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.
Katherine Bowman is one high school student with much more on her mind than impressing people with her well made-up face. She believes that hiding your true self can do more harm than good.
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Some say the secret to being a good friend is to be a good listener. But beyond friendship, being a good listener is essential in other relationships, both personal and professional. In honor of Listening Awareness Month, listen carefully to what these essayists have to say about being a good listener.
Since 2007, public radio station WUIS in Springfield, Illinois, has been asking high school seniors to share stories of their core beliefs. This year marks the eighth class of seniors who have had their This I Believe essays broadcast on WUIS, and the local newspaper also prints selected pieces. In addition, the Rotary Club of Springfield, Sunrise, has partnered with WUIS each year and provides a $100 scholarship to selected authors. Visit the WUIS website to learn the beliefs of these outstanding seniors.
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