When contemplating the days of summer, many teens are filled with visions of what they want to accomplish, whether it is finally getting that nice golden tan, getting in shape, or simply hanging out with friends.
While many people have a summer bucket list, the thought of what they will not do is often a mere passing thought, maybe a sort of resolution after experiencing something unpleasant. Take, for example, horrible sunburns that everyone seems drawn to touch, intense boredom, or school work that has seemed to survive the end of the school year.
Here are some items that Top of Utah teens will NOT be doing this summer.
* I won't ... have car troubles
Summer is often filled with vacations, road trips, or simply just enjoying the freedom the road can bring. However, one of the various problems that can arise is having car malfunctions -- and that's something some of our Top of Utah teens want to avoid.
"I will not forget to gas the car before going on a road trip, and get stuck in the road," said Kayla Gonzalez, a senior this fall at Bonneville High School.
Others are seeking to avoid as many tickets as possible.
"I won't be pulled over this summer," said Alec Allman, a senior this fall at Weber High.
Gas has also become a big issue for many teens as they contemplate how to spend their summer. The increasing price of fuel has become a strong reason for many to stay closer to home.
"I won't drive most places. With ObamaCare, I can only work 29 hours a week, and gas is expensive," said Zach Walker, a junior next year at Bonneville High.
* I won't ... get bored
Boredom is an ever-present beast lurking around every corner and in every shadow during summer. It preys upon those who are not quite sure of what they want to do that day.
However, some Top of Utah teens are determined to vanquish the boredom beast this summer by remaining busy.
"I will not be lazy and boring this summer, I will get out and be adventurous!" said Gabie Lynch, a sophomore at Ogden High.
Isabelle Alvey, who will be a junior this fall at Northridge High, had similar feelings.
"I won't get bored this summer. I always end up feeling like there's nothing to do halfway through summer, so I want to keep myself busy, but still enjoy being able to take a break from all the homework that is normally flooding my life," she said.
Alvey added, "I also won't be getting sunburnt. I'm a ginger, so it's always good to hope for a nice tan."
Some choose to fight boredom by catching up on TV shows.
ta'Nisha Poulsen, who just graduated from Clearfield High, said, "This summer I will not waste all my time watching 'Criminal Minds,' because I have way too many 'Law and Order SVU' episodes to catch up on."
* I won't ... do homework
Summer is often seen as a period of relaxation and a break from the stress that the school year can wreak. Unfortunately, the few short months pass by faster than what seems possible, and while we endure the homework, tests and pop quizzes, we dream of the summer that seemed like only yesterday.
So, for some teens, the resolution is not to do homework or anything school-related during their time off.
As Bailey Dryer, a recent graduate from Northridge High, explained, "This summer I definitely will not be doing any required 'summer reading,' or wake up on time, or plan out a set schedule every day."
* I won't ... get a significant other
There is something magical about the summer that seems to inspire those "summer romances." However, many teens prefer to date around rather than settling down with that special someone.
"The one thing that I won't do this summer is get a girlfriend," said Zac Love, who just graduated from Clearfield High. "My reasoning behind this is that I just moved to Provo, and with all the 18-year-old guys leaving on LDS missions, there are tons of girls who need to be taken on dates, and I don't want to just date one girl, because you know, it wouldn't be fair to the ladies for me to be so selfish."
Whatever your summer goals may be, take a look at some of the things you don't want to endure this summer. Sometimes it's easier to narrow down what you want don't want to accomplish, than stressing about everything you've resolved to complete this summer.
TX. correspondents Olivia Andrus, Ogden High, and Kalli Damschen, Clearfield High, contributed to this article.
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Meghan Jones will be a senior this fall at Bonneville High School. She enjoys writing, photography and hanging out with friends. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.