Whether you are presenting at Furman Engaged, attending sessions throughout the day, or both, we encourage all students to reflect upon their Furman Engaged experience – to think about what they shared with or learned from their peers. Furman Engaged is designed as a culminating experience that demonstrates transformative learning in action, and we want to see, read, and hear about your transformation! Share your experiences with the Furman community by submitting to one or more of our Furman Engaged Reflection Contests.

Your reflection can focus on your own presentation or on presentation/s or poster session/s you attended. No matter what form your reflection takes, these questions (intended as inspiration, which means you do not need to answer every question) can help guide you:

  1. What does it mean to you to have the opportunity to share your own learning with others in our community?
  2. What does it mean to you to learn from others in our community?
  3. How does Furman Engaged support your pathway at Furman and beyond?
  4. How does Furman Engaged help prepare you to be an innovator and contributor to your future communities?
Caption a Photo Contest Prompt:

Capture an image and caption it in 150–200 words that reflect on how Furman Engaged helped you experience the transformative power of learning in action. Be sensitive that not everyone wants their picture taken. If humans are featured in the photograph, make sure to ask permission of those pictured before submitting.

Photo Essay Contest Prompt:

Choose 3–5 photos that you took during the event to illustrate a day in the life of a Furman Engaged participant/attendee. Weave your photos into a photo essay that reflects on how Furman Engaged helped you experience the transformative power of learning in action. Be sensitive that not everyone wants their picture taken. If humans are featured in one of the photographs, make sure to ask permission of those pictured before submitting.

Blog Contest Prompt:

In under 750 words, write to the Furman community about a specific Furman Engaged experience that captured for you the essence of engaged, transformative learning. Be sensitive about naming other people in your blog without their permission.

Vlog or Podcast Contest Prompt:

Feel more comfortable speaking than writing? In under 5 minutes, speak to the Furman community about a specific Furman Engaged experience that captured for you the essence of engaged, transformative learning. Be sensitive about naming other people in your vlog without their permission. If you are using your phone to record your vlog, make sure to record with the phone in the horizontal position.

Submission Instructions

Submissions are due by Friday, April 22. Visit the Writing & Media Lab for instructions and submission form. Entries will be reviewed by a committee of Furman faculty and staff.  Several $150 prizes will be awarded to the best reflections. Winners will be announced by Friday, April 29.  Selected winners’ reflections will be featured on the Furman Website.

2021 Winner

Conor Bready '24

2019 Winners

Madelyn Bates

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Isabel Miles

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Christine Fasana

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