We are delighted to announce the 2017-2018 Live Deliberately Essay Contest prompt!
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
—Journal, October 18, 1855
Essay Prompt: In an essay of 750 words or fewer, describe a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?
To participate in the 2017-2018 Essay Contest, please read the Contest Guidelines and then submit your essay here. The deadline for submission is Midnight (EST) on March 15, 2018.
PLEASE DO NOT JUST SUBMIT YOUR "COLLEGE ESSAY." ENTRIES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED UNLESS THEY CLEARLY ADDRESS THIS SPECIFIC PROMPT.
Essay Contest Information and Timeline
Each year, the Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth from around the world, ages 14-21, to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year's quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them. Like Thoreau, these young people use the power of their words to convey vivid stories, personal conviction and human compassion.
The contest has three age groups: 14-16, 17-18, and 19-21. One winner will be identified in each age group and will receive a $250 cash prize, plus an autographed special edition of Walden. Essays may also be selected to receive Honorable Mention in each age group, which will be awarded with an autographed special edition of Walden.
The deadline for essay submission for the 2017-2018 contest will be March 15, 2018. Each essay is reviewed by at least two readers and results will be announced by the end of April.
Please read the Contest Guidelines for more information about the Contest and some tips to help you write your essay.
For information about past contest winners and to read their essays, click here.
The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is guided by the talented members of the Essay Contest Advisory Board:
- Sam Corron, Walden Woods Project's Social Media and Communications Coordinator
- Lindsay Dent, high school English teacher in Georgia and Approaching Walden Alum
- Susan Licher, Walden Woods Project's Education Programs Assistant
- Jessica Moore Kaplan, Boston-based editor and producer
- Patricia Smith, high school English teacher in Virginia and Approaching Walden Alum
Additionally, our contest is made possible by a number of thoughtful volunteer Guest Readers during each review cycle. To learn more about the roles of both the Advisory Board and the Guest Readers, download the Live Deliberately Essay Contest Volunteer Opportunities (PDF).
Are you familiar with Walden University's vision and mission? Were they a factor in selecting this University? How do they relate to your professional and academic goals? Does it matter if there is a tight or loose relationship or one at all? This week's Discussion asks you to think about how the Walden mission and vision and the School of Nursing (SON) mission and vision apply to your professional and academic goals. Is there a match? How does Walden's mission and vision relate to your becoming a scholar-practitioner committed to social change?
Review the Walden and SON mission and vision statements, Walden's goals and University Outcomes, and the MSN Program Learning Outcomes presented in this week's Learning Resources.
Reflect on your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.
Consider how the information in the documents, identified above, fit with your own goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.
Think about how you will incorporate your commitment to social change into your professional and academic goals, particularly as it relates to the area(s) of interest represented by your program/specialization.ie psychiatric mental health nurse
Post a description of one or more significant ways in which Walden's and the School of Nursing's perspectives (i.e., vision, mission, social change message, and outcomes) relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner. Include how you plan to incorporate social change into your professional and academic goals.
Support your Discussion assignment with specific resources used in its preparation using APA formatting. You are asked to provide a reference for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.
PART 2 SHOULD BE ON A DIFFERENT PAGE
1,Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional background information, evidence or research
2,Validate an idea with your own experience and additional research.
3,Make a suggestion based on additional evidence drawn from readings.
Walden University is an accredited institution that for more than 45 years has provided an engaging learning experience for working professionals. Our mission of producing scholar-practitioners has attracted a community of extraordinary students and faculty, all sharing a common desire to make a positive social impact—to make a difference.
Highlights of Walden's commitment include:
Diverse and comprehensive core curriculum: Walden University provides students the intellectual foundation necessary to see the interrelationships among the central ideas and means of expression that are specific to the disciplines. This foundation supplies a context for knowledge and makes possible the cross-fertilization of ideas to enhance creativity, innovation, and problem-solving.
Student-centeredness: Our faculty and staff are devoted to helping students balance their education with their personal and professional lives. Walden's library, tutoring, and other student services also provide essential resources.
