What are IE students doing this summer?


It’s official! The 2022-2023 academic year is finally over, which means the beginning of summer.

For some, that means time to rest. For others, it means traveling, starting an internship, or other projects to learn a new skill or follow a new interest. The options are endless, and I couldn’t help but wonder what option most IE students are going for when spending their summer.

I am still debating what options to take for my summer, so hearing from other IE students is the best way to decide what to do for the following months. 

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Well, thanks to The Stork’s Instagram page, we got an insight to answer this question by posting a poll for students to answer, and I was surprised with the final results. 

The poll had four options: traveling with friends, spending it with family, doing an internship, and learning something new. 

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Learning something new

In fourth place was ‘learning something new.’ 

This is understandable, considering we just finished an entire school year and deserved a little break from the books. 

However, to those who voted for this one, either by starting a job, taking a course, or even a cooking class, I wish you the best of luck on this new adventure! 

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Traveling with friends

Then, in third place was the option of ‘traveling with friends.’

This sounds pretty exciting, so I’m glad for anyone that it’s globe-trotting this summer, or even just a tiny road trip (something that I’m dying to do myself.) So, perhaps this summer might also be my time to travel…

If you are interested in pursuing this option for the summer, you still have the time to plan it and go for it! 


In second place is ‘doing an internship!’

Congratulations to those who answered this since we all know how stressful it can be to apply for an internship.

Internships are about acquiring experience and learning about a world that will soon be ours after graduation. They are the best way to get some work experience during university and might lead you down to many different paths that you didn’t even know existed before or were something possible for you. 

If you are one of the people that voted for this option or are thinking of applying for an internship, you can look for great opportunities to apply to via IE!

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Spending time with family

And to conclude, taking first place is ‘spending it with family,’ 

To my great comfort, if you don’t have any specific plans yet and are considering seeing your family, that’s as amazing as any other options in the poll. 

We spend more than half the year away from home, so if you wish to relax and see your loved ones and those you have missed these past few months, do it! 

Go to the cinema, or new restaurants, take weekend trips with your siblings and your parents, spend some time with your friends from high school, or spend some quality time with your siblings and your Netflix account. 

All these options open the doors for many different opportunities, which is what summer activities are all about. Of course, there’s this constant pressure to question whether we are doing enough. Still, as you can see by the poll results, everyone is doing something different for this summer, and from talking to my friends, some will be doing all four options or none at all. 

If you can look back to your summer once classes begin and think that whatever you did the last few months was worth it, meaning it will bring a smile to your face in the long run, then do it. 

Valeria Jaramillo
Valeria Jaramillo
Hi! My name is Valeria Jaramillo. I am a 3rd year BIR student from Ecuador and I just enjoy writing about life.

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