Story by Zakiya Austin and Destiny White, photo by Zakiya Austin

School is back in session and students old and new are dragging their feet back to class. While the enthusiasm of the new school year echoes through the hallways, students reflect on their summers.

“I hung out with a bunch of friends and I watched a bunch of Netflix,”  senior  Kamryn Robinson said.

Netflix and friends is as good a summer tale as any, and probably accounts for many summer stories. But while some students beat the South Carolina heat inside, some preferred nautical pass times.

“I went on a cruise to Puerto Rico and I spent a lot of time out on the water on boat rides with my family on Lake Murray,” freshman Maya Fanning said.

Tropical excursions and quality time with loved ones were not uncommon this summer.

“My favorite part was going to the Bahamas with my family. It was really pretty. We had a lot of fun,” junior Katherina Amnatkeo said.

CLC training, a cadet leadership program, was also a popular early summer activity for ROTC students.

“The first week in June, I went to the Citadel for CLC training for ROTC and then after that I started Karate classes at the east west campus,” sophomore Michaela Mazerolle said.

Europe was another school sponsored adventure for students to take this summer.

“[The highlight of my summer was] going to Europe with the Social Studies department and getting to explore a foreign country,” senior Zach Adams said.

Though the entire student body couldn’t have had the same extraordinary experiences as some, the downside of most summers is something they all had in common.

“The worst part of my summer was the end,” Kamryn said.

In spite of their lack of enthusiasm, the start of the school year brings revelation about how this summer has helped them grow into better people.

“I got more fit over the summer and I kind of figured out what I wanted to do this school year. It got me focused for the school year.” Michaela said.

No matter how small, each new lesson was an important one.

“I learned how to cook, so I guess I know how to be a grown up now.” Maya said.

Zach realized how important family is and Kamryn learned that she didn’t want to miss out on the festivities next summer. No matter how the break was spent, each student came to school year a little wiser than they left.

“I got to spend a lot of time doing things I liked.” Katherina said, “I really got to know a lot about myself over the summer.”