See Me on the Big Screen

… okay maybe just on your laptop screen. But still! My EPortfolio is up and running, and you can find it here: http://dhtond.wix.com/eportfolio

While I hope that anyone viewing my Eportfolio enjoys my writing, I more so hope that anyone visiting my eportfolio will come away with an understanding as me as an individual.

This project primarily began as a way to showcase my writing, and even though that is still the principle purpose of this portfolio, I feel like it holds so much more than that now. Throughout the website, you will find a list of some of my favorite quotes, authors/books, poems; essays explaining aspects of my life that even some of my closest friends are not aware of; email exchanges between an instructor and me that truly altered the course of my life due said instructor’s constructive criticism and kind words of encouragement; and so on. You see, after the “Why I Write” project, I realized just how personal writing is to me. As a result, I wanted to present myself not only in an academic, professional manner on my EPortfolio but also in a personal one. Looking at the final product (well, ignoring the fact that I may choose to add more work later on), I can honestly say that this portfolio presents a snapshot of me—certainly as a writer but also as a person. Hope you enjoy!

My Writing and the Internet

My EPortfolio is up and ready! You can find it here: http://emstack.wix.com/eportfolio. On it, you will find my work from the Gateway and other classes that I have taken.

I have painstakingly formatted this site so that it flows nicely and everything on it looks like it belongs there. I have measured spacing with my thumbnail, and I have flipped back and forth between pages, making sure that the text boxes are the same size. This was sometimes a tedious process, but I am extremely proud of my finished product.

I think that my site accurately reflects who I am as a writer, and by exploring it, you will be able to see my development as a writer and become familiar with the topics that have captivated me most.

come read about ME & my EPORTFOLIO!!

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With the semester coming to a close, I thought what better why to say goodbye (at least until the Fall) than to introduce my EPORTFOLIO. After countless hours of getting everything just right, I could not be more proud of all that I have accomplished throughout the Gateway course for the Minor in Writing. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read and comment on my work, I couldn’t have made it this far without you. Though I will miss the Gateway course dearly, I am looking forward to all that the Minor in Writing program has left in store for me.

Feel free to take a look around at my work- I have included all of the projects I have written for the course on my ePortfolio. I would love to talk with you further if you are interested in seeing any other pieces not included on the page.

This semester truly has been an adventure, thank you all for sharing it with me. See you in the Fall!

http://allysonboe.wix.com/eportfolio

E-Portfolio Introduction

Coming in with an unlisted height, fifteen pounds, from the Internet… My E-PORTFOLIO!!

All jokes aside, after spending much of the semester working on the site itself, as well as the projects that it showcases, I am very excited to share my E-Portfolio with everyone in the MIW community. I chose for the E-Portfolio to be a formal setting, allowing potential employers and even professors to get to know me, through the about me tab, and also see the work that I completed in the minor in writing.

For those of you who aren’t as familiar with my work, I chose to use project II and III to see the motivations behind why other people wrote and created. It was very interesting to see the similarities and differences between creating essays, music, and even posting on social media.

If you are interested in viewing the specifics please check out the E-Portfolio. I have listed the link below.

http://goldslou.wix.com/e-portfolio

Thanks to everyone who had a role in this E-Portfolio, from the people I interviewed to my class, who helped me workshop the site. I hope you all enjoy it!

Shoutout To MY EPortfolio!

Welcome to the world my dearest EPortfolio (http://chlohard.wix.com/gatewayeportfolio)! I am so excited to sharScreen Shot 2016-04-14 at 4.34.05 PMe you with the Minor In Writing community! My biggest hope is that you will someday inspire a new Gateway student.

Over on another note, I can not believe that this course is over. I am sad to see it go, yet thankful for the memories created. I have learned more than ever expected. It is interesting how this occurred because I never felt lost or overwhelmed. I now understand that this course is designed to be a gradual process that allows students to learn not only about writing but themselves. This course was incredible experience that I wish every student at Michigan could encounter. For now I say goodbye, but no worries I will be back soon.

Much love Gateway, much love.

Justin Bieber Says Welcome

Greetings & welcome, MIW gateway newbs!

 

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Now that we’ve got a “She’s The Man” meme out of the way, I suppose it’s time for me to pass the torch onto you & share some things I’ve learned this past semester.

