(From the Clifton StrengthsFinder® Quick Reference Card)

Learning

People especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

As a writer, nothing is more valuable to me than feedback. I love learning new ways I can improve my work and learning from those whom I admire. I love learning about new theories and ideas, hobbies and lifestyles, languages and cultures. In the workplace, I find that I adapt easily and quickly learn to navigate new computer programs and softwares – in the past year I have become fluent in various Google Drive products, as well as Hubspot. I hope my next workplace uses Slack!

Beliefs

People especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

It is very important to me to work an in environment that is commensurate with my values. I loved working on the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign because I truly believed in Abrams’ values and visions for the state of Georgia, and I knew that if she were to become Governor, she would improve the lives of all Georgians. In my journalism work, I work to provide a platform for marginalized people whose voices aren’t usually amplified. And of course, in my writing, I fact-check to my fullest ability and always strive to tell the whole factual story — the truth.

Context

People especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.

In my nonfiction writing, I do an ample amount of research about the past. My senior seminar project, for example, deals with the concept of nostalgia, so I was looking towards the past very often. While I always do my best to not get stuck in the past, I believe it is imperative to understand history and how it has affected the present.

Empathy

People especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

While volunteering as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line, it was of the utmost importance to have empathy for those we were helping. Even though we were communicating through text only and couldn’t see each other, I always felt deeply connected to each person and their situation and did my best to use the resources I had to “move them from a hot moment to a cool calm,” as Crisis Text Line says. You can read more about my work with Crisis Text Line here.

Intellection

People especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Honestly, this “strength” comes off as a little pretentious to me — but I wouldn’t have majored in English if I wasn’t ready to deliberate and discuss literary movements and techniques for hours on end. The ability to have ~intellectual discussions~ is one of my favorite parts of being an English major.

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