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

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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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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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Zachary, Louisville, Kentucky: Growing up, my parents always put an emphasis on spending time with family. Luckily for my brothers and I, my grandparents only lived a short drive away. I spent countless weekends with my grandparents and learned many life lessons. Recently my grandmother has shown me something to live by. It is, to let every dessert be the best that you have ever had…this I believe. Two years ago my family re... more
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Jeremy, Louisville, Kentucky: It was the July before my junior year of high school when I broke my leg. We had a preseason scrimmage on the kind of day where there was a haze that you thought would never end. During the match I went in for a slide tackle at a weird angle and the player I connected with fell on top of my leg. As soon as we hit the ground and I felt the snap, that was it. At that point, I knew my season was o... more
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Logan, Rogers City, Michigan: I believe in Santa Claus. Now, I know as a 22-year-old dental student this may seem a bit odd, but you better believe I have good reason. As a freshman in college, I found myself in great need of self-meaning & friendship. Fortunately for me, my older sister attended the same university as I did and she dragged me to school events. It was for these reasons that I found and joined a student-based... more
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Erica, Ashland, Kentucky: I believe in my morning cup of coffee. You may find that to be a menial belief; but like this essay and my fundamental convictions, coffee does not need to be fancy. Yes, I like the occasional $4 jumpstart to my day, but my true happiness is found in run-down, grease-soaked diners and forgotten gas stations. That is how I grew up, and that is what I am used to. But that is what’s great about a cup... more
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Giovanni, Louisville, Kentucky: This I believe that with strong faith, hard work, love and humility you can achieve any goal that you can ever dream off. My upbringing had a profound impact on shaping my values and goals. I was born into a Coptic Christian family in Alexandria, Egypt, in a predominantly Muslim society. My father converted to Islam under pressure and the threat of losing his job. My mother, sister, and brother an... more
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Emily, Louisville, Kentucky: One month ago today my 18-year-old cousin passed away in a sudden car crash that left my family devastated with the first death in the immediate family. With every grandparent, aunt, uncle, and cousin outliving the youngest member of the Juhl family it was inevitable that everyone asked the question, “why Cole?” My handsome baby cousin, Cole, was about to embark on his college experience at ... more
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Jacob, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in silver linings. Every situation that life can throw at you can be taken in two ways: you can dwell on the negative or you can look for the light. In my lifetime I have learned that looking for the light in any occurrence is difficult but when you find it and embrace it, it can enlighten the soul. It’s easy for anyone to look at a troubling time someone is going through and tell them... more
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Adrienne , Mt. Vernon, Kentucky: About three years ago, around 9pm, I received a phone call from one of my best friends. She was crying hysterically, to the point where I could barely understand what she was trying to say. Through all noise and all the tears, I pieced together the words “I don’t know if she’s going to make it”. Rewind a few months, college was just starting for the three of us. By us, I mean my two best friends... more
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Sean, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in humanity and as such I believe in the power of compassion, empathy and understanding. I believe in reason and logic, while also believing in faith and spiritual relevance. I believe in kindness, consideration, understanding, sympathy and tolerance. I believe that it is in our human nature to be inquisitive and seek answers, sometimes knowing that the answers will never reveal themselv... more
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Trenton, Louisville, Kentucky: I grew up skiing. My mother and her brothers grew up skiing. Before my Mom married my Dad, she taught him to ski. Needless to say we are a ski family. I believe in the first chair-last chair phenomenon. This is a principle based on waking up to get the first chair on the chair lift, and staying the whole day to ride the last chair. Waking up at six a.m., as an eight year old, was tortuous ... more
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Peter, Louisville, Kentucky: My entire life, I have been blessed with support, love, and generosity from family and friends. Even then I still think that I am on my own. Maybe it’s my independent personality or the need to prove that I can make it on my own. However, just like anyone else I have been affected by bad experiences such as failed friendships, passing of close family members, and economic struggles. Through tho... more
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Kelsey, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe that it is good to resist change. With that said, I am not talking about minor, inconsequential changes such as changing your hairstyle, clothes, or the way you drive home from work. I am not referring to changes forced upon us, such as a job transfer, accident, or death. I am talking about the changes that deal with attributes that lie deep within one’s self, the changes that are made b... more
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Dante, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in always answering the phone. There have been many instances when I received a phone call, looked to see who it was, and did not answer simply because I was not in the mood to talk at the moment. Sometimes life can become so busy and stressful that it seems impossible to take time out of the day to listen to someone else drone on about something that you could hardly care about, but t... more
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Cameron, Louisville, Kentucky: As I sit in this chair contemplating one of the most philosophical and important questions asked to mankind, I notice my glass of water. “What do I believe?” I have never taken the time to analyze my belief system, but as I look at this glass I notice that it’s half full. If this same scenario were presented to me two years ago I would most likely say that it was half empty and probably poisoned. ... more
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Victoria, Louisville, Kentucky: Up and down, up and down, around and around, I cannot stop. I believe that my life is like the carousel, the motion of time is beyond my control, and I am simply along for the ride. As the carousel turns and the panorama of my vision changes, so my views continue to change, and each new face that I see and each new scene that comes into view represents new joys, new sorrows, and a potential for ... more
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