University Honors ProgramUniversity of Cincinnati

University Honors Program

Completing an Experience

This chart is designed to help you understand the various types of Honors experiences and what is required to complete each type.

Reflective Essay Prompts

The reflective essay is a required component of self-designed experiential learning projects and some pre-approved experiences. (Note that some pre-approved experiences may have another form of reflection already built in; please work with the project advisor involved with any pre-approved experiences to ensure that you are honoring the requirements set forth by that particular opportunity).

When preparing your reflective essay, use the essay prompts below, according to the thematic area of your project. 

Reflective essays should be submitted by the 5th of the month following completion of the experience, according to the process and deadlines outlined.

Learning Portfolio Documentation

All experiences, including seminars, pre-approved experiences, and self-designed experiential learning projects, are not complete until they have been documented within your learning portfolio. This guide provides a framework to use in documenting and showcasing your experiences within your learning portfolio.


Please note that some experiences also require completion of a reflective essay, as explained below. Honors seminars do not require a reflective essay, though you are still required to follow the documentation guide for each seminar.

Disseminate your Learning

All self-designed experiential learning projects include a dissemination piece (articulated in the proposal) in which you share your experience and learning with others.  Students are responsible for following through and notifying their University Honors advisor when they've completed their dissemination project(s).