Your past Bonner write-ups tell a great story: the story of how your civic experiences have shaped your learning, growth, and development. They offer glimpses of you in college years past, revealing what you thought, why you thought it, and what you wondered. They tell the story of your civic engagement and the specific moments and experiences in the community that transformed you and made you a better version of yourself. It’s time to revisit those write-ups and use them to shape and inform your Presentation of Learning (POL).
POLs are your opportunity to explore how civic engagement has affected you and what you are taking with you at this threshold in life. Read your past write-ups, paying close attention to moments and experiences that served as catalysts of change and the ways in which you are now different. In your capstone write-up, respond to the following questions:
1. How has civic engagement impacted you? Draw upon experiences to describe how your understanding of two of the following concepts has evolved over the years because of the integration of your civic, academic, and personal pursuits:
- Difference, power, and privilege
- Social issues
- Active citizenship
- Life-long learning
2. What are you taking with you from your community experiences as you commence the next chapter in your life? Think about relationships formed, lessons learned, and skills developed.
The capstone write-up is the crux of your POL, the content of your presentation. It is the most important aspect of your POL because its the articulation and explanation of the impact of your experiences. When writing your capstone write-up, you are expected to:
- Respond to the two aforementioned questions in 3-5 pages, double spaced, normal margins, 12 point font
- Use past write ups to inform the capstone write-up
- Link actual experiences to learning
As you are aware, your capstone write-up is the content of your POL. How you present that content is entirely up to you. To honor varying presentation styles, you are encouraged to be as creative as you see fit so long as you discuss the two questions you answered in your capstone write-up. The idea is to enhance your content in a way that is engaging and complementary. Your objective is to share what you’ve learned, so the audience understands how community engagement has impacted you.
For example, you may read your capstone write-up then show a 5 minute digital story of your experience. Or you may have a photo essay that visually documents your good work and covers the insights written about in your capstone write-up. Other examples include music, visual arts, poetry, or any other expression of yourself that complements and draws out the insights in your capstone write-up.
Your POL is your capstone project as a Bonner Scholar. Fellow Bonners, students, faculty, staff, community partners, and community members in the audience will be expecting an engaging, academic, and honest portrayal of how you have changed and what you are taking with you as you commence this new period in life. To that end, your presentation should:
- Be 10 minutes long, no shorter, no longer
- Focus on the two questions answered in your capstone write-up
- Be enhanced by a visual or performance-based piece
In an effort to make POLs as sharp as possible, you will submit your capstone write-up and presentation idea to a group of CCE staff for review. They will offer feedback and suggestions to improve your capstone write-up and enhance your presentation. Below is an overview of the process:
- By February 16: Students submit capstone write-up and presentation ideas via the POLs Submission form
- By March 7: Committee provides feedback to students via email
- By March 26: Students submit PowerPoints, digital stories, or any other technology components necessary for POLs by emailing Bonner senior intern Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org