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Megha Kansra
Megha is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star.
She is a junior student at Stephen F. Austin High School-FBISD.

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Some Mild Complaints  

The funny thing is that summer is here and I donít know what to do at all. After a year of cramming and reading, suddenly pointless things seem frivolous. As the clockís needle flicks on, each wasted minute itself feels like a prick of a needle to me. So, certainly, I should be fully able to abandon myself to summertime bliss, but instead I feel like this is time I should be investing in more purposeful things.

Ugh. I blame the eyes-on-college mentality so strongly inculcated in me from the beginning of high school. It makes me feel as though I should pack activities like sardines into the neat little boxes of my agenda and then transfer them triumphantly into my application. Whatís more, it puts me in an irritating position now, sandwiched between something and nothing, feeling lethargic and itchy. And the three months of summer vacation stretch before me like a never-ending expanse of time that I feel worried will be frittered away as I fade into my couch watching bad T.V. show after bad T.V. show. Relaxing wastes time if itís only partial relaxing. And I canít relax without assuring myself that Iím not wasting time. And making an effort to assure always leads to partial relaxation.

Or maybe what I ought to blame is the lack of inspiration around me. I know, I know, this sounds very drudging and bitter, but thereís some truth to it. After all, smack-dab in the middle of suburbia, I find myself surrounded by the same manufactured modes of fun. Like the mall, at which shopping means purchasing and wearing something at least five people you know already have. Or the movie theater, which is playing its usual summer features of Mediocrity I, II, and III. Taking a saunter to the well-sauntered Town Square would be similarly unenlightening. Everyone is a drone, wearing the same clothes, making the same remarks, and brandishing the same hairdo, perfected by the same hair straightener.

And every time someone laughs at these complaints and pats me absently, counseling me to ďtake it easy,Ē I end up stiffening even more.

I sound very grouchy. And in need of a long and refreshing nap. Maybe when I wake up things will be more interesting.

Megha is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star.
She is a junior student in FBISD.

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