This fall, Carolina Planning held its first annual Fall Retreat to provide an informal space for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy each other’s company. First year Master’s student Ellen Emeric, who was involved in making the retreat a success, shares her thoughts on the activity-packed day below.

The Carolina Planning Fall Retreat was a wonderful opportunity to connect with peers, professors, and colleagues in a relaxed setting. Students, staff, and faculty spent the morning at the UNC Farm and Recreation Club getting to know one another with games, short presentations, interesting discussion about various research topics, and of course, a potluck lunch. Shared meals are a hallmark of the department and accurately capture the community dynamic and collaborative environment of the department. The Fall Retreat also included a kickball game between specializations, the perfect way to build relationships through friendly competition among peers, professors, and colleagues! As a whole, the retreat allowed me to grow closer to other members of the Carolina Planning community, and events like this remind of the incredible company I have here at Carolina.

Many thanks to Prof. Mai Nguyen for creating a new department tradition. Also thanks to Planner’s Forum, Plan 4 All, Social Committee, Placemaking Committee, and Carolina Planning staff for working to make the event a success!
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