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

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McKinley, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in letting go. I believe in not holding onto anything too tightly. You see, I grew up in a tightly knit and deeply religious family. My momma held on to each one of us six children as if we were material possessions. The kind of possessions that you can tuck safely into a sweater chest, only to be let out and paraded around proudly, on occasion. We had expectations to live up to.... more
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Amanda, Louisville, Kentucky: My biggest belief is that every day is a gift, and you need to make each day count. In April of 2014, I lost my younger sister in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. I thought I had known true loss, but the truth was I hadn`t even touched the surface. Her personality added something magical to this world. This personality was the one who made mud pies with me in the back yard, who helped m... more
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James, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in second chances. When you’re a kid second chances are a dime a dozen, it seems no matter how many times you make a mistake there’s always someone ready to forgive and forget. This seems to fade as we age and enter into adulthood; people are less forgiving and forgetful as time goes on in life. Second chances can also be more than just an “I’m sorry or I forgive you,” sometimes it’s a ... more
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Dace, Defiance, Ohio: Every second that goes by is one second closer to our imminent death. There are 86,400 seconds in a day, as I type this essay I’m losing precious seconds of my life. These seconds could include time spent with my loved ones or time spent on bettering myself as the human being I am. Regardless, time is not on our side. A sense of urgency is essential to living a purposeful life. I grew up in a br... more
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Miranda, New Albany, Indiana: Growing up, I was taught many life lessons from my parents, my peers, and my coaches. Each of these lessons I believe to be valuable, and have shaped who I am today. But out of everything I have learned, I believe hard work to be the most important. Hard work is not just about the effort you put into something, I believe it to be how you accomplish your goals, how you conduct yourself, and ultimat... more
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Elizabeth, Troy, New York: I believe in myself and the promises I make. I also believe in giving and considering others more than myself, but to be a productive “giver” in society, we have to think of ourselves as well as others. There is a common misconception that being “self-less” means thinking “less of ourselves”. I don’t know if this is an inevitable consequence of our biological consciousness or a by-product of our s... more
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Ebony, Louisville, Kentucky: Almost my whole entire life my primary focus has always been to make others happy by helping to solve problems in their lives. I have always had compassion for helping others in need whether it be tangible (by giving things) or intangible (by giving advice, motivation, or listening). I can remember being a small child around 7 years old, sharing snacks with all of the children on the block that I ... more
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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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