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4 characteristics

4 Characteristics of Academy Alum

Thinker:
  • is information literate and prepared for the academic challenges of advanced education. She knows how to learn and has skills for further study in all of the academic disciplines. 
  • is curious. She has been instilled with a desire to learn and to continue to seek knowledge. She has achieved the ability to be discerning, to examine all aspects of an issue and form an opinion that is based on her inquiry and analysis.
  • is open minded; a critical thinker and lifelong learner. She is conscious of her responsibility to use her gifts for the betterment of the world in which she is engaged.
  • is confident. Having met diverse challenges she recognizes her talents and limitations. She understands she must continue to grow in self-awareness and self-acceptance.
  • is creative. She dares to forge new paths in a complex world. values what is true, right and lasting. Relying on the gifts of the Holy Spirit she seeks wisdom.
Leader:
  • dedicates herself to virtue and honor within the vocation she chooses.
  • exhibits humility. Because she is confident in her own abilities and gifts, she is free to celebrate the success of others.
  • is a collaborator but she does not dismiss competition when it is appropriate. embraces her responsibility to lead by example. She shares her talents, time and gifts with others in service to the mission.
  • strives for excellence. She does not sacrifice her integrity for any reason. takes responsibility for herself and her own actions.
Nurturer:
  • nourishes her own spiritual, intellectual, physical and moral growth so that she is able to care for others and cope with adversity.
  • knows that happiness comes from within herself and is not dependent upon other people or circumstances.
  • cultivates community; she builds relationships with like-minded people to live a life of goodness and to effect positive change in the world.
  • celebrates diversity, welcoming challenges that compel her to expand her world view.
  • looks beyond herself; she is courteous, compassionate and responsive to the needs of others.
Prophet:
  • witnesses through word and deed God’s presence in the world.
  • proclaims the Resurrection; she speaks and acts with hope in a world weighed down with negativity.
  • creates a society where the rights of the disadvantaged, marginalized and defenseless are respected and promoted.
  • acts as steward of creation living in harmony with the earth and protecting it from misuse.
  • rejects the world’s values when they are in conflict with the Gospel.