The UHP's annual Year-in-Review reflection requirement is your opportunity to reflect upon your goals from the previous year as well as all that you've experienced and learned, and to identify new and/or continuing goals for the upcoming year.
You will choose one of the prompts listed below for your Year-in-Review reflection. You will have already reflected on individual honors experiences in your learning portfolio. Your Year-in-Review is a place to integrate that learning across experiences (inclusive of honors as well as other experiences), connect the dots, and to look at the big picture of your goals and your academic and professional trajectory.
Your annual Year-in-Review reflection is a required component of your UHP learning portfolio and of remaining in the UHP.
Year-in-Review Prompts: Choose One
- What is your definition of a global citizen scholar? Using specific examples, how have you made progress toward becoming one this year? Discuss how this connects to your academic and professional goals and how the progress you have made this year shapes the goals you have for next year.
- What complex problem or social issue have you worked on this year? Why did you pursue this specific topic? What did you do? What are your goals and next steps? –OR– If you were to focus on a complex problem or social issue next year, what would that be and what would your goals be? Why would you choose this specific topic? How would you begin? What in the past year has prepared you to take these steps?
- What specific experiences (honors or otherwise) in the past year have had the most impact on your academic and professional goals and trajectory? Articulate specific academic and/or professional goals for the next year.
When is this due each year and how do I submit it?
- June 5th. You should create your new year-in-review every year between the end of the spring semester and and June 5.
- Your Year-in-Review should be included in your UHP learning portfolio. You also have the option of keeping it private by password protecting your learning portfolio or sending it directly to your advisor. Please feel free to take this option to keep it private.
- Your honors advisor will check for completion during the annual progress reviews.
- Your final Year-in-Review is always the summer prior to graduation.
Can I use a format other than writing?
Yes! We encourage students to use the format that is most comfortable to them. Here are some examples:
- 400-600 word written reflection
- 5-minute video reflection
- 5-minute TED Talk or similar (examples: http://www.ted.com/)
- Original art work, music, or performance with a brief written summary of its significance
- Something else entirely - we encourage you to be creative!
- If in doubt, check with your honors advisor
- Keep in mind that if you use multimedia or original art work for your Year-in-Review, basic descriptions or supporting explanations need to accompany your creativity.
- Consider your audience along the way, and make sure that a reviewer can come away with a well-defined sense of your learning and growth over the last year.