4. Submit your Self-Designed Experience Reflection
The self-designed experience reflection is a requirement of self-designed experiences. The self-designed experience reflection provides an opportunity for you to:
- Gain clarity on your experience, what you did and learned, and how that impacts your future;
- Articulate your learning and the impact of the experience as part of your larger UC story;
- Finalize your self-designed honors experience. While we know that your learning will continue well after an experience, it’s important to have a touchpoint to formally complete the honors experience.
You are the primary audience for this reflection; it is for the purpose of your learning. Your honors advisor is the only other person who will review your reflection.
You may submit a written reflection or use an alternative form of reflection. If you choose an alternative form of reflection, provide a brief written interpretation of the reflective piece to provide context for your advisor.
We encourage you to think through the what, so what, now what format when reflecting on your experience. Here are sample questions to guide your reflection:
- What did my experience involve? What did I like/dislike? What emotions did the experience elicit?
- Did my experience change from what was originally planned? If so, how and why?
- What did I learn?
- How did I change and grow academically, professionally, and/or personally?
- How will I take the learning and growth from this experience and apply it to other areas of my life?
- How will this experience help me prepare for the future?
Note: You are not required to answer any specific questions. Suggested length for a written reflection to reflect in sufficient depth and breadth is 750 words.
Self-designed experience reflections must be submitted to the UHP database (or received by your advisor in the case that you do not have a file to upload) within 1 month of the conclusion of the self-designed experience. Looking for examples of previous reflections? You can find our featured reflections!