Learn About Yourself and Your College Matches With Find My Spark™
What is your college personality type?
Extroverts are stimulated by the external environment and are usually easy to get to know. Their energy comes from being with other people. They have a tendency to speak without thinking, which leads to their domination of many discussion.
Introverts are stimulated internally and get lots of their energy from being alone. They may seem withdrawn, which makes them harder to get to know. Introversion is not equivalent to shyness.
Sensors are detail oriented. They tend to focus on the parts and pieces of a project and appreciate the facts. Also, sensors are realistic and practical.
Intuitive students are imaginative and focus on making associations and meanings beyond their five senses. They look at the big picture instead of the individual parts. Also, they tend to be more abstract and theoretical.
Feelers are more concerned with how other people cope. They have a tendency to monitor emotions to help solve conflicts. They don’t like negative feedback, and they make decisions based on their values.
Thinkers are typically more rational and analytical. They prefer to follow the rules, and they need examples of negative feedback to improve their work. Thinkers tend to be more impersonal.
Judgers tend to be very organized and have their life under control with deadlines planned well ahead of time. They use calendars and like to make “to-do” lists. Also, judgers like to reach conclusions sooner rather than later.
Perceivers are less focused on deadlines and seem messier to others. They are more spontaneous with their decision-making and like to leave things open-ended so they can be changed at a later time.
Research conducted by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) found as many as a third of all entering college freshmen will eventually transfer. A common reason students give for transferring is a feeling they "just don't fit" at the college.
Just as students have a personality, colleges have a "style." Use Find My Spark to identify your personality and the appropriate college style for you.
How Find My Spark™ Works: Claire Law, an experienced educational consultant and co-author of Find the Perfect College For You, created Find My Spark™, a personality survey. After many years of using psychology-based personality assessments in her educational consulting practice, Claire noticed certain colleges seemed to be better fits for certain personality types. Yet, no existing assessment recognized this fact. After further research, Claire created Find My Spark™, the first personality-based assessment to suggest colleges based on a student's personality type and learning style.
The name of the survey, Find My Spark, embodies the intent of the personality survey and college search process. Helping students find their spark helps them in choosing colleges, careers and majors.
To use Find My Spark™ , you will complete a short, easy-to-understand questionnaire. Most students find they can complete the survey in 10 to 15 minutes. Find My Spark™ creates an individual report showing your strength of your match with a series of personality preferences. Find My Spark™ also asks questions to assess whether you are more right- or left-brained and how you tend to learn best.
In our first of two telephone consultations, we will use the matching college style in the targeted search tool. The college style attributes assigned to colleges are based on the institution's educational approach and campus culture.
Find My Spark™ College StylesThe two middle letters of the student’s Find My Spark™ results indicate both how the student prefers to take in information and how the student likes to make decisions. These two middle letters are called the College Style. The College Style can be linked to a college’s mission statement, teaching style and overall culture. Matching students with a college that fits their learning styles will help them enjoy their experiences and excel in their academics.
In order to make a good college match, consider these key points:
Find My Spark Survey™ Majors and Careers Resources
Students better understand themselves and figure out what they are good at through the Find My Spark ™ survey, along with other academic assessments. Both the college and major introduce students to their life’s work or a practical career. The mission of the college provides insight into what the college values. Colleges offer majors that fit specific personalities. Students should search for colleges that will let them further their interests, use their abilities, and maintain their values.
Colleges and work environments each have their own personality just as a student does. People who work in careers they like experience more satisfaction.