By: Stephenie “Remedi” Lai, Staff Writer

Loyalty: Over the summer, to enact the virtue of loyalty, I’ve made sure to keep in touch with my family, closest friends and sisters. Although it’s summer and we’re all on different schedules, I want to make sure my sisters know that I’m still around for whatever they need. I do this by sending texts, making calls and setting up dates.

Honesty: It may be a task for some of us to constantly be true to ourselves and to others, especially in the summertime when your daily routine may change. In everything you do, you should think about putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. No one likes being lied to. Hold yourself to this. Whenever you lie or think about lying, you should ask yourself why you are lying, what are the benefits of telling this lie and what are the possible repercussions.

Respect: For a lot of us, summertime means moving back home for a few months. Since I graduated in May, this meant moving back for more than a few months. Being the youngest, my parents had already adjusted to their empty nest lifestyle. It may be difficult for both parties to readjust to this new lifestyle, so I had to respect that things have changed around the house and the rules they set in place for me. In turn, they had to respect that I have matured and that I should be able to go out and do more things on my own.

Dedication: We all get a bit lazier in the summertime. I blame it on the heat. Either way, we can’t lose focus on the things we’re doing, no matter what they may be. If you’re working on a personal project or a summer class, set your sights on it and dedicate your time to completing that task. Create benchmarks to mark your progress.

Integrity: A lot happens during the summer that can test your honesty. We all know the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Well, I went to Vegas and I made sure there was nothing to tell. I even had to be honest to myself to stay out of trouble, especially when it came to money.

Discipline: The immense amount of free time you have in the summer may take a toll on your discipline in many areas – academics, health and well-being or relationships. A lack of discipline in your life leads to a lack of control. Nobody wants that. I would suggest keeping a calendar with goals and deadlines. Set a plan for yourself and keep revising it. Make some short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals to make sure you stay on track.

Academic Excellence: Being a recent graduate, I didn’t have any homework or classes to worry about this summer. But just because you graduate doesn’t mean that learning stops. I’ve been studying up to take the GRE and I’ve been doing some personal research on cooking just to keep busy. There is always room to learn and grow.