Some say that leaders are born. Others say they are made. I would tend to say that the truth lies somewhere between. Christendom alumni are leaders in their communities, in their churches, in their places of employment, and in their homes. And what is it exactly that enables our alumni to be such stand-out leaders? I would credit some of it to their good upbringing, stability of family life, and their faithful following of the Faith, but I would also give much credit to their college experience here at Christendom.
We instill in our students some of the great qualities that make a good leader, such as Integrity, Dedication, Magnanimity, Humility, Openness, Creativity, and Discipline. We give them opportunities to grow in virtue and to be accountable for their actions, simply through the daily living of their lives and their commitment to their academic, moral, spiritual, and social lives. Many people who attend college, due to a lack of caring on the part of the college, spend most of their days living lives quite contrary to virtue, and seemingly, more concerned with the 7 capital sins!
They are immersed in lives of sloth, lust, gluttony, and other such evils, and as a result, they are not capable of becoming effective leaders upon graduation, because only those who are living lives of virtue can truly be called good leaders. So, more often than not, Christendom students have a distinct advantage after graduation in this regard.
But beyond the fact that we encourage the practice of virtue on campus and promote an ordered lifestyle, we do have some programs in place to give students “hands on” experience serving as leaders and people who can make a difference.
We offer our students the opportunities to serve as Student Ambassadors for visiting students, to be Resident Assistants or members of the Student Government, and to hold positions of leadership in school clubs and organizations as well as to hold on-campus employment positions. Our students are encouraged to do volunteer work with the poor and marginalized, to go outside themselves and to think of others first through protecting the unborn, visiting the sick, feeding the poor, instructing the ignorant, and much more.
Our students can take part in internships in Washington, DC, and in our local area, and they can work as a team and provide leadership on our various varsity athletic teams. They can serve as tutors and mentors to other students, as well as help local families with their schooling or extra-curricular activity needs.
In short, our students are immersed in a rigorous academic environment, where they must meet deadlines, write research papers, dress professionally for classes, abide by a demanding code of conduct that aids in the pursuit of virtue, and be accountable for their actions. They must manage their time well, learning a sense of urgency and how to prioritize the activities in their lives.
This type of educational environment certainly produces leaders who will make their mark on history. As Dr. Carroll, our founder, always taught, “One man can make a difference” and, we are all called to be “history makers” in today’s culture. I highly encourage you to learn more about how Christendom is helping to create tomorrow’s leaders on our campus today by clicking here.