DARIEN, Conn. Although their summer vacation was extended a few days because of Hurricane Irene, Darien students must prepare to go back to school on Thursday . That means filling their backpacks with newly bought school supplies, learning their schedules and, in the case of seniors Devon McCarthy and Hannah Caldwell, finishing up copious amounts of AP work.
Caldwell, who is taking four APs, claims getting a head-start is the key to success. "I had three books to read this summer, so it was essential I started early."
McCarthy concurs, emphasizing the importance of preparation. "With the amount of work I have this summer, between all the essays and books it would be literally impossible for me to do it all the last weekend."
McCarthy started her AP work the last weekend of June, but admits to taking a break during the middle of the summer.
"For a period of time I really just wanted to enjoy my summer. But now that school is around the corner I have to finish up. I'm just happy I started when I did."
Both students acknowledge the lighter side of back-to-school preparations, however. "I love school-supply shopping. It's probably my favorite part of the back-to-school process," Caldwell said. "It's fun to get a fresh start at being organized."
Now that she will be a senior, McCarthy is eagerly anticipating that most sacred of all privileges: driving to school. "I can't wait to drive to school. That's probably what I'm looking forward to most."
For many students, the end of summer can be a potent mix of things to look forward to and to dread, much like what they will no doubt experience in the upcoming school year.
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