The Vision/Mission Statement (3% or 30 points)
Your Vision/Mission Statement can take a variety of forms, but should be at least 250 words (or equivalent).
Writing the personal Vision/Mission Statement provides you with an opportunity to design the context and purpose (a controlling value) of your creative and/or scholarly activity, toward which you will devote yourself for this semester and beyond.
You will compose an initial draft of these statements during stage one of the semester, and you will revise this to include in your Prospectus (as the opening statement) at the end of the semester.
In your Vision/Mission Statement you will declare what you have at stake as a writer and researcher in the project you will be inventing in Core II. You will be working to break through into new territory (as a researcher and writer), and not just for this semester, but also for the rest of the MA program, if not for the rest of your life, and your project will serve as the structure to fulfill on the development you are seeking to accomplish.
The best vision/mission statements speak to a wide audience, calling on that audience to join the speaker in becoming a stakeholder in the future articulated therein. Stakeholders can be those who cheer from the sidelines all the way up to partners in the creation and delivery of the work your vision/mission guides you to create. The "possibility" articulated in such a statement should not be limited to just you; it should be big enough so that anyone reading it might envision the possibility for themselves, to be enthused about it, and even ready to take action within it.
From Friedrich Nietzsche's The Gay Science. Aphorism 354 (299)
Nikki Giovanni's "Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)"
Goethe's "The Holy Longing"