The discussion of life and career plans over chicken Caesar salads and Diet Cokes is a sharp contrast to topics such as plans for the weekend and love life dilemmas.
But the two people eating dinner weren't exactly typical dinner companions.
They were actually a student and a professor taking part in the "Take a Professor to Lunch" program.
The program was started this year by the College of Arts and Sciences after a professor suggested the idea. As part of the program, students in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to go to South Building and sign up for a voucher to treat a professor to a free meal at Lenoir.
Despite limited advertising involving only several fliers on the tables at Lenoir, 30 students and their professors took part in the program.
"The idea was to give students and professors the opportunity to get to know each other outside the classroom in a comfortable setting," said Dee Reid, director of communications for the College of Arts and Sciences.
One of the students who participated in the program was Alicia Jolla, a sophomore economics major. Jolla asked Carolina Minority Postdoctoral Scholar and economics Professor Rhonda Sharpe to accompany her to Lenoir.
Jolla and Sharpe first met two months ago when another professor in the Department of Economics recommended that Jolla talk to Sharpe for major and career advice. Since that time, Sharpe has been serving as a mentor to the sophomore.
The dinnertime conversation at Lenoir between the two ranged from discussing favorite television shows to economic development.