College Success Tip #13
What is self awareness?
Self awareness is a way for us to explore our
individual personalities, value systems, beliefs, natural inclinations,
and tendencies. Because we are all different in the way we react to
things, learn, and synthesize information, it’s helpful to occasionally
spend time in self-reflection to gain a better insight into ourselves.
Why is self awareness important?
Self awareness is important because when we have a
better understanding of ourselves, we are empowered to make changes and
to build on our areas of strength as well as identify areas where we
would like to make improvements. Self-awareness is often a first step to
Examples of self awareness:
- Preferred learning styles
- Aptitude for specific career fields
- Natural academic ability (athletics,
mathematics, English, etc.)
- Personality traits (introvert, extrovert,
sensitive, judgmental, etc.)
- Religious beliefs
- Political viewpoints
- Values (ethical, with integrity, scrupulous,
Internal links for self awareness
As a College of the Canyons student, you have
access to classes through counseling that provide instruction on
learning styles and other areas where we need self reflection. The
health center offers workshops and information on various ways of making
healthy choices, as well as offering counseling to students who need
someone to talk to. The career center offers career assessment which
helps students to understand the areas of employment that they are most
suited for based on their skills and interests.
College of the Canyons classes
- COUNS 010 (Career Exploration)
- COUNS 110 (Career-Life Planning)
- COUNS 111 (Introduction to College and Strategies for Success)
- COUNS 150 (Personal Development)
- PSYCH 105 (Personal Growth and Adjustment)
The Career Center offers assessment tools to
identify talents and strengths and matches careers based on the
results. To find more, visit:
External links for self awareness
Upcoming workshops on self awareness
Cougar Mentors in the Student Development Office
offer various workshops, some that address health issues. For more
information call 661-362-3141 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.canyons.edu/offices/student_development/src
The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice
Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by
Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody
(Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).
Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave
Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).
Study Guides and Strategies,
Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center, http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/index.html.