What follows are three sample professional portfolios produced by the participants in the Spring ’17 Portfolio Tutorial pilot. Accompanying their portfolios are some of their thoughts about what effect producing a professional portfolio had on their thinking about future coursework and future writing opportunities. I’ve selected a couple of quotes from a short interview.*

Christina

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Interview and Excerpt

J: What did you find beneficial about the tutorial?

A: “The tutorial gave me the opportunity and motivation to start thinking about how I want to brand myself after school… Thinking about how I was going to package it all with the book frame in particular helped me realize that’s what I care about.”

J: Do you have a sense of what you want to have done next to boost your portfolio?

A: “I’m definitely going to keep adding to it… any writing I do in the future or any book binding, I’m going to keep adding to that. I might extend it into a blog to try to increase my online presence a little bit. It was a really great first step in that because I had never even thought about what my online presence would be like.”


Aracelia

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Interview and Excerpt

J: What did you find beneficial about the tutorial?

A: “…it’s going to make me think in the future more about the kind of work I’m creating for my classes, and I’m going to want to improve the quality of those pieces because I’m going to be thinking about it being more available to a wider public audience rather than just the professor. And in that way, it makes it more applicable outside of the class rather than being just an assignment.”

J: In the upcoming year, do you have a sense of what you want to have done to boost your portfolio?

A: “I’m going to keep working on getting more good pieces with a lot of variety.”


Angelica

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Interview and Excerpt

J: What did you find beneficial about the tutorial?

A: “I think the most helpful thing was that it helped me organize my academic works and works I’ve done within my college career… I think it’s given me a sense of direction for where I want to go after undergrad, and it’s definitely helped me solidify the fact that I do want to go to grad school.”

J: In the upcoming year, do you have a sense of what you want to have done to boost your portfolio?

A: “I definitely want to get more published works out… to eventually have a published section, and I’m also taking a creative nonfiction course this semester, so I want to get a few more personal essays on there. And I also am working towards a blog for my opinions on books that I’ve read outside of the academy…just a space for me to get some self reflection on what I’m reading.”


*Each student gave written consent to recirculate their portfolios and responses.