Psychology Question


Subject: Psychology 463: Psychology of Death & Dying: “My Last Lecture Essay” Please watch this video first and write a minimum of THREE FULL PAGES OF ESSAY

Video: The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch:

ASSIGNMENT/ESSAY OVERVIEW: What would you say if you had the opportunity to deliver a final lecture to the people who meant the most to you, especially if you knew that you had only months to live? Randy Pausch, former Carnegie Mellon University professor, gave such a talk titled, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” because he wanted to leave this legacy for his young children. While you may never have to face such a situation as Randy Pausch did, the numerous themes (life lessons) throughout the lecture (and book) are overarching and universal.

FOR THIS ESSAY, you will compose your own “last lecture” that imparts at least three (3) life lessons that you have learned and the ones you want to “leave” to those that you care most about. This essay will focus on the life lessons that you have learned so far and how you have demonstrated resilience, determination, and empathy despite the obstacles you may have encountered. If you have not encountered any obstacles and/or hardships, think about the ones you may potentially face moving forward in your educational and professional journey. Make sure you are comfortable with sharing the issues that you write about. Use Randy Pausch’s lecture as a model of what words of wisdom you could leave for others.

TO HELP YOU GET STARTED, here are four (4) life lessons that Randy Pausch highlighted in his lecture (you are NOT restricted to these):

  • Carpe diem – seize the day, live in and for the moment.
  • Remember, when going through life, never lose the wonder of childhood.
  • Never let brick walls or obstacles enclose or confine you.
  • Reach beyond the known and stretch out of the comfort zone.

Guidelines: This is not a formal paper, so writing in the first person is fine. If you use any resources, you should cite them using APA style. Your “last lecture” should be a minimum of 3 full pages using 12 pt font with 1” margins, double-spaced. You must include a title page and a reference page, if applicable. Your title page and reference page do not count towards the minimum 3 full pages requirement.

Your Last Lecture Essay Rubric:
Content: Learner provides a minimum of 3 life lessons with reflection or evidence on the demonstration of resiliency, determination, and/or empathy linked to the respective life lesson.

Format: This essay is at least three (3) full pages in length using 12 pt font with 1” margins, double-spaced. A title

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