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How can you capture the essence and the value of the experience you undertook in a concise but meaningful way? Our hope is that you document your learning in the most appropriate way, which may vary across experiences. It is important to note that you must cite any work you reference or sample from another source. Additionally, you must also remember to avoid posting any proprietary or confidential information (find out more here). This framework should be used as a guide and a minimum set of expectations to use when approaching the documentation process.
All honors experiences are expected to be documented in your learning portfolio within one month of completion.
Documentation has two parts: a descriptive reflection and an artifact.
(If an experience requires a reflective essay, note that this does not take the place of the descriptive reflection.)
This is a brief (about 200 words) statement discussing what you did, what you learned, and what you hope to do with that learning going forward. Here are some questions to think about in crafting your statement.
This is something that represents your experience accompanied by a caption explaining its connection to your learning and why you chose to feature it.
Showcasing Experiences and Activities Beyond University Honors
We also encourage you to document other significant experiences that you have, whether those happen within University Honors, at UC, or more broadly as part of your growth and development as a person. Remember, your portfolio is available to anyone who wants to learn more about you, including professors, letter of recommendation writers, graduate school admission officers, potential employers, etc., therefore, it is important that your documentation provides context for what you did and what you learned in a succinct manner.
The University Honors advising team will review learning portfolios beginning on July 1, as part of the annual honors progress review process. Please us know if you have any questions or concerns.