This I Believe en 26 Letters <p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Amelia Paries 19153 at 26 Letters The Most Powerful Element <p>During my freshman year of high school, my circle of friends was fairly limited. &nbsp;I had three friends who I associated with daily, and I was perfectly content with this. &nbsp;In place of expanding my social standing and friend group, I spent a good number of my days walking home after school and doing nothing besides laying in my room listening to music. &nbsp;This might sound lonely to some, but I was happy doing it, so I felt no need to change. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Kelsey Hubble 19152 at The Most Powerful Element I Believe in Snow Cones <p>I used to live right on the busiest street in the world. Maybe, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but it seemed pretty busy to me. Cars zoomed up and down the street, traveling around the world, and I wasn’t allowed to go past my block on my own, which now seems to be very logical, but at the time it seemed like the most ridiculous rule. On hot summer weeks when I was cooped up to my huge lawn and vast house, my sole escape was Snow Cone Tuesday.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Alex Brosseau 19151 at I Believe in Snow Cones The Sneetches <p>I believe that Sneetches are Sneetches. This probably sounds ridiculous to most people, but it is a belief that has greatly affected my outlook on life. In the children’s story “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss there is a very important lesson about people and their differences. In this story, there are Sneetches that live on the beach (or the beaches, as Dr. Seuss would say).&nbsp; Some of these Sneetches were born with big stars on their bellies while others hadn’t anything on theirs. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Gabrielle Gardner 19148 at The Sneetches Great Sacrifices Give Great Rewards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It is July 31st. I am standing in an airport far away from here. I turn around for the last time and see my parents and three sisters waving goodbye with tears running down their faces. I have not cried a single tear today. I think the tears are all gone. I cried enough yesterday. I am way too excited to cry anyway. Today it is finally going to happen. I have been waiting for this moment for almost two years. I believe that this year is going to be worth it.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Pauline Kersjes 19147 at Great Sacrifices Give Great Rewards I Believe in Dirt <p>I believe in Saturday mornings with my mother. Waking up in the morning, the sun just barely peeking in through my curtains. Struggling into last night’s jeans, eyes still glued shut with sleep. Bad TV dramas while both of us avoid our homework in the winter, but in the summer we skip breakfast and take bumpy car rides. We walk hand in hand past a pockmarked brick road and a green bar door, down and over one block from a parking meter left unpaid. A skip over the train tracks and we are at the Farmers’ Market. A right turn for home-made bread rolls and our favorite salad guys. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Abagail Perrero 19144 at I Believe in Dirt Gay Forever, Hell For Never <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You’re going to hell. Yes, you, the young male wearing the loud shirt, scarf, and skinny jeans. Yes, you, the student tutor with a 3.8 GPA, who aspires to have a family, who has goals for your life and a career in mind and who was baptized in a Southern Baptist </span>church;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> none of that matters when the TRUTH is that you aren’t natural and neither are your actions.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Gabe Knott 19143 at Gay Forever, Hell For Never Independence Creates Happiness <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In middle school I asked&nbsp; myself a lot of questions. Why do I have multiple teachers? Why is my body changing so much? Why do I feel attraction to all these boys? One thing I thought I knew was love; I loved my family so I completely understood what love was and what it took to love someone for life, right? In eighth grade I started “dating” Joe. It was the stereotypical boyfriend/girlfriend, middle school relationship. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Stephanie Dunn 19141 at Independence Creates Happiness The Real Me <p>I don’t choose to wear makeup. Some people may look at me with disdain, and others wonder why I opt out of such a common practice. I see girls around me with perfect faces, unable to tell that they are covered with the cloudy foundation, and with their eyes painted just right so that I find it easy to look and hard to look away. But I myself find no yearning to be “beautiful,” or to look “flawless” simply so that others may be more visually attracted to me. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Katherine Bowman 19140 at The Real Me A Squirrely Story <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was a beautiful summer day.&nbsp; The sun was shining, there was a light breeze, and I was flying down </span>Glenarm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Road at speeds upward of 20 MPH.&nbsp; The grass was high that day, providing an attractive view, and I was enjoying the ride with the rest of my cycling group who rode just a few paces ahead.</span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Mason Lott 19134 at A Squirrely Story Wetsuits <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; text-align: -webkit-center;">“Wetsuits</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; text-align: -webkit-center;">&nbsp;are the best clothes for picking up chicks!” asserted Ben, the awkward, lanky dive master. After some skeptical scoffs from the assembled scuba divers before him, he proceeded to explain: If you have a body worth showing off, leave the wetsuit unzipped. If not, get a sufficiently thick suit that covers things up nicely, zip it up, and you’ll be looking like a superhero.</span></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Jacob Roth 15306 at Wetsuits Speak Up for What You Believe In <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My mom, as a dermatologist, has taught me sun safety since I was small. I was that kid who smelled like sunscreen during elementary school recess and wore </span>rashguard<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shirts to the pool. Although I didn’t always appreciate what she was doing to protect me, I knew she was right. It knew it would be worth it later in life when my skin was still beautiful and wrinkle-free. I believed wholeheartedly that protecting yourself from the dangers of overexposure to ultraviolet light was a worthwhile lifetime habit. My beliefs were put to the test last summer, when I made the decision to testify in front of the Springfield City Council.</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Natalie Knox 15272 at Speak Up for What You Believe In