Summer comes to a close


A dark time in my life has finally passed. The dark cloud of its existence is rapidly breaking apart only to reveal refreshing sunshine.

Summer is coming to a close, and I have to say I’m happy about it.

No, I don’t hate summer. I love summer! I love being outside in the sun and sweating while the rays brown me. Of course, with the temperatures they way they’ve been, I’ve gotten my fill of the sweating too.

I digress.

The reason I’m glad summer is ending is because it means my summer classes are over. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on master’s degree in education. All the courses are online, which is convenient, but when you cram seven graduate hours into two months (one class was even condensed into only the month of July), the summer becomes more stressful than it should be. After all, don’t all teachers get into education for the summers of? Of course I’m joking. We want to enrich the lives of the youth, but the summer off is a nice perk.


I don’t feel like I had a summer. I worked full time at a farm implement shop, took calls for the fire department, helped round up cattle (which means setting up and tearing down corrals), volunteered at the American Legion Boys State of Kansas, volunteered at the Ness County Fair running carnival rides and provided music services as part of my mobile disk jockey service (Lucky Se7en Mobile DJ Services), all in addition to slaving away at these classes.

It has been hectic to say the least.

So I’m glad summer is coming to a close because it means my classes are finished, at least until about the middle of August when my fall classes begin.

Of course, I will still be crazy busy with teaching both yearbook and newspaper, and I will be still be on the fire department, in addition to working on my next novel, driving a school bus and djing and et cetera. However, it will all be a little more manageable because the classes won’t be so condensed. I will have more time to work on each assignment instead of having to turn in a paper every two days. That will help.

Another positive of all this I will be able to start blogging more regularly again. I know. I’ve said this before, but I’m not giving up on this blog. I hope you, the readers, haven’t either.

I hope everyone has had a great summer. Despite mine being really busy, I sure have, and I am actually ready for school to start.

Well, I am mentally prepared, but I have a lot of work to do to get ready. I need to complete lesson plans for both my newspaper and yearbook classes. I need to gear up for the forensics and track seasons, and I need to start gathering plays for the students to choose from when we put on the annual school production.

The work never ends I guess, but I would rather be busy than bored.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at