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The "G.O.A.L.S." Page

The G.O.A.L.S. page is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement.  This document will be used in conversations with your advisors and faculty mentors, and is a tool to help you plan your curricular and co-curricular activities and reflect upon this plan throughout your undergraduate career

Global Awareness

  • Students will cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual's unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.  How have your course work and other undergraduate experiences helped you to develop a global perspective?

Original Inquiry

  • Honors & Scholars students will understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community.  For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.  What contributions to research, creative works, or scholarly inquiry have you made as an undergraduate student?

Academic Enrichment

  • Honors & Scholars students will pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom. How does your planned curriculum relate to your future aspirations? Consider, for example, the following questions: Why did you choose the major(s) (and minor(s), if any) you chose?  Why did you select the GE courses you have chosen?  How do your selections demonstrate a commitment to excellence?  How has your curriculum prepared you for your future endeavors?

Leadership Development

  • Honors & Scholars students will develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and that prepares them for their future roles in society. With which activities are you involved?  How does your involvement contribute to your development as a leader?  How does your involvement relate to your personal and/or career goals?  How have your involvements (for example, in student organizations, internships, work, community involvement, etc.) contributed to your personal, professional, and intellectual development?  How would you describe your leadership style?

Service Engagement

  • Honors & Scholars students will commit to service to the community. With which activities are you involved (both ongoing and short-term commitments)?  How do you plan to continue to engage with the community?  Did your service involvement contribute to your understanding of a social issue or problem?  If so, how?

​What should be included?

  • For certain colleges or programs, you may be asked to write a specific essay and place it in the G.O.A.L.S. section of the e-Portfolio. 

    All Arts and Sciences Honors students will complete three essays, one as part of their survey course, one when they turn in their Honors contracts, and one when they apply for graduation.  If you are an Arts and Sciences Honors student, please see your Honors advisor for the specific requirements.

Questions to consider when writing your G.O.A.L.S. statements:

First-year students:
  • What do each of the G.O.A.L.S. terms mean to you?  What do you plan to do to work toward each of the G.O.A.L.S.?
Second-year and third-year students:
  • What have you done so far to work toward each of the G.O.A.L.S. and how do you plan to continue to work towards each of the G.O.A.L.S.?
  • In which of the G.O.A.L.S. have you really excelled?  Have any of the area(s) shaped your future goals?
Fourth-year students:
  • What have been your accomplishments in each of the G.O.A.L.S.?
  • What have your experiences in each of the G.O.A.L.S. meant to you and how have they shaped you as a learner?​