Reflection on My Portfolio
Literature has fascinated me from an early age. I was always an extremely active child, yet all I needed to settle down was a good book. The worlds created from the page within my mind were wondrous and amazing. However, I never imagined that I would become an English Literature major in college. Like many others before me, I wasn’t sure what you could do with an English major but teach or write, neither of which I planned on doing. A business or management major seemed much more practical. Despite these misgivings, I knew that I wanted a major that I enjoyed rather than one that was a “safe bet.” Therefore, when a professor of mine opened my eyes to all of the possibilities, it didn’t take long for me to decide. Now I can confidently say that my English major has given me invaluable experiences and taught me innumerable lessons that will aid me not only in my career life but also in my personal life as well. I have been able to develop my writing and creative ability so that no matter where I go or what I do I can make the most of it. I also have the wonderful ability to reflect on my life through examining literature and making connections and reflections in my own life. As I prepare to leave Loras I am confident that my English Literature Major has prepared and fully qualified me for whatever is to come.
When it came time to decide which papers to include in my portfolio I was in quite a dilemma. Most of the papers I wrote in my college career were saved electronically. Unfortunately, some technical problems came up and I lost all of these. This setback significantly reduced my options. However, while this hindrance may be considered a tragedy, in reality it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I know that if I had the option I would not have chosen to take on the extremely difficult task of revising my essay on paralysis in Joyce’s Dubliners. As it stands, I did end up choosing it for my portfolio. The process of research and revision on this paper alone has allowed me to grow and development as an English Major.
This portfolio has taught me a number of things. Whenever a person must write a paper in college there are deadlines. Looking back on all of the papers I have written, I cannot think of one that I was completely satisfied with at the time I handed it in. The Literature Portfolio has allowed me to further research and more fully develop them. This opportunity has been a valuable lesson in serious research and writing. I have discovered the joy of being able to fully immersing myself into one book for an extended amount of time.
All of this has matured me into a more critical reader. I have read and enjoyed countless books. However, I only scratched the surface of the meaning and significance of these works until I became a Literature Major. These pieces show my maturation in their understanding of the authors’ techniques and devices. Only through this...