Real-world application: Degree programs are developed by scholar-practitioners who continually assess courses to make sure they are current and relevant.
International perspectives: Walden University is part of the Laureate International Universities global network of more than 80 accredited campus-based and online universities in 28 countries, serving more than 1,000,000 students around the world. Students in the Laureate International Universities network have an unprecedented opportunity to expand their international outlook and gain insights that they can apply directly to their professions.
Positive social change: We believe that knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good. Students, alumni, and faculty are committed to improving the human and social condition by creating and applying ideas to promote the development of individuals, communities, and organizations, as well as society as a whole.
Scholar-practitioner model: Our goal is to help students become scholar-practitioners by challenging them to integrate scholarly research with their own expertise as skilled practitioners in their fields.
Walden University envisions a distinctively different 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.
Walden University provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.
To provide multicontextual educational opportunities for career learners.
To provide innovative, learner-centered educational programs that recognize and incorporate the knowledge, skills, and abilities students bring into their academic programs.
To provide its programs through diverse process-learning approaches, all resulting in outcomes of quality and integrity.
To provide an inquiry/action model of education that fosters research, discovery, and critical thinking and that results in professional excellence.
To produce graduates who are scholarly, reflective practitioners and agents of positive social change.
Walden University defines positive social change as a deliberate process of creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote the worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, cultures, and societies. Positive social change results in the improvement of human and social conditions.
This definition of positive social change provides an intellectually comprehensive and socially constructive foundation for the programs, research, professional activities, and products created by the Walden academic community.
In addition, Walden supports positive social change through the development of principled, knowledgeable, and ethical scholar-practitioners, who are and will become civic and professional role models by advancing the betterment of society.
Walden University strives to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
1. Facilitate positive social change where they work, in their communities, and in society.
2. Use their knowledge to positively impact their profession, communities, and society.
3. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.
4. Apply their learning to specific problems and challenges in their workplace and professional settings.
5. Demonstrate information literacy.*
*Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, and being able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of inquiry used in their professional or academic field.
7. Practice legal and ethical integrity in their professional work.
8. Effectively communicate their ideas and the rationale behind them to others.
9. Support diversity and multiculturalism within their profession, communities, and society.
Quality • Integrity • Student-Centeredness
Three values—quality, integrity, and student-centeredness—are the core of the university and the touchstones for action at all levels of the organization. They demand high standards of excellence, uncompromising openness and honesty, and primary attention to the progress of our students. These values and principles give Walden University its unique identity and underpin the Walden University mission.
Walden University believes that quality and integrity are the cornerstones of all academic processes.
Walden University believes in innovation and flexibility in the conception and delivery of its educational programs, and that there are many different academic routes to achieve quality and integrity.
Walden University believes that education and social change are fundamental to the provision and maintenance of democratic ideals and principles, especially that of the common good.
Walden University believes that its learners effect positive social change when they behave as reflective or scholarly practitioners.
Walden University believes that the inquiry/action model fosters critical thinking and underpins research and discovery for reflective practitioners (bachelor's and master's students) and scholar-practitioners (doctoral students). This model provides the framework for teaching, learning, and assessment.
Walden University believes that all adult learners should have innovative educational access, especially those who are without opportunity in other venues.
Walden University believes that academic programs must be learner-centered, incorporating learners' prior knowledge and allowing them to focus their academic work on their needs and interests.
Plagiarism can refer to a wide range of academic integrity issues both inside and outside of academic writing. The Writing Center's plagiarism prevention modules focus specifically on the appropriate ways writers should incorporate and cite sources they use in their writing
Practice the appropriate way to cite sources to avoid plagiarism, and
Learn about possible writing habits that might encourage or contribute to a writer plagiarizing.
These modules do not talk about how to use TurnItIn. For help with TurnItIn, visit the Academic Skills Center.
Because there are different types of plagiarism, the Writing Center has created two plagiarism modules: Avoiding Overt Plagiarism and Avoiding Passive Plagiarism. Review the information about each module and watch the module preview below before choosing which one best fits your needs and will help you develop your writing and citing skills.
example of this assignment is in the attachment