✍Report Overview DUE SUNDAY (10/05/2019)
In this assignment, you will
- Document and reflect on your university education and on learning experiences outside of the university;
- Articulate how your upper-level coursework is an integrated and individualized curriculum built around your interests; and
- Highlight the experiences, skills, and projects that show what you can do.
A successful report submission will be the product of many hours of work over several weeks.
A report earning maximum available points will be a carefully curated and edited explanation of your work that provides tangible evidence of—and insights into—your competencies and capabilities over time. In each section of this report, you are (1) telling a story about your own abilities, and (2) providing specific examples and evidence that illustrate and support your claims.
✍ Required Report Sections
Here the sections are listed as they must appear in your final graded submission. You’ll arrange the sections in this order when submitting the final report BUT you won’t follow this order when writing drafts of each section. Note that each section description contains a Pro Tip that tells you how to proceed with the work – what to attempt first, second, and third, etc.
❖ I. Statement of Purpose ❖
- Step 1. Read these four very different examples of successful Statement of Purpose sections.
- Step 2. Consider the differences in tone, style, level of detail etc. Your own statement of purpose may resemble one of these. Indeed, writing a first draft based on an example or combination of examples is a good idea. BUT don’t let these examples limit your thinking or personal expression. You may want to begin with a quote from a famous person, use a quote from your mom, or skip the quote. You may want to discuss your personal motivations or get right down to the facts. You may want to list your classes or discuss how your work-life led you to this path.
- Step 3. Write a rough draft – let’s call that Statement of Purpose 1.0. Write Statement of Purpose 1.0 as quickly as you can and then put it away until after you have completed most of the report. Forget about Statement of Purpose 1.0 until most of your report is at least in draft form.
- Step 4. Once you have a draft of all sections of your report, you are in a good position to revise Statement of Purpose 1. You are ready for Step 4. Take Statement of Purpose 1.0 out its dusty vault and hold it up to the sun. Ah. Now read your report draft and compare it to the claims you made in Statement of Purpose 1.0. Ask yourself these questions:
- Does Statement of Purpose 1.0. accurately introduce my report?
- Are there important ideas or representative experiences in the report that should be highlighted in the Statement of Purpose but aren’t? Remember this isn’t a treasure hunt where its your reader’s job to figure out what matters. It’s your job to show the reader what matters.
- If Statement of Purpose 1.0. isn’t the best map it can be for the treasures sprinkled throughout in your report, why not? How can you revise toward this goal?
- Does your Statement of Purpose 1.0 share any Big Ideas or Themes about you and your life? It should. Your reader should understand you (and maybe even like you) and your report better because they read your Statement of purpose. That is the work of a Statement of Purpose.
Be sure to review the Statement of Purpose Section Specifications Checklist and Grading Rubric before getting started.
Pro Tip: Collaborating isn’t cheating. You may want to exchange reports with a writing buddy or two from class and then you and your buddies can help each other to make sure that each of you has a Statement of Purpose that gets the job done.
❖ II. Curriculum ❖
This section requires you to review your upper-level course work 2000-level and above.
Think about what classes you took and what accomplished in them. The successful Curriculum section is about showing rather than just telling. This is your time to show off your best work, focusing on particular skills. For example, pick an assignment (project or paper) where you did a particularly strong job. Fully describe your work. Prove that you can do what you say you can do. This involves making the important distinction AWAY from just a list of your courses and what you did in them—to who you are as a professional and a creative problem solver.
As you list and discuss your advanced course work, you’ll give your readers a glimpse into (1) what you know, as well as what skills you have developed (2) how you have met (or can meet) challenges, (3) how you can help others.
Curriculum Section Examples are provided.