Career Fair Reflection Essay For English 101

Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest

What?An opportunity to submit an essay about your reflections in global health education and practice.  This is the fifth annual CUGH Reflection Essay Contest that is co-sponsored by CUGH, Child Family Health International, University of Pittsburg Center for Global Health and Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division.

Who? Trainees from undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels and GH faculty/practitioners are eligible to submit an essay to the contest.  We strongly encourage essay submission by trainees and global health practitioners/educators from low-middle income countries.

When? Submissions are due by midnight EST on November 20, 2017 (extended from Nov. 12)。 Decisions on winners and runner-ups will be announced on
December 20, 2017. A select group of winners will be invited to read their essays at the 2018 CUGH Annual Conference in New York, NY.  

Where?Submissions should be emailed to Winners will be invited to attend and read their essays at the CUGH 2018 Annual Conference in New York, NY. However, attending the conference is not required to participate in the Essay Contest.  Additional essays will be invited to submit for publication in the publication “Reflection and Global Health: An Anthology.”

How? Email essay submission with the structure and information in the instructions below to To learn more about how to write a reflective essay, additional resources can be found here.

Reflection is a powerful tool in global health education and practice. All current undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate trainees as well as GH practitioners are invited to submit essays to reflect upon the meaning and lessons learned from global health experiences. These may be in a research, educational, clinical, or service capacity. The impacts of these experiences on professional development and personal growth are revealed in new partnerships, insights into cross-cultural or ethical issues and ideas for change.  

Click here for an example of writing prompts.

Click here to see essays previously selected for the Reflection in Global Health Anthology.

Requirements for Essays

  • The essay must be written while the applicant fits into one of the three contest categories described below, must be the work of a single author, and must represent original work. Essays must not have been previously published in print or electronic format.
  • Entries must be in English, at least 11 point font, doubled-spaced, and must not exceed 1,000 words.
  • Essay should be written in Microsoft or OpenOffice document.
  • Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document. Mention of any other individuals in the document should conform to anonymity standards to ensure privacy.
  • Include the title of your essay on all pages of your word document submission
  • Only ONE submission per person.
  • Essays not meeting all requirements will be disqualified from the contest.​

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged in three separate categories:

  • trainees (post secondary to post graduate levels,
  • practitioner/faculty, and
  • trainees for whom English is not the primary language.  

Each essay is reviewed by two judges and scored on four criteria— originality/theme, composition, critical reflection, and impact. A third judge is asked to review the essay if there is a significant difference in the scores by the two judges. Authors will be anonymous to the judges. The finalists will be selected by members of CUGH's Essay and Education Committees. Essay finalists will be notified by January 15, 2018.


Monetary prizes of $500 and a waiver of the CUGH 2018 conference registration fee will be awarded to the three winners.  A number of honorable mention essays will be selected for a special reading and recognition session at the conference.  

How to submit

Send an email (including the below information) with your essay as an attachment to
Please include the following information in the body of your email: 

  • First Name then Last Name
  • Title of Essay
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address (reachable even after graduation)
  • School/Sponsoring Institution/Training Program where enrolled or affiliated
  • Degree Program (if applicable)
  • Indicate category of submission (IMPORTANT!)

                   a. Trainees (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate levels).  Anticipated year of graduation

                   b. Practitioner/faculty.  Please indicate years in practice and area of expertise

                   c. Trainees from low-middle income countries where English is not the official language 

More information: Contact: or

This contest is co-sponsored by Consortium for Universities in Global Health, Child Family Health International, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division, and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Global Health.

I kind of had that “oh crap” moment.

With hundreds of different employers at the BJC, I suddenly realized that the whole “real world/I need to get a job” thing came full circle. Yes, I’m a junior. However, within these next two years the beginning of my future will be determined.

I attended the internship fair on Wednesday, September 14th. My first time at the career fair was definitely interesting. The majority of the offered positions are for students in business, IT, or engineering. I, however, am an Advertising and Integrative Arts major. So I argued in my pitch that I’m willing to be flexible and I’m eager to learn.

I’m realized that all the employers were looking for that day were students who would speak up and could form a short conversation. It can be intimidating seeing everyone dressed in business professional, but it can also be motivating.

I felt as if all of the students were competing against each other in such a subtle way. And the truth is, we all were.

All of us are qualified and proactive to kickstart our professional lives. But in the meantime, yes we have to continue striving for this attainable goal, but we don’t have to strive for perfection.

Not once did any of the companies I spoke with asked me what my grade was in a certain class or how many organizations I am involved with. Simply, they don’t care to that extent.

I saw this theory play out with my roommate this past week. She is a senior and just received a job offer with her dream company. She even told me that all of the stress over receiving a 5-7 point grade difference on an exam or joining that one extra club just because, wasn’t worth the energy.

I have no room to talk about life after college because I haven’t experienced yet. I also have no room to talk about what companies want because I also haven’t gone through the career searching process either. But what I was able to grasp within this past week was that it’s okay to not be entirely “perfect” as long as your intensions for success continue to expand.

I’m excited to see how these next two years will bring me into graduation and beyond. For now, I will continue to enable my passions into my classes, take everything I can into learning, and developing as a person. That’s all I can ask of myself.

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