No More Pencils? No More Books?

It’s summer vacation! I finished up my final exams and papers last Thursday and am now home for the summer. It was a crazy semester all in all with the transition back to Bowdoin after studying broad in Italy for a semester, but now it’s over until September.

I have a lot lined up for the summer, and I’m excited to share some of my plans on the blog today. Last year I had a couple of summer projects I wrote about, but this year I’m going to be much more concrete with what I try to accomplish, and I’ve already been making good progress. I’ll be working at a job in Rhode Island for June through July and then in August I’ll be heading back up to Maine where I’ll be working as a Senior Interviewer in the Admissions Office, so I’ll get to split my time before two beautiful places for the summer.

Now, while in Rhode Island, here’s a sample of what I’ll be up to:

  • Learn elementary French. I bought a textbook from a friend and am going to go through a chapter a week so that I can hopefully use a bit at the end of the summer when I road trip to Quebec City.
  • Work on my applications for post-grad fellowships
  • Meditate at least once a week
  • Work on getting my Italian citizenship
  • Make a comprehensive blog editorial schedule
  • Privately tutor in Italian, Spanish, and English language and composition (shameless plug)
  • Seriously revise a manuscript I’ve been working on and submit it to literary agents
  • Get more guest bloggers on the site
  • Run Blessing of the Fleet 10-miler in Narragansett
  • Do a photography prompt once a week
  • Read extensively (I’ve already read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and am working now on Almost Blue)
  • Cook more
  • Day trip to Portsmouth, N.H.; Essex, Conn; Nantucket; Martha’s Vineyard
  • Visit New Jersey and Philly
  • Fill up an entire journal with short fiction

While I have a lot on my plate for this summer (that’s not even the entire list), I’ll also have plenty of time to explore Rhode Island and Maine in the summer. And sit back once in a while…


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