Summer 2021: Safe and Fun!


This summer will be different from last year, with things returning back to normal. But it’s important to still maintain our safety by wearing our masks and keeping our distance. Here are some activities that you can do over the summer while staying safe! Photo courtesy of Forbes Magazine.

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer

   The sun is gleaming, the birds are chirping, and it seems as though everyone is happy. For many students, it’s their favorite time of the year: summer! That means tons of vacations, free time, and most importantly, not having to worry about school. This summer, in particular, is monumental due to the fact that it’ll be more normal than the last.

   The summer of 2020 was filled with constant news surrounding election campaigns, COVID-19 updates, and protests. For the most part, many were confined to their own homes, going out rarely. This summer, with about 41.9 percent of the U.S. population fully vaccinated according to the CDC, activities appear to be going back to normal. Amusement parks such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm have all opened up recently and are hoping to lift their capacity restrictions. Movie theaters, restaurants, and even pools have also been open to the public, though with restrictions and guidelines. Let’s take a look at what some of your fellow classmates have planned for the summer!

   Lily Le (11) plans to utilize this summer to plan her future: “I’m going to visit a lot of colleges in order to help me decide on where I want to go [next year].” For many current juniors, summer break is crucial to preparing for senior year. Taking time to start college applications, visit potential campuses, and immerse yourself in extracurriculars help rising seniors get a head start on post-graduation plans. Outside of these college visits, Le also looks forward to “sleeping in, driving with friends, and playing a lot of soccer.” 

   Risa Fujimoto (11) also has some fun things planned for the summer. Being a member of West’s advanced dance team, she’ll be participating in “master classes and camps…practicing techniques and learning choreography for upcoming performances.” She plans to utilize this summer to practice and stay in shape for the dance team. Fujimoto will also be traveling out of the country: “I look forward to traveling to Japan….During my [trip] to Japan, I will have a 2-week quarantine at the hotel and probably will be studying during that time. After quarantine, I will visit some universities in Japan [and] see my relatives and friends.” Many look forward to traveling after a year of strict shutdowns, though safety restrictions will remain in place. 

   For students looking for summer pastimes, here are some suggestions! Le suggests starting a new hobby or going for outdoor walks. Going on hikes and learning new skills can be a great way to spend your time. Fujimoto suggests a simpler summer: to “sleep-in because many people probably couldn’t have during the school year.” You can also find things to do that challenge you, such as puzzles and board games. Bicycling around your city, planning a picnic, or volunteering for your community are also some fun ways to spend your summer.

   With so many places opening up to the public, it’s good to know how to maintain safety while still enjoying the break. To ensure safety while being outdoors, maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Although the CDC will lift their social distancing restrictions as of June 15th for California, it’s always good to stay on the safe side. In addition to this, continue wearing a mask and staying home if you are sick. Guidelines laid out by the CDC and the state of California will pave the way for a successful return to normalcy. Although safety restrictions must stay in place during break, there are still many summer activities that are both enjoyable and responsible.