My Memoir begins with the end of my sophomore year, continues through the summer, and goes throughout my Junior Year. (A key part is actually the basis for my college essay.) I actually documented the time period very well. I recorded my thoughts, my reactions to my struggles, and my experiences. My original intent was not for the base of a memoir assignment, or a college essay. It was because memory changes over time, and the sooner I wrote about it, the more accurate I would be able to reconstruct the events of that entire summer. It was a turning point, and probably the most important summer of my life. I also had a gut feeling that since my life is one big continuity reference almost to continuity lockout, I would have to refer back to it.
To summarize that summer, I spent a month away from my family and five weeks away from home. I actually spent more time away from home than I did at home. I was also very lucky that the time away from home was built into my summer like that because I really needed to assess every part of my life. I was going into an all-new cast of people, (well, almost all new, there was a Senior girl from my school there as well).