A high school freshman's credo

I believe in life on other planets, and in fixing the broken, and in saving the dead inside, and that there’s undying hate as there is undying love.

I believe my father is a bad promise keeper, and that one smile can hide a thousand tears, and that one of my poems or stories will make history in American literature.

I believe that society accepts the good looking but rejects the good hearted, and that a friend accepts you with all your imperfections, and that a pretty face means nothing unless you’re beautiful inside.

I believe I’ll graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago.

I believe “swag” and “YOLO” are stupid words, and that PS3 is better than Xbox 360, and that the lack of money creates evil and fights.  I also believe in Abraham Lincoln on the five-dollar bill.

I believe war is useless.

I believe in all forms of love and in gay marriage, and that vanilla ice cream is better than chocolate, and in the stupid horror stories my grandmother tells me.  I believe “Hallelujah” is one of the best songs ever and P!nk deserves a  star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and that my friend can recover from the torture she was put through.  I believe in that one special girl, and that crying helps us feel better, and that Facebook is getting boring.

But most of all, I believe in the magic that lives within everyone.


Written by freshman Victor Salgado in a social science class taught by Lisa Ehrlich.

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