It always makes me laugh when people ask what I have planned for “summer break,” as if there is actually a break involved for me (there isn’t), but even people who are or have been PhD students ask that question, sometimes. I guess it’s pretty ingrained for at least those of us in the northern hemisphere to think about the summer months as a time for vacation, even if there’s no extra imperative or opportunity to do so. Indeed, I find myself doing so sometimes despite the fact that it’s not substantially different from any other time of year, except that I hate the weather more.
Do you (still) think of summer as Vacation Time, if you ever did? Is there some other part of the year where it’s just expected that there will be some sort of substantial break involved? What kind of awesome plans, if any, do you have for the next few months or the next time you take vacation?
I’m taking a long weekend to visit friends across the country, and going to Dragon*Con (which technically is at the beginning of fall semester, but really, that feels like “summer break” to me).
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