Portfolio Woes

So college us almost over (yipee!). Only another 4 months to go – not so bad. Two semesters of class down, countless assignments submitted. Only two portfolios left to hand in before I begin my final project of the summer, my practicum. Once June 10th arrives, I no longer see the MSc as a threat. I see it as defeated. It’s plain sailing from there until September. But until then, I need to overcome my fear of portfolios.

Most people in my year have one portfolio – 4 themes, 10 parts to each theme, with an additional 5 essays to write ‘overall’. that’s maximum 45 essays, 1,500 words each (roughly), approximately 67,500 words. To give us stuff to write on, all year the class has been attending conferences, taking exams, teaching old people, as each ‘part’ requires a task. My tasks have varied from a homework club with disadvantaged children to learning Chinese. The variety is supposed to grow me as a person, and I suppose help me get a job after this. I’m sure we will see about that.

In addition to that one, a few of us have another portfolio to complete, a Digital one. This one isn’t so large. 8 tasks, an additional ‘overall’ essay, 1,500 words each. Roughly 13,500 words. Not so bad compared to the other one, but infinitely more stressful as this is the one I really care about, as it is the one to help me get a job.

In total, between now and June 10th, I’ve 54 essays to submit, with 81,000 words. To put that into perspective – for my undergraduate degree, I wrote a Thesis worth 10 credits, 10,000 words. These two portfolios are only worth roughly 13 credits together. Actually, it’s horrendous when I think of it this way so I may have to go off and cry now.

The Scream

The Scream

Literally, cannot wait for June!


– Life Blogging


3 thoughts on “Portfolio Woes

  1. I feel for you, Ornaith. To throw a bit more wood on the fire – in your future job you will probably need and will use only around 10% of the knowledge gained, and only the one you gained through practice. So make sure to spend time on the things you really really want to do in the future. Master those and you will be laughing. On the other point, there is a definite overkill in assignments – with so much on one’s plate there is no room for creativity.
    Good luck! June is around the corner.
    best wishes from a very (very!) mature fellow student

  2. I just read this. Alena is so right!

    Respect when you endet up with 80k, Orna. I wrote half of it but by intention. Don’t see any sense in this writing torturing.

    Anyways, we are almost there… in my case its “only” 20k more words to write until finish line (master thesis)

    Good luck with your practicum.


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