Over the past couple days; I’ve thought a lot about what I planned on doing for the rest of the summer. I’ve realized that the days of spending my summers at ease are over. I need to find something productive to do, and something that will act as a building block for the future. Trust me this was not easy for me to tell myself. I’ve known for a long time that this needed to be done, but chose to forget and ignore what my mind was telling me.
As a result, I have a couple options. All of them have their pro’s and con’s, and I can only pick one, since they all occupy basically the same time slot.
Option A: Summer Camp
For the last 2 years, for the summers of those years anyways, I was a camp consoler. I spent the days along the shores of Lake Huron, with the summer breeze and the water within a few steps, literally living among nature for a month or so. However, this wasn’t a piece of cake. The campers there ran me ragged; it’s not easy to keep up with the energy level of 10-12 kids around 11 and 12 years old. The weather sometimes didn’t agree and time to be by yourself was sparse to say the least. However, it was a great way to spend the summer along with making some cash.
Until recently, I doubted I would be going back. Even though I was a great consoler, I had the unfortunate luck to have a majority of my clothes stolen along with a little car accident with my vehicle as I lent it out to a co-worker. That compounded with my changing situation, I thought about other options. Now I’ve gotten the call that they would have me back if I was willing.
Option A would be consisting of me going back to camp for another year. It’s fun, I’d be active, and I would see a lot of friendly and treasured faces. However, the pay isn’t that fantastic, I would be emotionally and physically wiped, and there are probably more responsible options I could be devoting my time too.
Option B: Summer Class
As my collegiate career was supposed to be finished by now, I should be doing everything I can to finish my degree and move along with my life as fast and as soon as possible. I only have a handful of classes left to take, and with a little creativity on my part, I could get half of those classes taken care of before the start of fall semester.
Option B would consist of me commuting back and forth to school to take a summer class. Along with the classroom time, I would be getting things in place for my senior portfolio. This means finding, editing, and proofing all the necessary components from my past years at the school.
Option C: an as-of-yet-to-be-determined summer Job.
Option C can be simplified as simply another summer job; one that would make more money than option A as well as give me valuable job experience for later on in life. My résumé doesn’t necessarily need more job experience, but having a job is better than having nothing at all. Plus this would placate things at home, since having a ‘real’ job is better than being a consoler or a student.
So, I have a couple decisions to make. As this week started, all I had were questions…not that I have the answers I need to make the best decision for me. All in all, hopefully when I go home to the parents for Mother’s day, this discussion doesn’t turn into WW3.
~Kurtis the Red
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