CU 1010 University Success Skills PORTFOLIO BY HUNTER MOELLER


This portfolio is a personal representation of the six learning objectives covered throughout the CU 1010- University Success Skills course, as well as two self designed learning objectives. Throughout my time working on these exhibits I have not only learned how to lead a better lifestyle for myself by discovering the key components of success, I have also learned a great deal about myself. I was at a point in my life where I was unsure of myself and felt lost. This class and portfolio have helped me to improve my work ethic, my interpersonal skills, my health, my overall view of life, and most importantly it has helped me to get back on the path to the lifestyle I wish to live. Without this aide I feel as though I would have been stranded for much longer and would have lost my way further, and for that reason I couldn't appreciate my time spent and experience gained in Cu 1010 enough.


Mindset: Recognizing and Revising Self-Talk Patterns

Self-Management: Time Management Self-Study

Learning: Retrieval Practice Self-Study

Exams: Post-Test Analysis

Collaborative & Interpersonal Skills: Professor Interview

Goals: Values-Based Goal Setting

Health: Relationship of Mind & Body

Environment: Finding the Ideal Work Environment



Be able to recognize fixed- and growth-mindset perspectives and use this awareness to foster a growth mindset.


The Inner Critic judges, blames, complains about, and demeans oneself. Its positive intention is to protect oneself from failure, but the actual result is either a partial attempt or no attempt at all.

When my Inner Critic creeps up it typically feeds me thoughts that influence my decisions and actions such as

"You aren't as smart as them, you'll never be able to do that, you should just quit now"

This voice causes me to quit before I've even attempted something, and as a result I justify my actions because I can tell myself "you didn't actually put in any work, its just a number it doesn't reflect your true ability, had i actually tried I could of done much better"

I can begin channeling this voice to my inner guide by coming to terms with myself and realizing that a lack of effort resulting failure is just as bad if not worse than a great deal of effort resulting in failure. Rather than telling myself right of the bat that I am unable, I must open my mind and tell my self that if i put forth all of my ability then i will be capable.


The Inner Defender judges others, then blames them before self-assessment takes place. Once blaming an external takes place, complaining about the external and demeaning the external replaces problem-solving and escape occurs. Its positive intention seems to be fending off criticism and punishment from others.

When my Inner Defender creeps up it typically feeds me thoughts that influence my decisions and actions such as

"If my professor would just teach the class this way then their would be no way I would be doing as poorly as I am now "

This voice causes me to blame all of my downfalls and failures on my professors system and In turn justifies me doing things my way and disregarding the professors desires and requirements of the class

I can begin channeling this voice to my inner guide by simply reducing my stubbornness and learning to appreciate my professors teaching techniques and consider that my success is in their best interest. I can change the language I'm using with myself by not looking at every mistake or failure I make as a sneaky attack by my professors.


The Inner Guide offers an objective and wise perspective about ourselves and others. It doesn’t self-demean; it doesn’t attack. Our inner guide tells us the absolute truth and allows us to be more conscious of reality, other people, and ourselves.

When my inner guide comes into play it typically feeds me thoughts that influence my decisions and actions such as

"If you start this assignment now, the weight will be lifted from your back and you will be able to enjoy your entire week"

This voice helps me to feel stress free and keep assignments and obligations from hanging over my head. By staying true to myself, I live a much more relaxed and productive lifestyle. When something is presented to me I take immediate action rather than putting it off as long as possible, and in return I feel a sense of accomplishment and I can enjoy my free time more.


