Well Here It Is

It’s funny how fast things can sneak up on you, and I feel like there are fewer areas in my life than school where things have seemed to fly by.  It hasn’t come close to sinking in yet that I’m done with my junior year in college, and just like the  first two years of my college career, this past year has flown by.

I remember sitting in class the first day thinking about how much work the e-portfolio seemed like, but once I got going on it, it was one of those assignments that seemed to fly by, much like this past semester.  Not saying it wasn’t a lot of work, but looking back on it it was entirely worth it all, both the class and the eportfolio.

One of the biggest takeaways, and also what I’m most nervous about having the project live and public now, is that it’s public.  I’ve never been one that has had that many people read my work, but over the course of this class I’ve learned about the importance of being aware for the audience you’re trying to reach through your work and your writing.  By having this project live, it’s a little comforting knowing that people are reading the works I’ve worked hard on, but at the same time it’s a  little daunting knowing that all these pieces are out there.

Regardless, this class helped me grow in more ways than one, and without further adieu, here is my portfolio.


I’m telling you, I can see into the future.

I could have told you on day one of class that I would wait to upload this e-portfolio until there were 30 minutes left. That’s just the way I operate; I love living life on the wild side.

But hey, I got it done, so that’s pretty neat.

If you wish to check out my e-portfolio, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Good work to all of my fellow cohorts. I know it goes without saying, but we are all kind of ballers.

Am I Really Done?

Hi all,

First of all, thank you for your positive, interesting and engaging posts about your E-Portfolios. Over the course of the day, I have been constantly refreshing the blog looking for a little peer motivation, and you have more than delivered. I have been working intently on my E-Portfolio for the past few weeks. As I’ve said many times, I’m technologically challenged, so it has been very time consuming. However, being able to showcase my hard work through new media in exactly the way I want it displayed has been very rewarding. Despite hitting the scary “Publish” button and posting my E-Portfolio link to CTools, I don’t feel like I’m really done. I think if I pull up my E-Portfolio in a few days, I will have things to change and add and I hope I can keep improving it.
I am happy to say that I am now halfway through college…but I don’t know where the time has gone. I improved so much as a writer in this course and I want to thank Shelley and all of you guys for that. You have consistently inspired me through your work and blog posts, so thank you all. I have never had to create something so organic for myself and really sit down for hours on end making something exactly how I wanted it like I did for the E-Portfolio. Here’s the link!


You’ve just got to do it

Alright, everybody, my e-portfolio is finally done!

What I’ve found really interesting about the e-portfolio is the process it takes in making things come together. While we were drafting our e-ports throughout the semester, answering the questions that the sheet demanded of us, I didn’t really take my responses that seriously. That is to say that I was answering the questions merely for points rather than coming up with answers I found genuinely interesting. This stirred anxiety within me because I felt like I didn’t have any answers and my portfolio may turn out for the worse.

Once I started working on my portfolio, however, I started realizing that the answers I came up with were really relevant to creating good work. I just needed to give my ideas a try and put them into action in order to see that they were in fact effective. While I talked earlier in the year about making my work a matter of sScreen Shot 2014-04-29 at 10.41.32 PMelf-character development through the portfolio, the idea of it seemed to abstract to believe in. I couldn’t imagine how to untangle the mystical interweb with its hyperlinks, its countless images, and its unexpected shortcuts. But as I began to do so, I saw that I really could make a portfolio that served to develop me both as a writer and as a character. 

