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Dear Abby: Panicking About Portfolio

Dear Abby,

I need some help with figuring out what to do my portfolio on. I am interested in a lot of things (music, writing, politics etc.) and I don’t know how I could integrate all of that into one project. I also don’t want to have to write a long novel or put on a concert...please help.


Dear Panicky Portfolio Peer,

Welcome to the amazing time of portfolio season. Portfolios are hard; they are a big time commitment, and a lot of hard work. However, when you finally finish the project, will be one of the most fulfilling feelings. Mrs. Roznowski-Hayden runs an amazing “Prep Your Portfolio” seminar (which everyone is required to take) and it is a great first stepping stone. The seminar allows students to explore different ways to be creative, learn how to problem solve, and by the end, have a concrete idea of what your portfolio project will be.

If I could offer you one piece of advice, it would be to find something that you’re passionate about and run with it. When I first started brainstorming, I wanted to make a documentary on childhood cancer. At that point in my life, I had met a child who had cancer and his story inspired me. I thought that was going to be my project and to say I was excited was an understatement. I formulated idea came at the end of my sophomore year. By the time junior year and the portfolio class rolled around, my ideas had changed and I decided that I am not that into film, nor was my previous idea developed enough. So I changed it. This is common for many students, so don’t feel like you will are making a mistake by changing your idea once or twice. My final portfolio idea is to create a thesis paper on education reform. It will be long, and it will be hard, but in the end, I will be showing it to a lot of very important people in education and I couldn’t be happier.

This is what you want;to be happy If the reward isn’t you smiling and feeling accomplished, then you need to change your idea. Being happy with the end result is what really matters.  I am also a firm believer that your portfolio should be out of the box in a way, (given that you do have to fulfil some requirements for your focus). At the end of the day, this is your portfolio. No one can tell you what to do it on, or how to build your project. This is ultimately your project, have fun and be creative with it!

- Abby

Abby Krause

Abby Krause

April, 2016