As of now I believe my default setting caters to my inner defender. I believe the reasoning behind this is due to my recent transition into college. In high school I could put in almost no effort, when ever something was required of me I completed the bare minimum and called it a day. Despite this being a horrible strategy in an educational environment, I was able to get away with it. Now that i have entered the next phase of my education, a phase that this strategy will no longer survive in, I have begun to blame outside sources more and more for my mistakes and failures. I desire nothing more than to change my inner voice and I believe I can acquire this goal if I continue to cultivate my inner guide on a daily basis. I believe an attribute that would help me greatly in this transition of inner voice would be to begin with the end in mind. If I can picture where I want my inner voice to be in the future, I can begin to actively work towards my goal and keep that forward momentum necessary for my lifestyle to improve exponentially. John C. Maxwell says "The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda." and at this point in time I couldn't agree more with it, what you do each and everyday should have merit and be beneficial too you.



Learn and explore multiple self-management strategies, including time management, personal wellness, financial literacy, campus resource utilization, and knowledge of academic policies. This exhibit is designed to help you learn to manage your time effectively, intentionally creating a system that works for you in your life.

Semester Plan: The Big Picture

Upon Acquiring my Syllabuses and the Academic calendar of Spring 2017, I transferred every important date to this large desk calendar

Weekly Plan: The Ideal Week

This is my Ideal week, time management maximised

Daily Plan: The Nitty-Gritty

For My every day to-do Lists I Typically acquire "The Original Student Calendar"

I prioritize my planning by placing the most urgent and relevant items in the "Appointments & Assignments" Column, Items I should be considering that day go in the "General Study" column, and all personal/unrelated tasks go in the "Rest Of Your Life" column

Time Management Self-Observation

Tuesday April 11th Breakdown
Wednesday April 12th Breakdown
Thursday April 13th Breakdown


After recording how I spent each moment of my day over the course of three days, I learned a few things. Despite the amount of time Spent between quadrants 1 and 2, I feel as there I may still be spending to much time in quadrants 3 and 4. Based on my results, I can see that I am usually able to stay within the boundaries of my schedule, however I believe I still somewhat lack the ability to prioritize the more important things in my life over the lesser important. After this experiment I have determined that my schedule suits my lifestyle pretty well, even though I am not always able to follow it exactly due to unpredictable outliers, I can work to learn how to better handle the unexpected and keep myself on track with the more important aspects and tasks of my life. However due to a few course changes, schedule revision is still necessary.

Revised Schedule

New and Improved



Students will explore and test new strategies for learning and critical thinking

Math 1020

Flash Card Method

Although I have used the Flash Card technique many times throughout my education, I feel as though I have never utilized them to their full potential. I typically just created them as either a requirement for a class or to quickly try and memorize a couple definitions or formulas but I never really used them after their creation. This time around I focused on studying with them a little bit each day leading up to my next test. By the time of the test, I had a mental image of each card in my head and I was able to relay the information I needed almost perfectly.


Although this technique helps with a great deal of committing information to memory and improved my overall confidence going into the test, it lacks in improving ones understanding of a concept. Anyone can write something down and remember it forever but for a class like calculus, you must be able to understand and apply the formula you are memorizing. I wont use this technique again in the future without pairing it with numerous practice problems and other techniques to improve application and understanding.

Art History

Quizlet Method

I used Quizlets flash card function quite often in high school, however I had never explored the other study tools they offered. After playing around with each tool for a bit, I decided Quizlets "Learn" tool would be the most applicable in helping my preparation for the weekly prompts which require me to essentially regurgitate art vocabulary within my writing.

You are given a set of questions and must answer them based off of your vocabulary
If you answer correctly you receive a point and can move on
If answered incorrectly, you are given the right answer and the ability to move on (missed questions will be revisited once every question is answered once)
Once all questions are answered you will be presented with your score
In order to ensure I got the most out of it I would repeat the quiz until I could answer every question with the utmost confidence


After using this technique completing my weekly prompts has become a breeze. I use to have to consistently search through the book and online for definitions or in attempts to throw relevant vocabulary into my work, not really knowing if what i was saying made sense. Now that I utilize this tool my confidence in incorporating art terms into my writing has greatly increased and as a result my grade is rising.

