Student Voice


November 29, 2023




Staying busy over summer can be fun

May 4, 2007

With summer no more than a week away, I thought I would give advice to students on how to make the most of their break from the classroom.

I've been counting down the days until summer break since the beginning of this semester. I know this is my last summer off as a student and this time next year I will be planning on entering the working world With that being the case, I plan on making the most out of my summer.

Sleep as much as you need to so you have plenty of energy to get up and enjoy your day. Stay up late if you want to and get up early if you want to; just do whatever you want to do. It's summer.

Work so you have money to pay for things you want this summer. Odds are I'll be working as much as I can in order to pay for what I want this summer and for my final year of school. Get a job you like, you will enjoy it so much more if it's something you enjoy doing.

This summer, I have a goal of overcoming my fear of heights and airplanes. I plan on having one of the craziest, most memorable experiences of a lifetime: skydiving.

Someone has been trying to talk me into doing it for nearly a year and this summer, I think I'm going to give in and, do it and forget my theory of 'why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?'

Do something crazy like skydiving, bungee jumping or whatever it is you would have never thought to do before.

One thing I plan on doing a lot of this summer is getting outdoors. I live up in beautiful northern Minnesota and plan on taking advantage of it.

A good way to enjoy a summer weekend is to take a trip up the shore of Lake Superior and picnic, camp and sit under the stars.

Go to a Minnesota Twins game at one of my favorite places ever, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Watch hometown heroes like Joe Mauer, Pat Neshek and Glen Perkins try to lead the Twins to a second consecutive American League Central title.

If you are staying around the Twin Cities area this summer, go to the Vali-Hi Drive In, in Lake Elmo.

I just went there last week for the first time and can't wait to go there again.

Spend time on the water. Go to the beach and swim, lay out and get tan or even head out in a boat.

Golf. Although I am not very good at golf, the one time I went I got a 100 on a par 30 course, I still enjoy it.

Play softball or volleyball in a bar league, make the most of your summer vacation and get active.

If none of these things sound interesting to you, that's fine. Do whatever it is you enjoy. After all it is your summer vacation.

Have fun not reading history or doing calculus and enjoy the warm weather.

Sarah Packingham is a former member of the Student Voice staff.