Stage 2: Initial Reflection

A tree reflecting in the water.

Purpose of the Initial Reflection

You will complete this Pre-Experience Reflection at the beginning of each semester-long experience with one of the four Centers of Commitment. The purpose of this reflection is to create an opportunity for you to pause, wonder, reflect, and articulate on how you are currently understanding yourself as one who is called to serve the neighbor, one who is called to be a global citizen, one who is called to be an engaged local citizen, and one who is called to meaningful work. The other reflections you will do for your v-portfolio this semester will be related to the theme of the specific center sponsoring your experience. But this reflection is designed to get you thinking about yourself in relation to the themes of all four centers. This reflection is a baseline which you will use again at the end of the semester to notice how this semester-long experience has changed you. No one is grading this assignment. It is solely designed for your benefit, so please make the most of it and do it in a way that meaningful and useful to you.

Description of the Initial Reflection

Find a meaningful way to reflect on the questions below. This might simply be short answers to the questions, poetry, a song, visual art, a PowerPoint presentation, etc. We want you to do it in a way that will be fun and meaningful for you.

Once you have created your reflection, upload it to your v-portfolio on Portfolium. Connect it to other projects, courses, jobs, or tags that you think are appropriate.

 

 

Initial Reflection Questions

1. Vocation Question – Augsburg University’s Christensen Center for Vocation is committed to helping you discern your vocation. Your vocation is the way in which you are uniquely called, equipped, and compelled to help your neighbor and the planet thrive. No one has just one vocation, we always have many and they are always evolving. How do you think you are being called, equipped, compelled, and challenged to help your neighbors and/ or the planet thrive? What are some of the sources of suffering or problems you see in our world that you want to work to solve? What are some of the solutions to these problems you would love to participate in? Why is this so important to you? What events or people in your life have played a role in you wanting to show up in the world in this way? How do you think this semester-long experience you are starting might change these views you have?

2. Global Citizenship Question – Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education and Experience is committed to helping you become an engaged and informed global citizen. Global citizens recognize the role they play in our global village. They are humble about their own culture and curious about other cultures. How do you see yourself as a global citizen? What are your geographical origins and what role to those still play in your life? What are the places and the cultures you are most curious about? How do you want to live your life as a global citizen? Who and what played a role in you thinking about global citizenship in these ways right now? How do you think this semester-long experience you are starting might change these views you have?

3. Local Citizenship Question – Augsburg University’s Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship is committed to helping you learn how to address public issues, make change, and build democracy. Democracy is a way of life and we each have a role to play as local citizens seeking to make our communities better places to live our lives. How do you currently see yourself as a local citizen? How are you engaged in addressing local public issues, making changes in your community, and helping to build democracy? If you aren’t currently engaged in these things, how might you like to see yourself become more engaged in them? Who and what played a role in you thinking about local citizenship in these ways right now? How do you think this semester-long experience you are starting might change these views you have?

4. Meaningful Work Question – Augsburg University’s Strommen Center for Meaningful Work is committed to helping you move into a career of meaningful work. Meaningful work is work that does more than just pays the bills. It is work that allows you to create, to build community, and to participate in making the life you want to live. What are your current views on meaningful work? What would make work meaningful for you? What type of work environment most appeals to you? Who and what played a role in you thinking about meaningful work in these ways right now? How do you think this semester-long experience you are starting might change these views you have?

Use the following link to answer these questions. Once completed, upload to your Canvas Account and title it as, “Initial Reflection 2022”.

Initial Experience Directions

Stage 3: Primary Reflections