The Arch Reflection Celebration is designed to applaud the accomplishments of students who have completed an off-campus Individual Learning Experience (ILE), which could take the form of an internship or co-op, international or national opportunity (i.e., study abroad or study at another U.S. institution), or research, civic engagement, or self-designed experience.
During this event, returning Arch students had the opportunity to share their personal journey with the Rensselaer community, including students who are embarking on The Arch summer semester or semester away experience. Hearing first-hand from previous Arch students about their semester away experience, provided rising juniors with constructive feedback to help formulate informed decisions about the path they may take.
Held in the beginning of the spring 2020 semester, The Arch Reflection Celebration kicked off with a warm welcome from Dr. Keith Moo-Young, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education and Dr. Tiffany Powell, director of arch academic programs. The introduction was followed by a series of selected students who shared their away experience journey.
“The hope is that this event will reinforce the support that is available to students as they plan for their away experience and when they return. We value the voices of our students and want them to know that we recognize their efforts and applaud them as they move forward in fulfilling their educational career at Rensselaer,” said Powell.
Rensselaer plans to continue The Arch Reflection Celebration each semester. If an in-person event is not possible due to the pandemic, a virtual celebration will be held to honor students.