2006 SONS Transfers: Results and Summary: Part 3

How Do You See Yourself?

12. 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 28  (2.3%)   166  (13.6%)   212  (17.3%)   531  (43.4%)   287  (23.4%)  
Critical, quarrelsome 235  (19.2%)   292  (23.9%)   303  (24.8%)   307  (25.1%)   85  (7.0%)  
Dependable, self-disciplined 14  (1.2%)   50  (4.1%)   109  (9.0%)   473  (38.9%)   569  (46.8%)  
Anxious, easily upset 266  (21.8%)   357  (29.3%)   292  (23.9%)   255  (20.9%)   50  (4.1%)  
Open to new experiences, complex 5  (0.4%)   30  (2.5%)   120  (9.8%)   503  (41.2%)   562  (46.1%)  
Reserved, quiet 136  (11.1%)   233  (19.1%)   242  (19.8%)   446  (36.5%)   164  (13.4%)  
Sympathetic, warm 6  (0.5%)   43  (3.6%)   198  (16.4%)   557  (46.1%)   404  (33.4%)  
Disorganized, careless 473  (38.6%)   367  (30.0%)   234  (19.1%)   127  (10.4%)   23  (1.9%)  
Calm, emotionally stable 6  (0.5%)   88  (7.2%)   249  (20.5%)   550  (45.3%)   322  (26.5%)  
Conventional, uncreative 496  (40.5%)   360  (29.4%)   257  (21.0%)   98  (8.0%)   14  (1.1%)  

13. How true is the following statement of you: "I have high self esteem." Please use the following 1 - 5 scale.

25  (2.0%)   1 (Not very true of me)
79  (6.4%)   2
310  (25.3%)   3
532  (43.4%)   4
280  (22.8%)   5 (Very true of me)

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

11  (0.9%)   1 (Not stressful)
18  (1.5%)   2
52  (4.2%)   3
101  (8.2%)   4
400  (32.6%)   5
395  (32.2%)   6
250  (20.4%)   7 (Extremely stressful)

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

132  (10.8%)   1 (Not threatening)
131  (10.7%)   2
152  (12.4%)   3
223  (18.2%)   4
313  (25.6%)   5
162  (13.2%)   6
112  (9.1%)   7 (Extremely threatening)

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

1  (0.1%)   1 (Not able to cope)
10  (0.8%)   2
39  (3.2%)   3
193  (15.8%)   4
346  (28.2%)   5
393  (32.1%)   6
243  (19.8%)   7 (Extremely able to cope)

Below are 6 scenarios posing hypothetical situations that community college transfer students might find themselves in. Knowing that you have been admitted to Berkeley to acquire a highly prestigious degree just the same as those admitted as freshmen, please answer the questions honestly with respect to being a community college transfer student.

17. Scenario #1: Imagine you are asked to complete a group project for a class. As the group begins to decide who is going to do what...

17a. How concerned/anxious would you feel that people will think you can't contribute as much if they knew you are a transfer student?

483  (39.6%)   1 (Very unconcerned)
253  (20.7%)   2
170  (13.9%)   3
170  (13.9%)   4
92  (7.5%)   5
53  (4.3%)   6 (Very concerned)

17b. Others would think that I can't contribute as much if they knew I am a transfer student.

33  (2.7%)   1 (Very likely)
86  (7.0%)   2
202  (16.6%)   3
211  (17.3%)   4
323  (26.5%)   5
365  (29.9%)   6 (Very unlikely)

18. Scenario #2: It is the first meeting of a small class at Berkeley. The instructor suggests the class go around the room, saying names, majors, year in school, and whether or not you are a new UC Berkeley student.

18a. How concerned/anxious would you be that people will think you are less competent if you mention that you are a transfer student?

528  (43.2%)   1 (Very unconcerned)
273  (22.3%)   2
147  (12.0%)   3
163  (13.3%)   4
72  (5.9%)   5
39  (3.2%)   6 (Very concerned)

18b. Others would think I'm less competent if I mention that I am a transfer student.

