Summer book helps first years recognize strengths

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This year’s summer reading assignment gave first-year students the opportunity to build on their greatest talents to succeed in college and beyond. Developed by Gallup, Strengths Quest is a life-coaching bestseller and online self-assessment that identifies a readers’ top five strengths out of 34 possible outcomes. Grounded in positive psychology, the strengths describe different personality traits, ranging from achiever and competition to learner and empathy.

Strengths Quest has a capacity to build confidence and self-awareness due to it’s individualized approach in identifying each reader’s unique set of strengths. Strengths Quest centers around a personal perspective and features thought-provoking questionnaires to aid readers in developing a stronger sense of self and perception of what they can achieve in the future.

For first-years, the material is helpful because it provides building blocks and action plans that link individual strengths to compatible career paths and areas of study. Students can come away with a common vocabulary to define their identity and with a common appreciation for other’s differences.

In regards to weaknesses, the writing style is more informative than creative and lends itself to a dull reading experience. Strengths Quest reads more like a how-to guide than a novel. Despite this, the themes of self-discovery and self-acceptance are powerful messages within the work.

sgarcia@rollins.edu

sgarcia@rollins.edu

Stephanie Garcia '16 is Webmaster of The Sandspur and majoring in Communication Studies at Rollins College. Her other publications include <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/search/results/_author/Stephanie+Garcia?q=stephanie+garcia&search__button=">Orlando Business Journal</a>, <a href="http://blogs.orlandoweekly.com/author/stephanie-garcia/">Orlando Weekly</a> and <a href="http://community-paper.com/author/stephanie-garcia/">College Park Community Paper</a>.

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