Fungi & Civilization

Highlighter Method

I had been struggling with figuring out what information to study in my Fungi & Civilization class, so I came up with a Note Taking/Highlighting Technique. I printed out the power points posted on canvas, and during lecture I would highlight key definitions, dates, etc. that my professor would seem to highlight herself and continue to take basic notes as well. Leading up to the test I rewrote everything that was emphasized on. Once I had finished rewriting I then went through these notes with a highlighter highlighting the big ideas and key components of what made the information important to know.

Recopied Notes with critical information Highlighted

Highlighter Method Reflection

I wasn't entirely sure how effective this method would be initially, but once I gave it a try I fell in love. With this method my days of not knowing what information I need to know for a test are over. Not only does it direct my focus onto the critical information, but it helps me make connections with the material and understand more deeply as to why the information is important.

The Outcomes

After receiving the grades of what I used these methods to prepare for, I was able to analyze exactly how well each method worked for me. Using the flash card method for my calculus test helped a great deal with recalling information during the test, however it gave me false confidence of my actual understanding of the material and I actually scored a whole 3 points lower than my original exam grade of a 67, and as a result I was faced with the decision of whether or not to drop the course. If I am to use this method again it will be so with caution. The Quizlet method helped a great deal on my art history exam and I was able to score an 80. Although this grade Isn't as high as I was hoping for, I know it would have been much lower had I not used this method. So depending on the class and content will determine whether or not I will use this method again. The highlighter method I used for my fungi exam proved to be rather effective. I was able to score an 87, a whole 14 points higher than my previous exam grades. I was ecstatic to discover this because Its exactly what I needed to be able to achieve a B in the class. Based off of these results I have learned that in an information heavy course, this is the best study method for me and I will continue to use it whenever applicable.



Learn and test best practices for preparing for and taking exams.

Post Test Analysis for Math 1020 Exam

In preparation for my next test I plan to utilize the "5-Day Test Prep Plan"

Test Prep Plan designed for Math 1020 Exam 2


After completing the post test analysis I noticed a problem, I was missing far to many questions due to carelessness and "unfamiliar material". I determined that 20 minutes a day leading up to the exam was not an efficient approach and that I needed to spend more time practicing to ensure that I cut out all potential careless errors and that there would be no "unfamiliar material" stumbled upon during my examination. That's why I believe this "5-day Test Prep Plan" I have drawn up will be an effective tool when preparing for my next exam.

Discussion With Professor

Despite my efforts to achieve a better grade on my next exam, I was unsuccessful. I decided I should seek advisement from my professor. During our discussion he explained the likelihood of me being able to pass the class based upon my current standing. He made certain that I knew passing was achievable, however there was little to no room for error. Given my current overall academic standing, and the potential risk of loosing my life scholarship, we decided that the risk reward ratio was too high and he advised I drop the course. I am now registered to take the class through trident tech in my hometown and I will make every effort to ensure that I will not make the same errors once again.

Collaborative & Interpersonal Skills


Students will learn collaborative and interpersonal skills that will serve them in their academic and professional lives, including presentation skills, group learning techniques, professional interaction skills, diversity awareness, and teaching others.

The Interviewee

Alex Dorsam

Leisure Skills Professor and 2nd Year Clemson Master Student

Camping & Backpacking Class of 2k17

The Interview

1. What do you do in addition to teaching?

I am a second year Master’s student here at Clemson. Outside of my teaching responsibilities I am a full time student.

2. Why did you decide this career/position?

I enjoy being around young people and imparting the knowledge that I’ve gained through my life experiences. Additionally, I enjoy sharing the outdoors with new people and love giving novices the tools to effectively navigate outdoor recreation and protected areas.

3. What was your major in college?

I graduated from Clemson with a B.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.

4. What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy the interaction with the students. There is such a variety of backgrounds and personalities that each class is very different. The group dynamics are different with every class, so teaching is always a new and exciting challenge.

