The "Year in Review" Page
Your "Year in Review" page is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student. You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.
Here are some ways you might think about your "Year in Review" page:
- A yearly summary of your personal and professional growth throughout the year
- A place to reflect upon your experiences (both good and bad) over the course of the year
- A place to reflect upon your expectation for the year and set expectations for the next year
- A place to reflect upon previous years and see how you have changed and grown
What should be included:
- An update on any major projects (such as a thesis or participation in a Scholars program) or involvements and some reflection on how they have shaped your interests and future goals
- A discussion of your expectations for the year and expectations moving forward
- Any transformational experiences, whether positive or negative, and the impact they have had on you
Questions to consider when writing your "Year in Review" page:
- Who were you at the beginning of this year and who are you now? Look at your level of maturity and how you have evolved and matured.
- Did you meet your initial expectations for the year?
- How have you grown personally? How does personal growth give you context and perspective and why is that important when reflecting back on your experiences?
- How have new or unexpected experiences affected you, your beliefs, and your plans?
- Did anything exciting or wonderful happen? Were you surprised?
- Did you experience a setback or disappointment? How are you planning to handle it?