The trip I mentioned earlier ended yesterday. It's strange how unfamiliar the house looked after not seeing it for six weeks. Last summer was my first experience having a real job and it was stressful, but also fun. My favorite times last summer were bike rides with music and cool hours spent in the movie theater with popcorn watching Marvel movies. I’m looking forward to doing that all again. This summer‘ll be different though, the number of people in the house has halved and it’ll be my second summer working, so – theoretically – I won’t be as awkward. Whatever this summer turns out to be I’m looking forward to it. I like change and it’ll probably be full of it.
I work best with a grade and due date ahead of me, it's hard to get anything done otherwise. Now that school has mostly ended and I have more time to do my own stuff, and since there are no deadlines - just expiration dates - for the things I want to do, I've made this list to help me focus on spending my time well. It’s a list of the things left after prioritizing how I want to spend my time this summer. These aren’t in any order.
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Get learner's permit – I’ve been putting this off with good excuses (school and such) for a while, but I need to get my license and now’s a good time. “A good time” as in now is the time I can do it. (Encouragement would be appreciated.)
Research colleges and learn about potential jobs – Ever since I can remember I’ve said I wanted to make movies when I grow up. That hasn’t changed, but what exactly “making movies” means I don’t know. Right now the things I’m most interested in are computer science, camerawork, editing (both words and film) and writing. I also like organizing things and people and that sort of thing. My dream job would be working for Marvel Studios, doing what exactly I don't know. Basically I want to learn as much as I can this summer about what I want to do and how to do it.
Plan trip to England – I’m working on a full post about this, but for now I'll just say my Dad has said he’ll take me if I plan the whole thing. I’ve never planned anything like this so it’ll be a challenge, but I’ve wanted to go to England for as long as I can remember so I’m determined to try.
Get in shape – The main obstacle for this is that it’s going to take time and energy away from doing other things. I want to get into the habit of running in the morning. Because I'll have to be off the place where I'll be running by seven in the morning I'll have to go early. (If any of you have tips for a beginning runner I’d appreciate them.)
Take a break from reading – I’ve realized that I should put reading further down on the list than it is usually so I can spend more time on other stuff. I’ll still be reading some though, it's just not as high in my priorities right now.
Make an eBay shop – For now, I just want to try out running one and see if it’s worth the time and how much I can make with it.
Improve my word per minute average (that is, typing speed) to 85 WPM – I found this website a couple weeks ago, my beginning average was 40, and is now 64. It’s a fun site to use if you’re interested and works well; it also shows you your typing averages, graphs of your problem areas on the keyboard and learning speed, etc. My fastest typing speed so far is 108 words per minute. I’m going for an average of 85 WPM by the end of the summer, focusing on accuracy especially instead of speed.
Continue to research how computers work – This isn't a very measurable goal, but lately I've become fascinated with how computers and everything that have to do with them work. Firstly I want to learn how assembly languages translate more complex languages like C+ and Java into binary. Hopefully, in the process of learning that I'll learn to read and write a little of those languages. I also want to learn how the internet and hacking works (don't worry, I'm just interested in the technology of it), and how to write programs.
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What are you planning/hoping to do this summer? Also, if you have any advice or anything about any of the things I mentioned up there, I like advice. xx