Year in Review

What has this year meant to you? Where did you start, what have you learned, and where do you go from here? These are the key questions to ask yourself as you craft your year in review. You will complete a year in review at the beginning of the summer after every academic year. This is a required component of your learning portfolio.

This page is your opportunity to reflect upon everything you've learned throughout the previous year and to develop new goals for the upcoming year. You will have already reflected on individual courses and experiences (both within and outside of University Honors) in your learning portfolio, so this should be a place for you to integrate the most important lessons of the year and to look at the "big picture."

Year-in-Review Prompts: Choose One

  • What is your definition of a global citizen scholar and, using specific examples, how have you made progress toward becoming one this year? Tell us 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 next steps? –OR– If you were to focus on a complex problem or social issue next year, what would that 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 not) in the past year have had the most impact on your personal and professional trajectory? Articulate specific personal and/or professional goals for the next year.

How often should I update?

  • You should create your new year-in-review every year between the end of the spring semester and and June 5. The honors advisors 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 just some formats we accept.

  • A 400-600 word written reflection
  • A 5-10 minute video reflection
  • A 5-minute TED Talk (examples:
  • Original art work that represents you
  • Something else entirely (if in doubt, check with your honors advisor)

Important Considerations

  • 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.

Featured Year-in-Reviews

Anissa Pulcheon
Industrial Design major

Melody McGee
Nursing major

Radhika Bhargava
Biological Sciences major