5. Did you always want to be in this career/position?

I wouldn’t say always, but since my junior year of college I think I’ve known I would pursue a career teaching or coaching.

6. Are you where you thought you would be when you were in college?

Absolutely not! If you had told me I’d be in Graduate school at this stage of my life, I would have laughed in your face.

7. How do you balance home and work, and teaching vs. researching?

Teaching kind of goes hand in hand with my home and work. There is a lot of overlap which makes balancing everything easier. The researching aspect of life is connected to teaching as I am studying youth workers and how professional development impacts their program facilitation, which quite often comes by way of teaching.

8. What general advice would you give college students?

Try new things every chance you get! Don’t be afraid to humble yourself and put yourself out there. The best learning experiences are those that make you uncomfortable initially. Don’t be afraid!

9. What are the most common mistakes that students make?

Not embracing who they are. It’s easy to withhold all of your personality or hide aspects of who you are out of fear from how it will be interpreted. Get over it and be who you are! If the people around you aren’t into it, you should be hanging out with other groups.

10. How do you define learning?

Committing to the unknown and humbling yourself. No one knows everything. The only way to learn and grow is understand your limitations and look for opportunities to expand your knowledge.

11. How do you define teaching?

Utilizing your life journey, hard skills, soft skills, and personality to impart the wisdom and information you’ve gathered to help others navigate life.

12. What subject was most difficult for you as a college student and why?

Either calculus or physics. Tough stuff.

13. What non-academic skill do you think is the most important for college students?

Confidence. Everyone has their own gifts and talents. If we all could understand that our journeys are unique, we could all be confident in what we’ve been given. Be confident!

14. What is the greatest non-academic skill that college students today lack?

Critical Thinking and probably confidence. Too many people either can’t or are afraid to think for themselves and think critically. Don’t stop at the surface, keep digging, keep searching.

15. How can college students develop this skill at Clemson University?

Be skeptical and put yourself out there. Challenge your original way of thinking about things and don’t be afraid to make confident decisions even if you aren’t 100% sure.

16. As a college student, what element of professionalism did you struggle with the most?

Probably with how formal everyone told me I had to be. I think being professional and being formal aren’t necessarily the same thing, a misconception of many. I like to enjoy myself and enjoy the people around me. I think some people are too uptight because they think they have to be or because they’ve been told they have to be.


I chose to interview Professor Dorsam because out of my current professors I feel I can identify with him the most and I felt his answers would carry the most weight. Upon hearing his responses I felt a sense of courage and enlightenment. During my time at Clemson I feel as though I have locked a part of myself away in attempts to avoid fear, embarrassment, and just out of shear laziness. This conversation has helped me to realize that this is not the way to go about life, I need to strive to be the person I am day after day and not think twice about it. Dorsam is my camping and backpacking instructor, and one may look at leisure skills professors as one would look at a school gym teacher, however there is much more to him. His wisdom lies with many other aspects of life and for that I look up to him. I used to look at my professors as people who only care about themselves and couldn't care less as to whether or not their students are successful. Where this idea came from I do not know, but I have now realized that this couldn't be any more false. This conversation enlightened me to the fact that a good professors best interests lie with their students success and that teaching and helping is their passion. Perhaps an even greater takeaway from this conversation is that one does not always know exactly where they're going to end up in life, and that its ok to make decisions along the way and do what makes you happy and is best for yourself.



Students will use increased awareness of their personal values to craft effective short- and long-term goals.

Core Values

Top 10
Top 5

#1 Core value

Ultimately, I believe my number one core value is Family. When shuffling through the deck of values it was easy for me to discard material values as I've never been a huge material person, other values such as mastery and adventure were more difficult due to a large desire of mine to master many skills and adventure the world, but the one value that I couldn't even consider discarding was family. I have had the blessing of having a happy and loving family all of my life and I simply could not imagine a world without them. The way I see it, my family is the source of all my values. If not for them I wouldn't be the person I am today and I would potentially lead an entirely different life. I couldn't be more appreciate and thankful for what they have done for me.

