Summer officially started for me last week after I wrote my last final. I thought I’d make this more of a personal post and share my summer plans for the next 8 weeks before school starts back up in Septembe.
Since school starts back right after Labor Day, I don’t have a very long summer. I kind of wish I could have split up the summer semester classes and taken them in the fall and winter. Then I would have had four months off for the summer and I would have been better able to find full time work. Unfortunately that’s not how it ended up (since I’m in such a small program the classes are only offered once per year), but I came up with what I think is still a pretty great plan.
I’ll be working part time. I’ll be at the same job that I’ve been at for years working with native plants. How can I go wrong with being outside with such pretty flowers all day? I make it sound like fun, but it’s also a lot of hard physical work. I wouldn’t trade it for anything though. I’m so grateful this job fell in my lap eight years ago. My boss and coworker are both amazing people who have now become more like friends.
In addition to working I’ll also be working on getting two fitness certifications. The first one I’ve been working on is AFLCA Group Exercise. (You can check out my thoughts on the Exercise Theory and Group Exercise courses) While I’ve taken the courses, I still have to take an exam for each course along with a practical assessment. I’ve signed up the take the exams in August, so I’m preparing by studying and making sure that I know both textbooks forwards and backwards. I need to get a minimum of 80% on both exams, so I want to make sure I really know my stuff.
The second certification I’ll be doing is the NASM Certified Personal Trainer. By the time I graduate school I’ll be a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer, but I figured since I’ll have the time this summer I might as well get another certification done. In addition, a lot of what I’ll need to know for the AFLCA Exercise Theory exam will also be covered by the NASM CPT exam, so if I have to know the content, I might as well be tested on it at the same time.
The whole summer won’t be all work and studying though. In a few weeks I leave for Vancouver to see Adele. I’ll be there for five nights/six days. So far I’ve planned a day trip to Victoria (I’ve never been, plus they have an amazing garden) as well as a walking tour of Gastown (one of the oldest neighborhoods in Vancouver). The rest of my time in Vancouver I’ll be on the beaches, at Stanley Park, and checking out some delicious restaurants.
Now that you know what I’ll be up to this summer, leave a comment with something fun you’ll be doing.