On July 14th students of the International Study Center at James Madison University participated in Portfolio Presentations. This event serves as the Capstone experience for students that are about to progress from the ISC into JMU’s full coursework. It is also one of the most highly-anticipated events each semester. Students developed tri-fold posters detailing their lives prior to JMU, highlights of their time in the ISC and important things they have learned in the program, and their goals for the future both professionally and personally. Administrators, professors, and peers from throughout the campus attended to hear students’ prepared presentations and ask questions, in turn giving the students practice using language, academic, and career skills.
Preparation for this semester’s event included a dinner party at professor Hong Embree’s house the evening before, and students were up bright and early the next morning dressed in either professional or traditional attire. Many visitors to the event commented on how much they learned about the students as individuals, how excited they were for this group to join the university as full undergraduate students, and how poised and prepared they all were. The overarching happiness of the group as they celebrated program completion with their friends was infectious, and a fitting end to a great semester!