Cathy is a 17 year-old from Seatac, WA. She spends her time watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, reflecting, and listening to various types of music as she’s writing her thoughts away. She hopes to live through her passions.
The last thing you want to do is read. You have just gotten out of school and all you want to do is grow your roots into the couch and hibernate your mind until September. But picking up a book isn’t such a bad idea. Here are some reasons for you to pick up that book.
SAT Prep- For many of you rising seniors or juniors,you will soon be taking the SAT’s. By reading challenging texts you enhance your vocabulary. This will undoubtedly help with the vocabulary section in the SAT’s.
Enjoy- People forget that reading can be enjoyable. Especially with all of the boring texts teachers throw at you. I know that I rarely have time during the school year to read for leisure which is something that I love to do. Now that summer is here I have a nice little pile of books waiting at my bedside for me to dig into.
Wind Down- This summer you are probably planning on spending your time at the beach playing volley ball, swimming, or doing other physical activities. That is all good and fun but you need to have some wind down time. And I don’t mean sitting on the couch watching TV. Let your body rest and your mind wander. Explore a different world and get lost.
Improve Writing Skills- So maybe you don’t feel like picking up you pen for a long while. But by reading you are still helping out your writing. You get familiar with the different writing styles and the conventions of writing. There is so much great literature out there that you will begin to get familiar with what great writing looks like.
Keep up Literacy- When I was younger I was able to devour books. I would read two a day. Now I am lucky if I can finish one a year. I just can’t read as fast as I could and sometimes I have to read a text more than once before I actually grasp what it is saying. Keep reading. Otherwise you will end up like me.
So yeah, I know it sucks. But it won’t kill you if you read a book this summer maybe two. You can only benefit.