Last week, we looked at the Programming Model for the Manresa Scholars Program. As a Manresa Scholar, you will be expected to attend one of each of the five program types (Learning, Sharing, Collaborating, Serving, and Reflecting). Not only will you build relationships with your professors and fellow Scholars, but you will also find yourself productively wrestling with complicated academic, ethical, and spiritual issues. You will start to make your own connections between your classroom learning and your life, community, and world events.
Ignatian Integration Papers were developed to promote and foster this critical thinking. Over the course of the semester, you will submit three two-page papers. The prompts build upon each other and give you an opportunity to step back and examine your work and participation as a Manresa Scholar. It is easy to get caught up doing so many things that we forget to understand the meaning behind them. Not to be mistaken for an academic research report, these Integration Papers can be thought of more like structured journal entries.
The first paper will ask you to review your positive contributions to the community, and prompt you to draw connections between your Manresa course and the Ignatian concept of imagination. The second prompt deals with personal growth; you will reflect upon how your ideas may have been challenged or changed based on the programs you attended. Through your analysis and reflection, you will become bothered in intellectual, spiritual, and ethical ways. The third and final paper will draw your entire experience together and ask you to share how you’ve become bothered, and why this burden is meaningful as you progress as a young scholar and active community member.
At the end of the semester, the Manresa community will come together to share select excerpts from your Ignatian Integration Papers. Utilizing your newfound and effective writing, speaking, and reading skills, you will discuss and reflect as a community. You’ll see how meaningful connections can be made between seemingly different fields of study. By sharing and reflecting in a group setting, you’ll gain new insights beyond your individual analysis.
Anja Asato, FCRH 2018
Marketing and Programming Fellow, 2016-2017
Manresa Scholars engaging in an Ignatian reflection exercise on the Spring Break Urban Immersion Service Project.