In the spring semester of their senior year, students take a course where they design a digital portfolio containing reflections and artifacts that demonstrate 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.
When I look back at college, it seems crazy how fast it went by. I remember the same being said about high school, and that went by fast as well. It’s a bit surreal to experience that whirlwind again though, as you feel that during the time it will go on forever. However, I am now at the end of my college career and the TELOS Portfolio course has prompted me to reflect deeply on my time here. This has been an extremely interesting experience as I have had to reflect on four years of my life.
“Hard work pays off in the end” is a statement that continues to triumph. After four long academic years, a time in which so many new experiences took place, I can finally say I am finished with this first chapter of my college career. Even though some unfortunate events have taken place during the final point of this journey, it is still a time celebrate what truly matters and that is achieving a pivotal goal in my life. The graduating class of 2020 is a special class because we’ve had to sacrifice a special moment in any college student’s experience, graduation. But, I have the experiences and memories I can look back and reflect on beyond college.
After my first campus tour, I knew Fontbonne was the school for me. It had a small student population, a religious affiliation, a great reputation for Education degrees, and a dance team. It was in St. Louis, and I had no desire to leave the city that I call home. I could envision myself as a student there. But what I did not see coming was how drastically these features – and the experiences I had within them – would change my life.
Building this portfolio gave me the opportunity to reflect on my time at Fontbonne. My college experience was so much more than academic, and TELOS allowed me to dig deep and relive memories that shaped me into the young adult that I am today. The items included in this portfolio have been accumulated from four years, which have been the most stressful and the most joyous years of my life. It highlights both my academic and personal achievements I have made while being in college. I am thankful to be where I am now, having taken the route that I did.