This I Believe Essays from University of Louisville Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, and Friends

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Dillon, Corbin, Kentucky: I believe in the American Dream. If you look up the definition of the American Dream it states that the American Dream is a set of ideals that includes the freedom to be successful. This level of success is achieved through hard work and determination. I believe that the American Dream is different for everyone. I also believe that everyone has an American Dream. For most people, the America... more
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Parker, Louisville, Kentucky: Speaking less is powerful. Brief acquaintances of mine may describe me as being shy and timid, but this is untrue. Growing up around ``Red`` personalities, I had to adapt and learn. My father and siblings are, to say the least, strongly opinionated. Family dinners were always filled with heated conversations, debates, and challenges proving who was top dog. From a young age, I felt the silli... more
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Jane, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in being nice. It’s plain and simple but essential. Growing up, this was the one lesson that my mom said she had to teach her children. It didn’t matter if all else failed; if I was “the sweet one”, then she had done her job. While I have heard this countless times in my household, I did not realize until I analyzed my beliefs that this one simple trait is really all that matters. ... more
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Landon, Louisville, Kentucky: My story begins on a farm outside of a small town where I grew up. The building of the school I went to held grades K-12 so it was small to say the least. Living in North Iowa was easy for most people, but it was a different story when it came to me. It seemed as though most people had very closed minded thoughts and resisted change. If you didn’t have the same ideas and interests as everyone el... more
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Kirk, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe that true happiness in life comes from doing what we believe is right. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a member of the church, we believe that keeping the commandments brings true happiness in this life. Some may not agree with some of the things that we believe and may think that they hold us back from living life to its fullest. For example we belie... more
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Peter, Louisville, Kentucky: Humility is a quality that I have grown to appreciate as time passes by. Whether it be from encounters I have personally experienced, or observing the egotism of others on television/the Internet, the importance of working hard but staying humble has never been as clear to me as now. I can account this inspiration to a few people I consider to be role models in my life, namely my parents and Wayne... more
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Hannah, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe that sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact on your life. Whether it be a card in the mail from my Nana when she knows I`ve had a rough week, or a laugh session with my girlfriends, the little things in life can help me to escape my worries or problems at that point in time. I once read a quote that said, ``Enjoy the little things in life, for you`ll one day look back... more
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Donald, Louisville, Kentucky: I have thought about this essay for a few weeks trying to decide what I believe in. After much deliberation I have decided that I live a very cliché life. I believe in love. Now before you start saying “Oh we have heard this story before” or “Wow, that’s really original,” I would like you to hear why. I have lived a large portion of my life with a lot of bottled up anger. I do not know why I ha... more
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Rebekah, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in hard work. Being from a family of seven, times were often hard growing up. While circumstances could have most definitely been worse, they were in no way easy. With that being said, I feel that I need to state that my parents were in every sense of the word “amazing.” They worked hard day in and day out to ensure that my siblings and I had what we needed to survive and be happy. Of co... more
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Rakesh, Louisville, Kentucky: I don`t believe in beliefs, I only believe in having an idea. To me, beliefs are ideas that people are willing to take to the end of the earth and end of time. They`re willing to war and kill over, attack and cause pain over, and die over. And after seeing, learning, and experiencing the world, I can’t truly say I have a belief. When I was in college, a friend of mine died from testicular ca... more
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Devin, Louisville, Kentucky: What is a hashtag? The usage of the world hashtag, or the # symbol, has become very popular on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. A hashtag is metadata tag that is used to link a phrase or single word. Metadata refers to organization of data about data. When you search data with the # symbol and a word next to it without a space, you are linked to other data with the s... more
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Andrew, Louisville, Kentucky: During the days leading up to what I hope was the last time I move out of my parents’ home, I was having trouble finding ways to spend quality time with my family. With the various interests, chores, events, and career obligations that are constantly bombarding a family of six, getting everyone together and happy in a single location can be a fairly hefty challenge. Family dinners seem to be the p... more
