How to Create a Journal

After you have completed a qualifying cocurricular activity, the next step is to input the activity into your Cocurricular Journal.  Doing so will allow you to reflect upon this activity at a later date, specifically when you are filling out applications or preparing for interviews.

You can enter information into your Cocurricular Journal by completing the steps listed below:

Step 1 – Log in to TruView and click on the Student Tab in the upper left-hand corner.

Step 2 – Scroll down to the bottom of the page and locate the “Getting Involved” box. Under the Cocurricular Activities tab, click the Journal Entries link.

Step 3 – Next, click on New Journal Entry.

Step 4 – Select the category from the pull down menu that best describes the experience you wish to enter.

Step 5 – List or create a title for the experience.

Step 6 – From the pull down menu, select the term in which the experience occurred or was completed.

Step 7 – Select the Quadrant from the pull down menu that best describes the major purpose of this experience.  To learn more about the Quadrants, click here.

Step 8 – Describe your tasks and responsibilities that occurred through this experience.

Step 9 – You will have the opportunity to select up to five transferable skills you developed from this experience through pull down menus.  If the skills listed in the pull down menus do not accurately reflect the skills you developed in the experience, you can create your own by clicking “other.”  To learn more about transferable skills, click here.

Step 10 – The next prompt will give you the opportunity to reflect on the personal growth you obtained as a result of the experience.

Step 11 – The next prompt will give you the opportunity to reflect on the professional growth you obtained as a result of the experience.

Step 12 – You will be given the opportunity to allow your academic adviser to see an entry in your Cocurricular Journal.  If you feel comfortable with your advisor reviewing an experience, click on “Yes”.  If you would prefer that your academic advisor not have access to the information you have just entered, click “No”.


Have questions?
Contact the Student Affairs Office, stuaff@truman.edu, (660) 785-4111.