The purpose of the biography is to lend a real personal touch to the portfolio. You should take risks in sharing who you are, and exploring how you got there. As a document, however, the biography should advance the purpose of your portfolio as a whole, including:

  • Some biographical information about yourself, particularly as it pertains to your development as a student of literature. So: where you were born/raised, what you did before college, personal interests or accomplishments, etc.
  • Some biographical information about your development as a student and/or an English major. You might include how you have blended different majors/minors, and you should say something about your intentions for the future.
  • A reflection on literature and literary analysis. What is literature for? Why—and in what ways—can we read it? How has reading literature enriched your ethical, academic, intellectual and/or social life?