The biography is the first page readers of your e-portfolio will see, so it should look professional and present you in the best possible light.  Write your biography in the third person, as if you were writing about someone else, and use formal language and correct grammar.  For example, you should write “Jane Doe served as the vice president of the Student Government Association at Pearl River Community College” instead of “I served as the vice president of the SGA at PRCC.”  Do not assume that your reader will immediately recognize acronyms or initials that are familiar to you, such as PTK (Phi Theta Kappa).

Although you will cover your educational and employment experience in more detail in your resume, it is important to mention the most recent and important points in your biography.  Include information such as your expected graduation date, your plans following graduation, other ongoing activities.  Give an overview of any interests that might relate to career goals or employment, such as working with youth or children, and briefly touch on other interests.  Do not give too much detail about your hobbies; in a professional setting, sometimes less is more.

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Adding Quotations

You may wish to add a quotation to your bio page, as Sara Smiley has done below.  This is completely optional, and should only be done if you know a quote that somehow represents your worldview, or is highly relevant to your current life goals.  A short quotation can be used, even if it is not in the public domain, so long as it is set apart from the rest of the text (by quotation marks or formatting), and credit is given.  For example, Sara Smiley quoted “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions,” setting the quotation apart in quotations above the body of her biography, and stating that the quote was from Albert Einstein.

Examples of Good Bio Pages:

Sample Bio Page

Sample Bio Page with Quote

Sample Bio Page

Sample Bio Page