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Guest column
Off to England for July 4

June 22, 2011

So, the age old question among school-aged people: what are you doing for the summer? Now that exams, the madness, the having to study but not wanting to are all over, summer is here. Students pick themselves up, look around, and think, “so, what are we going to do now?”

I, for one, know exactly what I am doing. For two weeks, through the Fourth of July, I am going to England on a study abroad trip with an “I Heart USA” t-shirt in tow. How lucky am I? I get to go off to Jolly Old England to retrace the haunts of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Austen and Eliot, with students from as far away as San Francisco, to talk for two weeks about my favorite subjects, books and authors. Granted, I had to read four books, write a massive paper and stake my claim to three college credits, but let’s not get distracted with details.

Throughout the summer I will continue with Tae Kwon Do, with a promotion test to my green belt before I leave for England. After the trip I will start digging into my required reading for Advanced Placement English 11 class.

Oh, and Goldie the horse and I will spend some quality time together, hopefully without me landing on my head.

That is the general gist of my summer. Call it what you like: interesting, busy, boring, or insufferable. My point is that everyone has plans. Everyone thinks about what they want to do—be it go to the pool, hang around the neighborhood with friends, go shopping, or just lounge around.

What fascinating, mind-boggling plans have you devised for this summer? I want to hear all about the plans you have. I would love to spotlight what is fabulous about your summer.

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