It’s the end of the school year and students and faculty alike are running around screaming like chickens with their heads cut off. (Wait, there’s something about that analogy that isn’t quite right.)
Anyway, it’s busy! Papers, tests, projects, oh my! Not to mention the fun stuff like senior nights, award banquets and convocations. And then we, on the teaching side, have to grade everything. It’s a wonder I can get anything done at all.
Yes, it’s a crazy time…but a really interesting one because of two events that happen relatively close to one another: portfolio night and freshman registration.
Portfolio night is an opportunity for seniors to showcase all of their work for the past 4, 3 or 2 years. We spend all semester gathering, fixing, formatting and connecting all of their work together on a web platform. These young men and women get dressed up, invite their parents, siblings and significant others and get 5 minutes each to scroll through their best work and explain what they’ve been spending all their hard-earned time and money on.
Freshman registration is just as it sounds: organized chaos as we try to match incoming students with courses they will need but don’t want and majors they think they like but about which they have no clue, all while crooning in a firm but gentle tone, “Don’t worry, it will be all right.”
Portfolio night delivers strong, creative, even cocky young adults who are ready to take on the world. Freshmen registration gives us the eager, impressionable, polite kids who, even with that deer-in-the-headlights look, are anxious to begin the next phase of their life. It’s the Yin and Yang of college life. And it renews my spirit every time. "Fingerguns" GIF by Julie Kitzer.