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Teen Voice - 05/13/2012

No More Lazy Days
updated: May 12, 2012, 7:14 AM

By Kelsey Abkin

Steinbeck once stated, "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." Taking this quote to a simplistic level, it can be applied to every teenager longing for summer after a long school year. To teenagers, summer is the light at the end of the tunnel, the time when we are awarded for our hard work throughout the school year. It is the warmth to contrast the cold of the school year. But lately it seems that this notion about summer is being taken away as one more repercussion of an ever growing competitiveness in society. The other day I was asked what I was doing for summer. Instead of replying with unhurried mornings and leisurely evenings, I instead began to list extracurricular activities and academics. You can't write "beach days" and "vacations" on a college application, and therefore many see no point in having them. Summer has become one more chance to jump ahead of your competitors in the race toward college. Summer programs and classes are being offered more than ever as teenagers jump at these opportunities. I'm not saying these programs are not beneficial; I did a summer at Brown and found it very academically rewarding. But it is more the concept that seems unreasonable, the idea that one more thing is being taken away as a result of the quest to get into college.


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