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

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Daisy, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe that inspiration can be found in anything if you are looking closely enough. The key is to be present in your daily life. This means being perceptive of your surroundings and an active participant in the encounters you share with fellow human beings. Even the most mundane, “unimportant” situations have the potential to build relationships and teach great lessons. With the rise of tech... more
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Stephen, Bardstown, Kentucky: I believe that there is one holy and righteous God. There are many different views of God: some see God as a scary dictator type figure, some see Him as nothing, but I see Him as a loving, caring, forgiving father. These are just a couple of the views but you get the idea. When I think of God, I think of comfort, strength, forgiveness, grace, love, and wrath. Believing in God, gives me hope... more
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Rachel, Louisville, Kentucky: This thing we call “life” has always been a concept that has baffled me. Often times it seems that the deeper you dig yourself into this world, the further away you isolate yourself from the things that really matter such as happiness. Through becoming more enveloped in the man-made aspects of this world we develop an immunity to the simple things in life which ultimately push us further and furth... more
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Jake, Louisville, Kentucky: Until the day I moved out, unless I had practice or some other obligation, my family and I ate dinner at the dinner table…every night. The food was always delicious, but then came the dishes. I hate cleaning dirty dishes. It was up to my sister and me to team up and get them done. We used to gripe and groan, beg and try to strike deals to get out of doing them. Every time our dad would just s... more
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Jasmyn, Louisville, Kentucky: Jealousy never hurts. Let’s differentiate this, envy does, but once again jealousy doesn`t. Envy is that feeling of bitterness and hostility aroused by the desire for another’s possessions or qualities. Knowing that you don’t have something someone else does, or knowing you’re not in a position someone else is, it’s okay to be and okay to get jealous. Having a little bad to the bone jealousy can g... more
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Hannah, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe that no matter how big or small an action is that it can truly make a difference. Maybe it is a friendly smile, a hand wave, a “how are you doing”, or maybe even paying for someone’s food that is behind you in line, no matter what the action is, it may make all the difference to that one person. One day I was downtown with my mother and friend when we had just gotten finished with a wa... more
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John, Louisville, Kentucky: I worked at Autozone for two years helping customers find parts for their cars and doing some light mechanic work. Most of the time people expressed gratitude for my services, but it was tiring work. One time on a Sunday I was feeling grouchy because I had to work, but I was doing my job without complaint, though my mood was noticeable to my customers. A gentleman came up to my station and told... more
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Travis, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in America, as a country and as a society. Even with the doubts and the criticism from internal and external sources, America has stood strong through disaster, war, corruption, and financial difficulties. We the people, make up this great and free country of ours, the United States of America. Even the name of our country shows how much diversity and trial that this nation and its citiz... more
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Emily, Ashland, Kentucky: I believe in keeping every card. The holiday cards, the birthday cards, and even the cards that carry the smallest ``thank you`` or ``congratulations.`` I`m a December baby, so that means all of the cards and presents arrive in my mailbox around Christmastime. However, I always looked for the money that came inside each card and completely ignored the small message of love from an aunt or an uncle... more
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Quincy, Louisville, Kentucky: I’m a new dad relatively; my first daughter is going to be 17 months old soon. With that said, I wouldn’t be sharing anything new by saying that having a child changed my life, or that raising a child as a young person, going to college simultaneously, is something of a challenge. I am incredibly fortunate to have a wife, fully educated – she worked damn hard at it – and employed, who loves me ... more
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Ellen, Louisville, Kentucky: I received the best gift I have ever gotten last Christmas. It wasn`t the newest gadget of the year or the year`s most trendy clothing. My boyfriend got me the smallest little puppy I had ever held. She quivered in the Christmas breeze; her coat was so thin and wispy. Her head sunk into her tiny body as if it were the biggest chore in the world to hold up. Riding home with her tucked inside my coa... more
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Collin, Louisville, Kentucky: Everybody has one belief in their lifestyle, which is so strong, it becomes a rule. For some it may be little things such as, “you can’t judge a book by its cover “or “Treat elders with respect”, however the belief that is a very strong part in my daily life is, “Putting yourself in ‘their’ shoes”. In my short life in the working world, about 4 years, I have seen plenty of people who break this r... more
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Lauren, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in equal rights for all of humanity. I believe that people should treat each other as human beings no matter the difference in size, shape, color, or age. I also believe that we should learn to stand up for equal rights just as Barbara Rose Johns did as a young teenager. The war for equality for all has always been there. It was in 1951 that Barbara stood up for her rights, she t... more
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Valentina, Louisville, Kentucky: It was my junior year of high school when I heard the upsetting news about a close family friend. He had been showing obvious symptoms since November of 2011 but his doctors were diagnosing him with the wrong illnesses. He had smoked a couple packs of cigarettes a day for numerous years but quit smoking for almost two years before he heard the tragic news in January of 2012. As you could assume, h... more
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John, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in never giving up. I believe that people are presented with challenging situations everyday and these serve as a rubric to judge how great their desire is to succeed or overcome. Until the last few years of my life I have never experienced any insurmountable obstacles, nor have I been challenged. Trying to get gain acceptance into graduate school I was faced with rejection year after ye... more
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Taylor, Alpharetta, Georgia: This past week, a very close family friend of mine passed away tragically to cancer. He battled it for almost two years, when doctors originally only gave him six months to live max. During the two years he fought and battled, there was one thing I noticed he did with all of his free time when he wasn`t working, at chemotherapy, or at radiation. That one thing was he served his fellow man. An ... more
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Kimberly, Louisville, Kentucky: During grade school, my friends would gush about all clothes, toys, and school supplies their parents got them. I would be excited for them, and changed the subject whenever they asked me what my parents got for me. I was lucky if my parents bought me a pair of new shoes every other year, or a pair of jeans a year. Whenever parent-teacher conference day rolled around, my classmates would either co... more
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Chancy, New Albany, Indiana: Recently I have graduated from high school and as everyone remembers on your last day of class with some teachers they like to give you a small lecture or speech about the values of life or the do’s and don’ts of college. Now honestly I am the type of person who usually tunes them out like the rest of the people in the class, only halfway listening out of respect. Except for one class the teacher ... more
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Bryce, Louisville, Kentucky: I believe in the power of hard work. I believe that the simplest and shortest pathways in life don’t always lead to success, happiness or greener pastures. Often I reflect on life’s paths and the impression holds firm that opportunities lie before us; our true path has more to do with choosing to begin and less upon direction. Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that I ascribe to predestinat... more
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Connor, Louisville, Kentucky: THIS I BELIEVE that Isaac Newton’s law of physics that states “every action has an equal and opposite reaction” is flawed. Newton mistakenly confined this concept to material things, things only fathomable because we can see them, and forgot about the law of life. He missed the fact that all of life, even abstract things such as emotion or life and death follow this law of physics. Cancer results... more
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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 someone’s 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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