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Nate, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe real success is different than the world’s definition of it. In our society I, as many others, was brought up to trust in certain standards. To evaluate one another in regards to this vague word called, “success.” What is success? I thought I knew at a very young age what it was. It was a combination of monetary wealth, the admiration of others, and the oh-so-important credentials at the... more
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Kenneth, Louisville, Kentucky: For as long as I can remember, I have made it a point to look for purpose in my life whether it be in the things that I have said or done, the people in my life that I’ve met, or the choices that I’ve made both big and small. I believe that by finding that purpose one can truly appreciate life at its most basic element. Too many times in this modern age, we get caught up on the small details. Th... more
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Whitney, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe that nothing worth having comes easy. Hard work does not guarantee success, but success is not possible without hard work and dedication. With everything that I do in life, I remind myself to always put my best foot forward and let fate decide the consequences of my actions. Whether it is receiving an A on an exam or receiving compliments from my boss, I have nothing to lose and everyth... more
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Aaron, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in perseverance. My journey throughout life has had many highs and lows, which all have further instilled my belief. During challenging moments in my life I often reflect on a conversation I had years ago with my parents. They told me the story of a group of workers who were preparing for a long journey. Each worker had to select an item he would carry for the entire journey, and sur... more
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Carissa, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Every day we are tried with different obstacles we must overcome to reach our goals in life, but these are only bumps in the road to success and will be only as painful as you make them. I grew up learning to make music. My mother is a violin teacher and bought me my first violin at the age of 3. When I turned 10 I decided I also w... more
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Melissa, Louisville, Kentucky: I kept my eyes glued to the clock. It was almost lunch time. Beginning ninth grade at a new school was pure, unbridled misery. I didn’t have a single friend to my name. The loneliness itself could drive a person wild. Being the new kid was the soundtrack to my life and I had my father’s career in the Navy to thank for it. Do not be mistaken, the lifestyle had its own adventures, but at the day’s e... more
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Leah, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe there is grace in not knowing what lies ahead in this life and even more grace in knowing what lies ahead after this life. Return with me if you will to a memory I have from about twenty years ago. I was six years old, and my family was visiting my grandparents as we always did during the holidays. My grandparents lived in a small little house tucked in the woods, and glistening sno... more
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Tess, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in the kindness of strangers. Let’s rewind back to the fall of my junior year of college. I was lucky enough to be spending the semester in Sevilla, Spain. I lived with a wonderful host family while attending class four days a week. I started to get the hang of the city. I learned how to navigate, where to look for good food, and what to do for a fun night out with friends. One s... more
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Jeffrey, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in gratitude: the secret to happiness and satisfaction. How can anyone be miserable and unhappy in life when they remember the things they have been given? The opposite of gratitude is entitlement. We think the world owes us something when it doesn`t. In all reality, we owe something to the world and the people around us. It is gratitude. I was serving a service mission for my church ... more
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Shelby, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in having at least one so-called “lazy Saturday” every few months. I’m talking about the type of Saturday where you fall asleep that night in the pajamas you went to bed in on Friday. The kind of lazy Saturday where you may forget to brush your teeth until after lunch time because you moved straight from bed that morning to the couch. While those types of days may not be the best for you... more
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Andrea , Jeffersonville, Indiana: I believe that Jesus Christ is the light of the world! John 8:12 says, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” During my undergraduate career at the University of Louisville, I had the privilege of working for Lowe’s Store #2542 of Clarksville, IN. I say this was a privilege because I worke... more
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Megan, Zionsville, Indiana: As written by the author John Green, “The world is not a wish granting factory”. Unfortunately, I can’t go all Pinocchio and wish upon a star and hope that wish I wish will come true. Ever since I was seven years old I have suffered from generalized anxiety disorder. Basically I worry about anything and everything, even worrying about worrying. This has made every aspect of my life more diffic... more
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Jayme, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe that a lot can be accomplished in five minutes. It may seem like a short amount of time and it may not seem realistic to accomplish many tasks in five minutes. However, through my experiences I have learned that fast-pace is a way of life. I first discovered my five minute rule when I was in undergrad at Georgetown College. As a biology major, I found myself constantly studying. This m... more
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