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Reflecting on a past event - activity


Reflective writing exercise - reflecting on an event 

Look at the writing exercise below.

Write about the key moments in your life that led to your choice of subject at university.

  • What happened?
  • Who was involved?
  • How did the experience influence you?

Write at least 250 words

Labelling task

Below is an example written response to this writing activity. Identify and label the related sections of text in this response, into the following three types:

  1. the significant events
  2. the people involved
  3. the impression left on the writer

To do this, select the section of text with your mouse and then click the related button beneath to label that section according to three categories listed above.

If you encounter difficulties with this activity, please try this alternative version.

Example response

About ten years ago, I was in my final year at high school and it was the summer holidays. I was at home channel hopping on daytime TV. I came across an interesting programme on a psychology channel. It was about phobias. A famous psychologist was talking about the different kinds - how they develop and the different treatment options. One of my cousins at the time had a phobia about spiders and I found the information in the programme helped me to better understand her situation. That gave me an idea. Why shouldn't I train to be a psychologist and help people like my cousin?

At school the next term, the careers advisor offered me advice and encouragement. She told me psychology was a good choice to develop a career. There were plenty of options but I'd need to study at university. At that time, my maths was useless. When I realised psychology involved a lot of statistics, I almost gave up the idea. However, the careers advisor said, 'Take extra maths!' So I did and every Tuesday and Thursday lunch time I had a one to one with a maths tutor. I worked really hard and began to enjoy maths. I applied for an undergraduate degree in psychology at the local uni and got offered a place. I was so proud. With the support of my teachers, I overcame difficulties and setbacks and learned not to give up so easily. I was able to assist my cousin using the flooding technique and she is now completely fine with spiders. I still sometimes seek out challenges, much to her amusement.

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