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April 29, 2005

Summer Vacation 2005

James Girvin

      The school year is nearing its end, which means one thing: summer vacation. Although summer isn't necessarily a "vacation" for some—with internships, jobs, and the like—it's still a time without classes and with plenty of free time…which is often accompanied by bouts of immense boredom.

      After about a month of sitting around the house, annoying every member of the family (including the family pet) with constant questions about what to do, and seeing any decent movie out in theatres five times, one starts to run out of things to occupy one's time. So what is there to do? More specifically, considering the nature of this paper, what is there to do for those of us who are more politically inclined?

1. Join a campaign.
      Sure, it seems early, but election campaigns are going on right now at the national, state, and local levels. How about joining one of these to get a feel for how the political world really works (by getting coffee and making copies seven hours a day)? My advice is to join a re-election campaign for someone in the National or State House of Representatives. With the retention rate they have going there, chances are you'll be celebrating a win after the elections. And everyone likes winning.

2. Write.
      Start a blog, write letters to the editor of your local paper, or just write down your personal thoughts (hey, it worked for Doug and his journal—not diary—right?). Then, next year, submit your work to The Patriot so our small contributing staff doesn't have to write four articles each!

3. Run for office.
      Hey, why not? I think I want to be a Comptroller. That has a nice ring to it.

4. Read.
      But make sure it's only Left-Wing propaganda. Just kidding. Make sure to read both sides of the argument with an open-mind… and then I'm fully confident you'll join the vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.

5. Play video games.
      I know this one has nothing to do with politics, but I ran out of ideas and have this thing about needing to make lists at least five points long.

      Alright, that's about all I can think of in terms of things to do over the summer. The bottom line, though, is to have fun. After all, we'll be thrust into the "real world" where there is no summer vacation soon enough.

      Man, I sound like my parents.

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