The Reflections Program is a voluntary, non-credit program open to all first-year students to provide a time and space for thinking about lifeâ€™s biggest questions.
The program meets once a week for 90 minutes for the first three weeks of the spring semester in groups of 12 to 20 facilitated by a faculty member, staff member and sophomore student who has gone through the program.
Special projects coordinator for academic affairs and Reflections Program director Lisa Jasinski explains what the program is meant to do.
â€œHaving conversations about who you are and where you come from, what you value and how you take those things forwardâ€”thatâ€™s exactly what we want you to do in first-year experience. Students get a sense of confidence and direction of where they are going. They get the most out of the personal dimension of their livesâ€”a much better sense of who they are and what they value,â€ Jasinski said.
The program seeks to create a non-threatening relaxed environment to engage in group and individual activities designed to help students maximize their time at Trinity and get to know their priorities. One activity includes making a college bucket list then cutting it down to only a few items to make the best use of their four years at Trinity.
â€œTrinity is a busy place and everyone gets so wrapped up in being busy that we just want to make it a more authentic place. Just carving out a little quiet space and time to get back to your roots is really powerful. Thereâ€™s something really nice about coming together as a community to do that,â€ Jasinski said.
The program is in its third year on campus and has since expanded due to a $50,000 grant earned last year. The application deadline is Dec. 15 and first years can apply at http://tinyurl.com/applySP15.