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

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Elizabeth, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe that hate stems from ignorance. I believe the best way to combat ignorance is through education. That is where my passion lies, in helping to educate the future leaders of our country, in the hopes of attaining a hate-free world. I believe America has come a long way in the past 100 years. I see my children attending elementary school with children from so many diverse ethnic backgrounds... more
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Bridgette, Alexandria, Kentucky: I believe in always being a good teammate. Throughout my life, whether it was in the classroom, on the soccer field, basketball court, track, or just around my peers, I have chosen to lead by example. To me, this is when leadership is the most effective and genuine. Actions truly do speak louder than words. Thus far my college experience has clarified the importance of being a good teammate. ... more
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Nina, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in resilience. In all my life I have had to overcome all sorts of obstacles as I am sure many others have. I know everyone in the world has their own hurdles to jump over and difficulties or issues to solve. In my life I have had to overcome living in a multicultural family in which my childhood would look very different to your average American childhood. I was very restricted on doing ... more
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Lucinda, Louisville, Kentucky: Although I believe many things, the thing I believe in the most is the power of human kindness. I believe kindness to individuals can touch the world in a way no other emotion can. I believe kindness can range from that of great magnitude to that of most simplistic. Kindness can be extending a shoulder to a friend in need or the simple kindness of holding a door open for a stranger. I will even... more
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Tabitha, Brooks, Kentucky: I believe in paying it forward. Life can be cruel and harsh but there are those moments when great deeds and unexpected gestures come out of nowhere. The random acts of kindness shown by a stranger can have a profound impact on someoneís life. I can attest to this truth and the emotion of paying it forward. My father and mother always taught me to help others and give back in any way I could.... more
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Tomasz, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in hard work. Life as an immigrant in Chicago taught me that. It was a humid Chicago afternoon, the July day must have topped near 95 degrees. I was turning 11 in just a few weeks but rather than daydreaming of potential gifts, I was admiring a boy about my age who was riding his red, shiny bicycle while eating a popsicle. I was not interested in his bike but rather was envious of hi... more
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Caitlin, Independence, Kentucky: In high school I felt like if my name was said, then people would remember me. When I die, I want to be remembered, in some way, shape, or form. I did things with guys that I shouldn`t have done to gain popularity among my peers. Obviously, this led to nothing good. April of this year, I went to a field party with some friends. The fire was burning, the drinks kept coming, and the night was young.... more
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Bri, Louisville, Kentucky: You know how they say every person has two sides to them? A Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde sort-of thing? I believe it. I`ve got two sides of my own and maybe more if I ever care to get tested. Itís always after something horribly bad or horribly great happens to you that you feel yourself changing. Take belly flops for example. I should`ve paid more attention in physics to know that gravity hates you. W... more
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Makenzie, Crestwood, Kentucky: I am the daughter of a verbally abusive father. At the age of 18, I cannot think of one moment that I felt like I was good enough for him. I have tried to make him proud, just to have my successes stomped on and I have spent years trying to hide the wounds that his words left on my heart. Countless times I have wondered what I did to deserve a father that made me feel unloved. After hearing numero... more
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Tiffany, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in ďpaying it forward.Ē One act of generosity, no matter how big or small, can make an unbelievable difference in someoneís life. As someone who has completely transformed throughout my 24 years of life, I am a firm believer in karma and giving back. I have been through more struggles than most go through in a lifetime, yet all these struggles have made me realize what life is all about.... more
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Stephanie, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in order to succeed in life you need someone to support you no matter what. I have lived for 18 long years and for the first 17 years, I believed that I could do everything on my own. Slowly I am learning that things are better that way is not true. When you are supported by your family and friends all sense of loneliness diminishes. What is success if you have donít have anyone to sha... more
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Daniel, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in keeping things in perspective. During the summer going into my senior year in high school I decided that I wanted to join my schools missionary trip to Nicaragua. After weeks of meetings and preparation we were only days away from the trip and I still didnít know what to expect, looking back now there was nothing that they said in those meeting or that I could have read online that wo... more
