Last week I met with a couple of my friends to have a bit of a writing workshop. Obviously, it was also a social call, but I think these things are important.
I don't know what it is like in other departments, but for creative writing students, I think it is very valuable to keep meeting over the summer. We develop all of these skills for critiquing each other's writing, and it would be a shame not to keep that workshop environment alive.
What happens after university? Maybe it's important to build these kinds of working relationships with our contemporaries. Look at writers like Tolkien who kept in correspondence with C.S. Lewis and W.H. Auden for much of his career. I think visual artists do this too. I wonder if Visual Art students get together in the summer to critique each other's art. What other departments have similar concerns? It can't just be the Arts.