In the spring semester of their senior year, students take a course where they design a digital portfolio of experiences that will help them meet their own personal highest purposes. The portfolio demonstrates that students have engaged in a process of meaningful reflection on how their experiences at Fontbonne fulfill the five pillars of TELOS:
- Service and Social Justice
To prepare students for completing this task, they learn about and practice reflective writing strategies, principles, and techniques. Students compose weekly written reflection drafts and they are constructively critiqued by peers and the instructor. Students revise their reflections and incorporate them into their portfolio. Students also select relevant artifacts associated with the major themes of the written reflections and incorporate these as well. Students then decide on a design approach and arrange their reflections and artifacts in a manner that is both creative and easy to navigate. The portfolios archived here demonstrate the culmination of our students engaging in a meaningful process of self-discovery.
And just like that, in two-in-a-half-years, I’ve completed my Dietetics degree. What happened? What could have happened in such a short time? When I sat back to think about these questions, I almost wanted to say nothing except the completion of another degree. Upon reflection, a word I’ve realized that I used more often in my time Fontbonne than in any other period of my life, I grew as a person, student, and future-professional.
The late-night study sessions, countless papers, nerve wrecking presentations, and grueling projects are a huge part of the college experience. We often set our sights on making it through our classes with a decent grade and celebrate when a semester comes to an end. As we go through the motion of the day to day college experience we don’t sit and savor the moments that have allowed us to grow into the person we have become today.