If you’re in your first year of college, by now you’ve probably started to recognize some big changes in yourself. Don’t worry; this is all completely normal. You’re on your own for the first time in your life. You're in a new place with new people. It’s only natural that you’re starting to see some changes in yourself as you’re exposed to new surroundings, new people, and new ways of thinking. The change you’re experiencing is growth. And that's a good thing.
The first few months of college is the perfect time to do some introspection into who you really are deep down. It's a time to discover what’s truly important to you. You’re embarking on a journey that will have a big impact on the rest of your life. The decisions you make in the next few years will go a long way in determining who you become. That’s why it’s so vital that you understand your core values and personality type right from the start.
Your values are the the principles that give meaning to your life. They are a unique set of standards that can act as guideposts that assist you in evaluating choices in your life, and they can help you establish your sense of purpose and direction. Every person has a different set of values, and these values can change over time as you experience transitions throughout your lifetime. You might already be recognizing some changes within your own values as you begin this exciting new phase of your life.
Along with your core values, your personality type goes a long way in determining who you are and what’s important to you. It plays a big part in determining your friends and romantic partners. It helps you decide what groups and activities are right for you, and it can also be the determining factor in whether you get that dream job. So, as with your intrinsic values, it’s important to understand your personality type so that you can leverage it to your advantage in everything you do.
As you embark on your college adventure, here are a couple activities that can help you determine the values and characteristics that define you. Try to put some real thought into these questions. It will help you navigate this exciting and formative time of your life, and it will help you be more confident in who you are as you begin your career after graduation.
Your Core Values
Make a list of all your top values and define what each means to you. For instance, you might list leadership as taking charge, while others might define it as setting a good example. Save your list and come back to it from time to time throughout the next four years to see what, if any, changes occur in your beliefs. Your core values will be the ones that stick with you the longest.
Your Personality Type
Write down all the characteristics that define you. Are you funny, serious, unique, approachable? Start with the way others see you, and then focus on how you see yourself. Look for any contradictions between the two lists. Ask yourself why people might see you that way and what you can do to make people view you more closely to the way you see yourself and how you want to be seen. If you’re having trouble getting started, check out this free diagnostic quiz about personality types: http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx