Writing Categories: Casey Lyons

  1. Voice
  2. Composition/Environment
  3. Prose
  4. Idea/Concept 

The most important aspect of my portfolio is my voice- my audience has to understand who I am, and that has to come off in my writing if my idea is going to work at all. I’m hoping that the style of my portfolio (environment) is indicative of who I am as a person so that it amplifies the voice in my writing even more. As for the prose, the lax approach is very “Casey,” but I’m worried it’s going to rub readers in the wrong way- either they’ll love it or they’ll hate it, and I’m not sure exactly what will happen. I’m afraid that my idea is also a bit controversial, and I’m not sure if asserting my personality on a controversial idea is the best approach. I have a few reservations about my portfolio in regards to style- too many picture from Europe? Can you really guess anything about someone’s personality from pictures of coffee? -but I am hoping those are offset with my work. Excited/nervous to see how it’ll play out!

Portfolio Categories: Emily Fishman


  1. Idea/Concept
  2. Voice
  3. Composition/Environment
  4. Prose

My portfolio is only going to succeed if the idea and concept is cohesive and the audience gets on board. All three of my pieces are intertwined and because I’m spending so much space speaking about the same thing, I’m really hoping the ideas are compelling and true. In the same vein, because all three pieces are directly about me, I would like to think that my audience will get a good sense of who I am as a person and a writer (and how those are the same) after spending time in my portfolio. With the way it is set up (the composition) I’m not really giving the audience much choice in how they interact with the environment, which is a gamble I hope is going to pay off. While the quality of prose is important to me, I think it ranks last on my list as the other categories are just more pressing. In an ideal world, these categories flow into one another nicely; the idea/concept grabs people and connect with them, the voice invites them to get inside my head, the composition of the portfolio makes it so they cannot do anything but follow my thought process, and the prose doesn’t hinder any of the other things from occurring. I’m more than a little anxious about the possibility that the composition of my portfolio is going to be off-putting and people won’t even want to engage with the ideas, and I’m also worried that the concept, as all three pieces are about myself, will close the audience off from the get go. I’m not sure how to solve this problem yet, I hope it’s going to be okay.

Portfolio Categories: Lauren Weiss


  1. Prose
  2. Voice
  3. Ideas/Concepts
  4. Composition/Environment


Ideally, I would like these all to be so meshed together that you can’t tell where one ends and one begins. But I don’t know where to start…to get somewhere close to fluidity, the composition of the website itself needs to be inviting. Once you draw the reader in,  elegant prose prevents the reader from getting distracted. A clear voice from the writer also helps the reader to engage and draws them into the world of the website and the writer. However, the stylistic aspects of the work are moot if the ideas and concepts can’t stand on their own…finally, as you transition from piece to piece, you want the environment to remain stable and inviting so that the reader continues through to the end of the portfolio. I think that my prose is avoiding awkwardness pretty well, and that my voice is clear in my writing. I often write how I speak, actually. But I’m worried about the solidity of my ideas and concepts, and about how inviting my website is. At this point, it’s kind of bland, and I’m not sure how to make the transition between remediation, repurposing, and Why I Write more gentle. Right now it’s pretty jumpy. And I really want to make the space itself more of a place for viewers to engage with ideas, but I’m not sure how to go about it.


Portfolio Categories – Sanika Babtiwale


  1. Idea/Concept
  2. Prose
  3. Composition/Environment
  4. Voice


The idea/concept aspect of my website is unique because I took a different approach in my repurposing and “Why I Write” pieces. I believe my repurposing piece was an especially strong concept, since it showcased my ability to creatively write about a topic that is rarely talked about. I hope my prose will go hand in hand with the idea/concept because I want to make all of my ideas as clear as possible to the reader. My writing style should influence the composition/environment because I want my site to be accessible and simple to navigate. I am not planning to establish a specific flow that the user will have to follow on the site. I am hoping that my site is easy to use but I also want it to be interesting to the user. I am most worried about the presentation of my voice on the site. I think I have brought out my voice to the user, but it might be too subtle for the reader to be aware of. I do not know how much a reader pays attention to a more dynamic voice, so I think that is something to explore. I would also like to investigate how appealing my site is to users. I think the style suits my pieces and personality, but I wonder whether others will feel the same.

Portfolio Categories Ranking – Max Rysztak

Ranking (Strongest to Weakest)

  1. Prose
  2. Composition/Environment
  3. Idea/Concept
  4. Voice



For my portfolio, I hope to see my prose as the standout category. While I believe the environment my work is presented (ie. the website) is important to my overall portfolio, I prefer it to go unnoticed by the user/reader. I hope that simplicity and general familiarity with other websites will not cause a distraction to some of the ideas presented in my remediation/repurposing. My prose, additionally, is a strong part of my overall portfolio (with maybe the exception of the Why I Write essay) yet I feel the ideas are not relatively complex. I think my concept for repurposing and original ideas for the paper are unique, I don’t know how profound they are compared to others. Finally, I feel that a voice is something lacking in my portfolio. I think this is a hard problem to fix given the nature of my writings, and other than the Why I Write essay, I don’t think the readers are presented with a clear voice in my portfolio. I don’t know, however, how important a lack of voice is because of my more professional tone.

