks and then just take a week off. There is no reason to kill yourself over work that doesn’t have to be completed during the first week of summer. Enjoy the summer, relax and sleep but still keep up with your classes.


Beaches And Book Stores

beaches and booksWhen you think summer, what is the first thing that comes to mind: The beach, the pool, your bed? Books are typically the very last thing students think about during the summer, but there is such a vast difference between reading for school and reading for fun. There are so many enjoyable books on the shelves that you can pick to make you laugh, cry, giggle, chuckle, or even all of the above.

The first book on your list should certainly be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Green has become a New York Times bestselling author and appeals to all types of teens. This book is coming to the theaters June 6, 2014, which kicks it up to the top of any book worms list.

The Fault in Our Stars isn’t the stereotypical “cancer book.” It is so much more than that. Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has suffered cancer all her life, gets won over by the “beautiful” Augustus Waters. Hazel tells the story of her little infinity.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is another tear jerking, forbidden love story. It’s that book that once you pick it up, you won’t know how to put it down. You’ll think you’ll never find a book that lives up to those expectations ever again.
Eleanor & Park shows both sides of a relationship with two completely opposite people. Eleanor, being the “fat, white trash girl from a messed up family,” falls in love with Park, who is the typical “rich kid” that gets anything he requests.
At least until you read DreamLand by Sarah Dessen. This novel is unlike most others, it shows the true color of common day relationships. It all feels like a dreamland until they start seeing who they really are.
An author that isn’t widely known is Sonya Sones; She has written novels like To Be Perfectly Honest, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, the sequel, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, among plenty others. These books all relate to teen life and love and changes, aimed at a female audience.
To be perfectly honest is a story of a high school student who knows nothing more than just lying. She tells lies to where she doesn’t know what reality is hers anymore. It’s a bit of a long book, but it is well worth looking at this girl’s life and seeing the life of a compulsive liar.
Now, although it is the same author, What My Mother Doesn’t Know is something somewhat different. This book is in the perspective of 15 year old Sophie and her life in her small little town. She goes over her whole school year and the guy that she met and fell in love with but it was almost forbidden.
What my girlfriend doesn’t know is a sequel to the previous book, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, and instead it is in the perspective on Robin, Sophie’s boyfriend. He goes in depth into the world of having a girlfriend in a world where he isn’t even accepted. It’s a twist on the common day, girls’ perspective- love story.
Books shouldn’t have to remain within school walls. Books are an escape from the perpetual boredom of your four walls. They let you step into a new world and fall in love with people who aren’t even real. Books are an alternate reality.