Just like any other student starting an Internship course I honestly thought that it would be a breeze. Do a few hours of work, log it, and keep it moving (we have tons of other work to finish, right?). That wasn't the case in Dr. Lefever's COMM 368 course. There, she taught us the importance of effectively representing ourselves to the digital world by creating an ePortfolio. Sure, you may have a LinkedIn but does it showcase your writing skill, creative ability, or even who you are as a young professional? Over the course of 16 weeks I learned how to set objectives for myself, write a blog, create a functional website, and have professionals take a look into who I was and what I have to offer. I am grateful for being exposed to this resource and it is awesome that the communication department is looking to make this a part of more courses.
Don't let the workload intimidate you because it is well worth it in the end. Your ePortfolio will set you apart from the rest because it shows you have the ability to not only create but to curate as well. Make sure that you are writing those blog posts, doing the best you can on class projects, and snap a great head shot so those professionals can put a face to a name! It looks good on applications to Grad school (trust me), job applications, and it is a great conversation starter at networking events. Pair this with your business card and you are sure to be a hit!