Students write a reflection on the word they choose. The following is from the reflection of Naveed Ahmed '13: “STRIVE to the top of the world!!! Never give up. Stay above water and keep reaching for the top whenever you feel like sinking, because tomorrow is always a brighter day…”

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Helping Pacific Grow One Word at a Time

Sheri GrimesJul 31, 2012

Pick a word. Not just any word.

Think of a single word that describes YOU, that captures your personal essence - your ideal self.

What one word would you choose, and why?

Finding that word is at the heart of the Pacific One Word Project. Launched as part of a leadership development initiative by the Division of Student Life in fall 2008, Pacific One Word has become an integral part of the students' first-year experience. It encourages personal reflection, increases self-awareness and helps students connect to their personal aspirations.

One Word Website

Explore the One Word Project's site to see more than 1500 photos and reflections as well as personal videos from Pacific students, faculty, staff and the community.more

How does it work?

One Word Photo
"My whole life I have had to juggle everything,
whether it was family, friends, school, or gymnastics.
It represents my ability to balance life. Not to
mention... I was a balance beam state champion. :)"
-Lyndsi Mark '13 

Participants select the word they feel best expresses their ideal self and then write a reflection statement on why they chose their particular word. A talented group of graphic design and photography students have developed a distinct artistic approach to create a visual representation of these honest statements of self-expression.

The project was so widely and positively received, it soon expanded to encompass faculty, staff, alumni, and current students, and has even begun to be used in outreach with local elementary schools. Since its inception, more than 2,000 individuals have participated.

One Word has become a signature part of the Pacific experience, a celebration of the diversity of cultures, individuals, and ideas within the Pacific community.

The One Word Project has received National recognition, including the Region VI Innovative Program award in 2010 from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Award for exemplary programming in 2011. 

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