I am on vacation right now in the Dominican Republic, at one of those places with white sand and clear blue water, like on a postcard. The weather is really perfect and breezy, and I’m surrounded by lush green nature. The grass feels like a thick carpet.

I’ve made some friends here. They’re from New York and they’re brother and sister. They’re pretty nice. It’s good to have friends for a short period of time, I think. It’s easier because you don’t have enough time to get sick of them or find out they’re actually terrible.

I love not having school. I feel a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders and I can finally not freak out about every little thing. Lots of people think school is boring, but I hate it with a passion. It’s miserable. I could be just about anywhere else and be super happy, but in a beautiful place, it’s even better. I feel like it’s been centuries since I wasn’t worried or stressed out or scared, and it’s the biggest relief to finally not be.

I have homework to do, but not for a while. For a week, I am free. ♦