 

  • Be open to what the class has to offer. At first I was a bit apprehensive about the very open format of the class, but I really believe I would not have been able to accomplish what I did had there been major restrictions on what we could/ could not write.
  • Ask for honest and constructive feedback from group members & know that they’re genuinely interested in bettering your project
  • Have fun with your projects & make them something you actually care about. Because you have the opportunity to create basically anything you can imagine, don’t let this be just another assignment that you begrudgingly have to complete. Make work that actually matters to you, and the process is a lot more enjoyable!
  • Get to know your classmates! The people in the MIW are really cool people with a variety of backgrounds and interests & the sooner you get to know them all, the more fun each class will be & the easier it will be to have better conversations about not only each others’ work, but life in general!
  • Good luck, work hard, you got this!

Hope you guys have as much fun as I did- the gateway course is a really unique course where you not only learn about writing, but you learn a lot about yourself along the way too.

Okay cheesy conclusion is over, so here’s some final ~inspo~ from everyone’s favorite teen idol:

Justin

Idk if I’m qualified to be giving advice

So I’m supposed to be giving you future miw students some advice… but it’s the end of the term and to be honest, I still don’t really know what I’m doing. I also feel like giving advice is scary because if it leads you down a terrible path, I don’t want to be to blame….

So, I’m going to give you some advice anyway (because, frankly, that’s the assignment, so I have to), but I’m going to purposely end with idk tho. That way if your life ends up ruined it won’t really be my fault.

  1. Go with your instincts. If you have an idea, don’t waste your time trying to come up with a better one. Just roll with what you already have, and see where it’ll take you.
  2. Contrary to popular belief by teachers across America, sometimes leaving your assignment until the night before works out well (T, let me explain before you decide to flunk me for saying that). This semester I was super busy and, so, I ended up having to do things last minute sometimes. What I found is that some of my best work was produced by doing that because the pressure to meet a deadline kept me so focused.
  3. Don’t leave the e-portfolio until the last minute, though. Especially if you suck at computers like I do.
  4. Laugh at yourself and be honest. Sometimes you come in with a draft and you know it sucks. Just be honest with your work group and say “hey, this is probably the shittiest thing I’ve ever written in my life.” That way they can help you and give you a lot of constructive criticism without them thinking it’ll be too mean, because you already told them you know it sucks.
  5. Have fun! Don’t stress yourself out too much. At the end of the semester you’ll be really proud of how much you accomplished in a short time!

Idk tho

Tyler’s Totally Trustworthy Tally of Tips

It seems like just yesterday that I was beginning this class by reading the advice that the previous sections had given to future sections. Now I seem to be expected to impart some wisdom onto future students myself. I don’t know what made them think this was a good idea but I guess we will have to trust the all-powerful being that is T.

Tyler’s Totally Trustworthy Tally of Tips

  1. Trust Yourself

You need to have confidence in yourself in order to be successful in this class. This involves trusting yourself with both your own work and the work of others. In this class you are given a very loose prompts for all of the projects and you need to be able to trust yourself enough to decide what to do for these projects and to decide the course for the rest of the semester. This also applies to the works of others and trusting yourself enough to have opinions about their work. Of course don’t be mean and overbearing but trust in yourself enough to be able to give advice with confidence and a good intent.

  1. You Are A Writer

Become comfortable with calling yourself a writer. This is kind of related to the first piece of advice but important enough to be on its own. I know that you probably have some anxiety about calling yourself a writer because that word has such a connotation. A connotation with knowing exactly the right words and having the best and most insightful ideas. But let me tell you everyone in your class has those exact same uncomfortable feelings with doing so. That person in class halfway down the table from you who you are already kind of resent because they seem like a capital W ‘Writer’ and sure of it has those exact same thoughts and feelings. Trust me we all have no idea what we are doing but that doesn’t mean we aren’t writers.

  1. Keep On Top Of Things

This class is planned out well so that if you follow the schedule you will never be overloaded with work at any time for this class. There are certainly busier and slower times but the workload is never totally insane. However, if you fall behind this can all go out the window. Trust me this isn’t a class where you can throw something together last minute and it will work out fine. Always try and keep on time as far as the big projects go as otherwise they will become overwhelming very quickly.

