English essay
PHIL 499 Philosophies of the Good Life Spring 2021 Final Assignment The authors of Designing Your Life encourage us to think creatively about our futures. In the excerpt you read from this book, they describe the process of “odyssey planning,” or envisioning alternative paths for our personal and professional development. Your final assignment for this class is to complete three of the Odyssey Plans Burnett and Evans describe and to reflect on how your potential future paths align with the personal “philosophy of a good life” you’ve (hopefully!) developed in this class. You will complete three versions of the worksheet I posted to Blackboard (one will show your current “plan” for the first 5 years of your life after graduating from Thomas Jefferson University, the second will show alternative plan #1, and the third will show alternative plan #2). PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR ODYSSEY PLANS START AFTER YOUR GRADUATION—EVEN IF YOU ARE TAKING CLASSES IN FALL 2021 OR LATER, YOUR ODYSSEY PLANNING WORKSHEETS SHOULD BEGIN WITH THE FIRST YEAR AFTER YOU’VE COMPLETED YOUR EDUCATION HERE!). After you complete these three worksheets, you will write a brief reflection (2-3 pages) which explains your own personal “philosophy of the good life” and evaluates how well each of the three Odyssey Plans you’ve created aligns with that philosophy. You will upload the three worksheets and the 2-3 page reflection to Canvas by 11:59 P.M. on DATE TBD. Grading 3 fully-completed Odyssey Plan worksheets 15% each 45% 2-3 page reflection (10-12 pt. font, double-spaced) 55% **The reflection should be organized as described below: The first paragraph should introduce yourself, highlighting what you believe are the most important components of your identity (previously and/or currently) and briefly mentioning a few of the life experiences you feel have been most influential in developing your own “philosophy of the good life”(you will describe these in more detail in the next section of the paper, so try to summarize them pretty succinctly in this first portion). The next 3 paragraphs must explain your own personal “philosophy of the good life” relative to the topics we’ve studied this semester: where religion/spirituality fit into your vision of “the good life”, the role of work/career in a well-rounded and “good” life, the pursuit of happiness, our obligations to others (this can be discussed either individually or collectively, and you can consider obligations to friends/family or just to our fellow humans), etc. You should describe, in each of these paragraphs, how your life experiences have shaped the values you currently hold, and should explain in what ways your values have evolved (or not) as you’ve matured. Additionally, in each of these paragraphs you should refer back to the class readings (one easy way to do this would be to compare/contrast your perspectives on the aforementioned topics with the perspectives of the authors we read and discussed this semester). A minimum of three references to class readings are required for full credit. The next 2 paragraphs should briefly summarize the “alternative” Odyssey Plans you created, and evaluate how well they align with the values you articulated in the previous section of the paper. How appealing do you find these alternative pathways? What would it take for you to actually pursue them? What challenges might you anticipate facing if you were to pursue these alternative paths, and how might you overcome these challenges? Your final paragraph should talk about how well your first Odyssey plan (that would be the one that reflects your current trajectory/your current “path”) aligns with your personal philosophy, and what challenges (or opportunities for growth!) you envision encountering in the first five years of your life AFTER graduating from Thomas Jefferson University. You should wrap up this last paragraph with a sentence or two that summarizes the personal and professional growth you’ve experienced since your earliest days as a college student to the present, and tells me how you anticipate continuing to evolve after your education at TJU has concluded. **The reflection can be written in a personal/informal tone (it’s okay to write in the first person, using “I”/”me”/”my”) **Please include footnotes or in-text citations for any class readings you are directly quoting or paraphrasing. No separate Works Cited page is required for this informal reflection.