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7 November 2005

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh, I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness, inside you
Can make you feel so small
But I see your true colors
Shining through. True Colors are beautiful.

Show me a smile then,
Don’t be unhappy,
Can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there
And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through. True Colors are beautiful

—“True Colors” by Phil Collins

“True Colors”

Let’s play a game.  This is a game I was introduced to in a Gateway Program (an awesome program that gives students first-priority registration, smaller classes, free tutoring and peer advisers who will drill you to stay on top of your game) event called “True Colors.”  Before I give you the instructions I just want to say that this game really helped me see who I am on paper.  Although that may sound ridiculous, “True Colors” is a personality quiz that describes some of the characteristics you may have.  In the end I will tell you what I am most associated with in hopes that you will understand me better.


Each group number below lists personality characteristics.  Using the numbers 1-4 rate which group you most associate with, with number 4 being the highest.  The group that you have labeled as 4 will show the color that best describes you.

Group One:
Active, Variety, Sports, Fun, Action, Contests, Playful, Quick, Adventurous, Busy, Free, Winning, Exciting, Lively, “Hands-On”

Group Two:
Organized, Plan, Neat, Clean, On-Time, Honest, Helpful, Trustworthy, Dependable, Follow Rules, Useful, Save Money, Pride, Tradition, Do Things Right

Group Three:
Nice, Helpful, Friends, Caring, People, Feelings, Kind, Understanding, Giving, Sharing, Getting Along, Animals, Nature, Easy Going, Happy Endings

Group Four:
Learning, Science, Privacy, Curious, Ideas, Questions, Independent, Exploring, Doing Well, Thinking, Solving Problems, Challenge, Books, Math, Making Sense

Time To Match Up

Group One: Orange
If you picked group one as being the highest then you are mostly associated with the color Orange. Some of the Orange attributes are being spontaneous, a risk taker, energetic, playful, creative and inventive, a master negotiator and one who thrives on competition.  The strength of the Orange person is skillfulness.

Group Two: Gold
If you picked group two as being the highest then you are mostly associated with Gold.  Some of the Gold attributes are being prepared, helpful and trustworthy, service-oriented, punctual, predictable, precise, one who values family traditions and strives for a sense of security.  The strength of the Gold person is duty.

Group Three: Blue
If you picked group three as being the highest then you are mostly associated with Blue.  Some of the Blue attributes are being mediators, optimistic, peacemakers, passionate, peaceful, harmonious, cooperative rather than competitive, having a strong sense of spirituality and a true romantic.  The strength of the Blue person is authenticity.

Group Four: Green
If you picked group four as being the highest then you are mostly associated with Green.  Some of the Green attributes are intellectual, theoretical, very complex, cool, calm and collected, knowing that work is play and play is work, need for independence and private time, explores all facets before making decisions and often not in the mainstream.  The strength of the Green person is knowledge.

My “True Color”

Can you guess which one that I am?  My “true color” is Green.  I really can see why I am Green, especially because I have a need for independence and private time.  However, the biggest characteristic that I saw in myself was the very complex part. 

Most people have a tough time figuring me out because on some days I will be “live and direct,” and then two hours later I will look like someone has stolen my best friend.  I understand that most people find it difficult trying to have a “breakthrough” with me.  It is not because I’m anti-social or because I’m mean, but because I’m private and enjoy personal space.  I can come off as being a little standoffish but it’s not because I don’t want new friends.

I find every day to be a mission for me to complete in the way that I plan.  Many days I feel like I don’t have time to stop to do other things.  I’m slowly learning to calm down and not to overwhelm myself too much because things can get a little stressful and eventually destructive. 

With that said I am taking things a step at a time.  I know that I have some strong Green attributes, that I am always questioning and constantly staying on this grind to be successful, but sometimes I need to take a step back and adopt a Blue attribute every once in a while.  Staying optimistic and becoming more peaceful within myself will probably help me to stay levelheaded through all the ups and downs that college will bring.  So the moral to this story is that although we can have a certain personality and love to do certain things, sometimes the things that make us grow are stepping outside of our boundaries and adopting another attribute. 

What “true color” are you most associated with?  I would love to know.  E-mail me at

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