Write the reflection as a letter to yourself in the future, one for which you will CC: instructor (your secondary audience).

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Final Reflection

 

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 Write the reflection as a letter to yourself in the future, one for which you will CC: instructor (your secondary audience). Your goal is to record who you are at this moment, what you’ve learned about yourself related to communication, and what you have left to learn, as well as some actionable steps to get there. This way, in the future you can determine how you have progressed and who you have become. Submit your letter below and to FutureMe.org for 2 years now and it will be emailed to you then (optional but highly recommended).

 

 Use standard conventions:

o    Use a standard business font, 1-inch margins, minimum three pages, double spaced

o    Use a deliberate organizational structure:

·         Introduction that is engaging (one that hooks your future self and me) and ends with a thesis (main idea) and forecast (what the rest of the essay will discuss)

·         Body that chunks out your information consistent with the forecast

·         Conclusion (recap of significant takeaways and a call to action for your audience i.e., what should you and I think, feel, or do after we’ve read your reflection essay)

o    Write a draft, give it some time, then revise it (basics of best practices in communication)

o    Include an opening and closing salutation (conventional feature for letters)

 

 To meet the goals of the assignment, show that you have taken the time to deeply and honestly reflect on yourself and your skills. Connect your past, present, and future by including significant or formative events in your life and speculating on how they will impact you as a member of an organization. Remember to emphasize the role that communication plays in these events and in your future professional life. Recall the major assignments we completed in this class (Resume & Cover Letter; Blog Post; Proposal to Address a Problem or Opportunity; Interview with a Professional; and Oral Presentation) and what you learned in the interactive textbook (e.g., deep and hyperattention, writing negative messages, the genre approach to business communication practices, working job fairs, using humor in presentations).

 

·         Yes, there are many questions “coming at you at once” in the prompt above. They are providing you entry points to reflect on yourself. Don’t simply answer one after another. Don’t just try to figure out what “answers” your instructor wants. Instead, use this opportunity to reflect deeply on yourself and your experiences related to communication over the last semester and before.

 

Consider using free writing or mind-mapping to make sense of the questions and get to know yourself:

o    Free writing “is based on a presumption that, while everybody has something to say and the ability to say it, the mental wellspring may be blocked by apathy, self-criticism, resentment, anxiety about deadlines, fear of failure or censure, or other forms of resistance. The accepted rules of free-writing enable a writer to build up enough momentum to blast past blocks into uninhibited flow.”

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