Let’s start by all agreeing on one thing: Spo Sum is a stupid name. In my humble opinion this name is what drives people away from spending their summer in Spokane.

Well, I’m here to tell you that despite its regrettable name spending the summer in Spokane is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I think many students who decided to spend their summers here would agree.

There are many things that drive people away from it: thinking Spokane is lame and there is nothing to do, thinking there are no internship or job opportunities, thinking their housemates aren’t staying and many other excuses. And yes, I was worried about all these things too but after spending my summer in Spokane I can safely say it’s absolutely incredible and everyone should do it at least once.

I spent the entire summer of 2019 here in Spokane. Both my housemates did not stay so I lived with two people I barely knew for summer. I wasn’t sure I was making the right decision and I thought that I could be in bigger and “better” cities. Well, boy was I wrong.

The reason I stayed was to work at The Inlander as an intern for the summer. I got to work with two other fellow Bulletin editors and the amazing culture staff while there. I’m positive that a massive reason I enjoyed that summer so much was because of this internship.

Through my little job in Spokane, I got to ride in a military plane and go to Sky Fest in Airway Heights, go Axe Throwing on Division Street, witness the creation of the Art Alley in the Garland District, go backstage of the “Les Misérables” tour downtown and preview Theater Fest at the historic Fox Theater.  

What people don’t realize is how incredibly interesting this little big city is. Without this internship I would not have been sent into all the little nooks and crannies of the city and would not have been able to discover how many amazing things there are to do in Spokane.

Spokane summer is especially unique because the opportunities to go out and explore the city and the one of a kind events that go on during the hot summer months.

Between June and August my housemate and I explored the city by way of farmers markets, neighborhood night markets, movie theaters and live theater, local restaurants, trips to The Scoop and long walks. The opportunities to get out and do something different every weekend are infinite and this city will keep you busy so long as you know where to look.

By picking up the weekly Inlander or just Googling things to do in Spokane you are sure to find something to do every day of the week.

Another reason Spokane summer is the best is because of how chill it is. Life moves a bit slower in the summer so you have the time to get outside and go for a hike, take a road trip, pick up a new hobby with your housemates or hit up the local movie theater to catch the latest summer blockbusters. 

There are plenty of stellar job opportunities available in Spokane and sticking around with your housemates (or subleasers) and bursting out of that Gonzaga bubble is a true gift.

Summer is a beautiful time in Spokane, and you would be doing yourself and this city a disservice by not sticking around this summer to see what this so called “Spo Sum” is all about.

Riley Utley is a copy editor. Follow her on Twitter: @rileyutley.


Major: Journalism I came to work at The Bulletin to gain valuable skills in reporting and editing to enhance my work as a journalist.

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