West Virginia University Mental Network Reflection Paper
1/ Follow this link: https://www.careeronestop.org/GetMyFuture/Toolkit/Interest-Assessment-Questions.aspx, take the test, and write a reflection of one page minimum about your results. Are you surprised? Why? What did you learn about yourself? How might knowing this information help you both professionally and personally? ( 1 Point )
2/ Follow this link: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test, take the test, and write a reflection of one page minimum about your results. Are you surprised? Why? What did you learn about yourself? How might knowing this information help you both professionally and personally?
3/ Do you have a mentor network? Write a reflection of one page minimum on what concrete steps you can take to start or improve your mentor network. Who can you ask to be your mentor? What steps do you need to take to make it happen? What might be the risk? What is the best approach for that specific person? Use our class discussion on Mentor Network to help guide you in developing a plan to grow your network.
4/ If you are interested in going into graduate school after you graduate, research different graduate schools and specific programs, and select one or two you would want to attend. Then write a reflection of two pages minimum explaining why these schools and programs would be a good fit for you, and how they would help you reach your professional goal. What opportunities are offered at these schools and programs that make them especially attractive to you? The WVU Aspire office (https://aspire.wvu.edu/) is a great resource to help guide you in your planning!
5/ Prepare a response to the following 11 “standard” interview questions.
- If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why?
- When have your failed? Describe what happened and what you learned from it?
- What’s the accomplishment you are most proud of and why?
- What is your greatest weakness? Strength?
- How do you take advantage of your strengths? How do you compensate for your weaknesses?
- What is your five year plan?
- How do you handle high pressure moments?
- How do you make decisions?
- Describe a time you were asked to do something you weren’t trained to do. How did you handle it?
- What will make you love coming to work here everyday?
- What questions do you have for us?
6/ Plot the BIG events in your life – starting at your birth, ending with your death. Include at least 2 to 3 events/milestones per decade. These may be accomplishments or times of personal growth. Be specific and explain why those events made your life timeline. After you have created your timeline, write about what you learned about yourself. What surprised you? Was it easy or difficult? Why? ( Write any event in Saudi Arabia )
7/ “Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them” – Brene Brown. When have you chosen courage over comfort? Write one page minimum about your experience. Reflect on the outcome. How were you impacted? What did you learn? How did you grow?
8/ In 2029, what if you received an email from yourself that was written NOW for this class portfolio? You can make this happen! Write a minimum one page letter to your future you (the 10-years-older-than-the-current you!). Include what is important to you – your likes, dislikes, hopes, and fears. What do you want your future you to remember about the current you? Have fun with this! You may want to include what is happening in your life right now that you want your future self to remember (or laugh about!). Ask yourself what you hope you will be like in the future – describe how you imagine you have changed. Describe the people who are closest to you, how your relationship is with them, and how you hope it is in the future. Describe what your goals are for the future – academically, socially, physically, professionally. Also include your current thoughts on life, politics, religion, society. Lastly, include advice you would give your future self!
Once you have your letter, send it to yourself (you pick the email address and date!) by visiting https://www.futureme.org. Don’t forget to also include a copy in your portfolio! ( The one you did in the other assignment ) ( 1 point )
9/Describe yourself in as much detail as possible before the age of 5 years old (favorite t-shirt? Hair?) Imagine yourself “in your mind’s eye” as that little person once again. Can you see any Saboteurs around you? What was your favorite food? Toy? Game? Cartoon? What made you angry? Proud? What did you like to learn before you had to learn things? What was the best present you ever received and why?
SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FOR FURTHER REFLECTION:
- Take “Little You” out!: Imagine you as an older person have the chance to take “Little You” to do something fun. What would “Little Your” have loved the most? Ice cream? A new toy? Design an outing for your innter child and do it. Write about what you did and why. Did you gain any new insights about yourself?
- Write a letter to “Little You”!: This could be a letter of apology or a letter of support. Maybe you haven’t been saying the nicest things to yourself. Can you envision your struggles now through the lens of being a little kid again? What would you tell that little kid in the face of struggle?
- “Reparenting” Little You!: Parents wouldn’t buy you a pony? Now’s your chance! But seriously, now is your chance to design something you feel you should’ve received but didn’t get. What would that look like? What are you going to do? ( 1 point )
10/ So, you’ve died (eek!) and your obituary is in the newspaper. What will it say? Write one page minimum about your life. What would you want written about you when you have passed away many, many years from now? Questions you should ask yourself as you do this exercise: What and/or who did you impact or change? Why? What character traits and values did you consistently demonstrate over your life? At your core, who were you? Who did you care for? What were your major accomplishments in your life? What were you passionate or enthusiastic about? What was your legacy? Recall inspiring dreams and thoughts you have had in the past. ( 1 point )
11/ If you got to design your perfect day, how would you spend it? Where would you be? Would it be a solo adventure or with a particular person/people? Write one page minimum and start from the moment you wake up to the moment your head hits the pillow. Be specific and be sure to explain why the day you create would be YOUR perfect day. ( 1 point )
11/You carry it everyday…your backpack. What is inside? What is so important to you that you feel you need to have it with you each day? What do these items (or lack of items) say about you as a person? Really dig here as the items we carry are significant. And not only the items, but the condition and organization of said items – it speaks volumes about you as a person. Write one page minimum about unpacking your backpack. Be sure to not just list what you carry, but why you carry it and what that means about you as an individual.
12 / Go to the following link: https://financialwellness.wvu.edu/home/financial-avenue, and complete the questionnaires. Print the completion certificate and include it in your portfolio. In addition, write a reflection of one page minimum explaining what you have learned and how this is going to help you on a personal level. ( 2 points )
13 / Visit a museum or attend an event and write a reflection of one page minimum explaining how this helped you in your personal development. Why did you choose this museum/event? What were you hoping to see? What did you actually see? What was the impact of the visit on your personal development? ( I attend study abroad in campus in West Virginia university there was many booths ) I’ll download it later. ( 2 points )