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Dear Readers –

I really enjoyed getting to speak to some lovely rising high school seniors at the Macaulay open house last weekend – especially those of you from my Alma mater, Stuy, and two girls who also had insulin pumps (diabetes bonding, yay!). That was definitely a first. Best of luck, and as always, you can reach me anytime at kt.ohagan@gmail.com.

Hopefully you are all enjoying your summer, and making the most of your three months of freedom (two months that haven’t quite arrived yet if you’re still stuck in high school). My absence from the blog has been due to the whirlwind end of the semester and then my pure unbridled enjoyment of having FREE TIME again, and NO HOMEWORK. I’m thoroughly enjoying doing research at Roosevelt House (the public policy institute at Hunter college) three days a week. For example, today I spent the entire day looking through a Roosevelt family photo album – many of the pictures have never been published, and it was fun reading Anna Roosevelt’s (FDR and Eleanor’s oldest) captions. (Is my history nerdiness showing?) I also got to see Elizabeth Warren speak at Roosevelt House last Thursday, and I got to see Michelle Rhee speak at Roosevelt House on Wednesday night. (Check out the Public Policy Program Facebook page, which I run, for more info!) My one day a weekend job helps earn me the dough I need for hanging out with friends and getting cute new summer clothes and shoes 🙂 All told, I have three days off a week – and not off in the school semester sense, but COMPLETELY off – no homework, no papers, no studying.

That said, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have goals and plans for the summer. On my summer to-do list (yes, there’s actually a word document on my desktop entitled “Summer to-do list”) is seeing Shakespeare in the Park for the first time ever (if I can get tickets) rereading the entire Harry Potter series in anticipation of the final film (I seem to own every book except for the first one – what? I may just have to get it from the library…) and learning to crochet or knit. I don’t know if that last one will actually happen, but I’d like to at least try.

Other than that, I’m running around doing zumba, going to the beach, playing frisbee and just generally enjoying the beautiful weather. I wish I was going to Germany again this summer – I had such an amazing time there last summer! – but alas, I cannot afford it on my college-student budget. Sometime in the near future I hope *fingers crossed*

What are you doing with YOUR summer!?