Phi Theta Kappa members go off the grid at regional retreat

Members of the Southwest chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society attended an outdoor regional retreat with students from around the state.

Members of the Southwest chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society attended an outdoor regional retreat with students from around the state.

It was a no cell phone or Wi-Fi weekend for Southwest Phi Theta Kappa honor society members as they went “off the grid” at a recent regional retreat.

Students spent a sunny weekend last month enjoying the outdoors at the 2019 Phi Theta Kappa Tennessee Regional Retreat at Pickett State Park in Jamestown, Tennessee. The retreat’s theme was Mental Health for College Students with sessions on how to identify and relieve stress.

Students also enjoyed outdoorsy activities such as hiking, canoeing and making bonfires. Not having GPS maps, group-text messaging and Internet searches on their phones forced students to engage in a new type of critical thinking.

“Students were truly ‘off-the-grid’ with no access to cell services or Wi-Fi,” Faculty Advisor and Business and Legal Studies Professor Dr. Joan McGrory said. “I definitely observed increased fellowship.”

Regional president and Upsilon Delta Chapter Vice President of Scholarship Dana Warwick thought the retreat was a wonderful way for chapter members to get to know each other. “The lack of technology allowed us to spend time interacting in ways we normally may not have,” she said. “I feel like I bonded with my chapter members and solidified friendships that are sure to be lifelong.”