“You can count on him.” “You can TRUST her.” Is there any higher compliment? That one quality,TRUST is the hardest thing in the world to EARN, and the fastest thing in the world to LOSE. Students who have earned a reputation for trustworthiness have WORKED at it. It is not an attribute that can be assigned on the basis of one test, one project, or one incident. Trust is the culmination of many experiences where the student’s shining integrity has shown through, often in very difficult situations and trials. Trust means that you feel the student is honest and will not lie, cheat or steal from you. It also means that you can count on them to do as promised and that they are reliable. Finally, trust in a person means that you feel he or she can be counted on to do something important, will not shirk from duties, and will take personal pride in what he or she does. The advantage of having trusting relationships is that we don’t have to do everything ourselves. We can hand responsibilities over to others with the assurance that they share our values and will carry through. Having earned trust, that exceptional student then has a high calling to maintain that stellar reputation; but with it comes great self-esteem.