By Amielle Moreno and Rachel Cliburn-Branco
What do you find the most terrifying?
a) Betrayal by a friend or loved-one.
b) Being lost in an unknown place.
c) Stranded on a desert island.
d) Trampled alive by a mass of people.
You’ve just been assigned a new project with a firm deadline:
a) I’ll get to it when I get to it. No stress.
b) I get really excited about new assignments and design grand plans. My interest dips and before I know it, the deadline is in a couple days, and I’m rushing to finish.
c) I ask numerous people for their thoughts and ideas, maybe “borrowing” some approaches…
d) I have a steady pace, always working evenly towards my deadline
e) Persistent, committed and focused, I usually finish projects early.
You’re going to walk across campus:
a) I keep my eyes straight ahead, no eye contact with strangers.
b) I would rather avoid the rush between classes. Night time strolls always seem so peaceful.
c) Funding is always tight. On my way, I might see if other labs have left “free” supplies unattended.
d) What’s ‘walking’?
e) I’ll ask a friend to join me. Things are more fun with a buddy.
What is your lab bench/desk like?
a) It’s kinda messy with crumbs and papers strewn around.
b) It’s well stocked with snacks and water within reach.
d) I definitely expand to the edge of my work space. Sometimes neighbors complain about my sprawl.
e) It’s right next to my favorite lab mate.
When you have a free night:
a) I like to hang out with my crew. We have a very specific social hierarchy.
b) I come alive! Where’s the party?
c) Yes, it’s finally dark. Now, let’s also make it quiet.
d) Light cycles mean little to me. I’m just as active during the day.
e) I like cuddling up with my special someone. Or if I’m single, you’ll find me on dates, trying to meet “the one.”
Describe your perfect blind date:
a) I like going out with a real leader, someone with drive, ambition and social clout.
b) My brother’s kinda cute…
c) Ugh, I’d rather cut off my arm.
d) I love when I find someone with the same interests. Someone like me!
e) I have never truly gotten over my first love… (wistful look into the distance)
Which letter did you pick the most?
a) Macaque Monkey: You mean business both at work and play which means you get things done. However, you can be a little too competitive and should consider other’s feelings. You get along great with other a
pes and mice.
b) Mousers or Mr. Meeces: You’re fun to be around; happy, chipper and excited about things. If only you were a little more focused academically and brave. Prairie voles can help you remind you what you love about science.
c) Blood Thirsty Leech: No one has seen you since you picked a PI and you’re draining them of their life-force and grant money. You’re cunning and use all the tricks in the book to get ahead. Be careful running afoul of social/professional climbing monkeys. They’ll take your harshness personal. Prairie voles and plates of cells serve your needs well.
d) Plate of Cells: Life’s pretty simple; you usually know what you want and what you have to do to get it. You’re adaptable and reasonable but this also means you sometimes aren’t adventurous and can be a real bore. Find a nice mouse to break you out of your monotony from time to time. You’re mostly immune to the games of leeches and they complement your work drive with their cunning.
e) Prairie Vole: Social and loyal, you like to make connections. This drive ends up serving you in professional collaborations. However, some friends have complained about how you dis
appear into relationships. Keep an eye out for new opportunities, instead of committing just to one project/person in your life. Avoid leeches.