aSelf-reflection is like looking into a mirror and describing what you see. It i

aSelf-reflection is like looking into a mirror and describing what you see. It is a way of assessing oneself by looking inward. As we begin this course, it is useful to understand where you are today, in your relationship to money.
We all have a unique approach to handling money, shaped by our upbringings and personalities. Many of our attitudes, values and behaviors have been influenced by the households where we grew up – by the attitudes, values and behaviors we saw in our parents, guardians or other influential adults. These influences interact with our own personality traits to create the financial adults that we all become.
Take some time to reflect on your approach to money. Are you more of a spender or a saver? Are you more risk seeking, or risk averse? Do you tend to worry about money? Or feel that things will work out? Do you proactively address money matters, or avoid thinking about issues and hope they go away? Given an example or two from your own life that illustrates how you tend to approach money issues.
Where do your tendencies come from? What aspects of your attitudes, values and behaviors around money come from the household where you grew up? (Do you see your family members as role models that you aspire to emulate? Or as a cautionary tale of how not to handle your finances? Or both? Explain your answer.)
Finally, looking forward, identify aspects of your approach to money that you want to improve. Be as specific as possible and share something you want to do more of, do less of, or change from the way you do things now. If you can succeed in making this change, how will it improve your life in the future?
Explain your answers to all of the questions above in a cohesive, organized and well-written self-reflection essay [Note that your essay should have an introduction, a conclusion and transitions between paragraphs.]
Your response to all parts of the essay prompt should not exceed 1,200 words in length (approximately 4-5 double spaced pages). For grading, refer to the grading rubric for self-reflection essays. Make sure you pay careful attention to all components of the grading rubric, especially your writing. There is no required format that you must adhere to for this essay so choose the formatting style you are most comfortable with (i.e. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).

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