This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
Madeleine Urbaszewski wasn't born in New Orleans, but she has called it home since moving there in the fourth grade. Because she has experienced warmth and friendliness from the people there, including perfect strangers, Ms. Urbaszewski has come to believe in treating everyone like family.
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At Home In New Orleans
The music, the neighborhoods, the food, and the people make New Orleans a one-of-a-kind American city. Whether you’ve lived there your whole life or only visited once, you know why people feel at home there. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by their home in New Orleans.
All new first-year students at the University of New Orleans received a free copy of This I Believe before arriving on campus last fall. The book has been a focal point in their English classes, as well as UNIV, a one-credit course designed to introduce first-year students to college life. Many students and faculty have written their own "This I Believe" essays, and several shared them at a public gathering on campus. "When you tap into the essential, into that heart structure, you can reach higher," said UNO writing instructor Ali Arnold. Visit their website to learn more.
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