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An important component of your college education is reflection. Invest in your success by taking time to think about your coursework and professional development.

Of course, due to busy schedules, it can be easy to overlook reflection time. Some suggestions for ensuring that you devote time to this worthwhile activity include:

  • Plan your year - Prior to the beginning of a new academic year or semester, spend some time thinking about your goals – academically, career, leadership, personal. What specific steps will you take to make sure that your goals are accomplished?
  • Schedule periods of reflection – Before you get busy, plan specific days and times that you will do a period check-in of your progress towards your goals.  Following a program or event, take five – ten minutes to think about:
    • What did you learn?  How does it apply to you, specifically?
    • Who did you meet?  How and when will you follow up with them? What information might interest them in subsequent follow up conversations?
  • Check-in with a mentor – Plan periodic meetings with a trusted advisor – faculty, supervisor, family member, friend – so that you can share some of what you’ve learned as you progress towards your goals.
Building Your Brand

Everything from your emails to class attendance shapes how faculty, staff, and potential employers view you. Here are Career Services resources to consider when presenting yourself.