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Fraternity & Sorority Life

Leader Reflections & Experiences

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THE THREE LEVELS OF REFLECTION

  • The Mirror (A clear reflection of the Self)

    • Who am I?
    • What are my values?
    • What have I learned about myself through this experience?
    • Do I have more/less understanding or empathy than I did before volunteering?
    • In what ways, if any, has your sense of self, your values, your sense of “community,” your willingness to serve others, and your self-confidence/self-esteem been impacted or altered through this experience?
    • Have your motivations for being a Fraternity/Sorority  changed? In what ways?
    • How has this experience challenged stereotypes or prejudices you have/had? Any realizations, insights, or especially strong lessons learned or half-glimpsed?
    • Will these experiences change the way you act or think in the future? Have you given enough, opened up enough, cared enough?
    • How have you challenged yourself, your ideals, your philosophies, your concept of life or of the way you live?
  • The Microscope (Makes the small experience large)

    • What happened?
    • Describe your experience.
    • What would you change about this situation if you were in charge? What have you learned about your FS experience, the Program, these people, or the greater FS community?
    • Was there a moment of failure, success, indecision, doubt, humor, frustration, happiness, sadness?
    • Do you feel the experience/program had any impact?
    • What more needs to be done? Does this experience compliment or contrast with what you’re learning in class or in your own FS experience? How?
    • Has learning through this experience taught you more, less, or the same as the what I am experiencing at F&M in my FS Community In what ways?
  • The Binoculars (Makes what appears distant, appear closer)

    • From your FS experience, are you able to identify any underlying or overarching issues that influence the problem?
    • What could be done to change the situation?
    • How will this alter your future behaviors/attitudes/and FS experience?
    • How are issues/challenges/positives of the FS experience impacted by what is going on in the larger political/social sphere?
    • What does the future hold?
    • What can be done?
The term "reflection" is derived from the Latin term reflectere -- 
meaning "to bend back." A mirror does precisely this, bend back the light, making visible what is apparent to others, but a mystery to us -- namely, what our faces look like.
FS LIfe fosters processes that allow the individual to 
bend the metaphorical light of their experiences back onto their minds -- to make careful  considerations about what their FS experiences are all about: what did you see, who did 
you meet, why is there a need in the first place, etc.
 
The act of  reflection, therefore, becomes crucial to our education. It serves as the bridge between 
experiences and learning.

"Reflection" is a vital component of a Fraternity|Sorority learning experience.