Summer Plans in a Post-Vaccine World

by Sloane O’Connor ‘22

As the light at the end of the tunnel starts to shine, many people are starting to wonder what the future of the country will look like after Covid-19. Many students in the community are looking forward to the summer as a possibility to live life normally again, as long as people continue to get vaccinated and case numbers keep going down. I, for one, am excited to eat out again with family and friends, and have the chance to play sports without any restrictions. 


This sentiment is shared by all our student body with most people I have interviewed looking forward to when they can live normally again.  Junior Ryan Osinski said, “I am really looking forward to seeing my friends again and just being able to do things again, like it's been so long since we have done certain things that used to be so elementary and ingrained into our daily routines.”


Another thing that was brought up in these interviews was that people really miss the small things in life, like being able to hug friends, go out to a movie, or eat at a restaurant. One student who emphasized how much they miss the small things is Phillip Williams, who said, “I really miss being able to go outside and just go to the park or go to the beach, so I am really looking forward to the possibility of being able to do that again this summer.”


Another student that is looking forward to the chance to travel this summer is Senior Max Mallett who said, “ I am really looking forward to the possibility of going on a road trip through the USA this summer. It's been something I have wanted to do for a long time.” This idea of wanting to move around freely was also expressed by Freshman Gabe Leonesio who said, “I am really looking forward to seeing the rest of my extended family that lives in Boston. I haven't seen them in over a year, which was really hard because I was used to seeing them 2 to 3 times a year.” 


However, while interviewing the faculty, a different theme came up: the idea of trying to better themselves this summer. It was summarized by Mr. Lowinger who said, “ I am looking forward to continuing my MA program at Middlebury, so I can learn more about the best ways to teach Chinese to my students.” 


Another thing that the faculty were looking forward to doing over the summer was to go to public events like baseball games and concerts, and to see family and friends. Out of the 46 teachers that responded to the poll 93%  wanted these things. Compared to the 78 students who answered who said they most looked forward to playing sports and seeing their friends over the summer. The shock to me was that only three people between the faculty and students were most looking forward to dining in a restaurant this summer.


Regardless of how people plan to spend their summer, everyone is looking forward to the end of the Covid-19 pandemic and a return to normalcy.