Short-Term Goal

In my time here in Clemson I feel as though I have been lacking in expressing my creativity and humor. As a result of this I feel as though I am depriving myself of a time where I can exercise these values freely. So within the next few months, it will be goal of mine to discover an outlet where I can actively demonstrate my skills. I plan to do so by researching extracurricular activities offered on and off campus, whatever speaks to me even just the slightest I will give a chance. If I exhaust my search and I find nothing to be suitable I will reach out to those around me and build my own outlet where exercising your creativity, humor, and genuineness are not only aloud but encouraged. Not only will this help me to enjoy my time here, but it will help me move closer to reaching my long-term goal.

Long-Term Goal

It has been a lifelong goal of mine to be able to create content for people to enjoy, make them laugh, and inspire them. I've learned from experience with my Family that nothing in life makes me happier than creating something that makes someone laugh out loud, picks their brain, and gives them that wow factor. Despite my love for this, I tend to fear sharing my creations with people I am not particularly comfortable with. I believe a way I can achieve this lifelong goal by creating mass amounts of content and sharing it with people of all walks of life in order to gauge their reactions so I can refine my skills all the while increasing my comfort level of presenting my work to the world. If I can create a name for myself and my content my goal of living a lifestyle as an entertainer, where my focus ties back to my values of creativity, humor, and genuineness, it will lie well within the realm of achievable.


Self Designed Exhibit #1

Learning and understanding the importance of the relationship between a physically healthy body and a mentally healthy mind leading to a healthy lifestyle.


"Generally speaking, we tend to think of our bodies and minds as separate systems and believe they function, for the most part, independently. Yet instinctively we know that is not the whole story...Our emotions affect us physically. It might be easy to understand that a scary thought gets our heart beating faster, but it can be harder to realize that loneliness, sadness or depression can also affect us physically, and when it comes to more complex emotions or illnesses few of us consider our emotions to have any relevance."

-Ed and Deb Shapiro

My Experience

Last semester I was Living an unhealthy lifestyle. I was exhausted physically and mentally. I came to Clemson thinking I had life figured out and was expecting to thrive in every way possible. I was wrong.

Throughout my first semester of college my perspective of life had shifted, Id often get lost in thought questioning myself whether or not I deserved to be where I was. I began having more negative thoughts in my life then ever before. I would try to picture myself being successful and happy in the future but I just couldn't see it. Rather than reaching out for help from my loved ones, I started to abandon my responsibilities at an attempt to find happiness through other outlets. Despite this strategy "working" in the short run, I was digging myself in a hole elsewhere. By the end of the semester my mental health was at an all time low. I wasn't in denial, I was able to recognize my mistakes and wrong doings, however I could not bring myself to change and I hated myself for that reason. Every day I was emotionally drained, and eventually it started to effect my physical health. I was hardly eating, not getting any exercise, and I would rarely leave my room. By the end of it, the smallest tasks seemed impossible. My body ached consistently, I stopped doing things I loved to do, I slept for the majority of each day, and I rarely communicated with friends and family. It was at this point that I realized if I wanted to ever return to my old self I would need to make some dramatic changes in my life, and that I shouldn't nor could I do it alone.

Maintaining a Healthy Body

If there is one thing I learned from last semester, it is to never ignore your body. You shouldn't view your body as a beat up car that your brain drives around ignoring all obstacles and never takes the time to maintain it. You need to view your body as a pristine hot rod that is an extension of your mind and you need to care for and treat it as such. To maintain a healthy body you must give it what it needs, food, exercise and a fair amount of sleep. Regulating these key components will keep your body feeling like its been reborn every day. Your body will thank you and you will in turn thank yourself.

