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The Student Involvement Portfolio

Your student involvement portfolio is a project that documents your college experience and highlights your achievements. It gives you an opportunity to record all of your accomplishments from your time at AACC including things like your academic achievements, leadership experience, campus involvement and career readiness. Your portfolio should be a reflection of you-therefore you will need to choose what is important and applicable. However, the following information can serve as a guideline as you put it together.

WHY
Your Student Involvement Portfolio will give you an opportunity to reflect on your academic and personal experience in college. It will also be an excellent resource for you as you work towards your goals. For example, your portfolio can be used:

  • As a concise document of your achievements to help you prepare essays, resumes and applications for academic and career goals
  • A supplement to your resume when applying for career opportunities/internships
  • A supplement to your application when applying for transfer/graduate school
  • A demonstration of your achievements when applying for scholarships and awards 

HOW
There are four steps to creating your Student Involvement Portfolio.

  1. Collect items that showcase your skills and abilities using the guide provided. These items should be from a variety of areas, skills and experiences.
  2. Select the materials that you believe are the best demonstrations of your achievements. While your portfolio should be inclusive of a variety of areas, it should also be concise. Select materials that demonstrate achievement toward your goals (i.e. If you are using your portfolio to supplement a scholarship application, make sure your portfolio includes a demonstration of the requirements for the scholarship, like leadership development, service-learning, or academic achievement)
  3. Connect your materials to achievements. If you have documentation of a leadership workshop, connect the document to the learning that took place. You may want to use a summary sheet or reflection paper to highlight the growth and learning that resulted from the experience.

WHEN
You should begin to build your portfolio in the beginning of the year, and add to it throughout your experience. This will ensure that you are collecting plenty of documentation, and it will also help you to connect your experiences throughout the year.

Guidelines

The following is a guide for building your portfolio. You may choose to add or delete sections of this guide according to your goals and experience. You will have an opportunity to collect experience in each of these areas during your academic year at Anne Arundel. Visit the Student Life Office to find out how!  

I. Personal Vision Statement:
Along with your personal vision or mission statement, you may also want to include your personal philosophy of leadership, life goals, etc.

II. Academics:
This section should demonstrate your academic achievement, critical thinking, communication, initiative and follow-through, technical skills, etc. Remember to include outstanding examples of your accomplishments. Possible items in this section of your portfolio may include: 
a. Educational Goals
b. Transcripts
c. Course Descriptions
d. Syllabi
e. Sample Paper (you want this to be an outstanding example of your abilities!)
f. Sample Work  (you want this to be an outstanding example of your abilities!)

III. Leadership Experience:
Talk with someone in the Student Life Office about opportunities to help your develop your leadership experience. There are a variety of workshops offered each semester, the Leadership Workshops and conferences being held on and off campus that you can sign-up to attend. Possible items in this section of your portfolio may include:
a. Club and organization involvement
b. Conferences, workshops and retreats
c. Committee Work (on or off campus-include special roles on committees)

IV. Career Preparation:
Talk with the someone in C.A.R.S. about upcoming workshops that will help you prepare a resume, improve your interviewing skills, and job search. There are also opportunities for internships and employment through this office. Possible items in this section of your portfolio may include: 
a. Resume
b. Cover Letters
c. Career Workshops
d. Internships Held
e. Employment Experience
f. Job Descriptions
g. Evaluations

V. Civic Engagement:
Visit the Center for Learning through Service to find out how you can get involved in Service-Learning activities. There are also opportunities for campus activism both on and off campus, like Student Advocacy Day and many others. Possible items in this section of your portfolio may include:
a. Service-Learning Activities
b. Volunteer Work
c. Service-Projects
d. Social/Campus Activism Programs

VI. Honors/Awards/Recommendations: 
The Honors and Awards Ceremony is held at the end of the Spring semester, where many of these types of awards are given out.  During the year, you may want to begin collecting recommendation letters from instructors or others who might be good to keep as a reference.  Possible items in this section of your portfolio may include:
a. Awards received
b. Newspaper or other media coverage
c. Nominations
d. Letters of Recommendation from faculty, employers, advisers, and college staff

VII. Talents/Abilities/Interests:
This section should be unique to you, and it will depend on your goals for this portfolio. You may want to include samples of artwork, athletic awards or pictures of hobbies. Possible items in this section of your portfolio may include:
a. Fine and Performing Arts
b. Athletics
c. Computer Skills and Certifications
d. Hobbies
A final suggestion: Be creative, while keeping in mind that this is a professional document. You may want to collect pictures that document a service-learning experience or club activity. Make your portfolio a document that is both pleasant to read and appropriate to your field of interest.