July/August, 2015 – Staying Productive over the Summer


Teen TalkGabi Harris

Staying Productive over the Summer 

By Gabi Harris


I feel like I’m constantly trying to spread both productivity and positivity among my peers and even in my Teen Talk articles. Yes, summer is a time to relax from work and school, but it’s also a time to figure things out and be productive! My summers include me also working at my job, but I also like to keep myself busy because staying on the couch, constantly watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix can get boring after a while. Again, yes, Netflix is a beautiful, beautiful thing, but so are activities that help you better yourself!


If you’re an entering senior, then this summer should be the opposite of a walk in the park. Researching colleges, applying for early admission, pumping up the resume are just a few of the things high school seniors have to encounter the summer before entering senior year. Don’t forget online classes, summer institutes, and (if you don’t know yet) figuring out where exactly you want to spend the next four or more years. The summer is the perfect and only time to plan all this out because trust me, once the year begins, it’ll be over before you know it. Plan out accordingly; stay on track of things, so you can be moving your tassel from the right to left side next year, Class of 2016!


Now if you’re not an upcoming senior, maybe you don’t have much to worry about but staying productive is still something you may want to consider, as you lay on your bed constantly refusing to see daylight? When I wasn’t working over the summer I found myself at home often, laying down with my laptop on my stomach finishing seasons of TV shows. Those days caused me sickness from feeling as if I wasn’t accomplishing anything, so I decided ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH. Whether my friends were working, out of town, or at college, I decided I still had to move on with my life and do something besides staying at home all day.


I took trips to art museums, the beach, to get coffee, and finished most of the tasks I wanted to have done by the end of the summer. Whether you complete an online class or finish your summer reading book, productivity will find you not being upset with yourself when (I’m sorry I’m mentioning it) school comes back around.


Keep yourself busy! A couple of days relaxing and doing nothing are obviously necessary, but don’t forget to stay on track with what you need to complete this summer!


Gabrielle Harris just graduated from Wellington High School. She was involved in the Quidditch team, Key Club, and served as the social media and news editor for the WHS Wave school newspaper. She hopes to study mass communications in college and aspires to someday tell her travel stories to the world.