Maintaining a Healthy Mind

In order to maintain a healthy mind you need to be honest with yourself. If you cannot be honest with yourself, you will be consistently battling yourself within your mind and live a life of stalemate. Being able to recognize what is right and wrong for you and acting accordingly is a huge factor in establishing trust within yourself. A healthy mind needs opportunity to expand. If you don't actively stimulate your mind with knowledge, you put yourself at risk of creating and attaching a stigma to learning new things and acquiring new skills. This can lead to many insecurities and potentially cause you to doubt what your already know and what you're capable of. Perhaps the one of the biggest factors of maintaining a healthy mind is human interaction. Building and maintaining relationships with the people around you is a unique and vital part of human life. Without family, friends, and even the strangers you pass on the street your mind will get lost in itself and begin to feel alone in the world. If you actively work to be honest with yourself, exercise your mental capacity and pursue relationships with those around you, then a healthy mind is within reach.

My Maintenance

In order to maintain a healthy body, mind, and lifestyle myself, I strive to apply these guidelines in my everyday life. To maintain my bodies health I have begun to actively eat healthier meals throughout the entire day, exercising as much as I possibly can, and acquiring just the right amount of sleep I need each night. To maintain my minds health I have begun to reach out to friends and family members that I have lost touch with in attempts to rekindle the healthy relationships I once had with them. I try to teach my self something new everyday weather it be a knew skill or topic of interest that I can discuss with others. And most importantly, I stay true to myself. Because of my actions I feel as though I am on the path to a healthier lifestyle and for that I couldn't be more proud of myself.


Self Designed Exhibit #2

Discovering an environment that enables focus and promotes productivity

The Perfect Work Environment

Where you work can determine a number of things. How much work you complete, the quality of your work, and how you feel while you're working. In a perfect work environment one should be able to stay focused, produce their best work, and remain comfortable throughout their work session.

Finding My Perfect Work Environment

Over the course of week I will spend time working in several environments each day that can be found around Clemson. After each session I will analyze the amount of work I was able to complete, the quality of my work, and the level of comfort I felt.

The Dorm Room

Working in my room is a gamble. There are periods of time where distraction levels are low and I can remain focused, I can produce ample amounts of quality work because I have access to anything I might need during my session, and the overall comfort level is at an all time high because the space is mine. However, more often than not the distraction level is way to high. There are people in and out of my room all day, the T.V. and game consoles are way too accessible, and I can rationalize breaks and naps too easily. This high distraction level reduces the quality and the amount of work I am able to produce, therefore deeming the dorm room an unsuitable work environment.

The Library

The library is my newfound secret weapon. I can stay laser focused for long periods of time and complete large amounts of work. However the quality of my work can potentially begin to suffer if to much time is spent within. I often found myself rushing to complete my work due to the lack of comfort and my desire to be anywhere but the library. Because of this potential risk of quality drop, I am deeming the Library as a suitable yet not an ideal work environment.

The Great Outdoors

Working outdoors just doesn't work with me. I become too distracted with the nature and people surrounding me resulting in little to no work being completed. The quality of work produced drops to an all time low because I want to do nothing more than to go out and enjoy the beautiful day. The level of comfort varies depending on the weather and whether or not I can find an unoccupied table to work upon. I have decided to deem the outdoors as an unsuitable work environment as I have too much appreciation for it and wish not to taint my enjoyment of it.

The Mauldin Lounge

After a long week of searching for the perfect work environment, I believe I have finally found my porridge. The lounge offers a peaceful and distraction free work zone in which I was able to spend numerous hours producing quality work, and lots of it. With my dorm room just two floors above me I felt comfortable knowing that I could easily retrieve something I needed to complete my work or if need be I could take a quick break and then be right back to work. Based off of these factors I am deeming the Mauldin Lounge as my perfect workplace.

Thank You

I am very thankful that this class is offered at Clemson and I was able to experience it first hand. I am not sure where I would be right now without it, and for that I am eternally grateful.

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Hunter Moeller

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