I.D.E.A.L. Residential Portfolio
Individualized Developmental Experiences and Learning Residential Portfolio
IDEAL check list(PDF)
Helpful advice for completing your IDEAL Residential Portfolio
The IDEAL Residential Portfolio is a reflective project that memorializes a student’s Eastern experience. The requirements of the portfolio span many weeks and are not something that can be done in one night or a weekend. We recommend that students that seek to complete an IDEAL Residential Portfolio write a rough draft immediately following one of the requirements and later in the semester or during the winter recess a student reflect, edit and finalize their reflective essay.
Portfolio requirements and useful resources
|*||Attend 4 RHA meetings.*||Link|
|Attend an RHA event.||Link|
|*||Attend 2 UROC meetings.*||Link|
|Attend a UROC Event.||Link|
|Attend an educational RA program.||Link|
|Participate in a Center for Community Engagement Event.||Link|
|Attend an Eastern Athletic Event.||Link|
|*||Attend a SGA meeting or SGA sponsored event.*||Link|
|*||Attend a University Hour event.*||Link|
|*||Attend a University Arts & Lecture Series Event.* (Complete information for this series is not currently available. The Fall event is November 13 at 7pm.)||Link|
|*||Attend a University theatrical or musical performance.*|
|Visit an event or local business/establishment in Willimantic||Link|
|Submit a copy of your completed Four -Year Plan.||Link|
|Job description, cover letter & resume.||Link|
|Include an essay on how you have grown in your time at Eastern, what Eastern’s Core Values mean to you and how you attempt to incorporate the core values into your Eastern experience.|
|*||Completion of a Roommate Expectation Form.*||Link|
|Photo of your favorite residence hall bulletin board and why you chose it as your favorite.|
|Include five (5) photos of some of your favorite memories at Eastern with a description of each.|
|Video about Eastern Experience|
* Please include programs, copies of minutes (must include your name in the attendance sheet), and fliers to verify your completion of each of these requirements.
Sample Reflective Essays
Roommate Expectation Form
On September 1, my two roommates and I met to complete our roommate expectation form. It took about 15 minutes to fill out, but it brought up a lot of good conversations about our expectations for one another. None of us have ever shared a room with anyone before, so it was great to talk about things like what time lights should be shut off, if we are sharing food, and when guests can come over. I feel better and am less nervous about living on campus now that we have these guidelines in place!
Attend an RHA Meeting
On November 14, I attended my first RHA meeting. I’m not really sure why I had never gone to a meeting before, but it was good way to meet people from the other side of the building who I don’t usually see. I am definitely going to go to more in the future! During the meeting, we discussed the apparel we want to order for the hall. People had submitted designs in a contest and we voted on which sweatshirt we wanted. We also talked about upcoming RA programs in the building, damage billing, and buying new video games for the Wii. The floor rep on my floor is stepping down and I volunteered to take her place. I want to try to get more people from my hallway to come so we can have more people to vote on issues in the hallway. We also had free pizza!
Merit Awards for Best Class Portfolio
The top Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior IDEAL Residential Portfolio will be awarded the following prizes:
1) Top Overall 1st, 2nd, or 3rd pick in the room selection process and can pick for their selected roommates (in the same future apartment).
2) $1,000 Eastern Bookstore Prize – Distributed $500 in the next fall and $500 in the next spring semester.**
** The student must reside on-campus during the semester to be able to receive the $500 gift card.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a student submit their IDEAL Residential Portfolio?
IDEAL Residential Portfolios are a compilation of a students Eastern Experience. Students are encouraged to create their portfolio with a binder or notebook as they will have to submit reflective essays and other evidence of each portfolio requirement. Requirements do not need to be completed in the order listed, but do need to be in the above order within the IDEAL Residential Portfolio with a table of contents and each page should be numbered.
If a student attends a program that awards Housing Priority Points and write a reflective essay as part of their IDEAL Residential Portfolio for the program do they still earn points?
If a program of any kind awards Housing Priority Points, students will earn those points in addition to the 20 Housing Priority Points they earn for completion of the IDEAL Residential Portfolio.