What our students believe

The name Credo means “I believe.” As part of our application process, students are asked to write an essay entitled “What I Believe.”  Following are excerpts from these essays from Credo students:

I believe that people who have been raised without compassion have none to give, and think of everything that they do not wholly comprehend as something that must be destroyed. To resist and remedy this, then, we have to give children our whole-hearted love and affection at an early age, so that, when they are grown and the future of our planet lies in their hands, they will have the wisdom and benevolence to shape it well.

Through music and good friendships I have discovered my passion in life. It has made me a global citizen. I wish more people would not just care about the earth but really do something for it and take a stance. I believe that the only thing holding you back is yourself.

I believe that the world is never going to evolve without independent thinkers. Such thinkers, who have not yet been trained to think a particular way, are so much more open-minded and interested by ordinary things and consider all happenings a phenomenon.

I hope that people can allow themselves to be more open and less afraid and therefore make the right decisions. Humanity and civilizations have been devastated by people’s greed and fear, and yet we still develop despite the many mistakes we make. I believe that’s what it means to be human: to continue to create, gracefully, after tragedy.

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I believe that art is one of the most important things a human can do. I don’t think art has to be beautiful; I think it just has to mean something. I believe that art is a physical expression of love.

I believe that the person I am today is because of my experiences yesterday, and the days before that. The choices I make today will shape my future tomorrow, and if I try hard, my future will be as great, exciting and open as it can be.

I believe in learning from mistakes so that it is possible to laugh about them later. I think it is important to be able to lighten up when things go wrong. It’s important to try to correct whatever can be corrected, but also to not be too hard on yourself or on other people. This helps everyone learn responsibility.

I believe in friends. For me, friends are most important, especially the ones who will always be there for you, stand up for you, protect you. When you have a good group of friends, you have community.

I believe that treating all things, including Mother Nature, with love and care is the key to happiness…I need to pace myself in utilizing resources, giving the earth a chance to reproduce these gifts. Just as in my relationships with others are ones of give and take; my relationship with the earth is as well. I must remember to give back that which is beneficial to the earth. By recycling, using my bike as transportation, and working in my family’s garden, I make important effort to give back to this earth that gives me so much.

When I sing, all my anger flows out and I can just let go. Other people may scream and yell and break stuff, but I just sing.

I believe friends and family are the most important things in life—without them you have nothing.  And I believe alien life exists, because in such a vast universe there must be life out there somewhere, right?

I believe that education saves lives, that children should grow up feeling safe and that everyone deserves a second chance.

I believe capital punishment is ridiculous. First of all, if someone has, for example, committed murder, it’s not right to kill them. Then you’re just as bad as the person who killed someone, and they don’t get the chance to become a good person.

I believe that being scared or worried that something is going to happen will get you nowhere in life. You have to choose that nothing bad will happen to you and then nothing bad will. You have to choose not to be scared.

I believe in learning for life, which is why I love Waldorf education. We learn how to think in different ways. If knowledge is power and thinking gets you knowledge, then thinking in as many different ways as you can is a very powerful thing.

I believe that soon the majority of the world will realize how children’s brains truly work and all schools will become more like Waldorf schools.

I believe in freedom. Asia and Africa are the two main continents where boys and girls are forced to work and are sold as slaves. Here, in a grocery store, you can buy food that is either fair trade or not fair trade. This shouldn’t be an option. I believe one day the world will cease having child labor.

I believe that if we work together with not only the adults in the world, but the children as well, we can find a solution to anything.

I believe that the person I am today is because of my experiences yesterday, and the days before that. The choices I make today will shape my future tomorrow, and if I try hard, my future will be as great, exciting and open as it can be.

I believe that community involvement is very important and I feel a great responsibility to help my community by sharing my talents. I feel that it is important to help regardless of age, and that everyone has something they can bring to the table to make their community safe and also peaceful.

I believe that music is the answer to many problems that we face in this world. I also believe in world peace. I believe that through the many different genres of music, people could listen to what type of music they like and be in their own personal “peace.”

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One thing that I believe is that everyone should have the right to be unique. I don’t like it when kids expect you to be like everybody else. I never really knew the point of a group of people all looking or acting the same.