Tip #14: 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 is 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 goal setting.


  • Preferred learning style
  • Aptitude for specific career field(s)
  • Natural academic ability (athletics, mathematics, English, etc.)
  • Personality traits (introvert, extrovert, sensitive, judgmental, etc.)
  • Religious beliefs
  • Political viewpoints
  • Values (ethical, with integrity, scrupulous, etc.)

Sacramento City College classes

  • HCD 110 (Building Foundations for Success)
  • HCD 310 (College Success)
  • HCD 330 (Life and Career Planning)
  • Internal Links for Self-Awareness

    As a Sacramento City College student, you have access to classes through Counseling Center that provide instruction on learning styles and other areas where we need self-reflection.

    Health Services 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. The Career Center offers assessment tools to identify talents and strengths and matches careers based on the results.

  • External Links for Self-Awareness

    Study Guides and Strategies: Conflict Resolution offers handouts on self-awareness and conflict resolution.


  • Sources

    The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    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