Summer Break in College

savannaAs most of the colleges around the United States have already entered in the second half of the spring semester, students start to be concern about their grades and spend more time in the libraries. The energy to do so comes from the knowledge of having 6 to 7 weeks left and then it’s time for summer. But what does summer mean for students overseas?

Few things to point out beforehand. Summer break is a relatively long period off from school, that usually starts at the end of May and last till mid/late August, being therefore shifted earlier compared to the classic European “August holidays”.

It is a time where school is off in all its implications: no classes, no studying, no research paper. Nada de nada, unless you decide to take on some summer school. Unlike European summer break, the American break doesn’t trick you with tests or exams or deadline right after the break, and this give student an open three months to dedicate to their best passion or need or adventure that more often spice up the resume, outlining the personality of the self.

Steve, sophomore, decided to spend two months of his upcoming break far from the motherland, in South Africa, where he will be teaching English and Math to orphans. He will also spend time exploring the savanna and learning about the behavior of elephants, his favorite animals. “I couldn’t imagine not having a long summer break, or having to spend it studying for some exams. I always tried to do something productive with my two months and a half I have for break; I also worked a lot during summers and I was able to buy my Subi [very proud Subaru driver], but this year I want to do something different. I want to be useful for people that have less than us and explore a new continent,” says Steve. If not during college, when else will you be able to have three months off? Don’t try ask your boss or you will get a loud laugh.

So, Italian students, forget the Vacanze Romane and get involved in new experiences.

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