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Jocelle, Shelbyville, Kentucky: I love public speaking. Three years ago, I participated in 4-H public speaking for the first time. It was amazing being in front of an audience to tell them very passionately about what I loved. I wrote a speech on how to clean a cut. Iím sure people looked in the bulletin for the event and thought that the title of my speech sounded boring. But, instead, I told them how a cut was likened to a wa... more
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Katie, Springfield, Kentucky: I believe in being Kentucky Proud. Born and raised, I am a Kentucky girl through and through. Central Kentucky will always be home, no matter where life takes me. When Iím sad I want to be home. When Iím happy I want to be home. There is no grander place on Earth than My Old Kentucky Home. I believe in the generations of farmers who have sustained agriculture in this state for more than ... more
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Matthew, Prospect, Kentucky: I used to never want to truly push myself, in all aspects of the word, when it came to school. I was the kid that sat in the back and doodled in his notebook or tried to sneak glances at his phone. I wasnít a bad student by any means; I got good grades, stayed out of trouble, and played two sports through out my schooling. I didnít think that anything outside of what I see immediately in front of ... more
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Sam, Louisville, Kentucky: After birth, and once you obtain the ability to rationalize and think for yourself, everything in life is self-imposed. I believe in many things, but this belief is the hard truth that I live with. First, I will break down the meaning of the phrase Ďeverything in life is self-imposedí. In life, all of the challenges, success, and situations we faced is based on our own doing. We put oursel... more
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Nick, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky: Three miles is quick by car, but when those three miles consist of an old wooden fence on a cattle farm that requires a fresh coat of paint, itís not as short of a distance. For the final week of summer heading into my sophomore year of college, painting this fence was the bane of my existence. What at first seemed like the most boring way to spend the last week of my glorious freedom from school,... more
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Robert , Radcliff, Kentucky: I want you to imagine being a little kid again. Think about some of your fondest childhood memories. What comes to mind?... Well for me the first thing I can remember is playing the game of soccer. I can remember running down the field in my new cleats and shiny uniform; I can remember how excited I was when I scored my first goal; and I can remember each and every face of every person that ha... more
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Robert , Radcliff, Kentucky: I want you to imagine being a little kid again. Think about some of your fondest childhood memories. What comes to mind?... Well for me the first thing I can remember is playing the game of soccer. I can remember running down the field in my new cleats and shiny uniform; I can remember how excited I was when I scored my first goal; and I can remember each and every face of every person that ha... more
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Eric, Rineyville, Kentucky: I believe in the power of the Average Person to achieve great things. While, as a society, we idolize those with seemingly preternatural ability, we fail to realize the potential of those without those ďgiftsĒ. Understand that I do not believe that anyone is necessarily gifted with genetics that determine how well they can do any one task or skill, rather, it is that we all had something that ca... more
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Haley, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe it is best to treat people with respect, regardless of their job or abilities. I worked at a country club this summer, and the people there treated me like ďthe helpĒ. They treated me like a personal servant of theirs, just because I worked in the tennis office there. I understand that some people that work at the country club are there to make sure that the members relaxing are comforta... more
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Natalie, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in taking every moment in life and living it like itís your last, never taking a day for granted because it may be the last day you have on earth. Almost two years ago I lost someone very special to me to breast cancer and ever since then I have preached to many of my friends to cherish every moment. After his death, I thought everyday ``the things I would do to just hug him one more tim... more
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Jocelyn, Borden, Indiana: I believe itís important for everyone in life to have a best friend, someone who is there to support you no matter what. A person that is not quick to judge you on your actions whether they are good or bad. When you have a best friend to confide in, your life tends to be a lot easier because youíre not going through it alone-you have someone to lean on and someone to count on. Iíve gone thr... more
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Amanda, Mt. Washington, Kentucky: I believe in literature. Literature connects people and that is the most important thing in life. I was initially an English major whenever I came to the university; I then switched over to business because I was afraid of my career options. One semester into business and I am running back to my true love: English. I love English and literature because of the connections it provides people to o... more
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Gabriella, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe the world can be improved by taking on a different perspective and being considerate to those around us. One step closer to a better world is one step closer to peace. There are many things we as the people could do in the world that I believe would make the world a better and happier place to be. Taking on the perspective of others and making the most selfless decision you can is so ... more
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