First Reflective Essay Help?

First Reflective Essay Help?
I have a my first reflective essay(400-450 words) due on Friday. I haven’t written a reflective essay before and I am extremely stressed. ANY tips and guidelines will be appreciated. I can choose from 5 topics:
1)”I would rather be a comma than a full stop” Coldplay
2) In the mirror I see…
3)I am my own worst enemy.
4)”Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I have ever known” Chunk Palahnuik, Invisible Monsters.
5)”…I turned around and never wanted to go back there.”
If you can help me for a specific topic instead of general tips you will get the best answer! Please help.


A reflective essay is going to discuss your personal thoughts, opinions, and experiences concerning a topic. For example, if you were to pick number 2 you will discuss what you see in the mirror. This would likely talk about how you see yourself physically but also how you see yourself concerning your emotions, actions, beliefs, etc. Question 4 will want you to discuss how you are a product of your society. How media, your parents, school, friends, the type of country you live in etc. affects who you are and what you will become.

Remember these topics are about YOU and how you feel, but don’t forget to include a thesis statement.

Here are some sites that will explain what a reflective is, what should and shouldn’t be included, and some examples:

Writing a Reflective Essay

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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