Summer has long been a coveted aspect of the average American teenager's life. It has served as a time to relax and escape the daily work of school. Homework, peer pressure, and cliques are all parts of teenagers lives. Summer gives a break from these things and just lets teenagers enjoy living stress-free. Relaxation, no school, and seemingly endless free time have always been parts of Summer that make it so great. Summer, therefore, serves as a period for students to unwind and return to school energized and ready to learn once again. This three month period can allow students to rejuvenate their mental health in many different ways. For example, students can hang out at a local public venue with their friends and develop social skills. This time spent with friends can also help build life long friendships that you wouldn't necessarily have time to grow during the school year when everyone is busy studying for the next test. Just as important is alone time, spending time lying on a towel in the park staring up at the sky for example. As much as we need to spend times interacting with others, it doesn't hurt to spend some time by yourself. For some, alone time is the only time they can truly be themselves and unwind completely.
Summer also allows students to pursue activities and interests they might not have time for doing the school year. There are a variety of things students can do during the summer that range from leisure to work to internships. Kids can opt to go out and enjoy a walk in the park or a bike ride through the neighborhood. More ambitious students choose to get a job at a local restaurant or fast food location in order to earn a couple bucks and to be able to slap something on their resume. Even more ambitious kids will sometimes apply for research internships and do research in a lab with a professor or graduate student at a university. Besides these few options, there is also a plethora of summer camps available. Some are adventure camps and others are more technical. And even if the student decides not to do any of these -like I said earlier- there are so many other options. You could pick up a new sport, join the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of America, start a hobby, read a book... the possibilities are endless.
So as you can see, the summer offers a great deal of opportunity for kids and holds many benefits. Students can pick up new interests, hang out with their friends, unwind from school, relax a little bit, and recharge their noggins so that they can come back to school energized to learn more!