For me, I have always felt the need to be productive during the summer, whether it was classes or finding a job or internship. I needed something to keep me busy, to keep me going; that’s just who I am. In my mind, I was thinking that if I was going to work nine months out of the year, why not just work straight through? It took me a long time, but I learned that this line of thinking is wrong.
Last summer, I could not do a single thing after having a medical emergency. I could not work, I had no grades from my second semester of my freshman year of college, and internships were starting during my recovery time. Instead, I binge watched Netflix. A lot of Netflix. I found new shows and movies, and sometimes I got bored with it. However, I was also working out so my body could build up strength again. The only work/school-related thing that I did was go to the inaugural National Leadership Conference for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for a few days in August, and it felt good. It felt good to relax and get my mind off of everything that had happened during the end of my freshman year.
So, to those of you who don’t have a single thing to do this summer, it’s all right. No one is forcing you to do anything this summer. You worked hard for 9 months in school, you earned a 3 month vacation. If you want to find a job, that’s cool. If you want to volunteer, that’s cool. If you want to take summer classes, that’s cool. If you want to get certified in something, that’s cool. If you want to learn something new or find a new hobby, that’s cool. If you want to relax though, that’s cool too. Do what makes you happy (as long as it’s legal obviously) and let no one judge you for your happiness.
-- Ricardo Canelo