Even though I have two weeks of classes and three final exams between now and summer, I can’t help but get excited about what lies ahead. Like last summer the overall theme is going to be WORK. I will be working 5 days a week here at Gordon College for the Grounds department, doing everything from mulching beds to mowing lawns to working with the irrigation system.
In addition to working for Gordon, I have picked up a couple side jobs doing landscaping/maintenance. I’ll be working from Annisquam to Wingaersheek to right here in Wenham doing whatever needs to be done to keep houses and yards going strong.
Those are the jobs that I get paid for. A big part of my summer plans include getting into the biology research lab at Gordon and getting ahead in my molecular ecology research project. This project will most likely become my honors research thesis, which means that I need to use the summer to get as far ahead in the work as I can before junior year hits. While this is going to be difficult, I am excited to be in the lab on a consistent basis and not have a million other academic responsibilities hanging over my head.
You might be thinking that these summer plans don’t leave any room to have fun. On the contrary, I think that these summer plans sound like nothing but fun. I so enjoy working outside and working to make things look nice that my Grounds job and my side jobs will be so much fun. I also get a lot of satisfaction from working in the lab at my own pace with a little country music in the background. It’s going to be so awesome to be on campus everyday this summer. While the campus may not be as buzzing as it is during the academic calendar, the students who stay to work around campus during the summer are great to be around. I can’t wait to enjoy time away from the rigors of college life with fellow student workers. And I can’t wait to, for the first time in months, roll the windows down in the truck and play my country music just a bit too loud.