Each year, through PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, we take a group of 100 from UMBC, UM College Park, and UM Baltimore on a winter community building retreat. This year, we also had alums and postdocs from NIH, the UM College of Medicine, and other universities and agencies. The annual experience is often one that provides the students with renewal, motivation, and encouragement for students to finish grad school. There are numerous comments and photos on the PROMISE blog; feel free to read about and see some of the experiences. We’re still inspired by the life/work balancing activities of “Dancing with the moon” and working in the Dissertation House.
About PROMISE: http://www.umbc.edu/promise/