Reflect through courses, advising sessions, Experiential Learning Opportunities or on your own.
Many course assignments will require you to analyze what you are learning. Your advisor may ask you why a particular experience was important or how it will influence your decisions. Leaders of Experiential Learning Opportunities will challenge you to think through the significance of your experiences. Make the most of these opportunities by deliberately thinking through your answers to questions like these:
- What has been significant about this experience?
- What did I learn that I can apply to other experiences or courses?
- Based on this experience, what do I want to try next?
- What feedback did I get from others that can help me do even better in the next experience?
Save your answers for future reference in a journal, consider how they might be woven into course assignments, talk about them with peers or trusted advisors, share them through blogs, tweets, or social media.
Create and Save Your Work
You naturally create things as you engage in experiences: a program handout, a website, a work of art or a blog. Everything you create (pictures, videos, papers and presentations) are an important reflection of who you are, what you know and what you can do. You may not know immediately what will be significant as your interests develop and your goals morph, so document everything by saving it in a secure place (Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud). As time goes on, these artifacts will help you assess your journey and provide concrete examples of your work for others.
Show Others What You Have Learned
As you share your learning with others, you articulate what was important and prepare
to set yourself apart in job applications, interviews and graduate school applications.
Share through presentations: Presentations in class and campus organizations help you hone your skills. Take the next step. Present at a professional conference, to industry leaders at your internship site, through a performance or exhibit, or at Discover USC.
Share through writing: Writing assignments lay important groundwork for other opportunities. Publish in a newsletter, newspaper, or journal like Caravel, the University’s undergraduate research journal, or articulate your learning in a scholarship application through the Office of Fellowship and Scholar Programs.
Share through an ePortfolio: An ePortfolio not only provides a way for you to share your accomplishments, but helps you organize your thoughts across experiences and prioritize what is most important. You can communicate the breadth and depth of your work in an ePortfolio by displaying photos and other artifacts such as significant papers, PowerPoints, project assignments and certificates of achievement. See our CIEL ePortfolio resources to get started on your own ePortfolio.
Creating an e-portfolio lead me to thoroughly think through what I learned in my study abroad experience. Without that, I would not have been ready for the interview that lead me to the job of my dreams!
-Graduate, Darla Moore School of Business