The Personal Philosophy Paper is your opportunity to examine your personal attitudes, beliefs, practices, and activities. The purpose of this task is to help you identify your own personal strengths skills, and weaknesses as you prepare for entry into the career field of kinesiology. It is a statement of what you believe to be true about life and how it should be lived. This document will create a snapshot of attitudes and practices that you can revisit (and modify) as you gain additional work and life skills and experiences.
Your personal philosophy is what you believe to be true about life and how it should be lived.
We all bring to every conversation, every interaction, every professional and personal setting our own world view, our own way of thinking based on our belief system.These beliefs make us who we are and not only shape the way we see the world but also shape the way we interact with others.This assignment challenges you to consider who you are. Where do you come from? What do you believe?What values do you hold dear?How do these beliefs and values guide your life and how will they affect your professional career?
Your 2-3 page double spaced paper will include a clear claim (in the form of an I believe statement) and evidence to support it (in the form of a detailed anecdote AND at least two quotes/statistics/examples). Think of this as a persuasive paper. You are proving that you truly believe in your claim by selecting one or two moments in your life you can write about in detail where you lived out or realized your belief. Just as a good recipe gives specific and detailed instructions for creating a specific culinary dish, a good philosophy for life will give detailed support and examples for understanding and following the belief statement.
The length of this document should be at least 2 pages but no more than 3 pages, double spaced. Use a font no bigger than 12.Within your paper, you might answer some of the questions below and address how these will factor into your choice of company or career.
To define your personal philosophy, it will help to be able to answer these key questions:
- What do you get up each and every morning wanting to do?
- What motivates you?
- What directs your actions and decisions, especially the impulsive ones?
- What gives you a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day?
- What feeling is in the core of your soul that you know to be self-evident?
- Why are your beliefs important to you?
- How does your philosophy measure up to higher standards or ideals?
- What are your fundamental beliefs and values?
Make sure to do your own work.A good start site to start is listed below:
Name your beliefs. Be specific in explaining why these matter to you.
Be positive and personal. Write about what you DO believe rather than what you DO NOT
believe. Make your essay about YOU and speak in the first person.
Use transitions. Connect ideas.Thoughts should flow together in a coherent fashion.
Be specific. Use supporting details Avoid generic phrases. Make emotions real and immediate
by noting specifics.
Be sensory. Try to use all the senses to convey your ideas to the reader: sight, sound, taste,
touch, and hearing.
Show the relevance. If you are writing about a small personal occurrence, put your idea in a
context that gives insight into that moment but also how it applies to a larger
perspective. Think of it as a camera lens. Start by focusing in on a fine detail (the specifics in
the story you are telling); then open up the lens to take in the wide view (how it applies
generally or globally); then close the piece by narrowing the lens again to the fine details.