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WPSU’s This I Believe

Tell us the personal philosophy and core values that guide your daily life and hear stories from others.

This I Believe is based on the 1950s radio program of the same name and the media project (launched in 2005) from This I Believe, Inc. and Atlantic Public Media. WPSU invites you, as a central Pennsylvania resident, whatever your background, to speak out.
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I Believe in Gratitude
Johanna Wagner
State College

In the summer of 2012, I had a lot for which to be grateful. My husband and I were expecting our first child in early September. As an anxious mother-to-be I spent those early summer months devouring books, movies, articles and just about anything I could find about babies and those first crucial weeks. I was…

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I Believe in Cars
Mitch Hoffman
State College, PA

“Mitch, why are you such a knucklehead?” my dad says as he follows me out of our house and into the front yard. “Only a complete idiot would do something this stupid. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in that head of yours…” SLAM! My dad’s voice is suddenly cut off by the reassuring thunk of…

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I Believe in Audiobooks
Vicka Pevzner
State College

It’s 6 am. I peel myself off the bed. I drag myself to the shower. I get dressed. I grab my lunch, my coffee mug, my gym bag. I get into the car. For the next 15 minutes as I drive to work; suddenly it’s not a Monday morning any longer. And it’s not freezing January…

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I Believe in Flying
Amelia Browning
State College

The butterflies in my stomach as the wheels leave the ground, the soothing hum of the engine, and the rush of flying through a cloud—these are my favorite sensations. For every year of my life, I have a picture of me with a plane: from sitting on my father’s lap in the cockpit as a baby…

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I Believe Cancer Cures
Ellie Eastman
State College, PA

Cancer. For most, hearing this word sends a shiver down their spine. For some, it brings to mind a loved one who has passed away because of the horrific disease. Cancer. But when I hear this word, I think of a family brought together with a stronger bond of love than they would have ever otherwise…

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I Believe Big Things Have Small Beginnings
Andrew Slysh
Chalfont, PA

I was born weighing 2 pounds and 4 ounces. I was small, even for a newborn in a big world. While in the womb, the doctor gave my brother and me a low chance of survival because the umbilical cord was struggling to support us both. Despite this, we were born with no severe handicaps. By…

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I Believe in a Moratorium on Youth Contact Football
Lara Dolphin
Hollidaysburg, PA

Our ten-year-old son has a variety of hobbies including cello, chess and swimming. But his favorite subject is the NFL. He’s learned professional football is a universal language among the males in his life. Whether discussing Red Grange or Tom Brady, his eyes light up. “What if Eli Manning had stayed with the Chargers? What if…

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I Believe in Hogwarts
April Taylor
Tyrone, PA

When I was ten, reading was the last thing I would do for fun. I always finished assigned readings for class, but I never enjoyed them. I had to motivate myself to read. I would choose a book, read for fifteen minutes, and then reward myself with a snack or television show. Reading was the thing…

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