Freedom, relaxation, and priorities. Three simple words to describe how I imagine this summer will be.
Pulling into the driveway and looking at my new, adorable yellow rental house with a big white porch, my heart leaped with excitement. As I unpacked all of my things into my new room in Holland, I began to realize that this was the first time that I would be completely on my own. Completely ‘free’. No more parents asking when I would be home, no more RA’s or residence halls, and no more roommates. Now, my best friends are my housemates, and I’m all alone in my room brainstorming how to cook all of the delicious meals my father did as I was growing up. Freedom is as much exhilarating as it is daunting.
Relaxation seems to be an easy thing to attain in Holland. The waves crashing into the beach, the strolls through downtown, and the tulips that seem to greet me wherever I go. Though I will be working, I can already tell that living here without having to worry about classes or coursework will be relaxing.
Finally, priorities. I should start thinking about how to plan the way my future roommate and I want to decorate our room in the Delphi Cottage for the fall semester. I have to start applying to internships for when I spend spring semester in Washington, D.C next school year. All the meanwhile working two jobs in Holland. It’s important to remember that while summer is fun and so many of my friends are living in houses all around me, I can’t forget about responsibilities that I need to focus on.
A carefree summer isn’t exactly what I have planned, but these three things sound pretty great to me. Check back in about four months from now. We’ll see how it actually went.