This I Believe Essays from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Community

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Amy, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: I love letter writing. Born in the age of technology I am an anomaly, carefully assembling inky missives on physical sheets of paper. I am a self-appointed guardian of correct grammar and syntax and the care that goes into making a sentence exactly what it ought to be. Letter writing requires time and patience, two things we seem to be losing faster than the speedy wireless connections we so highl... more
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Ashley, Menasha, Wisconsin: I first heard the call of a cicada while chalking the sidewalk, no more than seven years old. Kneeling on the pavement, I held a knobby piece of yellow chalk, coloring the pollen of a daisy. It was a sound I had heard before though I had never really thought about it. I looked around, squinting in the sunlight, trying to find the source. Since it was coming from above, I decided it was coming from... more
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Randall, Chicago, Illinois: I believe in the power of travel to transform our lives. As a child, I was so enamored with the Wizard of Oz that I was unable to sleep the night before it aired on television (which was always on a Friday at 7pm). I’m unsure if watching it ignited the desire to travel in me, or if it merely spoke to a desire that was already developing within, but for as long as I can remember, I wanted nothing ... more
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John, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: The Marathon candy bar, manufactured by Mars Incorporated and first sold in the United States in August 1973, consisted of eight inches of braided chocolate and caramel. I remember television commercials for the candy that featured good guy Marathon John who would regularly confront villain Quick Carl – who could do anything fast. Quick Carl was consistently foiled as Marathon John challenged him... more
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Rebecca, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin: I believe that working while in college opens a whole new world of opportunities to college students and can help the university and community. I have experienced firsthand the benefits of working during the school year. I currently work on campus in the Chancellor’s office, and off campus cleaning a building for my Father’s janitorial services company. On top of the added money, I have learned... more
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Garrett, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: I believe studying philosophy leads to the ultimate human happiness. Humans are constantly searching for certainty in the world and more specifically in their lives because it is comforting to a have a routine and being able to rely on certain truths such as the sun will rise tomorrow. If we have a world of certainty we can find our niche while feeling safe and secure ``knowing`` how we are suppos... more
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Christine, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin: A close friend of mine died unexpectedly this year and there were so many things left unsaid. Although we had a great relationship and I am confident she knew how much I cared about her, I wish I would have told her all the sappy things I felt about her and thought about saying but didn’t. I think she would have been surprised and flattered by the sappy stuff. Things like how wise I thought she wa... more
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Paul, Appleton, Wisconsin: My drive to work is peppered with routine. I cruise through the same city streets every weekday morning, guided only by lights that flip from green to yellow to red and back again. Fingers fumble with radio controls, racing past any chatter in an attempt to find a suitable tune, usually from an era I never lived in. It’s a nice commute, really—no traffic jams, no white knuckling at high speeds... more
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Natalie, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: I adore the unbridled way dogs enjoy life. They live full out. They celebrate every meal, every walk and every pat on the head. They do not worry about yesterday or even what happened five minutes ago. They show their affection with zeal. They do not let little disappointments ruin an otherwise perfectly lovely day. They do not feel guilty about napping. I believe the world would be an even mor... more
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Kathy, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin: Once upon a time, I had it all figured out. I was going to win a successful job after school, one where I made enough money to spoil myself, at least as much as my neighbors did. I was going to have four happy, talented, rarely tearful children who I taxied around to their various award-caliber performances. We were going to eat healthy, give to the poor, take 2.5 vacations annually. I would st... more
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Markie Anna, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: I believe in the power of The Influence that an individual persons life has to influence other people over the course of their lifetime and beyond. In the Classic Holiday film “IT`S A WONDERFUL LIFE` Clarence the Angel says to George Bailey, ``Strange, isn`t it? Each man`s life touches so many other lives ...`when he isn`t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn`t he?`` It all has to do wit... more
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Amanda, Appleton, Wisconsin: I believe our lives are set up in a series of questions. Should I? Or shouldn’t I? This school or that school? What career? Which job? Will they like me, will they not? When’s snack time? But truthfully all of these things have one thing in common – they are questions…. Now, I’m not sure where you come from, some of you may have children, some may know children; I on the other hand, spent three... more
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Alex, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: I spent countless hours as a child and adolescent in my rural Wisconsin bedroom, playing with plastic blocks, building spaceships and designing mile-high, spired-and-domed cityscapes. Years later my parents and brother admitted they developed a concern about my monastic middle-school proclivity, trading dinner for time drawing the future on a flimsy draftsman’s desk. I still have many of the d... more
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David, Columbia, South Carolina: It always amazes me that in this paparazzi-aplenty world, there still are people who haven`t a clue about who Lady Gaga is or what auto-tune is used for. And I cannot believe that someone who claims to read the daily newspaper from cover to cover and watches the TV news hasn`t once stumbled over a strange name in the ``People`` section and wondered who that was, even in passing. (I mean, where’s... more
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Thomas, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: This We Believe ~ University of Wisconsin Oshkosh at 140 Years We believe in the power of education to transform lives while it advances societal progress. We believe in the history, tradition and living legacy of the institution now known as the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. People have always been attracted to study in Oshkosh, alongside the Fox River or in close proximity to Lakes Win... more
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