A reflection paper is a thoughtful, engaged, well-written exploration of a text or a key idea of the course. It may be written in any style as long as it demonstrates mastery of the material and reflects its depth and complexity. Students explore texts, compare ideas, make connections to contemporary issues, and share personal observations.
Select Student Papers
A Burlesque of What We Should Be by Ana Vergara
Taoism for the Millenials by Danielle Silva
Fill Your Bowl To the Brim and It Will Spill by Whitney Simon
A Balancing Act by Mariana Soto
It’s All Greek to Me by Cae Emond
Imposing our Will by Samantha Swarzendruber
Living in the Now by Ana Vergara
Symphony of the Universe by Danielle Silva
Self-cultivation or Self-deprecation? Aristotle vs. Chuang Tzu by Anne Rigas
Mind Over Matter by Lily Zappulla
On the Suffering of the Depressed by Cae Emond
Self-Cultivation: To Strive Or Not To Strive? by Samantha Swartzendruber
Tickets Are Free by Colin Buckley
The Wonder of the Tao by Colin Buckley
An Epicurean Guide to College Life by Scarlet Yeung
Meaning of Life Profiles
At the beginning of the semester, students answer a few seemingly simple questions about their personal values, goals, and ideals. As we progress in the course, students are encouraged to revisit their initial answers in light of the texts we study. We identify texts which affirm, challenge or completely refute students’ initial ideas about life’s meaning and purpose. At the end of the semester, students submit revised, expanded profiles with additional questions and textual references.
The initial profile questions are:
1. What does happiness mean to you?
2. A truly fulfilling, beautiful life must include …
3. Do you agree with the idea that people are fully responsible for where they end up in life? Why or why not?
4. Where would you like to see yourself in about 10 years (comment on whatever is relevant to your self-image: relationships, personal accomplishments, social status, emotional state, profession, finances, geographical location, etc.)