After you plan and complete your beyond the classroom experience, it’s time to reflect deeply, think about what you’ve learned, how you’ve changed, and how this experience will influence where you go from here.
Create and Save Your Work
You naturally create things as you engage in experiences: a program handout, a website, a work of art or a blog. Everything you create (pictures, videos, papers and presentations) are an important reflection of who you are, what you know, and what you can do.
Why This is Important
You may not know immediately what will be significant as your interests develop and your goals morph, so document everything by saving it in a secure place (Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud). Once you complete the GLD orientation and registration, you can keep a log of experiences related to your pathway of interest in the GLD Experience Record and Application. We would encourage you to visit the Career Center to talk to a coach about the significance of your experiences and how to begin building a resume.
Make a Presentation
Share your experiences and how you have connected the dots by presenting at a professional conference, to industry leaders at your internship site or at the university’s Discover USC. You may also share by publishing in a journal, staging a performance or discussing your work at a gallery show. These experiences can also count toward completing the requirements for Graduation with Leadership Distinction.
Caravel is the Office of the Vice President for Research’s online undergraduate research journal, which chronicles student research and creativity. Caravel aims to provide a publication forum for students within the USC system to showcase their research, creative and scholarly works from all disciplines.
Organize Your Portfolio
Creating an e-portfolio not only provides a way for you to share your accomplishments with others, but helps you organize your thoughts and prioritize what is most important to you. As you illustrate your knowledge, skills, and thinking through your pathway experience you are bound to create artifacts such as presentations, project assignments, or achieve a certificate of learning that you will want to document and save to your portfolio.
Creating an e-portfolio lead me to thoroughly think through what I learned in my study abroad experience. Without that, I would not have been ready for the interview that lead me to the job of my dreams!
-Graduate, Darla Moore School of Business
An e-portfolio is a helpful tool for everyone and is also a key requirement in earning Graduation with Leadership Distinction. The university provides the resources you need to meet the e-portfolio requirements and get started on your own e-portfolio.