Bucknell University selected This I Believe as the first-year common reading for the Class of 2015. Over the summer, students read the book and began to reflect on the fundamental values that guide their lives. Then, starting with New Student Orientation and continuing through the fall semester, we explored what we believe and why, as individuals and as a community.

About This I Believe

In 1951, Edward R. Murrow hosted a daily radio program called "This I Believe," which reached 39 million listeners. Well-known Americans and everyday citizens read five-minute essays sharing their personal life philosophies. The broadcast became so popular that fifty years later, a not-for-profit organization, This I Believe, Inc., has been established to encourage learners young and old to examine their belief systems and write personal essays describing what they believe and why.

Essay Contest

We invited members of the class of 2015, and all Bucknell faculty, staff and students to submit an essay or a video telling us about their core values. The top eleven entries by members of the class of 2015 were awarded $50 gift cards to the Bucknell University Bookstore. Read there essays through the links below or view videos of the winning entries at the bottom of this page.