The final requirement of the Certificate of Community Engagement is the reflective essay to be completed toward the end of the semester in which you are to graduate. In this essay, you will reflect on the intersection of theory and practice as you have completed your Certificate courses and volunteer hours in the community. For each Service-Learning course you have taken, reflect on how the material you learned “in class” affected your experience of working in the community, and how working in the community impacted your learning of the material for the course.
Some questions you should reflect on for the service-learning courses are
- Did your experience in the community enhance or deepen your knowledge of the course subject?
- Did it challenge the course material?
- How was your learning affected by your work in the community?
For the Theory courses, reflect on how what you learned in the course enabled you theoretically to solve a challenge in the community (as part of your course requirements).
Finally, reflect on your volunteer work at your service sites in the community and what that has taught you about the needs of the community and what you might do to help the community.
Your essay should be completed during your senior year and after all certificate classes have been completed. The essay should be typed, double-spaced and in standard font. You should use Microsoft Word to write your essay and send your essay as a Microsoft Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: please send the actual file and not a link to the file.) The minimum word count is 1,200 words. If you need to cite anything, you may use the MLA style guide for citations.
Essays are due by April 1 each calendar year.
For more information, please contact Dr. Greg Sapp at email@example.com.