I am a senior psychology major with a Spanish minor. I am a resident assistant and also help lead SBU for Life, a pro-life action group on campus. I also studied in Spain for a summer to improve my ability to communicate and interact with diverse cultures more effectively. I am planning to continue my education in social and positive psychology to become a professional researcher.
As a Franciscan community, we strive to promote the growth and wellness of individual students and the communities that feed them. One way to do this is by offering reflection, a time-awareness process bringing the past, present and future together. The use of reflection has been shown to both enhance group functioning and lead to heightened well-being for students. Taking time to analyze work we have done and look forward at how to do it better has several benefits. It provides opportunities for individual feedback, building cohesiveness and increasing productivity and focus.
My fellowship will both empirically study and promote the use of reflection in groups. If we strive to give every opportunity for growth, then we need to explore every facet of growth. This is just one, but one that has fallen short in the past and can be implemented in the future. It is one step toward a more conscientious community. Take the time to think and you will find the world changes around you.