[初一]World of summer
AROUND the world, summer vacation means long days, sunshine, swimming, sleeping in and, most importantly, no school.
Hundreds of years ago, students took the summer off to help their parents in the fields (田地). Today, though, summers are full of fun – not work. A summer vacation means so many opportunities (机会) for kids: extra (额外的) classes, sports, hobbies or catching up on studies.
If you’re lucky, during the weeks away from school, you can volunteer (做志愿工作), travel or go to a camp. It’s time to learn a new skill or do a part-time job. You may hang out with friends all day. Some kids just kick off their shoes and jump into rivers and swimming pools.
If you’re not so lucky, summer vacation may mean summer school – a long, hot summer inside the classroom.
Some say that summer vacations slow academic progress (学业进步). In fact, US President Barack Obama once talked about a shorter summer vacation for US students. But others say that summer vacation can lead to a lot of personal growth (个人成长). And if you work hard, it doesn’t have to mean falling behind in your studies.
Whatever your plans, make this summer a good one. Take on a project! Learn something! Help someone! Make this summer one to remember.
By Gabriella Van Leuven 21st Century Teens staff