Portfolio Reflection by Lindsay Webb
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Throughout my life I have been good at and enjoyed writing, but after my junior year in high school, I stopped taking English classes to focus on science classes. Now, I am a Biochemistry and Biology double major and I was not actually looking forward to taking a course in Intermediate Composition. On the first day of class, I was completely lost when my professor started talking about “rhetoric” and “discourse.” I was supposed to have heard these terms before, and yet they were completely unfamiliar to me. Of course, this did not evoke any more enthusiasm from me about the class. However, as can be seen in my Prezi, I conquered my fear of this class and learned much more than I thought I would.
I created this Prezi in order to reflect on what I learned from my Intermediate Composition class, which focused mainly on rhetoric and discourse. In this class, we had three projects: a paper based on three sources of our choice about the 2011 Tucson shooting in Arizona, a research paper with a topic of our choosing based on 7-10 sources, and a final reflection in a format of our choice. This final reflection was a required project but I decided to be creative. Rather than write a traditional essay reflection, I took a break from writing to depict my thoughts a bit more clearly and, hopefully, more interestingly. In this Prezi, I reflect on not only these papers, but also on my learning about rhetoric and discourse as a whole.
The Prezi is a great way to present information creatively. Using the Prezi website gave me a lot of freedom to emphasize ideas that I wanted to display prominently. I was able to zoom on important ideas rather than using a PowerPoint, which just goes through slides. Also, I was able to present my experience of the class in a timeline format, which highlighted my growth and learning. Rather than writing a boring essay in which I would probably include extraneous detail, the Prezi allowed me to condense my thoughts into the strongest, most noteworthy points of my learning experience.
Lindsay Webb is a biology and biochemistry double major at the University of Cincinnati. Her essay on the rhetoric of the Apocalypse appeared in the Inquiry section of Queen City Writers last fall.