Essay Prompt: We are almost to the finish line everyone! For this final essay, and to celebrate your hard work, persistence, and grit, we would like you to reflect on everything you have learned about biology, yourself, and life in general—and make a list. Pick one of these ‘coolest things’ from your list that you are happy to share with the class, and write a short ½ to ¾ page single-spaced narrative telling us about what you learned. We will compile everyone’s ‘coolest thing’ into a class yearbook that will live online, accessible globally and in perpetuity. Each student will have one page in the yearbook, with a pic (if you want to!) and your narrative.
In addition to your short narrative on your ‘coolest thing’, include a 1-3 sentence statement of advice or a wish for future UOP students who will be taking BIOL51. This could be something you wish you’d known at the beginning of the semester, a hope for their experience to be similar or different from yours, or whatever you want! The only restriction is to keep it appropriate and well-intended as advice.
Platform Notes: Your submissions will live on Pacific's Scholarly Commons repository as a long-term yearbook of reflections helping to document this time in our collective history and your experiences in BIOL51. Hopefully, they will build restorative connections with past, present, and future students at Pacific, and also globally.