Take your notes and use those to write your final draft. Here are some tips:
Introduction: Either start with a vivid description of the place, your experience, or a summary of what you are reflecting about. End with your thesis idea. Sometimes you may want to put a question first and then the answer
Example Thesis: Why was I feeling so peaceful while walking down this beach? I realized it was because the beach had always been a place of rest to me.
Body: Each of the questions you've answered can be a paragraph in the body of your essay. Take your notes and expand them. Add more details and examples from your experience and your life story.
Conclusion: Explain and expand on your thesis idea. Tell how this experience taught you something new or how it helped you to understand something. Another way to conclude is to suggest where you might like to go from this point in thinking about your thesis idea.
Example Conclusion: I sent my photo of "For Rhonda" to my friend along with a text letting her know how much I appreciate her help in letting me know that we can always find places to relax and renew in the midst of our busy lives. Now, I want to find a way to help Rhonda have a day off of her own, and I'm hoping someday we can take a trip to the beach together.
At the beginning, my English teacher gave the class an assignment to write down our goals for high school. At the time,the assignment held little to no meaning to me. I was focus on efficiency rather than the journey of the assignment. Thinking small minded at the time made me a grade A student but in the big picture, I was heading towards the wrong direction. I can’t exactly remember every goals I wrote, but I remember one particular goal, and it was to graduate as the class valedictorian.
As semesters went by, the goals that I wrote became more personal to me, as if writing it down made it an obligation, I told the world and the pressure was on. I continued to tell everyone and the dream was a reality at some point in time. But to tell you the truth, I didn’t accomplish any of them. I didn’t graduate as the class valedictorian, I didn’t make the varsity basketball team and win a championship, I didn’t travel as much as I wanted, I didn’t meet the girl of my dream, I didn’t make all A’s, and I got rejected from the university I wanted to go to (at the time). From this perspective, you could say that I failed. And throughout high school, my faith in myself, god, and the process was tested.
It was ironic, that I wanted something so much, it left room for nothing else in my mind. My goals blinded me from other important details, prevented me from being content and grateful, and truly being present in the moment. Focusing on what was ahead I couldn’t see the things in front of me. Then at graduation, what was in front of me was a world that was bigger than myself. It took a collective effort for me to have the opportunities to succeed and fail. Without my parents, this country, and my community I wouldn’t be here nor have the freedom to fail. I realized that I did not get to where I wanted to go because I was already where I was supposed to be(at the moment).
I got accepted into UNC at Chapel Hill, I got to play for an amazing soccer team and make school history with them, I built relationships with amazing people, I got to work for the local operation center and help them refurbish over 1000 computers then donated them, I found a passion in technology, I made memories that will last for as long as I could, and lastly I graduated.
Graduation for me was an end to a beautiful chapter. Then it marked a new beginning that I can’t wait to start. I’ll take the lessons I’ve learned from successes and failures. I’m planning to go all out and leaving no stone unturned.