2007 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 2

How Do You See Yourself?

6. How well can you describe yourself? Here are a number of personality traits that may or may not apply to you. Please rate the extent to which the pair of traits applies to you, even if one characteristic applies more strongly than the other.

 Disagree stronglyDisagree somewhatNeither agree or disagreeAgree somewhatAgree strongly
Extraverted, enthusiastic 69  (2.3%) 371  (12.5%) 547  (18.4%) 1382  (46.5%) 602  (20.3%)
Critical, quarrelsome 564  (19.0%) 1000  (33.7%) 725  (24.5%) 586  (19.8%) 89  (3.0%)
Dependable, self-disciplined 17  (0.6%) 114  (3.9%) 260  (8.8%) 1332  (45.2%) 1224  (41.5%)
Anxious, easily upset 541  (18.3%) 951  (32.1%) 780  (26.3%) 579  (19.5%) 111  (3.7%)
Open to new experiences, complex 11  (0.4%) 91  (3.1%) 361  (12.2%) 1407  (47.5%) 1091  (36.8%)
Reserved, quiet 324  (10.9%) 641  (21.6%) 713  (24.0%) 945  (31.8%) 351  (11.8%)
Sympathetic, warm 16  (0.5%) 148  (5.0%) 502  (16.9%) 1477  (49.7%) 826  (27.8%)
Disorganized, careless 774  (26.0%) 1002  (33.7%) 644  (21.7%) 462  (15.5%) 92  (3.1%)
Calm, emotionally stable 28  (0.9%) 222  (7.5%) 650  (22.0%) 1318  (44.5%) 743  (25.1%)
Conventional, uncreative 783  (26.3%) 968  (32.6%) 822  (27.6%) 346  (11.6%) 54  (1.8%)

7. How stressful do you expect UC Berkeley to be? Please use the following 1 - 7 scale.

12  (0.4%)   1 (Not stressful)

26  (0.9%)   2

102  (3.4%)   3

315  (10.6%)   4

1096  (36.8%)   5

997  (33.5%)   6

427  (14.4%)   7 (Extremely stressful)

8. How able are you to cope with UC Berkeley? Please use the following 1 - 7 scale.

8  (0.3%)   1 (Not able to cope)

27  (0.9%)   2

128  (4.3%)   3

629  (21.1%)   4

1074  (36.1%)   5

862  (29.0%)   6

247  (8.3%)   7 (Extremely able to cope)

9. From our surveys we know that many freshmen are concerned about their ability to get a high gpa here at Berkeley. Fifty percent of all freshmen last year had a first year gpa between 2.95 and 3.67 with the average being 3.27. What do you guess your first-year Berkeley gpa will be? Pick the gpa below that you think will be the closest match to your gpa:

65  (2.2%)   2.8

303  (10.2%)   3.0

407  (13.7%)   3.2

653  (22.0%)   3.4

825  (27.8%)   3.6

540  (18.2%)   3.8

179  (6.0%)   4.0

9a. How satisfied would you be with this first year gpa?

172  (5.8%)   Very dissatisfied

369  (12.4%)   Dissatisfied

613  (20.6%)   Somewhat dissatisfied

810  (27.3%)   Somewhat satisfied

695  (23.4%)   Satisfied

313  (10.5%)   Very satisfied

10. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
I know I made the right decision in choosing to attend Berkeley. 32  (1.1%) 32  (1.1%) 133  (4.5%) 603  (20.3%) 1120  (37.8%) 1044  (35.2%)
I think that I will feel that I belong at Berkeley. 36  (1.2%) 31  (1.0%) 157  (5.3%) 736  (24.8%) 1144  (38.5%) 864  (29.1%)

11. People have different ideas about how college life will be. What do you expect to get out of your college experience? Please be honest, and rank the importance of each, choosing only one as "The most important".

