Sunday, December 17, 2017

My Awesome Summer

My summer 2018 is going to be awesome. I know this because, true to my family’s form, it has already been booked over half a year in advance. I decided to write today about my 4-part summer 2018.

1.      First I’m going to Ithaca, NY to work with a professor at Cornell University in the virtual Reality Lab they have there. See, I do this program called “Science Scholars” at my school, in which high school students get to work with professors or doctors at universities or hospitals, and study whatever kind of science research they want in the summer. I work with an awesome professor at Cornell studying behavioral psychology and cyberbullying. So I will spend 3-4 weeks there at the beginning of the summer with my mom doing science research. Summer will be off to a great start!

2.      Next, I’m doing this crazy amazing tour called “AMA” – American Music Abroad. It’s a program that you apply to, and if you have enough merits in your area -- band, chorus, or orchestra – and a recommendation, you can go on a 3-week trip to Europe to perform songs with other teens. I’m going with my two best friends and a bunch of other people I’m close with from my school, and we’re going to Austria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, and Switzerland. It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN!

3.      Straight from Switzerland at the end of the AMA tour, I’m going on an Adventures by Disney arranged tour with my family to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia for like 2 weeks. It’ll be the first family vacation with all four of us that we’ve had in a while, since my brother’s been away at college, and our school breaks rarely line up enough for us all to go on a vacation together. Again, soooooo much fun exploring the world!

4.      Finally, my parents always go to the Telluride Film Festival at the end of the summer, so I always spend a week at my grandma and uncle’s house. My brother used to stay there with me, but at that point he’s always back at college again once I’m there now. So I get to hang out with my awesome uncle and grandma, who are some of my favorite people in the world, and my uncle and I bake and buy things for the troops in bulk at Costco, and my grandma and I goof around a drive each other nuts, because what are grandmas/granddaughters for? It’s always the best way to end an awesome summer!

-- Holly

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