Are you happy or sad to see summer vacation come to an end?
Victoria Pardini, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"For me, this question is a bit on the complicated side. Although I've had an overall great summer, being involved in extremely fulfilling activities, meeting many new friends and bonding with old friends, as well as getting my driver's permit, there were also some downsides. The dark cloud of summer homework has been looming over my head for the past three months, this is the first year I will be all alone because my brother Andrew, who I've always been close with, is going to college soon and my other brother, Harrison, has been away at school for two years, and one of my best friends has moved away. Although I'll miss the freedom to sleep as late as I want, I am glad that summer is ending because I know that with the end of the season comes the resuming of activities I enjoy and have missed."
Ryan Koehn, Sophomore, Downey High School
"My summer vacation was awesome; I did everything I wanted when I wanted to, stayed up really late and slept until past noon. So, of course, I'm going to be sad to see it go, who wouldn't? But on the other hand, I'm looking forward to seeing my friends at school and playing fall baseball. So, I think, it's a fair trade-off."
Sasha Riddle, Junior, Beyer High School
"I am sad to see summer end. It went by way too fast and I don't know what I am going to do when I have to start actually waking up in the mornings. I sort of learned to ignore my alarm clock during summer, so getting back into the mix of things should be interesting!"
Tyler Robertson, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"I had a summer full of small adventures and long trips from home. I covered some 3,000 miles stacked up from our trip to Grand Tetons National Park (which is fabulous), Yellowstone National Park (which is also wonderful) and Montana. While all these places were wonderful, it is always a good feeling to get home and not have to unload and reload the car several more times. As of now, all that vacation time is a complete blur. Time does fly fast -- even in a car. I feel sad that I won't have much more free time and that my hectic life will return to the norm, but at the same time, it is very worth it to go back and see all my friends. While I am not glad that vacation is over, I am ready for it to be over."