This summer may have been one of my most memorable breaks from school yet. I got to be more independent and had realizations about who I want to be, to where I want to be in the future. I got to do everything I put on my summer bucket list (my new tradition) and I made so many memories that will last me a lifetime.
I got to take a few classes at my college, Florida Gulf Coast University, and work at Career Development Services all of summer A. I met a lot of friends and connections through that. It gave me a start of my summer and had me preoccupied with things that will be positive for my achievement at FGCU. Not only that, but I also got to get the hard part of my summer over with so I could enjoy the rest of my 2 months of relaxation.
A big priority of my summer was to travel. I wanted to do two types of getaways, a girl’s trip and a family trip. I got to do both and I was so blessed to get to experience these kind of vacations. I got to explore the tropical lands of Miami and eat my way through the southern States of Kentucky and Tennessee. Just to get away and see something new is so refreshing. It also makes me appreciate where I live and makes me realize I’m blessed that I get to wake up in a little paradise.
I also got to experience heartbreak from friends to relationships. I now understand people, even if you’re not romantically involved with them, can hurt you. People who were close to me in the past are not as close to me now, and others who were just acquaintances are now like family to me. It’s crazy how much things can change not just in a year, but in a summer. With this heartbreak, it opened my eyes to my new mantra for this school year: Project Celeste. It’s all about doing things for me and for my happiness. I usually take away that for others who don’t care about me as much as I do for them. I still will be selfless, but I’m going to make it a priority to look out for myself also.
Another reason why this summer was one for the books is because it’s my last summer as a teenager. I wanted to do all these activities that looked like they came straight out of an 80’s John Hughes high school movie. I wanted to emphasize my youth and find the fun in the littlest things. This is where my summer bucket list came in to play. I created a list of things I haven’t done or wanted to do more of. I stargazed with friends, jammed to songs in long car rides, watched many sunsets, went to a different beach every week, tried different restaurants, went night swimming, and had many fun sleepovers with my bffs. I wanted my summer to be the definition of a teenage dream and I believe I accomplished that.
Even though I do get the summer blues at the end of this season, I am fully excited to embark in my second year of college. It’s the year of Celeste and I can’t wait to bring you guys along with me on my journey. I will update you all with my adventures this fall semester. Each month in fall has something exciting to offer. September is my birthday month, October is Halloween, and November is Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to all the fun that’s coming. Stay tuned!