Summer 2022: A time for rest, rejuvenation

Spencer Manning, freshman biological sciences major from Syracuse, plans to spend his summer outside getting some sun and playing some sports. Trey Urban | Sun News Daily

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The semester is coming to an end, and it’s time to think about how you want to spend the summer. 

St. George is a great place for outdoor activities as long as you can handle the heat. There are tons of gorgeous hikes and Zion National Park is just an hour away. While most students plan on spending their summers relaxing and forgetting about school, others are hitting the grind and working hard.

Larsen Rogers, a sophomore psychology major from Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be playing for a USL League 2 semi-pro soccer team. The team is connected to the USL Championship professional soccer team, New Mexico United. 

“My dream is to play professional soccer, and this team is one of the country’s developmental programs to work towards that professional level,” Rogers said. 

To pass the time between practices and games, Rogers will be working and taking online classes. He said he’s looking forward to showcasing his skills to professional scouts and coaches over the summer. 

Summer break is a great time for students to look into furthering their future careers and making connections in the field. 

Jake Harber, a sophomore communication studies major from Pinedale, Wyoming, got the chance to work with the University Marketing and Communication PR team. He will spend his summer writing blogs, press releases, helping with events and preparing for events in the fall. 

“I want to go into PR, so this is helping me get experience and build my portfolio,” Harber said. 

While he is working with UMAC, Harber said he is also looking forward to the warm weather and motorcycle rides. 

While some students like to stick around the St. George area, others like to avoid the hot days and travel back home for the break. 

“I’m mostly just excited to be back home and see my friends, family and pets,” said Kennedy Elton, a sophomore graphic design major from Kansas City, Kansas. 

Elton is going to spend her summer working alongside her family to make money for the next semester. When she isn’t working, she is excited for a couple of concerts she is going to attend. 

Alexander Andersen, a senior communication studies major from Los Angeles, will be going back home to avoid the St. George weather and spend time with friends. He will also be taking online classes to speed his graduation along. 

If you plan on sticking around St. George, there are plenty of fun things to do. Sand Hollow and Quail Creek State Park are both great lakes to cool off on a hot day. They have paddle boards and water toys you can rent out for the day, or you can stay on the beach and swim.  

Summer is the time to rest and rejuvenate after a long year of school. So have fun, relax and prepare for next semester.