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:

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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

Gateway EPortfolio

Dear MIW Community,

Welcome to my EPortfolio! The portfolio is titled “Will Ruben: Writer and Musician, and showcases my efforts to combine these two interests. As I state on my homepage, I hope that viewing my portfolio will be both entertaining and educational, as my goal is to increase general interest in both music and writing. At this point, I would like to thank my teacher T Hetzel for all of her wonderful advice and feedback throughout the semester, as well as the members in my cohort for their support and genuine interested it my work. The writing minor has been an incredible experience so far in terms of developing as a writer and meeting lots of wonderful people–for that I am grateful!

Here is a link to my EPortfolio:


PS: here is a preview into my music side.


Introducing My Gateway E-Portfolio

Here it is!

I hope you all enjoy looking through it, and that you get a chance to learn a little more about me through it. It’s hard to believe that the gateway course is over and that my E-Portfolio has been published. It seems like just yesterday that I looked at  others’ portfolios with incredulity and felt as I could never accomplish the feat of producing such a thing.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my classmates and my professor, T for their support, encouragement, and constructive criticism this semester. Without each of you, I would not have been able to accomplish all that I have this semester. You have each been integral in helping me become a better. I look forward to continuing the process and working more with all of you in my future writing classes. I would also like to thank each of you for sharing your own work with me. I truly enjoyed getting to know all of my classmates through their writing, and I am proud to have been a part of such astounding creativity, intellect, and drive to write and be writers.

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