As a graduating senior, it seems all the things in my life are pointing toward summer plans. The objective is to walk across the graduation stage, get a job and start my career. The hard work in college is paying off and things seem to be falling into place. Yet, I think there’s going to be much more to this summer than just focusing on my future profession.
I’ve spent so much of my time on my education I’ve neglected learning more about the person handing in all those assignments. This summer I plan to discover the young adult I’ve come to be. In particular, there’s a part of myself I think I haven’t tapped into yet. I’m curious to see what that piece of me is like, and there’s no better time than the present to dive into that.
I plan to have a jam-packed, fun summer. Shortly after going home for summer break, I’ll have to leave again for my summer internship. I will be a media intern at a summer camp in Pennsylvania for the majority of my break. Although I will be helping with the campers, my main job there will be to run the camp’s multiple social media accounts. Not only will I market the camp to potential clients, but also connect the parents to their children while they are away at camp. Once camp ends, I will go home for a week before returning to college early to start the fall soccer season.
Needless to say, my summer is not much different than my winter. Despite the fact that I won’t be sitting in a classroom or have to worry about completing assignments on time, I will be working for the Empowerment of Social SVCS Agency based in Brooklyn. The Empowerment of Social SVCS Agency is an agency that provides service coordination services for the disabled and elderly through the Nursing Home Transition & Diversion (NHTD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver program. Since I’ve been working for ESSANY, Inc. for nearly three years, I’ve been granted the titles of Administrator and Board Secretary in partnership with the Department of Health. My role is to provide emotional support and guidance through active listening to address client’s concerns, supervise and lead weekly staff meetings and assist with the preparation of Revised Service Plans (RSP) that enable each client’s needs to be met. During the summer, I work Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., leaving the weekends open for date nights, celebrations and/or me time, which varies. No matter the season, I remain a committed and hardworking individual, whose eyes remain on the prize.
After living in Plattsburgh for almost 10 months, I am extremely excited for summer weather. The weather here has been brutal, and I am ready for the sun. My summer plans consist of working at a local ice cream shop for almost 35 hours a week. I am ecstatic to make sundaes, ice cream cones and milkshakes all week. It’s almost like playing an ice cream simulator, but you get paid. I also plan on swimming, hiking, exercising and reading a ton. All of my friends will be home from college, so I am ecstatic to finally see them. In June, I am going to The Driver Era concert in NYC with one of my best friends, Sage. I haven’t been to the city in so long, and I am thrilled to be going back there even if it’s just for the day. I will also be going to Virginia in July with another one of my best friends and her family. Relaxing on the beach is something I am looking forward to. Even though I have all these fun plans, I am going to miss college, but it will be nice to relax this summer and prepare for next year.