Closing in on the end of my first quarter at DePaul University I have been asked to create a thoughtful and reflective portfolio of my work in WRD103: Composition and Rhetoric I. While thumbing through my seemingly endless copies of drafts, editors notes, statements of purpose, finals, etc. it was bizarre to think of the time spent on each word. Sure, I had my help. I cannot help but thank my peer editor’s, teacher, roommates and friends for proof reading my error prone rough drafts. However, these were my thoughts and ideas poured out on the page, and in one case over the speakers, for the public to absorb and I relish in the work I created over this quarter.

In terms of the class assignments that will make up this portfolio I found each one to have its own levels of complexity. Contrary to Mr. Moore’s popular belief that everyone hated the Rhetorical Analysis I found it to be the easiest. However boring it may have been to arrange and write out I found it easier to organize someone else’s direct words than to coordinate my own thoughts. This made the next assigned paper, the advocacy paper, the hardest for me. When I discuss something I am passionate about I find myself on many tangents, so this paper took the most work from me. The multimodal literacy narratives I just simply enjoyed, both creating my own and observing others was entertaining.

The aforementioned have been the pillars of my first university-level English class. More in-depth reflection on each project will follow through out my portfolio. The class itself, although in terms of scheduling not my favorite, was a pleasure to be in. Each day was started with conversing on whatever the student’s had on their minds, it was a simple and relaxed way to ease into an composition class. Mr. Moore made ample attempts to relax the students and deinstitutionalize them, even though some were resistant to this new teaching style begging to know “how will this be graded, will there be points for this?”

For Composition and Rhetoric I I find my self somewhat grateful. It taught me some basic genres of writing I had not yet explored. It also sharpened my ability to filter editorial feedback, what was conducive and what could be overlooked.

Hope this portfolio is interesting and represents the hard work throughout the quarter!

Thank you for your time!

Dear Reader,

Tyler Duff