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The sunny side to a productive summer

By Denebola
Published: September 2008

By Lily Simonnew1.bmp

At two o’clock in the morning, I placed my blue Staedtler drafting pen next to a drawing of my floor plan and looked up for the first time in an hour. Next to me, my friend, Lily, was drawing a sectional sketch of the concert venue she had just finished designing. She rubbed her neck and looked up to roll her bloodshot eyes at me.

This wasn’t the first time we had worked 16 hours straight. The final critique of our major architecture projects was only hours away and I didn’t expect any sleep before I stepped before my teachers and other guest judges to give a ten minute presentation.

This is how I spent my summer: working. Surprisingly, I knew exactly what I was getting into.

The Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College was designed for 16- and 17-year-olds to experience a freshman year at art school in six weeks. As previously warned, architecture was by far the most time consuming and strenuous program.

Explaining how much self-discipline I acquired and how much I grew would be impossible to express in words. Take a look at the model of a contemporary art museum that I constructed and maybe you’ll begin to understand.

Two days after RISD, I hopped onto the Fung Wah bus, a $15 ride to New York City, a service notorious for various driving malfunctions. The next day, I started a two-week internship at one of the most famous advertising agencies in the United States, Della Femina, Rothschild, Jeary, and Partners.

In the office, I trailed a girl who worked in the art studio and learned how to use common computer graphic programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Maybe my internship wasn’t as stressful as my architecture program, but just having the experience to work in an office was definitely beneficial.

Senior Hannah Yarmolinsky also chose a path to a productive summer. All week, Hannah worked on a farm for the Food Project as an assistant crew leader. She acted as a sort of counselor to younger kids who were working on the farm for the summer.

From finals week to August 15, Hannah worked out in the field from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. On Tuesdays, she wouldn’t be done until 7:00 pm. Although she enjoyed her work immensely, spending your day in the dirt was harsh and tiresome.

Even before her job at the food project ended, Hannah started captain’s practice for cross country and she would run miles and miles after spending her entire day on the farm. In the end, Hannah stated: “It was hard, but it was worth it.

Hannah and I would agree that there are definitely cons to working through your summer. Personally, I definitely didn’t come back to South tan or very well rested, I didn’t even get to wear a bathing suit until August 30, and I still haven’t seen The Dark Knight.

Thankfully, however, I have more pros than cons. I was able to devote myself to art for eight weeks, something I’ve been trying to do for years. I made incredible new friends, and I experienced what it would be like if I decided to go to an art school or wanted to go into an advertising field.

For some, summer is just be a time to relax and unwind from a long year at school.For others it’s a time to experience something that takes time and dedication.

Whether you choose to have a productive summer or not, make sure what you do is something you’re passionate about.

Unfortunately, with the school year just starting, you have a lot of time to think it through.

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