Back in May, I completed my first year in a Ph.D. program and have had the summer off. Since by next year I will likely have research projects and/or teaching duties next year, this summer will likely be my last ever summer vacation. For this reason, I specifically made sure not to get a job and kept all my obligations to an absolute minimum. I want to enjoy this summer as much as humanly possible. Personally, I have been using this summer to get around to doing all the things everyone always wants to do but never gets around to doing. I have a long list of classic movies, classic novels, and music that have been occupying my time. I've also been taking lots of weekend trips to nearby cities like Baltimore, DC, Boston, and Philly. It is a blast and I will be incredibly sad once mid-August rolls around and I have to start preparing for the start of the semester. FOCUS: When was the last time you had a substantial amount of time off with little to no obligations? What did you do to occupy your time? ALT FOCUS: When is the next time you will have a substantial amount of time off? What will you use the time for?