Chapter 6: 104 Days of Summer Vacation

There’s 104 days of summer vacation
And school comes along just to end it
So the annual problem for our generation
Is finding a good way to spend it

Like maybe

  • finishing my extended essay
  • coin fundraising
  • asking for auction donations
  • 2 summer school classes (Chem 11 and Pre-Calc)
  • part time job
  • Cas Project
  • Bio IA


    Not sure if you’re familiar with theme song from the childhood tv show, “Phineas and Ferb”, but finding a good way to spend summer can be a struggle. I don’t think we actually have 104 days of summer vacation, just like the characters from the show, however summer break gives us the freedom to do whatever we want. This can be either a good or bad thing. Although school has come to an end, and we all deserve a break, I really hope I can push through the haze of summer and make productive use of my days. Otherwise I’ll end up being a rotting, unproductive, potato. As the school year came to an end last week, I came to the fear striking and anxiety inducing realization that next year I will be Grade 12. Lil’ old me will (hopefully)  be graduating next year. At times I feel as though, I take my education for granted, and the slow yet unbelievably fast nature of time made me realize how important it is for me to try my hardest and find all the opportunities while I can. Before we know it there will be nobody telling us where to go or what to do. Nobody to hold our hands along the way. It is important to be able to find motivation and drive within ourselves to be able to make decisions and get things done as an individual.

    Someone I am going to miss a lot in the next coming school year is Mr.Hammerschmidt. I have had the pleasure of getting to know him better as a student in his Geography class and am distraught to see him go. I could go on and on about the impact he has had on us, which students from our class have done with a case study dedicated to him  labelled: “The Case of Roman Hammerschmidt: A study of the geographical impact, methods, and management strategies implemented by the most knowledgeable man in our sphere of influence. Something I remember Mr.Hammer saying to the class on the first day was, “You’re not a real person until you leave high school”. This intrigued me a lot when I first heard it and it is something I think about to this day. It is true, high school is a small part of our lives, and afterwards its up to us to make a person and life out of ourself. We have so much freedom living where we do, so its up to us to make the best out of what we were gratefully given.