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Please share your reflections with us about how you have found meaning in your experiences both on and off campus. There are no right or wrong answers, but reflections are expected to be a minimum of 200 words and need to reflect depth of thought and introspection. Reflections also need to be presented in a professional manner with no grammatical errors.

Some questions you can answer in your reflection are:

  • What was your mindset going into the experience and how did it change after?
  • How can you apply what you learned in a professional setting?
  • In what way did this experience help shape you into who you are today?
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Rewards

Overview

The PathFinder program seeks to reward you for not just attending enriching activities, but also reflecting upon them. We believe that this basic reflection will lead to a deeper understanding to what truly matters in your life. Spending just a few minutes thinking about an activity, class, leadership position, or student sport will help identify your life's passion or "calling."

Participation Levels

PathFinder Sunglasses Initial Participation

PathFinder sunglasses or PathFinder Lanyard for starting the program. Any reflection submission or attendance at a What Matters and Why Dinner will automatically enroll you into the program.

PathFinder Mug 150 Points

PathFinder Mug

PathFinder Long-Sleeve T-Shirt 300 Points

PathFinder Long-Sleeve t-shirt

 

                         450 Points

                                 PathFinder Scarf

 

PathFinder Sports Jacket 600 Points

Official PathFinder Sports Jacket

!-- PathFinder Sports Jacket -->                          1000 Points

                                 Lapel Pin and Graduation Cord (signifying completion of PathFinder Program).

PathFinder Program

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What is the PathFinder Program?

We believe it is important to find value in everything that you do during your time at Albion College. This program will challenge you to discover meaning in your everyday experiences on and off campus. Meaning shapes our lives and we want to hear how your experiences on and off campus have shaped your life in a new way. You will earn points for every reflection and these points earn you rewards! Your reflections can also serve as good talking points during interviews and help with writing personal statements.

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Points Represent Learning

You will earn points by submitting reflections about activities and experiences that you have learned from. Reflections are expected to be at least 200 words and will need to reflect an attitude of thoughtfulness. Points carry over from year to year so you can submit reflections at any point.

Activities for submission include: events, sports, clubs/organizations, courses, mentoring, approved meetings, internships, and more.

Learn more about earning points

How to Get Involved

The entry process is extremely simple. To begin the program, all you need to do is submit a reflection for an approved activity.

The easiest way for you to see your accumulated points is through Moodle (courses.albion.edu). Upon your first submission, you will be entered as a student in the PathFinder "course" and will be able to track your progress as your points show up as grades within the PathFinder course.

Program Activity (as of March 4, 2016)

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Who Should I Contact with Questions?

You can contact the Career and Internship Center at any time.

Phone: 517/629-0332
Email:
Office: Ferguson 103

Events and Activities

Events listed below are suggestions for reflection. However, we certainly have not thought of everything that constitutes a meaningful exercise and experience. If you have an activity that you believe has added to your understanding of valuing the things you do or future goals, please submit that under the appropriate category.

Presentation Option | What Matters and Why Dinners | Academic Course Reflection | FYE and IDY 110 Course Reflection | Mentoring Reflection | FURSCA/Elkin Isaac Reflection | Internship Experience Reflection | Leadership/Sporting/Campus Group Participation Reflection | Service Experience Reflection | Activity/Meeting/Presentation Reflection

What Matters and Why Dinners - 20 points

The event, in and of itself, is a reflection exercise. You will receive 20 points for just attending.

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Academic Course Reflection - 100 points

We believe that you can find value and meaning in any course and in any field of study. You can earn points toward completion of the Pathfinder Program by reflecting on a course you are taking. Reflections on study abroad experiences are also welcome.

If you think that a course you are taking relates to the themes of PathFinder (life calling, purposeful work), then submit a reflection. You did the work in the course, now think about a broader meaning from the course and how it relates or can be connected to another course. Reflection submissions should communicate how the course has helped you understand passions and meaning in your life. It should also exemplify the spirit of a liberal arts education by connecting what you learned in one course to others that you have taken.

