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Cal Poly has every incoming student take the Gallup StrengthsQuest assessment. By discovering, developing, and applying one's strengths, one can achieve academic, personal, and career success. The five signature themes below are mine.

The following excerpts are taken from the Gallup® CliftonStrengths® Quick Reference Card.


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.


People especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.


People especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.


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


People especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.