What Is Guided Self-Analysis?
Who are you? If you can’t answer that question coherently, the college and graduate admissions process will be challenging.
SCC believes that students should understand their personalities, competencies, tendencies and preferences before trying to sell themselves via essays and interviews and even before trying to find schools that offer the right fit.
Each session of SCC’s Guided Self-Analysis is goal-oriented and directed. GSA uses the Socratic Method to perform personality profiling, using standard personality dichotomies as well as our own proprietary evaluative criteria. After the first session, students are given simple “homework” – such as a memory inventory and an interest inventory – designed to corroborate our initial findings regarding “who are you” and also to identify student preferences in subject matter and in learning method. Then, we turn towards strategy, assisting students in developing a Personal Marketing “pitch” or thesis and overall plan for the applications, followed by a “storyboard” in which students know where they should emphasize individual points to support a coherent and harmonious admissions effort.
When it comes to college fit, SCC believes that post-secondary education is an evolutionary moment. College is the first time that most students leave home, determine their own schedules, and make life and career decisions. SCC recognizes that college and graduate school education involves four factors: academics, activities, student diversity and architecture, and locale beyond the campus. Whether actively or by osmosis, all of these factors influence and develop young people. SCC wants our students to achieve their best within environments that both teach and inspire. To that end, we have created our own database of colleges based upon 4-year graduation rates and other important criteria.