44  (3.6%)   1 (Very likely)
91  (7.4%)   2
203  (16.6%)   3
227  (18.6%)   4
287  (23.5%)   5
371  (30.3%)   6 (Very unlikely)

19. Scenario # 3: You are about to have an interview for a research assistant position at UC Berkeley. As the professor reads over your resume...

19a. How concerned/anxious would you feel that the professor will think that you can't handle the position because you are a transfer student?

472  (38.8%)   1 (Very unconcerned)
261  (21.5%)   2
165  (13.6%)   3
166  (13.7%)   4
81  (6.7%)   5
71  (5.8%)   6 (Very concerned)

19b. The professor would think that I can't handle the position because I am a transfer student.

29  (2.4%)   1 (Very likely)
75  (6.1%)   2
174  (14.3%)   3
196  (16.1%)   4
300  (24.6%)   5
446  (36.6%)   6 (Very unlikely)

20. Scenario #4: Imagine that you decide to talk to an academic advisor about your course load and schedule.

20a. How concerned/anxious would you be that the advisor will think you can't handle a heavy course load because you are a transfer student?

451  (36.9%)   1 (Very unconcerned)
302  (24.7%)   2
172  (14.1%)   3
147  (12.0%)   4
91  (7.5%)   5
58  (4.8%)   6 (Very concerned)

20b. The advisor would think I can't handle the heavy course load because I am a transfer student.

55  (4.5%)   1 (Very likely)
124  (10.2%)   2
178  (14.6%)   3
198  (16.2%)   4
285  (23.4%)   5
380  (31.1%)   6 (Very unlikely)

21. Scenario #5: Imagine that a group of students in your class is organizing a study group for the midterm exam.

21a. How concerned/anxious would you feel about not being invited to join if they knew you are a transfer student?

564  (46.4%)   1 (Very unconcerned)
251  (20.6%)   2
159  (13.1%)   3
136  (11.2%)   4
58  (4.8%)   5
48  (3.9%)   6 (Very concerned)

21b. They would not invite me to join the study group If they knew I am a transfer student.

31  (2.5%)   1 (Very likely)
56  (4.6%)   2
147  (12.0%)   3
185  (15.2%)   4
287  (23.5%)   5
514  (42.1%)   6 (Very unlikely)

22. Scenario #6: Imagine that you are about to have an interview for an internship at a company seeking UC Berkeley student applicants.

22a. How concerned/anxious would you feel about being thought of as less qualified if you mention that you are a transfer student?

472  (38.8%)   1 (Very unconcerned)
277  (22.7%)   2
178  (14.6%)   3
138  (11.3%)   4
80  (6.6%)   5
73  (6.0%)   6 (Very concerned)

22b. The interviewer would think I'm less qualified if I mention that I am a transfer student.

30  (2.5%)   1 (Very likely)
85  (7.0%)   2
190  (15.6%)   3
200  (16.4%)   4
287  (23.6%)   5
424  (34.9%)   6 (Very unlikely)

23. We are all members of different social groups or social categories. We would like you to consider your student status (e.g., community college transfer student) in responding to the following statements. There are no right or wrong answers to any of these statements; we are interested in your honest reactions and opinions.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Overall, being a transfer student has very little to do with how I feel about myself. 86  (7.1%)   131  (10.8%)   225  (18.5%)   206  (16.9%)   274  (22.5%)   294  (24.2%)  
Being a transfer student is an important reflection of who I am. 141  (11.6%)   161  (13.3%)   190  (15.7%)   316  (26.1%)   229  (18.9%)   175  (14.4%)  
Being a transfer student is unimportant to my sense of what kind of a person I am. 83  (6.9%)   143  (11.8%)   235  (19.4%)   170  (14.0%)   268  (22.1%)   311  (25.7%)  
In general, being a transfer student is an important part of my self image. 186  (15.3%)   238  (19.6%)   246  (20.2%)   299  (24.6%)   151  (12.4%)   96  (7.9%)  

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