  1. Play Well With Others

Work with your groups when you are assigned to do so in class as they will be the best feedback that you will receive about your project. Unless you do manage to get it workshopped work groups really will be your most consistent and the easiest way to get someone else to look at your work. (Your professor will always be willing to meet with you as well if you want it.) So this means that you need to get the most possible out of it. Have questions ready and don’t be afraid to really guide them to what you want help with. This works in the opposite direction as well. You represent the exact same thing for their project as well. So try and ask good questions and pay attention to what they really want feedback on. Give the quality of advice on their project that you want to receive on your own.

  1. Stay Calm

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This will be you at least one point during the semester. You will be buried in work, your project draft will not be where you want it to be, you won’t know what to do or how to proceed, something, anything or everything will happen that could possibly cause you to stress out about the project or life in general. In times like this you just need to stay calm, trust yourself, have confidence in your abilities as a writer, stay on top of things as best as you can, and listen to the help others are offering you. Everything will work out in the end (Hopefully?).

I don’t know. Was that helpful?

Be like Jim Harbaugh, kinda

I’ve been looking at Jim Harbaugh GIFs for half an hour because I can’t think of what advice I should give you. Then I stumbled upon some memes, which led to some notable Harbaugh quotes. And in my procrastination, I found something that actually applies here — attack this course with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. Before we get to it, here’s a good one I found:

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Seriously, though. This is the first class I’ve taken at Michigan where I’ve been genuinely excited to go to class everyday.

There are going to be moments when you want to pull your hair out trying to find the right way to craft your projects. It’s frustrating. But push through it, embrace that. Don’t take the easy way out, and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

After all, for me, leaving the comfort zone led to my best work.

I came into this class thinking I’d incorporate things I’ve learned as a sportswriter at The Michigan Daily into every project. And for a little while, I tried to do just that. But I was pushing the envelope, because I was scared of doing something different.

Finally, though, T (my Gateway professor, and if you have her stop reading because then I promise everything will be ok) convinced me to write a personal story about watching my brother going through chemotherapy (and he’s ok now, so don’t get sad reading this). I was originally planning on writing a mock sports column instead of the personal story. That would have been really easy, but the personal story turned out to be a really hard process to put together. Yet when I went to see T today, it took me awhile to even remember a sports column was my original idea. So I think that’s proof that choosing the harder route helped me grow much more as a person and as a writer. So again, push the limits of your comfort zone.

And finally, just a few points:

  1. Sign up for a class workshop. There’s nothing that will help you improve your writing more.
  2. When you have to edit your classmates’ work, put effort into it. That’s only fair to them, and you’ll find things in their work you never thought of that you could incorporate in your own writing.
  3. Use the Most Dangerous Writing App.
  4. The old cliche: have fun.

Oh, and here’s another:

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Let Yourself Fall in Love

Being accepted into the Minor in Writing program was probably one of the highlights of my first semester this year. I was so excited because I had always loved to write, but since I am a math major, writing had become uncomfortably infrequent. And although I loved my major, it was taking away another one of my loves.

That being said, from the very first day, the gateway class truly defied my already very high pre-expectations. I can say very confidently that it has changed my identity as a writer and has been one of the best opportunities that I have received from UM thus far.

So don’t waste it.

The gateway class is one of those classes that you can easily get behind on assignments or projects (since you as a student decide upon a schedule for each of your projects). And when that happens, it would be very easy to absolutely hate the class. Because you will have to stay up all night right before a deadline, and you will not be able to actually enjoy the process that is creating a project without boundaries that is 100% you.

Don’t be afraid to explore and to stretch yourself.

No matter how much writing experience you have had prior to this class, and no matter how “good” of a writer you consider yourself to be, don’t let that make you stick to what has always worked for you in the past. Because this class is not about the final grade. It is about learning about yourself and your identity as a writer. And if you let it, it can teach you about yourself as a whole.

Stay true to yourself.

Especially for the “Why I Write” project, do not BS it. It will completely detract from your experience in the class, and (from personal experience) will make it difficult later on when you decide that you do in fact want to delve into yourself, and you will in fact need to completely scrap your current, less-than-honest essay.

Enjoy yourself.

This class and this experience can form an incredible community for you at UM. Participate endlessly in class discussions, volunteer for a workshop day, and get to know your classmates on a level deeper than “ah! so much homework! school sucks!” What makes this experience so special is that everyone in your gateway class wants to be sitting in your classroom just as much as you do. That alone can foster an incredible learning experience that would be difficult to beat in any other UM class.

Good luck! I hope you enjoy this class as much as I have this past semester!