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  • Theme Description

You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information - words, facts, books, and quotations - or you might collect tangible objects such as butterflies, baseball cards, porcelain dolls, or sepia photographs. Whatever you collect, you collect it because it interests you. And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories but, rather, to add more information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. These can be acquired and then stored away. Why are they worth storing? At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might become useful? With all those possible uses in mind, you really don't feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away. It's interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.

  • Action Items

You always want to know more. You crave information.

You like to collect certain things, such as ideas, books, memorabilia, quotations, and facts.

You have an active curiosity. You find many things very interesting. A few minutes of surfing the Net may turn into hours once your curiosity takes off, and you might have difficulties filing and housing all of the new information you acquire.

You may be a natural researcher. Hone this talent by acquiring knowledge of specific research methods. Consider taking a research methods course in psychology or sociology.

Identify possible areas of specialization and actively seek more information about them. Seek out faculty in those areas and pick their brains outside of class.

You are naturally curious but may need to intentionally schedule time to feed your mind. Take time to read books and articles that stimulate you, or to travel to new places. Your Input talents need regular feeding.

Partner with Focus or Discipline talents to channel your Input productively and to organize all you've discovered so that it is more readily available for you to use.

Devise a system for storing and easily locating the information you gather. This system can be as simple as a file for all the articles you have clipped or as sophisticated as a computer database.

Identify situations in which you can share the information you have collected with other people. Being able to share your stuff with others will make for a better learning experience for everyone.

A sense of when to stop seeking information is just as valuable a talent as your thirst for information. Set a time limit on your Internet searches so you'll be able to get your papers done. Mark the best sites so you can return to them when you have more time.

Save all notes and books from previous classes to create a personal library.

Schedule time for seeking information that goes beyond what is required for your classes. The library and the Internet will be valuable in your search.

You enjoy gathering information, possible even from reading a dictionary or encyclopedia.

Start a filing system for interesting and potentially useful articles you have read.

Give yourself research deadlines within your overall timelines for completing papers. Without them, you might continue to read and read, never feeling like you have enough information.

To continue making progress and stay on track while doing required work, put sticky notes on areas you wish to go back and look at.

Prioritize the most critical information to study. Otherwise, you might become distracted by other information that fascinates you but is not as relevant.

Share your information with friends. Determine who would be interested in each bit of information, rather than giving all information to everyone.

Seek out professors who would be interested in knowing what you are learning and will find it stimulating to hear about the questions you are generating through your investigations.

Be aware that the more you know, the more likely it is that others will seek you out for information and see you as highly credible.

Select classes taught by professors who are well read and who keep up to date on the latest research in their fields.

Select classes that help you increase your general knowledge base. That would include classes in which research is valued.

Select classes in which class discussion is valued and in which you can share your ideas and the information that you have gleaned.

Join groups in which you can use your knowledge, such as community discussion groups, book clubs, and pre-law society mock trial groups.

Become involved in extracurricular activities that further your learning, such as science clubs, language clubs, or literary organizations.

Study about fascinating places to travel. Gather information, and go!

Collect as much information as you can about the careers that interest you. Go online, read books, collect all the brochures at the career center and at career fairs. The more information you gather, the better your decision will be.

Go to the career center and take several different career inventories. What does each one tell you about your interests? What career possibilities do they suggest you to explore?

Environments that give you the freedom to pursue threads of information and that focus on informed decision-making are likely to bring out your best.

You probably will enjoy a career in which you are always on the cutting edge of knowledge and you can gather and share valuable pieces of relevant information.

Choose jobs that require you to be an expert collector and consumer of research. This type of environment will energize you.

Interview media specialists, librarians, archivists, writers, information technologists, and others who work with large amounts of information on a daily basis. What do they find most rewarding about their work?