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FYE Assignments

My Spelman Experience Reflection 1 Assignment

Length: 800-1000 words
Due Date:  October 2, 2014

Reflection About Your Academic and Social Life in a Liberal Arts Education

In reading Americanah, students are able to observe the way in which Nigerian university students experience their own education at home as well as Ifemelu’s college experience in the United States.  The entry into an American college or university setting troubled Ifemelu because she felt like an outsider.  Finally, her intellectual life seemed to center on informal activities, especially her own personal course of reading.  In many ways, all first year students in higher education have the experience as outsiders.  For some, as for Ifemelu, the social life is separate from the intellectual one.

In the first reflection, students should use Adichie’s narrative as a way to approach their own educations and the extracurricular social lives they experience as undergraduates at Spelman.  Are the personal and social as separate from formal education as the novel suggests?  How is the intellectual experience woven into your social life?  How does a liberal arts education foster the integration of these parts of your life?

My Spelman Experience Reflection 2 Assignment

Length: 800-1000 words
Due Date:
November 6, 2014

Reflection About the Liberal Arts and Your Goals for the Future

In August, you listened to Dr. Johnnella E. Butler’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.  For Free Thinking Women, 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. Johnnella Butler: "Becoming a Free Thinking Woman"
Developing an Intellectual Community

My Spelman Experience Reflection 3 Assignment

Length: 800-1000 words
Due Date:
March 26, 2015

A Second Reflection upon Your Goals and Your Intellectual Life

During last semester and half of this one, you have had opportunities to record reflections upon your goals and the intellectual climate—especially as experienced through extra-curricular experience, the curriculum, and, in particular, through the voluntary blog that accompanies 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 2 last November?

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 2.

The First Year Writing Portfolio Assignment 

Due Date: April 16, 2015

For instructions, go to the writing center web site or to the writing center on the third floor of The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center.

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