Reyna’s story highlights the importance of resilience and determination when it comes to finding her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer. Using your critical thinking skills, select a theme, character, or event from Reyna’s story that you can relate to, and write a 2-3 page reflective essay. Be sure to include examples from Reyna’s life and your life, and how you can relate the two.
Brainstorm pieces or events that stand out in your mind. Consider why these sections are particularly memorable or significant to you. You might find it helpful to use the Brainstorming and Connecting ChartPreview the document to keep track of your ideas and connections. A chart similar to this is a useful tool whenever you need to write a reflective essay/paper. Note that reflective writing is an exploration and an explanation of events – not just a description or summary of them.
Above all – be honest, seek to find your true and deepest feelings about what you are trying to express. Genuine reflective writing often involves “revealing” anxieties, errors and/or weaknesses, as well as strengths and successes. This is fine (in fact it’s often essential!), as long as you remember that there is always an opportunity for growth and improvement.
Relate relevant class information to the reading and your experiences. Consider: How does the book connect to the topics discussed in the class? How did the book help you to understand the value of applying creativity to finding solutions to complex problems or tasks? What is the author’s message about creating connections, cultivating relationships, community engagement, and engaged citizenship?
Write multiple drafts. Don’t let the first draft be the final draft. Put the essay down for a day or two. This will allow you to think about what you have written and make changes to the next draft.