Below we offer two examples of thoughtful reflective essays that effectively and substantively capture the author's growth over time at California State University Channel Islands (CI). We suggest that you write your own essay before reading either of these models-then, having completed your first draft, read these over to consider areas in your own background that you have not yet addressed and which may be relevant to your growth as a reader, writer, or thinker.
Any reference to either of these essays must be correctly cited and attributed; failure to do so constitutes plagiarism and will result in a failing grade on the portfolio and possible other serious consequences as stated in the CSUCI Code of Conduct.
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A reflective essay is a piece of writing dealing with you and everything about your identity, character and disposition. It is not a cursory look at you as an individual but a thorough analysis of your personal changes and what the impetus was towards such changes, who influenced your personality and why you yielded or vice versa – why you withstood and remained the same person you used to be. To write a reflective essay you need know inside and out other scientific fields rather than just of literature and writing strategies. Psychological approaches are useful to you as a student when it comes to help with essay writings. They will help you out to analyze the situation deeper with going into all the subtleties.
How to write a personal reflective essay
Conciseness and informativeness should be the main priorities for you while writing a reflective essay. Being too general and disorganized may lead you to the failure.
The key to success in writing your reflective essay is crafting its outline before actually start writing. It will help you to keep the same point throughout the whole essay. The outline is practically your draft paper where you organize your paper and mention what information will go to each of its sections. With writing a draft you will avoid getting into the dead end.
Although a reflective essay is not the same with other types of writings, for example, a literary essay, it has three vital parts as any essay does: introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.
Providing a hook is a good way to start writing a reflective essay. It will grab audience's attention. To arouse interest, start by telling a joke adjacent to the topic of the essay to outpace yourself by providing a juicy detail from the story you are going to tell about without giving the whole resolution of the problem. We are sure you did have a high school reflective essay. If that is true try to recollect what were your main hooks?!
- Introduction. In the first part of the essay catch reader's attention by providing a hook (that we were talking about) and also include a thesis statement. This is statement telling the audience what the essay is about as well as the problem or question it is targeted to resolve and dwell on. Insert some basic information concerning the story you are going to talk about.
- Body. These paragraphs are the essence of the essay because they contain the informative insight into the life story. Every essay differs from the rest of its kind but there is a common pattern you may use while structuring your essay. To complete a higher reflective essay you need to be precise and coherent and do not reiterate the same information again and again though you may make not a linear chronology to be more creative but it shouldn't perplex the reader. Every story should have a deep sense that is why include only relevant and worthy details that later will lead to the thought-provoking conclusion.
- Conclusion. This is basically a summary of the whole work. This part should bring all the parts into a logical terminus that triggers thoughts and productive discussion. Note the impact that a person, situation, place made on you.
Avoid such errors!
Poor idea and plot of the essay will trigger a low grade. Every paper should have a definite goal and the writer needs to achieve it by the end of its completion.
Too many details, names, and unnecessary subtleties that will puzzle the reader.
Stylistic, grammar, spelling mistakes. Re-read your paper several times to detect such errors and eliminate them.
Lack of personality in rendering the message. Too many generalizations that are far from your experience.
Reflective essay common topics
Topics differ according to the particular discipline you study. It can be a reflective essay on communication, on love, friendship or universal concepts, reflective essay on presentation, truths etc.
“Why people turn to religion?”
“Is the the accomplishment of desires depend soelly on you?”
“Who is your lifestyle guru?”
“A concept of a hero in the modern world”
“Your watershed meeting”