Iâ€™d like to know what you value and whatâ€™s important to you about your profession, your industry, your career, or your education. This is challenging! It requires a level of introspection so deep that no one else can do it for you. Use the following suggestions, adapted from the This I Believe, as a guide:
- Name your beliefâ€”If you canâ€™t name it in a sentence or two, your essay might not be about belief. You are writing an essay, not a list. Focus on one core belief, which you will explain, define, and develop through the essay.
- Tell a storyâ€”Be specific. Take your belief out of the ether and ground it in specific events of your life. Consider moments when your belief was formed or tested or changed. Think of your own experience, work, and life, and tell of the things you know that no one else does. Make sure your story ties to the essence of your professional or educational philosophy and the shaping of your beliefs. Tell me how you reached your beliefs, and if they have grown, what made them grow. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenchingâ€”it can even be funnyâ€”but it should be real.
- Be positiveâ€”Please avoid preaching, editorializing, or finger-pointing. This essay should not be about your views on the American way of life, democracy, or capitalism. (These are important but for another occasion.) This essay should explain what you live by, what you DO believe, not what you donâ€™t believe.
- Be personalâ€”Avoid speaking in the editorial â€œwe,â€ the projecting â€œyou,â€ or the accusing â€œthey.â€ The project is â€œthis I believe,â€ not â€œthis everyone believes,â€ â€œthis my company believes,â€ or â€œthis Americans/Russians/Scientologists believe.â€ Make your essay about you. Speak in the first person. Read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time, edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your belief.
In a 500-word essay, write a statement of personal and professional belief. Answer the questions: â€œWhat motivates you. Whatâ€™s your professional passion? What do you believe?â€
Remember to follow each of the four (4) steps in the assignment and format your paper in APA 7th edition. Also, check out the 5-minute video on APA under the Discussion tab Project 1. Set up your paper defaults and create a cover sheet. You will double-space this essay, as you will all your work going forward unless directed otherwise. You will not cite external sources in this personal essay so you will not have a References page. In other words, there should be no in-text or reference citations. You will also not be required to write an abstract for this project.
Consider this the first step in your journey. This assignment will provide you with a great opportunity to refresh your writing skills and prime you for the next research and writing task. In preparation for your first project, please review Academic Integrity Module 2, part of the updated Academic Integrity philosophy.