DU’s off season: What are students up to this summer?

As spring quarter at the University of Denver comes to an end, students around campus are beginning their transition into summer break. For some DU students this means packing up their bags and heading back to their home state, while others are choosing to spend the summer somewhere new or stay here on campus.

Many students have found summer jobs or internships that will keep them busy until they return next fall. Denver in particular offers many opportunities for college students and was rated as the number one city for businesses and careers by Forbes magazine in 2016.

Rising junior and California native Sofia Lanzafame is looking forward to spending her first summer in Denver working a job.

“I think it will be a really great opportunity, a lot of companies are coming out here and it will be good for moving forward in my career” Lanzafame said.

But the appeal of staying in Denver during the summer doesn’t just stop at job opportunities. According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Places to Live study, Denver was ranked once again, number one. People were most attracted to the city’s access to outdoor recreation, easy-going mindset, and natural beauty.


View from Colorado’s Four Loop Pass. Courtesy of Jane Baer.

“I suggest exploring downtown Denver and seeing all it has to offer. Even as a Denver native I always learn new things when I walk around the city” Malone explained.

According to rising Junior and Colorado native Madelyn Tenenbaum, a can’t-miss summer activity is seeing a concert at Colorado’s historic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Nestled amongst Colorado’s stunningly red rock formations, the amphitheater’s natural acoustics and stunning views have hosted bands including The Beatles, U2, and The Grateful Dead.

According to rising Junior Elle Malone, Denver has no limit when it comes to summer activities. As a Colorado Native, Malone is no stranger to Denver summers and encourages students from out of state to take advantage of the opportunity to stay in Colorado this summer.

“There is so much to do around Red Rocks and I can’t imagine a summer without seeing a concert or doing something as simple as watching the sunrise one summer morning” Tenenbaum mentioned.


Red Rocks concert at night.

There is no shortage of outdoor activities available to partake in when spending the summer in Denver. Climbing some of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners is often on many Coloradan’s summer bucket lists according to Tenenbaum.

But climbing and camping isn’t just reserved natives. Students from out of state are looking forward to mountain adventures this summer as well.

“I think climbing a fourteener would be super fun. We don’t really have those in California and I want to see what the mountains look like in the summer” Lanzafame said.

For the students who aren’t the outdoorsy type, Denver has no shortage of restaurants, museums, and events. Malone suggests First Friday Art Walks on Santa Fe or in The Rhino District for students interested in the artsy side of Denver.

“They showcase a bunch local artists and give out food, plus there’s good music. It’s a lot of fun” Malone explained.

Written and Edited by Carson Baer and Jane Zunamon

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