xoxo, Catherine


I have been on this campus for three semesters now. I’m not even halfway finished with college. I’ll admit that I am still naïve to this whole college thing—honestly, I think we all are. Despite my naivety, I’ve come to a realization. With each new semester come new mistakes, discoveries, and lessons. Each season I spend at this school, I find out something new, not only about The University of Michigan and its people, but also about myself. I feel the impressions Michigan has molded onto me. This semester I learned how to be a part of a close-knit academic community. As a freshman, I drowned behind a tiny desk in a sea of students during large lectures. I was silenced by my inexperience and anxiety. But this semester I learned what it takes to be a student—which doesn’t mean I’m good at it. I didn’t necessarily succeed in being a good student, I just now know what it takes to be one. This isn’t some definitive life mantra, but I’ve learned that to be good a good student—to be good at anything—you need to be proactive, you need to reach out to people and you need to work your ass off. This gateway course has been an invaluable learning experience and I truly appreciate being able to meet all of my brilliant cohorts and the brilliant T. Best of luck to everyone in everything you do. Here is my ePortfolio, the electronic manifestation of this semester and hopefully the semesters to come.




Catherine's ePortfolio

Farewell student, Hello Writer!

It is crazy that we have come to the end of fall 2014 cohort’s gateway course. I am amazed at how much work we have done over the semester and how much I can say I have learned. After only 3 months I now know how to use:
-Adobe Illustrator
-Wix website to create my own eportfolio

And all of this I learned from a writing course. Crazy how much I got from a writing course that was not writing. LOL!  I gained the tools necessary to find creative ways to publish my works when I could have never imagined my work existing past a word document. Thank you to my classmates and my fabulous teacher and the professors in the minor. This has been a great semester that I can walk away from proud of my accomplishments!

I am no longer a student neither are my classmates. We are writers now with the skills to find and create mediums to publish our work. We have a voice no one can silence. So lets go out and make noise!



Here is the link to my eportfolio. Enjoy!


School’s Out!

So the end of the year is upon us and so is the end of fall semester. Here is my final e-portfolio for the writing 220 class. I hope anyone who looks at it enjoys it! let me know on here or on the site if you have any questions or want to know more!

This was a very fun project and it made me think about what I wanted to have on my site representing me. I chose to go with a few pictures but not too many. I also added a monthly content area on my home page that has a poem and a ted talk every month. I like poetry and ted talks, so I thought that was good content to have because it represents me and my interests. I am going to try and continue on with this site, update that monthly content, and tweak it here and there to be an online profile that a potential employer might look for.

As for the project in it’s current form, I wanted to keep it more focused on the class. At the same time I wanted the site to portray me to some extent. I don’t know if that comes across the greatest, but I think the style, theme, and other personal touches that I added help paint the picture of who I am.

Writing 220 was a great class, and I’m so happy to be off on the right foot in the minor! I hope you enjoy the portfolio!



Getting Nostalgic

Here it is, the final blog post.

I can’t believe how fast this semester flew by and how much we all have grown through this class. Fall 2014 cohort, or at least T’s class, we have all become such a close community and I loved that so much about our class. We all have learned a lot from each other and I look forward to working with all of you in other Writing courses.

As for my E-Portfolio, it’s finally ready for the public to see. I hope you will all take a look around as it has come a long way since the in-class presentation.

T- Thanks for always being so wonderfully helpful and pleasant to work with. I am truly going to miss this class and having your encouragement but I hope to also continue to work with you as I progress through the minor.

Farewell Writing 220. As I love to say, “It’s been real.”

Here is the link to my portfolio with an image of my homepage: jlissjr.wix.com/julialiss

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It’s Been Real, It’s Been Fun…

…and usually that statement ends with “but it hasn’t been real fun.” That is the opposite of the truth, however, because it has been both of those things and more.

I typically despise the notion that “time flies,” because I feel that in most instances, it does not. But this semester in the Minor in Writing Gateway course is one of those rare exceptions where it feels like just last week I was scouring the furthest corners of my mind seeking to attain the reason that I write. (Okay, maybe it didn’t take THAT deep of an analysis, but figurative language is our friend.) It feels like only a few days ago that I was sitting in the Fish Bowl, furiously typing away at what became Project II. In the same vein – I promise I’ll stop after this one – it feels like just yesterday I was stitching together the video segments that developed into Project III.

The moments in which time does seem to fly, those are moments where we find enjoyment in our doing. And that is certainly how the Gateway course played out for me this term. There were certainly times when the projects caused me some stress, and when it seemed like I might have been trying to do something that took more work than I was prepared to do – especially with Project III. Nonetheless, this course will go down as one of my favorites of my undergraduate career at the University. In large part, that categorization is thanks to the instructor I had for the Gateway – T Hetzel. She was able to make the course feel like a community of writers, like a family, the likes of which I have not experienced in any other course here, and not since my time at my small private high school in Northern Michigan. It is clear that she cares about her students and their writing, and she helped me see things about my writing voice that I hadn’t laid eyes on before.

I am grateful I decided to apply for the Minor in Writing, and even more so that I was able to experience the Gateway course with a devoted professor. And now I present to this lovely blog and anyone who happens upon it, my Gateway EPortfolio, which can be found here:


I’m excited to continue my journey through the Minor and look forward to the many positive experiences that are sure to ensue. As always, happy writing!

Over and out.

Peace Out

Hello, Goodbye

I wish I could cheerfully introduce my writing portfolio, as it is something that I have poured my heart into, but I cannot help but feel sad as I am writing my last post on this blog (at least for the time being).

This semester was incredible, shoutout to Fall 2014 Cohort, you guys have been amazing to work with! I can pretend that this is the first time I am introducing you to my portfolio, but the reality is, you have been there every step of the way. So thank you for your support and feedback.

To the rest of the MIW Community, I cannot wait to take a look at what you have all been creating, and I hope you find this glimpse into my life meaningful as well.

Dive in: http://nsteinb.wix.com/ninasteinberg1

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Goodbye For Now

It’s hard to believe that the end of the semester is upon us. It feels like yesterday that the Fall 2014 cohort was gathering to meet each other and just last night we were already getting together for the final time this semester. I am going to miss T and my classmates, but I know we will all keep in touch!

Looking back on the semester and at everyone’s work from the Gateway course truly makes me proud at what everyone has accomplished. I am very pleased with the progress I made this semester, but I know there’s even more to come. For the time being though, I am very pleased to present my ePortfolio from Writing 220, which can be found here.

Thank you all for a wonderful semester!


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A preview of my completed ePortfolio