I think my portfolio would specifically need to focus on the aspects of reflection and development. I have had many specific struggles with the major assignments for this course, partially due to my lack of base knowledge in the field of publishing and editing, and thus the major thing I would like to highlight is the evolution of my work—the improvements I’ve made and the knowledge I’ve gained in the process of originally creating most of the texts featured in the portfolio. In other words, I would like my portfolio to function as a linear narrative of my progress in this course, focusing slightly more on that than the portfolio as a showcase for my produced work. I also plan to write, as a contribution to the portfolio, about my specific struggles with the projects and concepts, and the skills I have gained along the way in improving and developing my skills as a professional and my pieces of work.
I am, however, very scared of putting my work out there for the world to see. Everyone else seems to have a lot more expertise in the field and more interesting ideas, so I worry that, while showcasing what I’ve done and accomplished, my portfolio will still pale in comparison to those of my classmates. A positive note, though, that I would include in the portfolio is that all of my pieces and projects are very singularly identifiable as mine. I put pieces of me into them and thus, even when not reflecting the best quality or strongest comprehension of concepts and software, they are uniquely identifiable as mine.
I want my portfolio to communicate what I’m passionate about. A lot of the elements for my major projects—dance, writing, poetry, music, video games, gun control, teaching—are very important to me personally, and thus I want my portfolio to professionally showcase what I care about and what I have created to display my passions.
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Yancey, Kathleen Blake. 1996. “Portfolio, Electronic, and the Links Between.”