Personal Development

How Do You Develop Character and Integrity?

The core values of our university are “Integrity. Civility. Responsibility.” Accordingly, “Building Character. Building Careers” is the university’s proud vision.  Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. While character is the quality of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity. Displaying these traits is crucial when interviewing for a job,  volunteering for a leadership role, or when simply trying to make a new friend.

But developing character and integrity is not a simple thing to do. Not only can character and intergrity mean many different things to different people, but it is also difficult to assess and evaluate. How do we determine that someone is of good character and displays integrity?

Please share with us your thoughts on these three questions:

1. How do you feel that you display character and integrity?

2. What are some specific examples from your classes and extracurricular activities that helped to develop your personal character and integrity?

3. What do you feel are some strategies that our university can implement in order to further develop character and integrity in our students?

*** All current Cal U. students that leave a comment to this post answering all three questions will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card for dinner for two at Applebees. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 5, 2011. ***


2 thoughts on “How Do You Develop Character and Integrity?

  1. I display character in that I am able to face my struggles and come out of them not only still in one piece, but stronger; whether it be school, work, or trials in life. My integrity is displayed, displayed through the fact the I refuse to lie, cheat, or steal my way through any of these struggles, nor am I willing to pull anyone else down in Order to pull myself up. In class I would rather fail then to resort to cheating, and in the past I have. I initial all my test and writing assignments which serves as my word that I did not knowingly cheat on that assignment. I do this because I sincerely believe that at the end of it all, all a man has is his word, and if that man has bad character or little integrity then his word is as good as bad dirt.

    As for what Cal U can do, just continue to hold every student to the highest standards of character and integrity. If you don’t yet have an honor code, create one. Let all the students know that at Cal their word is their merit and if that word isn’t backed by great character and integrity, then there word means nothing and therefore they have no merit.


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