Summer is a break from school that is welcomed with open arms; it is a time of relaxing and worry-free days. Most students go on vacation or have summer jobs to attend to; in addition, students stay active with extracurricular activities such as internships, volunteering, and various summer programs to continue learning beyond a regular school environment.
Although a number of high school students are involved with some type of summer activity, two students from Council Rock South in particular shared their own summer experiences.
May Wang, a sophomore at South, has been very busy over the summer. She has spent her summer doing scientific research through The Research and Education in Environmental Science internship, or TREES, at the University of Pennsylvania.
May says that taking part in this internship has been a great experience because not only has she learned new research and laboratory techniques, but has also gotten the chance to listen to professors at the university discuss their own environmental research.
Her learning experience did not stop there, however. She mentions that she also gained some insight into environmental policy and how the government deals with such issues. May also adds that participating in internships specifically is important because they make all the work one does in school worthwhile.
She explains, “When buried in the depths of teachers’ notes and worrying over upcoming tests, it’s easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, so to speak, and wonder what the point of all this work is. Actually going out and applying concepts learned abstractly during the school year makes it all seem worth it in the end.” May feels lucky to have been able to take part in this learning experience and has definitely taken a lot from it.
Emily Liu, an incoming junior at South, has also been very active this summer by volunteering at St. Mary`s Medical Center. This is her second summer volunteering there.
Emily spent her time at the hospital this summer helping others find their way around. She says that she learned how to communicate better with others through her volunteer assignment at the hospital; moreover, she adds that she has made new friends and feels as though she has become a better person. Emily also expresses that doing different things during summer is important because it helps a person grow and learn.
Both May and Emily gained much knowledge about the world around them and about themselves this summer. They both agree that being involved in something like they have is important for a student to grow and recommend it to all students.
PHOTO CAPS: 1. Emily Liu
2. May Wang