Summer book helps first years recognize strengths


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.


Stephanie Garcia '16 is Webmaster of The Sandspur and majoring in Communication Studies at Rollins College. Her other publications include Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Weekly and College Park Community Paper.

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