Character: Identifying and Optimizing your Personality Traits

Main Ideas

  1. The College Application Process

  2. Leadership Styles

  3. Engineering: How We Make Things Work

  4. The Art of Conversation

  5. Moral Reasoning

  6. Secret of Greatness

  7. Social Intelligence: Effective Communication Skills

  8. Home & Hospitality Management

  9. Marketing and Advertising

Past Sessions



The 8th grade Module was off to a great start! Isabel Velarde, a sophomore studying Philosophy and Mathematics at Fordham University and an Avenue Alum, presented “10 Tips for High School” about study, organization, an their own mission statement and learned about team-building through a TED Talk-inspired exercise: the marshmallow challenge.


Isabel Velarde

Undergraduate Student

Fordham University



We discussed our expectations for the Avenue year and went through the contents in the Avenue binder. Then, we delved into this month's topic: what is character and how to build it, headed by Unit I Leaders, Izzy Legaspi and Marita Montes. During the breakout session, we filled out a "Who-am-I" questionnaire to get to know our own characters.


Isabella Legaspi

Teacher, Geneva School



Reading and Study Skills by Natalie Saenz, a Princeton University graduate and Columbia University graduate student in Chemistry with research experience. 

Marita Montes

Non-profit Consultant

Murray Hill Institute