Many college students' professional ePortfolios highlight their travels across the world. However, that might not fit into your plans: you may have family you need to take care of; you may have an intense major that does not allow you to leave for a summer/semester; you might need to work. There are any number of reasons that prevent many of us from jet-setting the world. The purpose of these travels, however, is valuable: to expose young college students to the world. We are in a unique position here at John Jay College. Everytime you travel to campus, you receive a kind of exposure that most people in the world must pay exorbitant prices to have. Stop and take notice of the spaces that you take for granted.
Let's start with restaurants.
When you watch television, you see Red Lobster, Applebee's, Olive Garden and others. These are all chain restaurants, high-brow versions of McDonald's really. That's simply not the culture of New York City. The next time you go to a chain restaurant, stop... try a unique place with a unique history in NYC and present that experience on your ePortfolio. That is what this tab is for.
There are so many options for you. There's Restaurant Row, the name used for West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in the Theater District. The designation of Restaurant Row was made official all the way back in 1973 and today is known globally as the location of 16 of the world's best restaurants.
These restaurants seem to have a life all their own with swarms of customers moving in and out, either before or after a Broadway show.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to experience NYC's unique restaurant culture though. You don't have to stay in Manhattan either. Brooklyn's Juniors and its cheesecake are a legacy. You haven't truly had cheesecake unless you have had THIS cheesecake (and you never know who you might see when you visit).
Sometime this semester, take yourself out to a NYC restaurant and write about it. And whenever you do so, take a moment to chronicle the event on your website (you might even attract the attention of the owner get a free meal). Every restaurant, even the local pizzeria, has a website. As you can see above, you can even find professional videos of these restaurants on youtube. Visit the website and find out about this place's history. What do you think of it? How does the story inspire you? Weblink to the website. Add images (you can take screenshots from the website) or add a video.
Describe the ambience--- the feel, the look.
And, last, but certainly not least, what was the food like?
Let us see YOUR exposure to the world from right where you are sitting!