This I Believe Essays from Northern Illinois University Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Patrick, Orland Park, Illinois: I believe in Tradesmen, male or female, black or white, short or tall. The past two summers, I have worked under the leadership of my father. He is a second generation plumber, a boy that grew up watching his own father make a living with a couple of wrenches and countless cast iron pipes. My father aspired to grow up doing exactly that. While working well over 40 hours a week, for more than ... more
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Amber, Joliet, Illinois: I believe in the power of love and forgiveness. My belief in these things became stronger and more vivid because of one person, my grandmother Queen. A little over two years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It crushed the majority of my family, but not me. The pain that everyone else felt from hearing the news is one that I did not feel. At no point in my life had she and I ever been clos... more
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La`Joi, Chicago, Illinois: I believe I should love myself. Growing up I never felt pretty enough. It started in the fourth grade when a classmate decided to humiliate me in front of the class by telling me I was “black.” I was confused because when I looked in mirror I didn`t see what my classmate saw; I saw a girl who had dark skin, but it wasn`t black. The laughter of the class made me feel helpless, and after that day I ... more
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Diontrae, Springfield, Illinois: I believe in Imagination. What you can imagine, you can create. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to, which has always been my motto while I have been growing up. It comes from knowing what first sparked that one reoccurring dream that keeps happening over and over. Imagination makes you feel surreal; imagining that the dream is in the palm of your hands, so close that you can grab it.... more
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Darius, Lynwood, Illinois: I believe in desire to travel. I remember twirling a globe with my fingers gently touching the equator for the first time. I studied maps for days of all the places I promised myself I would see one day. Living within a microscopic town for seventeen years has not been by any means a nightmare instead it has driven me to want to move elsewhere. Although I love home, I have a strong impulse to get... more
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Marina , Elburn, Illinois: After a long day I just fell like not doing anything except for cartoons. Just watching Tintin or Batman for a few always makes my day. I believe in being a child at heart, even if you’re physically not. But I think to myself, why should that stop me from enjoy reading comic books, watching Disney films and eat candy. That I can still keep a very professional image and do the things I love. I alwa... more
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Lauren, Antioch, Illinois: I believe in helping others. Whether it is something big or small, I think that one simple act of kindness can make a huge impact. When I was nine years old, my family and I were in a bad car accident. It happened late at night, and we were caught in the middle of a busy highway. While waiting for the paramedics and firemen to arrive, a semi-truck pulled alongside our car to protect us from onc... more
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Brianne, Mt. Morris, Illinois: I believe in being the person I want to meet someday. The old adage that tells us to be the change we want to be in the world holds very true to my own beliefs. The campus is crawling with messages exclaiming that we should never change who we are because we are already beautiful. While this sentiment is sweet, and will bring a smile to my face on my worst days, I cannot help but feel a dissonan... more
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Kristin, DeKalb, Illinois: I believe in something I can’t even finitely define Perfectly flawed by design Beautiful with its bent edges Shapeless as it shapes Confusing as it clarifies Controversial as it redefines Delicate as it flexes Stuck in the past as it evolves A guiding light in the night time darkness For as long as the fire remains a passionate mess As long as it’s messy, it can be fixed It’s like a box... more
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Tiffany, Dekalb, Illinois: I believe in junk. When I close my eyes, I picture an aged, red barn filled with items from the past. You can smell the dust and almost taste the rust as if your own tongue was made of metal. I believe that junk is more than an accumulation of neglected items: junk is a novel filled with multiple stories from different perspectives. When I was younger, the concept of “junk” seemed to be split, y... more
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Kylee, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania: I believe in messes. I believe that abrupt, repetitive sentences that start with the same phrase are very dramatic and effective. I believe in not having central themes or deadlines. I believe in writing simply to write. I believe that the most honest, most pure writing comes in the middle of the night, when all of your dreams are fresh in your head. I believe that the dreams you have in the middl... more
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Maria, DeKalb, Illinois: I believe in serendipity. When I was beginning my junior year in high school, I realized I had to take the International Baccalaureate (IB) program because my school decided to make it mandatory. This program is supposed to offer a high quality international education, available to a worldwide community of schools. I’ve always been a critic about programs like the IB; they just make students work ... more
