Jaida Morgan is a sophomore at Yale University double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and History of Science, Medicine, & Public Health. She plans on attending graduate school following undergrad to pursue a career in cancer research. She currently works in a telomere biology lab at Yale. Jaida is also interested in studying racial disparities in medicine, specifically cancer treatment, so she also plans on obtaining a Masters in Public Health. She recently helped start a Black Pre-Health Organization at Yale to foster a community for the Black pre-health students on campus and provide students with more resources to succeed.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

Yes

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Neither

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Sweet

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Spanish

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Probably become an author

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Astronomy

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Yale

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Reading minds

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

The Emperor of All Maladies

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

read or hike

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

my weighted blanket, my laptop, hydroflask

15 What beverage gives you life?

Strawberry lemonade

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

None of the books I had to read for high school had much of an impact on me.

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

cancer researcher or an author

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The thought of making the educational/scientific journey easier for someone else in the future and the thought of saving someone’s life.

19 What got you excited in science?

My third grade science lab class was my first real introduction to science, and I remember one of our lessons was on centripetal force, and I was so intrigued and amazed that I could swing an open container of water in a circle super fast and no water would spill out.

20 What excites you about science now?

We’ve already made so much progress, but there are still so many unknowns, so I’m excited to see how more discoveries shapes and advances the world of medicine.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

EDM music

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can’t think of a secret one but I play the piano!

23 What is your favorite game?

Fishbowl!

24 What is the last book you read?

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Stop caring about what other people think because the people that try to tear you down are wasting their own time worrying about what you are achieving.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Sing karaoke in front of people

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Don’t be afraid to try something that piques your interest, even if no one else in the room looks anything like you.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Go for a walk

29 What is the last thing you watched?

The Social Network

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

a baby succulent

31 What is your favorite animal?

horse

32 What is your favorite book?

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

baked sweet potatoes

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Don’t have one

35 What is your favorite plant?

Morning Glory

36 What is your favorite science fact?

There is so much DNA in the human body that it could stretch from the sun to Pluto and back 17 times

37 What is your favorite season?

Spring

38 What is your favorite smell?

Lavender

39 What is your favorite sound?

the ocean hitting the shore

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My sense of humor

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

flabbergasted

42 What is your proudest moment?

Getting into college

43 What kind of tree would you be?

any kind that has bright flowers in the spring

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

You can find any cuisine of food you want.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I’m a black belt in Tae Kwon Do!

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Jay Baptista @jaybapt

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