“5 Tips for Teens to Have a Safe and Socially Distanced Summer” – written by our Staples High School Intern, Allie!

Hi, I’m Allie! I am so excited to be helping Mindy out as her intern. Currently, I’m a senior at Staples High School and will be interning for Mindy during our senior internships before I go to Syracuse University in the fall. To introduce myself, here’s a little bit about me:

  • I love to write. Throughout my years at Staples High School, I have been involved with our school newspaper, Inklings. In my senior year, I was the Editor-in-Chief and loved every aspect of it. My position consisted of everything from organizing class events to writing some pretty hard-hitting articles. Inklings was a great community and I am very fortunate that it defined my high school experience.
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Here’s me with my Inklings family at Sherwood Island. Every year, we participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk which raises awareness for suicide prevention. Can you see me? I’m in the front row!

  • I love Spotify! I spend a lot of my free time listening to music and (try to) put together the perfect playlist for any occasion or emotion. Feeling excited? I’ve got a playlist for that! Looking forward to quarantining and social distancing to end? Got a playlist for that too! Some of my current favorite artists are Noah Kahan and Hippo Campus, however, I will always be a huge fan of Taylor Swift. I listen to an array of genres, so please send any song recommendations my way!
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This was taken during spirit week back in October which leads up to our Friday night homecoming football game. The day’s theme was color war, and seniors were red, so of course, I had to wear my Red album t-shirt to rep Taylor!

  • I’m a huge movie fanatic! Here are my current top 5 favorite movies: “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”, “(500) Days of Summer”, “Inception”, “Lady Bird”, and “All the President’s Men”.
  • On weekdays, you can find me watching “Jeopardy” every night at 7. I have watched the show every day since the third grade and I love it!


One problem that I’m currently facing is how to make the most of the summer despite the state of our world. This year, summer may look a little different. However, COVID-19 should definitely not stop the fun, and I certainly don’t want to waste the upcoming sunny days and warm weather inside. So, I compiled a list of ideas on how to spend the next two months outside and enjoying the summer months, while still following social distancing guidelines.

5 tips for teens to have a safe and socially distanced summer

1) PICK UP A NEW HOBBY:  Summer is a great time to learn a new skill. Apps and videos on Youtube make it easy to learn step by step something new. Here are a few ideas:

    1. Apps like DuoLingo make it easy to start speaking a new language. They offer personalized learning at your pace and send you reminders to practice every day. This summer, I’ll be attempting to learn French.
    2. If you have an artistic side, try calligraphy! There are free print-outs online to start practicing, as well as countless videos.
    3. Challenge yourself to read a certain number of books this summer. Some of my current favorites are “Little Weirds” by Jenny Slate, “Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption” edited by Daniel Jones, and “Calypso” by David Sedaris.



2) START A SCRAPBOOK: At the end of every school year, my phone stores a lot of photos that depict my favorite memories from that year. Select your favorite photos and print them at your local CVS or Walgreens, or use a website like Shutterfly to make free prints. Compile them into one scrapbook, and add stickers, old movie tickets, or any other memories that you can look back on. This is a great way to keep all your memories and something you can add on to in the following years.

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Here’s a great example I found off of Pinterest.


3) GROW AN HERB GARDEN: The summer is a great time to start growing herbs and vegetables. Mint, lavender, and thyme are all herbs that require minimal space and are fairly easy to grow. With your herbs, drop some off at your friend’s doorstep or even try out these recipes:

    1. Lemon-Thyme Tea Bread: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-thyme-tea-bread/
    2. Blackberry Lavender Cake: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/blackberry-lavender-cake/
    3. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies: https://www.dessertfortwo.com/mint-chocolate-chip-cookies/


4) COOK DINNER ONE NIGHT: Try out a new recipe and be the designated chef for your family. Try making homemade pasta with flour and eggs. Or, make your own pizza by adding your favorite toppings. There are countless recipes to follow online, so impress your family and cook something new.

5) NETFLIX PARTY: One of the biggest things I miss while being in social isolation from my friends are movie nights. However, my friends and I still watch movies together through Netflix Party, where we can all follow along and watch the same movie, while also commenting on scenes in the program’s chatbox. Netflix Party is a free extension for your computer, and a great way to spend time with friends while still following CDC guidelines. Just send a link and start watching.

    1. Netflix Party: https://www.netflixparty.com/stapleshighschool, quarantine, socialdistancing, summer, senior2020, classof2020

Summer can still go on, even with our current situation happening. Make the most of these two months before we return back to school. Spend time outdoors, and think of new ways to pass the time rather than on your phone. Have any other ideas? Let me know! Make sure to comment some more ideas on Instagram @mindybriar. Can’t wait to hear from you all!

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