Any course can qualify for points. However, only two courses per semester may be used towards your points and no more than 50% of your total points can be course reflections. Finally, course reflections cannot be retroactive. The reflection must be completed within two months of completing the course.

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First Year Experience (FYE) - 100 points

FYE courses are designed to benefit students throughout their college experience and beyond. Therefore, reflections for FYE can be written at anytime during your years at Albion.

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Mentoring Reflection - 100 points total for 4 mentoring meetings

What better way to start building professional relationships than through a mentoring program? Through the PathFinder Program you can be connected with a faculty member or staff. In this part of the program, you are required to meet with your mentor four times throughout an academic semester and provide one reflection for each meeting.

Come into the Career and Internship Center and you will be matched with an on-campus mentor to assist you in an area that you wish to improve upon. Click here for more information.

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FURSCA/Elkin Isaac Reflection - 70 points

FURSCA is an incredible opportunity to investigate, interpret, and present. This experience will expose you to real life problems and will lead to a better understanding about your interests in the field and methods of exploration.

  • How did your experience help you to either confirm or rethink your life and career goals?
  • Can you see yourself doing the kind of work that you participated in while in FURSCA?
  • How was this experience meaningful to you?
  • How will this experience benefit your community, country, and world?

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Internship Experience Reflection - 100 points

Working in a professional environment has immense value and we want to hear how it has impacted your life. We know that you learned about your chosen profession, but tell us what you learned about yourself through this experience.

Did you learn that you:

  • love working with people?
  • want to give back to society?
  • want to work in a big/small city?
  • love to be a problem-solver?
  • are totally confused now because you thought you would have loved your internship but didn't?

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Leadership/Sporting/Campus Group Participation Reflection - 20 points

Albion College students are involved in no small amount of beneficial activities that lead to out-of-classroom learning. In these submissions, you are to reflect on your experience and think about a deeper meaning. You are not being asked to do more, just learn more about what you are already doing or have done.

  • How did the experiences in this experience help me to either confirm or rethink my life and career goals?
  • What impact do I wish to have in the future? How can I use my academic major to make a difference in society?
  • How will I know that I’ve had a meaningful or purposeful role in society?
  • What counts as success in my community, my country, and my world?

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Service Experience Reflection - 20 points

Albion College students participate in a vast array of community service experiences. For these reflections, you are being asked to spend some time thinking about what you have learned from your experiences.

  • What are the ethical dimensions of the experience as you observed it in the location of your service experience?
  • What needs to be changed (and who needs to lead this change) to make the situation better?
  • What different cultural perspectives were at play in this context?
  • How will you be better leader in the future because you have learned more about yourself?
  • What can one person do in the face of complex and multi-layered societal issues?

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Presentation Option - additional 50 points to any activity

While most of these options are in essay format, you can really rack up points by choosing to do a presentation on your experience. Even just attending a presentation will earn you 10 points! Email the Career and Internship Center to schedule a date and time. Plan on a 15 minute presentation.

  • Provide a basic overview of your experience.
  • Why did you think that this would be a meaningful experience prior to completing it?
  • Was it as meaningful as you thought?
  • What did you learn about yourself and what you values?
  • How will you contribute to this area in your future?

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Activity/Meeting/Presentation Reflection - 20 points

Albion College offers a plethora of speakers and events to attend that would count for points.

These are some ideas about what these might include:

  • Smooth Transitions meetings
  • Lunch meeting sponsored by the Chaplain's Office
  • Speaker presenting on an important current topic
  • Employer information meeting
  • Graduate school information meeting
  • FURSCA Presentation (attended not presented). Presenting will earn more points and is a separate category
  • Elkin Isaac Presentation (attended not presented). Presenting will earn more points and is a separate category
  • Tutoring at a local school (must be at least four separate tutoring sessions)
  • Career Vision Trip
  • Connecting with an alumni mentor through the Albion College Mentoring Program

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