by Tena Dubcek & Filip Erhardt. Published: 26 August 2012

CERN summer student? What is it like to be a CERN summer student? Actually, this isn't the first time we've asked ourselves this question. Half a year ago we had to write our motivation letters to apply for this summer school. We had to write down all the things we expected. What we expected to do, what we expected to accomplish, what we expected to see, what we expected to experience... How we expected this summer to change our lives. However, the human imagination is a tricky thing, always very vivid. That's why our expectations often exceed reality.


Filip Erhardt with other ALICE summer students at Point 2 of the ALICE experiment

Often, but not always. There are some things you can do, places you can visit, people you can meet that just don't want to disappoint you. And we are sure that the CERN Summer School experience deserves to be classified in that category.


"There are some things you can do, places you can visit, people you can meet that just don't want to disappoint you. And we are sure that the CERN Summer School experience deserves to be classified in that category "


Tena Dubcek in her lab suit! Being a summer student is not always easy!!!

You don't often get the possibility to spend two months with almost 300 students from all around the world, interact with them, exchange stories, talk about their different cultures and thoughts, travel and have fun together, living with them and just make new friends.

You don't often have the possibility to spend two months at CERN, one of the biggest scientific institutes in the world, the biggest particle physics one, and to be a part of it. To participate in the real research, talk with scientists and to attend fascinating (some more and some less) lectures held by some of the best of them.

You don't often get the possibility to spend two months in Geneva, a famous, fancy and interesting city. Situated in the heart of some of the biggest European mountains, on the shore of a huge lake and surrounded by nice small villages. It is also well connected with most of the European major touristic destinations.


Tena performing in a special summer student concert during the last week of CERN summer school


"You don't often have the possibility to spend two months at CERN, one of the biggest scientific institutes in the world, the biggest particle physics one, and to be a part of it. "

However, it also isn't often that you have the possibility to get so thoroughly exhausted over the course of two months. With all the great possibilities for attending interesting lectures, working in a real lab, socializing with friendly people, traveling to unseen and exciting places, it feels like a pity to spend time by yourself, sleeping, resting or relaxing. Despite that, we think that being exhausted and giving up our lazy summer holidays is a small price for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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