Six Word Strength Memoirs

As part of Whitfield’s Habits of Heart and Mind program our students recently completed the VIA Institute on Character’s “Youth Strengths Survey.” Based on twenty-four strengths (Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Bravery, Creativity, Curiosity, Fairness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Honesty, Hope, Humility, Humor, Judgment, Kindness, Leadership, Love, Love of Learning, Perseverance, Perspective, Prudence, Self-regulation, Social Intelligence, Spirituality, Teamwork, and Zest), the survey helped the students identify their own, unique strength profiles.

Keeping these self-identified strengths in mind, students wrote the following Six Word Memoirs about one of their strengths.


Artists shouldn’t have to hide art.          – Gigi F.

My life is a rollercoaster. Whee!          – Medha M.

Leadership is not bravery. It’s kindness.         – Sanjeevani P.

Humor is the mask I wear.          – Max P.

Without spiritualty what would you believe?          – Justin S.

Telling the truth when it hurts.          – Bella S.

Close friend is better than many.          – Jared S.

Hope is what keeps me motivated.          – Paige W.

I Think deep and talk light.         – Alexis W.

Being Quirky isn’t stupid. It’s fun.          – Kelly Y.