The Vermont Connection


Jason Johnson


Higher education offers both students and student affairs professionals countless opportunities for personal and professional growth, but often does not allow for reflection on the experience. In this article, a comprehensive definition of reflection is offered to assist student affairs professionals in their work with students. The concept of reflection is incongruent with the fast-paced attitude of students in the millennial generation. By taking deliberate action in role modeling positive reflective behavior, student affairs professionals can better serve millennial students. Reflection is an important skill that many millennial students lack. Strategies such as creating an inviting and supportive environment, modeling behavior, incorporating daily reflection, and continually questioning are suggested as ways to enhance the abilities of student affairs professionals in restructuring, challenging, and changing the culture of reflection on campus.