Personal Development and Learning Essay

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The Personal Development Reflective Essay Assignment

The reflective essay will become the primary component of the senior portfolio a few years from now, but the process begins here in PDP 150 as students learn to apply their new reflective skills in developing of an effective portfolio. The reflective essay provides the opportunity to describe and document one’s growth as a person during this time in a student’s life, and the key to understanding the task is to emphasize the term “reflective.” In PDP 150, students learn that reflection can sometimes be confused with words such as “reaction” or “response.” Through the many reflective exercises in PDP 150, students learn that to document their reactions or responses to experiences
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Reflection, using the same metaphor, represents the essay’s depth, that is does it go deeper and deeper into the meaning and significance of the experiences it describes? Together, the inclusion of four dimensions and the process of reflection work together to give the personal development reflective essay its defining shape and quality.

The Quality of Reflection

Another requirement of the personal development reflective essay is that it span student developmental experiences in a comprehensive way, covering all aspects of students’ lives from their classroom experiences and educational development to their extra-curricular and co-curricular experiences, to experiences outside the classroom or playing field, considering events and experiences in one’s community or in one’s private life. All of these discrete experiences should be integrated into a unified discussion of development, brought together into a single vision of where students are and where they wish to be.

The personal development reflective essay should, on some level, connect students’ ideas, interests, skills, and values to future academic and/or vocational goals. This discussion doesn’t have to be well planned out at this stage, but some consideration to the future is expected even at the freshman level, even if by “future” we mean the next few years, or even next semester.

There is also an expectation that

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