Finding balance mid-semester…

The need to strike a balance between school, concentration year internship, relationships with loved ones, and self-care has become apparent as mid-semester draws near. Just one of the amazing benefits of the MSW Program at Carolina is the challenging classes led by pioneers and innovators in their chosen facets of our field. While these types of challenges help mold us into future leaders, self-care and personal relationships also require focus for our lives to remain healthy, sustainable and fulfilling.  The hectic schedule actually allows time outside of studies despite three days at the internship and another full day of clinical supervision and on-campus classes.

We are truly fortunate as the entire state of North Carolina offers a variety of day trips and weekend getaways catering to all budgets. My wife and I recently spent a long weekend in the western part of the state enjoying the year-round natural beauty on offer. After spending two nights in a cabin in the Nantahala Gorge we drove an hour east into the city of Asheville. Asheville has an incredibly vibrant arts scene while boasting some of the best restaurants in the state. We had a stunning Spanish lunch at Chef Katie Button’s Cúrate located off of Pack Square in historic downtown Asheville. We also enjoyed free live bluegrass music in the cool mountain air at the Folk Heritage Committee’s Shindig on the Green.

North Carolina’s varied attractions don’t begin and end on the western end of the state. The beach is just over two hours east and offers some of the best fishing and surfing opportunities on the east coast. From the quiet beauty of Cape Hatteras to the charming riverfront historic district in Wilmington our state is fortunate and ripe with chances to get away from the daily grind.

The Triangle also offers a varied array of impressive restaurants in all three of its cities – Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham. It also boasts over 400 trails of hiking across diverse terrains all accessible within minutes. Local music institutions such as the Cat’s Cradle, Lincoln Theatre and Durham Performing Arts Center draw an eclectic mix of nationally-recognized artists.  Students at UNC’s School of Social Work are truly fortunate to receive one of the top educations in the country with such a variety of exciting opportunities at our doorstep.

Author, Scott Luetgenau, enjoying the view from Craggie Gardens in Western North Carolina.

Author, Scott Luetgenau, enjoying the view from Craggy Gardens in Western North Carolina.

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