Hi everyone ! Hope you’re all enjoying your summers just as much as I am!! I’m Erina Nanavati and I am a rising sophomore (which is wild). I can’t wait to get back to my favorite place and people, but being home has been pretty nice 🙂
When I first got home from school, I got a job working for the YMCA’s after school care. I did this every day from 2:30 to 6 for about a month and a half. It wasn’t always the most laid back job, but I loved being around the kids and getting to do different activities with them. It was also my first real job(other than babysitting) so my favorite part about it was actually having some money !! The other “job” I have every summer is working a camp for kids with cancer or cancer in their families. I put quotes around job because it is one of the most fun weeks of my summer every year. Since I’ve been working it for a few years I know a lot of the kids that come back so it’s fun to see how much they’ve grown and do a bunch of fun stuff with them!! This summer we did anything from hanging out and coloring, to going to the movies and going to the amusement park Seabreeze !
I’ve had a few big events happen over the past few months as well. My sister kieran went to her junior prom and my cousin Reena graduated from high school! These, while exciting, made me feel old But despite me feeling this way, it was fun to watch both of them get ready for prom and go to their pictures and see Reena walk across the same stage I did last year!
On top of these, we had a HUGE family reunion in Baltimore in July. My dad is Indian and every 2 years we have a get together with all of his extended family, which are usually large in Indian families. You might be thinking, oh how nice what a lovely tradition seeing all your family. Well, there were about 130 of us at this reunion. And even though we’ve been doing this for a while, I STILL don’t know everyone. But, it’s always great to get together and see everyone (even though it sometimes stressed me out). We went to an orioles game, swam and even had a VERY intense family softball game (we are all pretty competitive). But the best part was hanging out with all of my cousins, there’s 8 of us that are really really close, and close in age so whenever we get together it’s always such a fun time, even if we’re not doing anything !
Last but not least, the best weekend of the summer consisted of me and my fellow upstate sophs taking the long trek to the one and only LONG ISLAND (best known for the LIRR, pizza, bagels and of course, Billy Joel) Our LI peeps had been telling us all year that “upstate was not real New York” and obviously we did not believe them, but we figured we had to go and find out:) So, we traveled by 4 cars and 2 trains and finally ended up ~on~ (not IN) the island. It was so much fun being able to hang out,go to the beach, and see everybody’s home towns. On top of that, the rising juniors surprised us and came down the same weekend so we got to see them too!
The rest of the summer has just been chilling with friends and family which is always nice 🙂 I’m looking forward to the upcoming weeks because my family and I are going to Paris and Barcelona in August! It’s going to be such a fun trip and I can’t wait to tell everyone about it! After that it’s just getting ready for school!! I hope you all savor these last few weeks because they go by so so fast! We’ll be back at genny in no time :)))))