Mid-Term Portfolio:

The Mid-Term Portfolio is a collection of your work relating to both professional and personal development during the first part of the semester. Your portfolio is an individual assignment, and your overall product will be unique. In addition to crafting career documents (resume, cover letter, etc), you will also write a reflective essay assessing your own status, achievement, and goals for developing the Habits of Mind essential for college success.

1. Professional Development Documents

A. Choices 360
  • Complete Choices 360 and submit a copy of the results output
B. Cover Letter
  • Identify a volunteer/internship/job opportunity you find interesting
  • Write a one-page cover letter following the guidelines set forth by Purdue Owl
  • On the second page of your cover letter, include the web link or scanned image of the opportunity to which you are "applying"
  • Other: Writing Center guidelines: Cover Letter P. 1; Cover Letter P. 2
C. Resume
  • Write a one-page resume following the guidelines set forth by the Writing Center
  • Other: Writing Center guidelines: Resume P. 1; Resume P. 2

2. Habits of Mind - Reflective Essay

CuriosityThe desire to know more about the world
OpennessThe willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world
EngagementA sense of investment and involvement in learning
CreativityThe ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas
PersistenceThe ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects
ResponsibilityThe ability to take ownership of one's actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others
FlexibilityThe ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands
MetacognitionThe ability to reflect on one's own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes to structure knowledge

In your Reflective Essay, you will focus on six Habits of Mind that you have been developing this spring semester. For each of the six Habits of Mind you choose:

A. Define what the habit means to you
B. Describe what you consider to be your current "status" in achieving this particular habit
C. Identify one piece of evidence, whether success or failure, from this semester that "proves" your connection to the habit
  • Explain the evidence in the written word
  • Specify how this evidence is proof of your learning
  • Copy-paste an image of the evidence at the end of the essay
D. Outline the goals or progress you would like to make in the near future regarding this habit of mind

General Requirements - Reflective Essay:

  • Typed; double-spaced document; generally expected to be 2-3 pages long (with truly reflective, concise writing)
  • Should contain an introduction, at least one paragraph for each piece of evidence, and end with a conclusion tying everything together and demonstrating your development as a student this semester.

Submission: - Wednesday, March 1st @ 8:00PM

These documents will be submitted as assignments through the Seminar Blackboard course.

Extra Credit:

  • You will receive a 5% grade bonus for meeting with Writing Center or Career Services representatives to review any one of your documents
  • You must have documentation proving your visit - submit in person or via email as needed to Prof. Crocker by March 1 @ 8:00pm