Today was the first day of the 2016 PLACE program! We got to know each other at the beginning and then walked around the neighborhood surrounding The Center in small groups. There were 3 questions related to an article we had read for homework, and two groups explored each question, one on each side of Vancouver/Williams. For me, today was a great way to get to know each member of this year’s PLACE program on a personal level, and specifically why each person is here. It was great to see what has drawn everyone to Urban Studies and to the program, with a wide range of great reasoning. There’s a fantastic group of students that I’m excited to spend the next month with!