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Jennifer Lee Creative Writing, Film and Media, Visual Rhetoric, Wings

Matthew 10: 38-39 It’s been 3 years since that day. Almost everything before that is a blur. Numerous moments have been forgotten inside my mind. I can’t even remember what I did the day before that. Everything that I had done on that specific day is all pencil shavings: meaningless and without a purpose. Everything lacked purpose. It was the …

College Life

Jennifer Lee Artwork, Portfolio, Visual Rhetoric, Wings

  Author’s Statement: The girl in the picture represents my thirst for knowledge, and also my enjoyment of learning. She’s very focused in reading the book in her hands, but she’s also surrounded by piles of books which represent all the things she doesn’t know, but is eager to discover.

114B Portfolio – Julian Soriano

NVW Administrator Argument, Blog, Literary Analysis, Portfolio, Portfolio Preface, Responding to a Text, Website, Wings

In this online portfolio and blog, the author showcases his works for “Project Text” and “Project Space.” Throughout the essay “Medical Procedures and Psychological Scars in Literary Works,” he compares and contrasts Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey to One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. For “Project Space,” he submits a proposal to build …

Motivational Story for English Learners – Wondia Mireille Yeo

NVW Administrator Portfolio Preface, Wings

Here, you will find a creative take on the portfolio reflective essay each CSUN first-year writer must create. This author frames this reflection as a newsletter written in the third person as a means to convey the compelling story of her journey as an international student in English 113B. While the form of this essay draws the reader in, the …

Blog Post on Video Games and Violence – Jack Rocco

NVW Administrator Argument, Blog Post, Social Criticism, Wings

In this blog post, the author takes on a controversial topic arguing against those who blame video games for rises in gun violence. The author uses several sources from both sides of the debate to construct a cogent argument. The professional tone and well-researched argument in this piece, make it an excellent example of the academic blog. To view the …

English 115 Desk Photo

Vana Derohanessian Portfolio Preface, Wings

  This photograph speaks to the many tools students use to succeed in writing. According to the student who took this photography, this is what his desk usually looks like by the end of a long night of writing or annotating a book . He said, “I think this picture captures what it means to be a college student.”

Being Average: A Short, Poorly Drawn Comic

Vana Derohanessian Creative Writing, Wings

This charming comic depicts the types of concerns that are shared by so many first-year college students, like the feeling of being average or simply not good enough. Her candid writing, along with her so-called “poorly drawn” illustrations, appeal to the reader in a humorous, unpretentious way. Click on the link below to read the entire comic. Wings2014BeingAverage

The Struggle and the Real Writing Process

Vana Derohanessian Portfolio Preface, Wings

  Here, you will find an interesting example of a student drawing inspiration from their interests, like screenwriting, to motivate their writing. Her tone and her attention to detail make this script an interesting example of a truly reflective piece for a portfolio.  Click on the link below to read the script in its entirety. Wings2014The Struggle and the Real Writing …