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Ruani Ribe – Hoesley Reflection

I’m Ruani Ribe, a member of the first cohort of the Hoesley program. Initially, I joined the program in order to sharpen my skills with various software programs, and to learn more about design and online collaboration tools. I was also interested in being able to work with and learn from a small group of other students who shared similar interests. I like that the Hoesley Program allowed me to get my feet wet. Microsoft Excel and website-building, for example, both seemed fairly daunting, but introductions to the basics of each of these things and their capabilities gave me working knowledge of both and a level of comfort that I was able to use as a jumping off point to explore each further.

I was most excited to have the opportunity to build my own professional website, a chance to apply and showcase my interests and skills that I learned throughout the program, and with the information we were given on various design elements and website hosts, I was finally able to create a website that I feel successfully conveys who I am. Before the program I had been familiar with HTML and CSS, and with the resources that we were provided, I was finally able to put them to use.

The skills I have picked up and sharpened over the course of the Hoesley program can now be displayed confidently on my resume, and in the future, I know where to look for resources if any of my skills need brushing  up. Further, my professional website will be a great resource in my upcoming job search, and I plan to continue to develop it as time progresses.

To see my completed website, follow the url below!


Tayler Sorenson – Advice for the 2011-12 Hoesley cohort

My name is Tayler Sorensen and I participated in the first cohort of the Hoesley program. Although I’d had previous experience with some graphic design software like Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, I had never gotten near anything that had to do with the internet. I was amazed to find the new software I was introduced to throughout the fellowship was not actually as scary as I had feared it would be. For example, I had never even heard of Prezi before last year. Now I know it is an eye catching and user friendly alternative to Powerpoint for all kinds of presentations. You can even make a resume with it! Here’s one Prezi I liked.


Knowledge of programs like Prezi, Excel, and the Adobe Creative Suite make all the other skills you have look even more attractive when applying for jobs or graduate school. When I applied for my Master’s program at Carnegie Mellon University, there was a whole section of the application where I had to list what programs and software I knew how to use.


I was also very pleased to find how simple it actually is to build a website through Google Sites, iWeb on Macs and blog websites. In the Hoesley fellowship, I learned how to upload pictures and make multiple albums to showcase my portfolio of graphic design work, how to link to other sites, and use templates to change the mood of my website. Although my website is not yet finished, here are some interesting blogs and professional websites I like:


Exploring other people’s professional websites can be very educational and inspirational. They can give you ideas of what you’d like to do or even show you what techniques don’t work in practice. That’s another great part about the Hoesley fellowship-the cohort setup allows you to share your work with other people and get constructive feedback.
Have fun and good luck!
– Tayler

Morgan Russo (4/13/11)

I’m Morgan Russo, from the first cohort of the Hoesley program. My google site was the first I had ever made, so it was quite overwhelming in the beginning. With Anu’s help I settled on google sites and put in the necessary information. It was easy – really easy. Anu showed me how to edit and change tabs around, and after a few sessions I got what I have now: https://sites.google.com/site/morgandrusso/

I would never have thought I could make a website like this!

– Morgan