Practice the Keystone Experience


Practice the Keystone Experience

Ways to Practice Keystone


Small groups meet a minimum of 4 times per semester and utilize the Practice Field Guide to discuss the Keystone Experience. For more information and to sign up for a small group, email keystone@vt.edu.
Your Keystone Experience is enhanced by the people around you. Mentors, professors, RAs, friends, family members, and others who challenge you and spur your toward your goals—they are part of your success network. Identify and define a few individuals who you’d call your success network.
Continue reflecting with the Practice Field Guide as you consider deeper questions about who you are becoming and what you’re learning at Virginia Tech. The Practice Field Guide can be an individual tool, or consider participating in a Small Group and working through the Practice Field Guide together.
Happenings in the Practice Keystone phase will ask you to dig a little deeper into reflection and dialogue about the Aspirations for Student Learning. Search “Keystone” on GobblerConnect to discover these opportunities.

As you start to build and map out your Keystone Experience, you’ll begin to Practice Keystone. In the Explore Keystone phase, you started to grasp the “what” of the Aspirations for Student Learning. Here, in the Practice Keystone phase, you’ll be thinking through the “how.” We want you to take a step further and think more about how you:

  • commit to unwavering curiosity
  • pursue self-understanding and integrity
  • practice civility
  • prepare for a life of courageous leadership
  • embrace Ut Prosim as a way of life

This is the phase in which you’ll collaborate with peers to figure out how your Keystone Experience can saddle up alongside the Aspirations to not only benefit you, but to benefit the world around you. Seek out people who care about you, and ask them to dialogue about the hard questions that challenge you. And, dig into the Practice Field Guide—it’s a great “next step” resource to get you thinking about and reflecting on what you are learning and connecting it to your own personal experiences.