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)
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.