Survey says: Summer livin' is easy

By Thunderword Staff

Spring Quarter is almost finished and students and staff from across campus are looking forward to what the summer has to offer.

Summer is a season to relax and recharge. Students can get enough time to travel, play their favorite sports, enjoy their hobbies, or do whatever they couldn't get done during the school year.

Travelling seems to be the way to go for many students.

"I want to enjoy swimming, hiking and traveling around the state during summer holidays before starting a new quarter," said Kanani Kremesw.

 "I will be exploring the best places in Washington such as national parks, mountains and landmarks. It's gonna be super fun," said Mega Pratiwi, a first-year psychology student.

"I'm going to Chicago on a trip with my two best friends in the beginning of August. I'm so excited because I've never been to Chicago," said Emma Carena.

"It is not necessary to travel far when I can find many beautiful places around Seattle," said Matthew Pacheco, who will be spending his  a larger portion of his summer break travelling.

"I'm looking forward to summer and set many plans. I will spend this break taking a short trip to Manhattan, doing a few workshops," said Maegan Gomez.

She is pre-nursing, and says her lax days will be a welcome relief.

For some Highline students, summer classes are the best option for getting class credit.

"I never really thought about my favorite summer thing, but I guess the fact that people are so much more relaxed during the summer is my favorite part," said Bansal. "Over the summer, I plan on continuing to volunteer and finishing up my BA at Central Washington University."

 "Studying over summer will help me save time compared to a 12-week long typical semester system," said Jada Bigelo, who has been studying at Highline since the Fall Quarter 2015.

"I will be spending my whole summer time going to school," said Casey Cardinal. "It will lessen my workload for next semester and I can get on track to graduate at the end of this year."

"I will spend the summer months planning ways to get ahead and then relax a little bit.

My birthday is also in summer so I will do something special to celebrate my birthday with my beloved family." said Stephanie Johnson, who has studied six quarters at Highline.

"I will take Chem 201 and Chem 121 to pursue my chemistry major during this summer term. It is a great way to get my degree faster," said Esther Huynh.

Huynh explained that summer courses usually include the same material of a standard college semester but will take a shorter period of time because Summer Quarter has only six-week sessions.

Some students are also planning to take online classes over summer, which help them earn college credits while still enjoying their vacations.

"I want to come back to my hometown. But I still want to take summer classes so I choose to take online courses," said Maria Guadalupe.

"As far as taking online classes, I still have time for family needs and vacation. I am not bound to a 12-week schedule," Guadalupe said.

Chandler Simon plans on taking two online classes during this summer.

"Online summer courses are very flexible and more convenient than on-campus courses as I can start whenever I want and learn everywhere, anytime at my own pace," said Simon.

Summer is a time for friends and family, said Jocelyn Lee.

"My sister and I often visit my grandparents who are living in Florida on summer holiday," said Lee. "I'm looking forward to meeting them. I haven't seen them since last year."

"I will try doing something new this summer such as setting up a plan to go on holiday with my best friends,"  said Dalit Ohana.

Linda Gross, a second-year student, said that summer is the best time to enjoy with her family and she can relax without the worries of her studies and exams. 

 "I am going to go visit family in Texas and Oklahoma over the summer," said Laura Manning, Highline communications professor.


ome students say they'll will have a bit longer flight to see theirs.

Diana Onish, who comes from Jakarta, Indonesia, said that he will go back to his hometown and visit his relatives during summer vacation.

"My summer plans are going back to Japan, and I am mostly looking forward to seeing my family," said Narisawa.

For some students, summer is the perfect opportunity to get few extra bucks or participate in internships.

"Getting a summer job is a great opportunity that I can learn new things in a workplace environment," said Joven Palma, who will be graduating this June with a business management degree. "Not only making money, but also gaining my real-life work experience."

"Having a short-time internship might give me some valuable experiences beyond having spent my life studying," said Daniel Jones.

"I'm going to work at Valley Medical Center during my summer break," said David Danao, who is pursuing a nursing degree and is a second-year student. "I'm looking forward to making money, but no school is my best favorite thing."

A few students say taking a job appliable to their major would be great, but paying for their classes is a little better.

 "I have plans to do a summer job off-campus such as waiter," said Juan Carlos. "I can earn money to pay my tuition, books and other expenses for the next academic school year."

Some students main focuses may not be taking classes or working, but will be focusing on self-improvement.

Things they plan on changing for the upcoming year range from  working on study habits and learning new languages to working on time management skills.

"I'm excited to be learning a new language. It can be Portuguese or French because I want to challenge myself  in a new thing that I never studying at school before," said Lakisha Tagabuel.

Louis Ihrig said his self development includes planning for his club.

 "My favorite thing about the summer a chance to reset and prepare for next year," said Ihrig.  "When school starts back up next year I want to continue to grow with the JSSOC which is a campus club that deals with helping the community."

"I am going to go and teach in my church`s Vacation Bible School," said student Viviana Cardona.

Joseph Rodriguez said, "I plan to work out, make money, and be more social with the people around me."

Others just want to spend their time being lazy.

"I love napping after a trip to the beach," said student Naileah Abarca.

"I enjoy having no school and homework over the summer," said student Jean Muthemba. "I have been at Highline for two years and I plan on finishing my AA and will transfer soon. I am going to work, only a bit over the summer and just enjoy my time."

There are also students who are going to help out with their local community.

"I volunteer at the local hospital, read books to the kids or help pass out gifts to patients," said student Antonio Gonzalez.

 "My favorite thing to do over the summer is hangout with my besties and enjoy sleeping all day at home," said Kaitlyn Kristy.

"I won't take any classes in this summer, because the best thing about summer is taking a break from school," said a freshman student Jaerissa Tamont.

Ten students said they're just excited to enjoy some summer weather. 

"I like sitting in the sun, to sunbathe so I'm hoping to have a brilliant holiday at a small beach this summer," said Nancy Luu.

 "I adore those late nights when then all of the stars come out. Washington can get really cloudy and so the stars really light up during the summer," said student Mary Sihid.

No matter what students decide to do this summer - traveling, working, studying or interning, students are getting excited for their summer plans before returning to campus.

Staff reporters Ngoc Nguyen, Nayyab Rai, Kabrina Edwards contributed to this story.

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