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FYE Assignments

My Spelman Experience Reflection 1 Assignment

Length: 800-1000 words
Due Date:  October 1, 2015

Reflection About the Liberal Arts and Your Goals for the Future
In August, you listened to Dr. Myra Burnett's talk about a liberal arts education and the importance of your own engagement in the education you have sought.   As you are aware, the First Year Experience has a focus on your membership in an intellectual community that will strengthen your experience of the Spelman MILE.  Integrating your personal experience with the range of knowledge and skills developed through the academic curriculum is a key to your vision and attainment of your goals.

Compose an essay. Specify the most important of your own goals, both short- and long-term, with regard to your Spelman education and comment on how they relate to your past and your broader experience of the world.  You will also wish to edit your draft of this essay with some care - making your points as clear and readable as possible.

Dr. Myra Burnett - The Value of a Liberal Arts Education (PDF)
Dr. Myra Burnett - The Value of a Liberal Arts Education (PPT)
TED Talk referenced in Dr. Burnett's Talk

My Spelman Experience Reflection 2 Assignment

Length: 800-1000 words
Due Date:
November 20, 2015

A Second Reflection upon Your Goals and Your Intellectual Life
During last semester, you have had opportunities to record reflections upon your goals and the intellectual climate—especially as experienced through extra-curricular experience, the curriculum, and discussions in the FYE course.  Have your experience of Spelman and the opportunities for growth here changed or deepened any of the goals you chose to discuss in Reflection 1?

Compose an essay that analyzes any changes or new considerations in your view of academic work, career goals, or the qualities of character you may wish to have.   Alternatively, you may confirm and explain the consistency of your goals. In doing so you may wish to discuss influences on your current perspective or the views you articulated earlier. Make each point as clear and readable as possible. This second essay will be scored with the same rubric applied to Reflection 1.

Community Service Reflection Assignment

Length: 800-1000 words
Due Date:
TBD (Spring 2016)

As you know, your community service during the first year constitutes an important source of discovery and self-evaluation. It is best to formulate connections as soon as possible.  Your interactions with the organization you have chosen constitute important moments for examining the values of the community and your own personal goals and values. If you have fulfilled your service with a variety of activities, please select one of those or, perhaps, identify and discuss an experience you have had in the past.  Be sure to review the rubric for assessment. 

Compose a reflective essay about your community service experience this year and the new understandings you have derived from it. Include an assessment of the mission of the agency where you volunteered, how your service helped to fulfill the agency’s mission, what you hoped to learn from the experience, and the extent to which your learning goals were achieved. Also, describe your current understanding of how social change occurs, using your agency’s work as an example, if you choose. Finally, if you were directing the agency, describe how you might improve the way it functions. Examine the actions you would take as such a leader—and how those actions relate to your experience and observation.

You will be evaluated on your ability to analyze your experience and present specifics about your own goals and the potential achievements of the agency you worked for. At the same time, good critical thinking and writing depend upon a clear, direct, and concrete use of language.


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