Reflection is vital to a well lived life. Significant research supports the practice of taking the time to reflect on what you do. Similarly, the Jesuit educational tradition is based on contemplation in action or put in simple terms, think as you do. Yet despite the importance of reflection, most people have to learn how to reflect.
A basic reflection framework is comprised of What? So What? and Now What?
WHAT? Observe the experience. This is generally objective and free of interpretation. What happened?
SO WHAT? Analyze the experience. What meaning can you make from the experience? What is the significance of the experience? Why is this important?
NOW WHAT? Critically reflect on the experience. What influence does this have on my beliefs? What actions make sense?
Your UNIV 101 assignments and in-class activities will engage you in reflection so that you can make the most meaning out of the various experiences you will have during your first semester. You are encouraged to utilize this framework outside of the UNIV 101 experience, as well. Becoming a more naturally reflective person will benefit your progress toward entering a meaningful and rewarding career once your time at Loyola is finished.
Content adapted from liberatingstructures.com