Every SMU LifeLessons experience is an ongoing examination of one’s personal values. These are not prescribed ‘moral values’, but values that you choose; that you say matter the most to you. Your personal values are what define you, and are your deeply-held driving forces. They shape your perspective of the world, and determine your words, actions and decisions.
When you are a part of any group - be it a team, a community, or an organisation, you will likely be introduced to the group’s shared values, which will determine how the group will conduct itself, make decisions, and achieve its goals. It is important for you to examine how your own values may align or be in conflict with a group’s shared values, and decide for yourself what these shared values mean to you.
As you go through the SMU LifeLessons Learning Cycle, you will have the opportunity to talk about and enact your personal and shared values in the context of the activity. You will be invited to reflect on how your values have contributed to decisions and actions. Similarly, you will be asked to consider how the activity has provided you with new insights on your values.
Over time, it is natural to find that certain values will evolve, become clearer to you, or become less important, as other priorities and aspirations emerge.