Brace yourself for harsh words, rushed review, and a mixed bag of critiques
At National Portfolio Day, brace yourself for the possibility of harsh words, rushed comments, and feedback that is less than helpful or not considerate of you as an individual.
Your experience with the reviewers will definitely be a mixed bag; some reviews will give you really useful advice that you can directly apply to your portfolio preparation, while others won’t be as helpful. Don’t be discouraged if you get a tough critique or a rude comment!
Keep in mind that the reviewers are there all day, they are talking to tons of students, and have extremely limited time. For the reviewers, it’s an exhausting day which can be trying.
Feedback can be tough to hear, but it’s important to listen to in order to improve
Frequently, students are told at National Portfolio Day that they essentially have to start over from scratch because their portfolio is headed in the wrong direction. A comment like this can be really hard to hear, but it’s better to get an honest review than to be told you are all set, and then to discover that wasn’t the case after all at a later time.