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What is integrity, and why should students care about it, anyway?

Key Points:

  • Integrity is being the same person everywhere you are.
  • Having integrity pays off in the long run, even if it’s not noticed when you’re younger.
  • Do not change your personality based on the audience. Don’t let others decide the kind of person you will be.
  • Be more committed to values than reputation.
  • We have to have the courage to say “no” to people who are wrong.
  • Integrity has to grow like a muscle. Grow it by taking an inventory, setting goals, and surrounding yourself with others who have integrity.

Quote This:

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. -Oprah Winfrey

See Also: Integrity, Teens, Virtue

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What does it mean to you to be the same person everywhere you are? GIve an example.
  3. Think of someone you know that doesn’t have very much integrity. Is it hard to get along with them? Why?
  4. What are some areas in your life where you could have more integrity? Set one or two “integrity goals”. 
  5. Make a list of a few friends who have integrity. Make a separate list of friends or acquaintances who lack integrity. What will you do with those lists? 
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Core Virtues for Students series.