This I Believe Essays from Ripon College Students, Staff, and Faculty

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Kaylie, Ripon, Wisconsin: I believe nature, and the God responsible for this beautiful place called the world, connects us all. I believe God placed every single creature here to help create a mystifying circle of life. We, plants and animals alike, all connect and unite but rarely realize the wonderfulness that is this great family called life. My school overflows with nature. Squirrels frequently visit, and one curi... more
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Dulce, Ripon, Wisconsin: I believe in opportunities, in dreams, and in miracles. But most of all, I believe in the power of words. There is something about words that makes them so special: the feelings they evoke. The butterflies you feel when you hear those three words, those 8 letters, that right there is the power of words. When said in the right moment, at the right time, words have immeasurable worth. ... more
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Honey, Ripon, Wisconsin: I believe that love is a verb. It is something that you can monitor yourself to do it. Loving somebody; loving the moment, loving what you do and loving the situation are all actions. It is a practice; a habit; a belief and a determination. There can be times when you feel like you want to drop everything and walk away because you can’t love what you are doing. When that time comes, you just have ... more
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Rebecca, Ripon, Wisconsin: I believe in wearing Tie-dye. I believe in living each day with life and color, feeling comfortable enough to stand out, and comfortable enough to take on new challenges. Personally, I have a whole collection of Tye-dye shirts. I have one in Pink tones, one in a hot swirl, one in superman ice cream colors, one in a V pattern. I have tie-dyed shorts and towels and socks. Tie-dye is a creative ... more
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Katie, Ripon, Wisconsin: A student is different than a child...you do not have to be a child to learn. As a future teacher, I am an advocate for equal opportunities in education. We as a global community must consider that students come in all colors of the crayon box. One does not have to like all the colors but should understand to respect each one’s place and value to the box. Let us not overanalyze our mistake... more
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Alexandra, Ripon, Wisconsin: I admire the courage I see in my dad. He taught me how to believe in the power of courage just by being himself. I believe courage comes in many different shapes and forms. I have seen that sometimes it may take courage to simply wake up and start the day fresh. It takes courage to stand up strong and carry on. Who is going to be the first to smile or extend a hand? I can hear his voice telling me... more
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Vance, Ripon, Wisconsin: After a four-year relationship, mostly long distance, with the first girl who responded to my interests, I married her—despite some signs, seen more clearly in retrospect, that this was not a great idea. A decade or so later, I proposed giving up a tenured position here to follow a woman artist to the West Coast. Friends persuaded me to take a leave of absence instead, which I’m glad I did, beca... more
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Fred, Ripon, Wisconsin: The words used of shame and sorrow hurt not only the individual spoken to, but the world also as a whole. Sitting down thinking about the pain and suffering I have caused in people’s lives helps to demonstrate the importance of love in the world. I have experienced a level of discomfort from pretty much everyone I have come in contact with and they have experienced similar levels of discomfort fro... more
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Kristine, Ripon, Wisconsin: I have a daily reminder of how wonderfully exciting development can be as I watch my daughter grow. I am constantly amazed at her and all that she has learned thus far in her life. It is hard to believe that about a year ago I returned to work with a 7-week-old newborn at home and now I have a very active toddler who is constantly exploring the world around her and soaking in all that she can lear... more
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Cody, Ripon, Wisconsin: The late, great golfer Payne Stewart had a silky swing and beautiful rhythm, and won three majors before a 1999 plane crash claimed his life. Many people know these things about him, but what far more people associate with Payne Stewart was his distinctive attire: knickers and an ivy cap. Other than a few fossils on the senior tour, no one had donned a pair of plus-fours since the days of Bobby Jo... more
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Elizabeth, Ripon, Wisconsin: It is the power of thought that compels people into action—the impulse of inspiration that initiates anything. The very process of thinking is not limited to the conscious act of mulling something over in your mind either. Without awareness we can flip through emotions, anxieties, joys, and plans without needing to pull these thoughts to the surface; they can remain the lower portion of the iceb... more
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