2020 and its corresponding summer have been – to say the very least – different, unprecedented, and quite messy. However, this summer has not only been memorable to me for the obvious pandemic-related reasons, but it’s also the first summer I’ve felt like a true adult and the person that I want to become.
Of course, with all of the mandated restrictions put into place, I was forced to learn to rely on myself and my immediate family for entertainment and company. Seeing my friends that only live a mile or two away wasn’t an option for the majority of the hotter months, and although I don’t expect adulthood to feel that lonely, it did give me a unique sense of independence and security in myself.
In a similar vein, having restrictions and fewer places to go meant finding creative ways to get out and have fun. For me, this meant lots of walks, drives, and trips to the beach. I’m usually more of an indoor kind of girl (think malls, movies, restaurants, etc.), so this summer gave me a chance to expand on the types of activities that I enjoy. And, honestly, I’m grateful that I actually got to enjoy the summer weather more than I normally would’ve!
This season also happened to be the first one that I had “adult” responsibilities. Before 2020, I had spent my vacation months unstructured and free – I slept in every day and did whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. This year presented a huge change! For one, I had the great honor of working in my first summer “big-girl” internship here at Test And Report, which kept me busy, fought off any potential boredom, and helped expand my list of marketing and PR skills. I also spent a lot of my time apartment-hunting for places in NYC, which required a lot of coordination between me and my roommates, budgeting, and research. Despite having previously lived in an apartment, this experience was very new for me… and at times, really stressful.
So, to describe my summer of 2020 simply, I would say it was the summer of learning… about myself, communication, planning, my future career goals, and so much more. I’m thankful for the balance of challenges, growth, and fun I encountered and hope it all continues as I say my goodbyes to the season and move on to what Fall has in store for me.