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About Reflection

Your reflection is your thoughtful and considered response to the Project you did. It can be formal or informal, and it doesn't have to follow any standard model. It should come from the heart and it should tell your true story. Be clear and specific; don't fall back on abstractions.

Whatever form your Reflection takes, you should include:

  • A brief description of the Project: what need it addressed, whom you worked with, what agencies or organizations were involved, and what you did.
  • Your expectations going into it, and your thoughts about how they were—or were not—fulfilled.
  • Appreciation for those you worked with.
  • Specific stories about what you experienced. Give the details. "It changed me for the better" doesn't tell a story. This is a story: "For two months [after the tsunami] she did not know if her family was alive, cause she couldn't find them. At the end of her story, we were both crying … [I learned that] cleaning up after disasters takes years and years."
  • Consideration of what went well and what could have gone better, and why.
  • Discussion of the effect you think your work may have had on the population, cause, or situation you served.
  • And, most important, reflection on the effect the project had on you; how have you grown, or changed, or learned something, as a result.
Ways Students Might Fulfill the Reflection Requirement
  • Assigned paper for a class
  • Reflective paper/personal essay
  • Article for publication (OES or outside)
  • Presentation to a group (OES or outside)
  • Power point or slide show, available for teacher, student, or agency use
  • Video or audio production
  • Participation in panel or discussion group led by Corbet Clark
  • Display and presentation for Service-Learning “Fair” (November)
Examples of Reflection
  • Outline for presentation to OES Japanese class on earthquake relief work in Japan.
  • PowerPoint on planning a party with the Celebrate Me Foundation for a child whose family is affected by cancer.
  • Daily journal and reflection on the "Giving Science Back" Winterim, preparing lessons plans and teaching Science classes at William Walker Elementary School.
  • "This I Believe" speech for English 10, on a service project in the Dominican Republic.
  • Research-based paper on working in a dementia ward
  • Presentation for Lower School classroom on working at a panda preserve in China
  • Personal essay on work with the Elana Gold Environmental Education Project
  • Reflection paper on leadership of the Midwinter Madness fundraising & philanthropy Activity
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