Categories and My Portfolio

Ranking (strongest to weakest):

1. Idea

2. Voice

3. Composition

4. Prose

Thought Process Behind the Rankings and Hopes/Fears

My best case scenario for the above categories combining together and complementing each other to create a symphony in writing form is a well executed portfolio where my ideas are original and innovative in a way that allows me to showcase who I am as a writer (voice). In this perfect situation, my voice is powerful enough to evoke emotion and inspire the reader (composition). The quality of my writing (prose) should also contribute to boost the composition. My Repurposing Essay does a good job embodying what I want to do. The format, a letter to the refugees affected by the Muslim Ban, is the idea that gives me a phenomenal platform to use powerful language (prose) and express my own values (voice). For this piece, I want the formatting to be a significant portion of the composition, as I want it all to read and look like a letter. My greatest anxieties about the portfolio and these categories involve concerns that the inconsistency in topic between the Repurposing/Remediation and Why I Write will affect composition of the portfolio. I am always concerned about the quality of my writing, no matter what I am doing so I do have some prose related anxiety.

True Life: I’m Addicted to Making Websites

So I’ve created three websites total this semester, and consider myself a pro at using Squarespace now (seriously, if you’re thinking of using it for your portfolio feel free to reach out to me/comment on this post and I’ll help you out!)

However, this also means I’ve created three websites this semester. I’m a little burnt out creatively and find that I’m struggling to pick a theme for my portfolio.

Here are a few of the things I know for sure:

  1. I am making sure that my Capstone Portfolio has the same overall theme as my Gateway Portfolio. Since I link my Gateway Portfolio in a lot of job applications, I want to be able to do the same for my Capstone. Plus, I am so proud of the way my Gateway Portfolio turned out, so I’m treating my Capstone Portfolio as the former’s more mature version.
  2. Along the same lines, I’m using the same “Headers”/Menu Items that I used in my Gateway. They’re a little less traditional than “About Me” and “Capstone Project,” which aligns more with my style of writing and creating.
  3. The opening page has a video that plays, as a way to catch my reader’s eye…so I’m pretty stoked about the way it looks right now. It’s a video created by one of my favorite brands, so it aligns really well with the aesthetic I’m focused on for my overall portfolio.

Even though I’m positive on the three above attributes, I’m struggling a lot with how I want to introduce each section of my portfolio. The approach I took in the Gateway was to briefly describe my process and the steps I took to get to the final piece.

However, with my “mature” Capstone, I want to combine the explicit with implicit. By this I mean I want to explain the revisions I made and the research I did with saying I made revisions and did research. It’ll be a tricky balance to get right, so I’ve reached out to a previous professor of mine to see if she’d be willing to navigate my portfolio this weekend, and make notes on confusing language, technical difficulties, etc. Basically anything that would make the portfolio hard to read.

If anyone has tips for how to integrate research and revision into their portfolio, I’d love to hear about it!

Ethan Wolfe: Portfolio Categories

Based on the way that I write and where I see my portfolio going, I would rank the four main categories for me (from strongest to weakest): Prose, Voice, Idea, Composition.

I know that I can intertwine these categories to benefit each other in my repurposing and remediation because my topic — the benchwarmer in sports — is a universally understood concept that, whether my argument is agreed upon or not, could incite meaningful discussion. This idea will be articulated well with comprehendible, quality prose and a unique voice that is also consistent with my “Why I Write” piece. If I can position this intriguing topic effectively under one cohesive voice, than it will inherently help the reader navigate my portfolio and understand my writing from start to finish. One aspect of my portfolio that I will have trouble addressing is a topical translation between my “Why I Write” and my other work. They are written similarly, but do not necessarily complement each other well. I will also have to figure out how to better express my process notes, because if I want the composition/environment to be encompassing than I will need more space and detail on my site to lay out my writing process.

Regarding a number of the animals I have met or thought of

I had a dream last night about a moose
except it was maybe a dinosaur
and we were supposed to save it (I think)
but it died and I’m not sure
what that says about
my psyche.


I pride myself on being able to identify dog breeds on the street —
once I couldn’t sleep so
I took a dog breed identifier quiz
at 2:30 am
and I got 20/20.


My dog’s name was Bella,
we had her for 13 years.


My friends used to tell me I looked like a chipmunk
but I think I
grew out of the baby face
a little.


I think if I were an animal I would be an alpaca.


This summer I was extending my hand
to a duck to try and win its trust
when it bit me —
or at least when after my shiny ring.