I did this by choosing a template that allowed for many different pages. Every page was a moment of my development as a person or writer (for instance, my origins or my experimental stage were their own page). Under these pages, I posted work that exemplified these stages of development. These works not only reflected how my writing was changing, but how me as a person was changing. The use of media in this way was quite effective because I was able to use my portfolio as a way to do more than just showcase my writing–I could make it into a piece of writing in itself. It was a narrative that used documents, images, titles, and comments to create the long and ever changing story-arch as a writer I have had over the past four years. The work really made me reconsider what writing was because I felt as if every time I dug through the internet or my archives for photos to put on the page, I was doing research for a paper. Every time I changed the way a box looked on my page, I felt like I was tweaking a sentence. In a way, new media made writing a matter of manipulating everything! Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 10.41.44 PM

Though this portfolio can be considered a personal narrative in a sense, it is not a diary by any means. I kept the audience in mind the entire time I constructed this. One part of my audience is agents or other publishers that may be interested in investing in me as a writer/storyteller. My ability to make my portfolio into a piece of character-driven literature would attract them in itself. Also, if future employers in fields within which I am just now gaining interest (public and environmental health), they would see how I came to these interests over time and could tell that I am convicted to their causes. Overall, I want my audience to see that I think that being a writer is a matter of identity. It is a matter of feeling that your life is deeply connected to your writing and you must cross the two to truly study either.

The End

Oh my gosh. It’s here, it’s done, it’s terrifying. My e-portfolio is complete (for now). It has actually been done for a while , but all day I have been observing and admiring everyone else’s until I had the courage to post my own! Shocking right?  So here it is. Without further ado or introduction because I’m already terrified to hit “publish”…


Season Finale

As with all season finales, there’s the urge to watch it end, but you don’t want to wait for the next season. That’s a close comparison to the end of my second year. I’ve had a lot of fun and a share of not so fun moments too, but I’m sad to see it go. The close of the second year means I’m halfway done with college which is scary and exciting in itself.

Part of the good experiences this semester is the minor in writing class. There was plenty of creative freedom from start to finish especially in creating the gateway portfolio. My portfolio has been in the works for a while and a product of the end of the semester. I hope you enjoy it.

Now I’ll have some time to click through your guys’ portfolios too! (After I catch up on some sleep.)



I Get Why They Call It A WEBsite

Like most of my fellow minors, my brain is now mush from one the most challenging semesters thus far. Perhaps the hardest part about making the ePortfolio was the tireless linking to pages, documents and other websites. I can’t even imagine what it would look like if there truly were a map around the internet based on links. Thank goodness I don’t have to think about it.

I can’t believe that as soon as I hit the publish button on this post, I’m done for the summer. It’s a bittersweet moment. I’ve had a blast this semester and can’t wait to continue on in the minor!


Wellllll, here goes nothing!

I woke up this morning late because my roommate was “getting sick” at three in the morning last night so I figured… sleep ’til you wake up, Erin. Run, laundry, go to work on re-mediation project and BOOM iMovie will not let me voiceover my poem onto my video. No worries, I say to myself, I didn’t want to put my voice over the video anyway, I’d rather just leave the poem down as a transcript and let the video speak for itself as if it really were being played in Yankee Stadium. It’s OK.

At 4:00 pm I walked into my exam room to find people who did not look like International Studies majors taking an exam that wasn’t mine, only to realize the exam had been given six hours earlier. So with that, I cried a little, emailed my professor (taking it tomorrow at noon…phew) and went to finishing up this e-port. It was both painful and fun, and something I’ll work to improve upon when I have a spare moment by the ocean. Until then, I hope everyone has or had a better finals weekend than I did.



Considering the fact that I am just about to finish the hardest semester of my college career thus far, it makes sense that my brain is in absolute shambles. The irony of my ePortfolio‘s theme, which I organized around how my brain works and how I use both of its hemispheres on a daily basis, is not lost on me. Somehow my exhausted little brain managed to pull through this semester and a huge part of the reason why was the escape I found in working on assignments for the Minor. Without writing, I probably wouldn’t have made it through the semester as a sane, functioning member of society.

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My portfolio encompasses both of my chief academic pursuits: science and writing. I so enjoyed building the WordPress site and definitely plan on developing it and adding to it in the future. But for now, I’m going to enjoy my summer break. So, I guess this is it… at least until the blogging bug bites again.