 Of little or no importanceOf some importanceVery importantEssentialThe most important
Friends and fun 26  (0.9%) 335  (11.3%) 886  (29.9%) 1497  (50.5%) 219  (7.4%)
Experience an intellectual playground 14  (0.5%) 189  (6.4%) 773  (26.1%) 1490  (50.4%) 491  (16.6%)
A ticket to a better job 36  (1.2%) 292  (9.9%) 763  (25.9%) 1200  (40.7%) 658  (22.3%)
A ticket to a better mind 8  (0.3%) 113  (3.8%) 569  (19.2%) 1492  (50.5%) 774  (26.2%)
Find myself, discover what kind of person I really want to be 54  (1.8%) 239  (8.1%) 527  (17.9%) 981  (33.2%) 1151  (39.0%)
Develop a philosophy of life 159  (5.4%) 677  (23.0%) 868  (29.5%) 974  (33.1%) 264  (9.0%)
Form romantic relationships, perhaps find a long-term partner 703  (23.8%) 1284  (43.5%) 555  (18.8%) 341  (11.5%) 71  (2.4%)
Be in a position to give something back to my community after I finish my education 103  (3.5%) 561  (18.9%) 866  (29.2%) 920  (31.1%) 512  (17.3%)

12. Please indicate the importance to you personally of each of the following.

 EssentialVery importantSomewhat importantNot important
Becoming accomplished in one of the performing arts (acting, dancing, etc.) 186  (6.3%) 306  (10.4%) 933  (31.6%) 1528  (51.7%)
Becoming an authority in my field 704  (23.8%) 1155  (39.1%) 884  (29.9%) 210  (7.1%)
Obtaining recognition from my colleagues for contributions to my special field 594  (20.2%) 1159  (39.3%) 962  (32.7%) 231  (7.8%)
Influencing the political structure 258  (8.7%) 511  (17.3%) 1253  (42.4%) 936  (31.6%)
Influencing social values 414  (14.0%) 1046  (35.5%) 1060  (36.0%) 427  (14.5%)
Raising a family 973  (33.0%) 846  (28.7%) 717  (24.3%) 415  (14.1%)
Having administrative responsibility for the work of others 287  (9.8%) 911  (31.0%) 1161  (39.5%) 580  (19.7%)
Being very well off financially 1038  (35.1%) 1086  (36.8%) 689  (23.3%) 142  (4.8%)
Helping others who are in difficulty 942  (31.9%) 1298  (44.0%) 649  (22.0%) 61  (2.1%)
Making a theoretical contribution to science 349  (11.9%) 652  (22.1%) 984  (33.4%) 959  (32.6%)
Writing original works (poems, novels, short stories, etc.) 212  (7.2%) 355  (12.1%) 828  (28.1%) 1550  (52.6%)
Creating artistic work (painting, sculpture, decorating, etc.) 173  (5.9%) 372  (12.6%) 821  (27.8%) 1582  (53.7%)
Becoming successful in a business of my own 581  (19.7%) 725  (24.6%) 941  (32.0%) 696  (23.6%)
Becoming involved in programs to clean up the environment 432  (14.7%) 861  (29.2%) 1221  (41.4%) 433  (14.7%)
Developing a meaningful philosophy of life 785  (26.7%) 1011  (34.4%) 882  (30.0%) 262  (8.9%)
Participating in a community action program 425  (14.4%) 986  (33.5%) 1136  (38.6%) 398  (13.5%)
Helping to promote racial understanding 534  (18.1%) 977  (33.2%) 1062  (36.1%) 370  (12.6%)
Keeping up to date with political affairs 551  (18.7%) 1034  (35.1%) 1007  (34.2%) 354  (12.0%)
Becoming a community leader 484  (16.4%) 907  (30.8%) 1086  (36.9%) 466  (15.8%)
Integrating spirituality into my life 510  (17.3%) 656  (22.3%) 887  (30.1%) 889  (30.2%)
Improving my understanding of other countries and cultures 933  (31.7%) 1196  (40.6%) 686  (23.3%) 128  (4.3%)
Working to find a cure for a health problem 544  (18.5%) 799  (27.1%) 957  (32.5%) 648  (22.0%)

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