Reflections

Reflections

You are required to answer reflection questions for each of the three engagement areas. Seniors, please see the reflection deadlines here.

Reflections are submitted to the GGSS online portal system. You can access the portal by following the below steps:

  • Login to my.fsu.edu > Click Research and Recognition drop-down menu on the left-hand side > Click Garnet and Gold Scholar Society link

Reflection Status

Reflections are approved by Area Approvers in each engagement area. Area Approvers have 2 weeks to review your submission from the date you submitted it online. You will receive an email notifying to check the status of your submission once the Area Approver submits their evaluation. To view your evaluation feedback from the Area Approver, log into your GGSS account and click on the area tab, then click on the link “Needs Revision-View Submission & Feedback” (on right-hand side of page).Your reflection will have one of these statuses:

  • In Progress: You have not submitted the reflection for your engagement activity.
  • Submitted: Your reflection is awaiting evaluation and feedback from the Area Approver.
  • Needs Revision: You received a score of 1 or 2 on one or more Rubric elements for that area. If you receive this status the Area Approver will have given you feedback on what you need to improve. You have one (1) week from date of evaluation (including holidays and weekends) to revise and resubmit your final reflection attempt.
  • Awaiting Final Approval: Your final attempt for the reflection is awaiting evaluation and feedback from the Area Approver.
  • Rejected: You received a score of 1 or 2 on one or more Rubric elements for the area on your final reflection attempt.
  • Approved Pending Completion: Your reflection was approved but the actual activity has not yet completed because you are participating in it during the current semester.
  • Approved: Your reflection and Engagement Area activities are completed.

If the student's reflection does not meet all 4 areas of learning as shown in the grading rubric, it will require a revision.The student only has one additional attempt to revise their reflection in order to complete the engagement area. If a revision is required, the student has one (1) week (including holidays and weekends) from the date of the evaluation to resubmit the reflection to the online portal system. The student may contact the Area Approver for feedback if a submission needs revision.  If your reflection is rejected a second time or you miss a deadline, you must submit a formal appeal in order to continue with the program. More appeal process information can be found at the Formal Appeal  page.

Writing Good Reflections

As you write your reflections, consider these tips:

  • Read ALL of the questions you are expected to answer and plan out what you will write.
  • Review the rubric for each area so you know how your submission will be graded.
  • Be sure to talk about your complete experience. For example, if you are writing a Leadership reflection, be sure to talk about BOTH Leadership activities. If you are writing an International reflection, discuss BOTH the intercultural communications course and your abroad experience.
  • Write your reflections in Microsoft Word first. This will help with basic grammar and spelling issues and will give you a copy for your records.
  • After running Word's spell check, proof read and check for grammar and spelling with your own eyes! If you need assistance with writing skills, check out the Reading Writing Center.
  • Follow these instructions  for transferring the content from your Word document to the online submission form.

*Note: Area Approvers reserve the right to reject your reflections if you fail to use standard English grammar and spelling. 

Engagement Area Reflection Questions

 
Leadership Reflection Prompts

Please provide specific examples and answer all of the prompts below using 200-250 words for each response.

  1. Describe your leadership experiences and articulate what you have learned about the practices of effective leadership
  2. Describe the impact your experience had on your capacity to respect multiple perspectives and build collaborative working relationships with others.
  3. What have you learned in order to enhance your leadership capacity?
  4. How will you apply what you have learned about leadership in your future endeavors? Include your reflections on what you believe you still need to learn to be more effective in your leadership capacity.

Leadership Reflection Evaluation Rubic

 

Internship Reflection Prompts

For each response, please provide specific examples.

  1. List the key responsibilities/job description of your Internship Experience (a bulleted list is fine).
  2. Reflect on your Internship Experience and answer all of the prompts below using 200 to 250 words for each response. Avoid general statements by including details specific to your experience.
    • Describe your general impressions of the organization and your responsibilities.
    • Describe the nature of the orientation, training and supervision provided by the internship organization.
    • Describe the relationships that you developed with other interns, staff, administrators and your supervisor as well as your ability to expand your professional network.
    • Describe your accomplishment of learning objectives, personal and professional growth and increased self confidence resulting from the internship.
    • Describe how you increase your skills, knowledge, and marketability to expand your portfolio and resume.

Internship Reflection Evaluation Rubric

The Experiential Learning Programs (Experiential Certificate Program (ECP) or Experiential Recognition Program (ERP)) already include a reflection element and you are not expected to reflect through the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society questions in the portal. However, you must still indicate you are completing these programs by logging into the Student Portal > Click on the Engagement Area tab > Submit your selection for Experiential Learning Program (Internship tab) by the reflection deadlines.

 

Service Reflection Prompts

Please provide specific examples and answer all of the prompts below using 200-250 words for each response.

  1. Describe your service experience.  What knowledge and skills were you able to utilize to benefit a specific community need and larger social issue?
  2. How has your service experience enhanced your capacity to have compassion for others?
  3. Based on your service experience, what have you learned about this specific community need or injustice and how might you contribute to its long term solution?
  4. Based on your service experience, what specific practices of responsible citizenship will you commit to and how will this be evident in your life in the immediate and distant future?

Service Reflection Evaluation Rubric

 

International Reflection Prompts

Please provide specific examples and answer all of the prompts below using 200-250 words for each response.

  1. Describe how you put yourself in situations so that you were able to experience a cultural exchange. Provide one example of an in-depth discussion you had with a member of another culture in which you learned and developed new understanding about that culture.
  2. Explain how you built a collaborative relationship sustained over time with people whose culture/customs, ethnicity, attitudes, values, opinions, and ideas that were different from your own. How did this engagement experience affect your perception of such cultural differences and how do you think you affected their perception of your culture?
  3. Think about the new things you learned about a culture other than your own be it something you saw or a person you met. Explain one new discovery you made about that culture. Explain how your own cultural history shaped this interaction.
  4. Explain how you adjusted your behavior, your views and perceptions (intellectually, emotionally, socially, politically, etc.).

International Reflection Evaluation Rubric

If a student is completing the Global Pathways Certificate/Specialized Study OR the Global Citizenship Certificate option, they will reflect on their experiences through the program's Blackboard page and are not required to submit responses to the prompts above. However, you must still indicate you are completing these programs by logging into the Student Portal > Click on the Engagement Area tab > Submit your selection for Global Citizenship Certificate OR Global Pathways (International tab) by the reflection deadlines.

 

Research Reflection Prompts

For each response, please provide specific examples.

  1. List the key steps of your research experience or creative project (a bulleted list is fine).
  2. Reflect on your Research Experience and answer all of the prompts below using 200 to 250 words for each response. Avoid general statements by including details specific to your experience.
    • Briefly describe your project in terms of what you have learned and how it has expanded or enhanced your undergraduate experience at FSU. How has your research shaped your understanding of the way knowledge evolves?
    • Describe the specific skills, knowledge and abilities that you used and new ones you acquired through your project.
    • Research is collaboration among people drawing from both previous and current ideas. It involves entering an ongoing conversation in your field of study. Who did you collaborate with on this project and how did the relationship shape your work? How did you contribute to or engage with the ongoing discussion in your field?
    • How does your research contribute to the development of your field and how has it prepared you for the next stage of your life and career?
    • Research requires you to be adaptable. Briefly describe how you had to adapt to the challenges of your project once it was underway. Were you faced with any unexpected circumstances that had to be addressed, and if so, how did you handle these?
    • What did your research reveal to you? Did your hypothesis or initial vision for your project match your findings or final product?

Research Reflection Evaluation Rubric