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James, DeKalb, Illinois: I believe that lying is not a way of digging oneself out of a hole, but a way of digging in deeper. I face the temptation of lying daily for myriad of reasons. When the trial comes, I try to fight it through. But sheer will can come up short. Sometimes, whether I like it or not, I end up taking option B. And every time I go down that road, I find myself stuck in a much deeper pit. I figured this o... more
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Tim, Oswego, Illinois: I believed that I was a straight man. A heterosexual. I should say that I wanted to believe it. When I was young, I wanted to get married and have children. Then I hit puberty when everything began to change. Okay, the story so far is not exactly true; I knew that I was different from an early age. I can remember when I was about six years old when this man who lived at the dead end that h... more
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Jeff, Lombard, Illinois: I believe in setting and achieving goals. Goals guide you to future success in the same way that a GPS guides you to a destination. Setting a goal is like planning a road trip: you determine the stops and decide when you must ask for directions. Goals give you motivation in times of distress, providing you with comforting thoughts of a much brighter future weeks, months, and even years down the... more
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Jonathan, Dekalb, Illinois: Throughout my three years at Northern Illinois University, I have made it my goal to gain as much knowledge of my peers and fellow students as possible . What I have found has been nothing short of amazing . In this short essay, my goal is to allow you the opportunity to gain access into my life as a student of Northern. The start of my college career came when my parents dropped me off at th... more
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Chelsea, DeKalb, Illinois: I believe in not taking life for granted. Cancer killed my grandpa. His funeral was two days ago and after the ceremonies I realized what a happy man he truly was, and for good reason. He was married to my grandma for forty-eight years and had four incredible daughters. At Grandpa’s funeral service, the priest repeatedly said, “Harold always had a smile on his face, ask anyone.” I looked around ... more
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Anna, Dekalb, Illinois: My favorite animal would have to be a penguin. Why? It is because they are unique. There is no other animal on this planet like them and that is what I love about them. My fascination with this animal has caused me to think about myself and be true to myself. This may seem odd but, it has helped me develop into who I am today. They are cute, they waddle, and they are constantly dressed to the n... more
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Leo, Naperville, Illinois: I believe in following your feelings. When I was younger my mother would tell me things like, “You can do whatever you want in life.” This would prove to be difficult, because I needed to hear something a little more concrete. With all the choices I could make, it was overwhelming to me. I felt that if I did not have an idea of who I was or what I should do, that feeling was a sign that I was not ... more
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Brandon, Tinley Park, Illinois: I believe in nurturing creativity. Growing up, I was the child of a single mother. My mother and I lived in my Grandparent’s house with my two uncles and my aunt. The house was a normal two story, three bedroom house. Now being the child of a single mother, money was tight. Not many things could be provided to me, especially new toys. While toys were scarce in my household, one thing was always t... more
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Jasmine, Chicago, Illinois: I believe in many forms of a cycle. For instance, the bitter sweetness of repeated accounts of falling in love after failed results. The trees and soil that produce the vegetation we eat to survive. The exhausting process of a mother birthing her child, these are a few of the cycles that make up civilization. Without a reoccurring series of ups and downs, there would be an extinction of everything... more
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Matt, Elgin, Illinois: I believe in making lemonade. “Nothing will change,” Dad said. “I’ll still be around.” He hadn’t been around much for the past few years. I swallowed hard, ignoring the wound carved into my heart that summer of my 14th year. “You’re on your own. You’re not worth sticking around for.” For over a year, the toxicity of what I buried that day quietly boiled and blistered under my skin. With 3 ki... more
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Sierra, Chicago, Illinois: When growing up I jumped fences, played football in the street, and double-dutch on the curb. I was considered a tom-boy because of all the sports that I participated in, but I didn’t care. I loved being athletic. Being an athlete was the most important thing, next to my academics. By the time I graduated from elementary school, I was awarded Most Valuable Player in every sport a female could play... more
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Rachel, Bolingbrook, Illinois: I believe that everyone needs a happy place, a place where they can escape from the world with all its harsh realities. There are sometimes where visiting my happy place is the only thing that keeps me sane. Now some people think that a happy place is this comical place that you can get to if you just say “find a happy place” over and over again. A happy place takes time to build. It is a place wh... more
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Lauren , Cropsey, Illinois: I believe in individuality. Individuality distinguishes humans from each other, but also helps us relate to people who have similar views as us. It took most of my teenage years to develop my own sense of style without worrying about what other people thought of my clothes. I wore the same type of clothes as the people around me instead of what I preferred to wear, and hid in this shell for severa... more
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