Fall break has finally arrived here at Millersville, giving students and faculty some well-deserved time off. Before these few days of relaxation begin, I encourage you to reflect on your semester so far. This break provides a unique opportunity to acknowledge the halfway point in the term. Looking back on the last seven weeks can help enhance the rest of your semester, as understanding what is creating a positive or negative impact can help alter the remainder of year for the better.
Within your reflection, there are no certain aspects that you must consider, as this should be tailored personally for you. It can be overwhelming thinking of everything at once, so some areas I would recommend include academics, social life, and your emotions. College can be filled with stress, drama, and anxiety that can become incredibly overwhelming when not addressed. Reflecting on these different aspects of collegiate life provides a safe space to understand how each of these areas positively or negatively effects your life. There are many different mediums to complete your reflection, such as using a journal, using the notes app in your phone, or creating a digital diary in google docs or word. If you have not done a reflection before, one of the most challenging aspects is thinking of different questions to ask yourself. To help start your potential reflection, I have created some questions in each of the areas previously mentioned that you could potentially consider.
- Do you like your grade in each of your classes? If not, how could you improve it?
- Are you enjoying the classes specifically for your major?
- What is your favorite class this semester?
- Do you enjoy living with your roommates?
- How do you feel about your relationships with the people closest to you?
- Are there any clubs you would like join next semester?
- What about college stresses you out the most?
- On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel on average each day?
- What are some healthy ways to process and cope with your feelings?