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December 9, 2006

EL405 Project Breakdown: making it manageable

Classes are finally over, and now the papers and projects start rolling to the finish line. My Flash portfolio project is looking okay (and thanks again for being a fresh set of eyes with my menu button problem, Dr. Jerz).

When I consider all that is to be included in the portfolio, I get a little overwhelmed. I'm doing my best to make sure that I'm at least creating pages for things that I might not be able to put in until later on. Amanda gave me a checklist from her senior seminar to help me (thanks, Amanda!), and it's helping me to get a grip on the daunting task of not only accumulating the "stuff" (which is the easy part, if you think about it) but also organizing all of it.

Like most seniors, I'm having trouble trying to pick things that represent my best work. Sure, I've done some great papers in my opinion and I may have received a good grade on them, but how do they represent my progress as a writer (for the English portfolio) and as an educated person (for the LA core)? I know I could always go back and change things before I graduate in May, which is comforting. Nonetheless, I know that if I do an okay job at the selection process now I might save myself a couple headaches in the grand scheme of things.

Sadly, since this is due Wednesday (and not earlier in the week like all of the rest of my projects and papers), it's a little further back on the to-do list. I've been making time to work on it almost every day, though, because I don't want to let myself slack off. If I've got twenty minutes before my friends and I are heading to dinner, I open up my project and double check all of my buttons and their destinations. If I've got an hour, I'll write something for the internal pages or sort through papers and other work that I want to include. Really, I'm just trying to break my project (and all of my projects and papers, for that matter) down in to more manageably sized chunks... and I get to cross things off on a list when I get them done, too!

Posted by KarissaKilgore at December 9, 2006 8:27 AM


Sounds great, Karissa. I haven't been able to see your project in action yet, but judging from what you did with Flash for the previous one, I'm sure it'll be really good.

I think I mentioned this during a class discussion about your project proposal a couple of weeks ago, but maybe you could consider this portfolio as one you would present to potential employers to demonstrate your accomplishments in the career field you have the most interest in, rather than trying to stuff it full of all of the stuff that SHU requires for its "academic progress" portfolios.

Posted by: ChrisU at December 11, 2006 2:15 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Chris. However, this portfolio is actually probably only going to be pertinent for my graduation time at SHU. I'm hoping to enroll in a doctoral program in the fall of 2007... so any work I do at the undergrad level will most likely be shadowed by larger projects in my future... like a dissertation.

I think that if someone's looking to go directly into the job market that a comprehensive "job-oriented" portfolio would be a great idea. There should be choices that students get to make about what -kind- of portfolio they're creating. That way, at least it would be worthwhile to them.

Posted by: Karissa at December 11, 2006 3:24 PM

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