QCC: Animal Identities

In the tenth episode of Questions, Commons & Concerns (QCC), marketing assistants at University Student Commons and Activities asked students, faculty and staff, “If you could be any animal, which would it be and why?”

Brian Donovan: Welcome to Questions, Commons & Concerns at VCU, an initiative by University Student Commons and Activities. Questions, Commons & Concerns is a series where we ask students, faculty and staff about their thoughts regarding current events, hot topics or fun subjects relevant to the University community.

Donovan: This is Brian Donovan, host of Questions, Commons & Concerns. Today’s episode asks students, faculty and staff, “If you could be any animal, which animal would you be and why?” It is said that you can tell much about a person based on the animal they choose, as the chosen animal is often a reflection of one’s strongest traits or indicative of characteristics that they would like to develop.

Donovan: So VCU, if you could be any animal, which would it be and why?

:: Animal that really represents me- I think I’m really lazy obviously I gotta go with sloth, man, I’m just trying to be chilling. They got it all figured out, they realize that life is impermanent and they’re just chilling, man, and trying to enjoy the ride.

:: So, if I could turn into any animal, I would turn into a red panda because they are equal parts ferocious and fluffy and they’re adorable.

:: I would turn into a wolf because they’re an animal I respect and they don’t back down from anything. I’m not really shy with anything, I’m pretty upfront about a lot of things. I’m not really scared of much.

:: Monkey, because I could swing around and I would have a lot of freedom, but I would also still be able to grab things.

:: A lion because they’re so brave. They take authority, they’re leaders, and they just do their own thing, so that’s what I really like.

:: I would be a penguin because they like to cuddle and they like to keep warm.

:: A bald eagle. I always want to fly, you know what I mean?

:: I was thinking a giraffe ‘cause they’re just chilling for the most part. They’re chilling. They’re vegetarians, you know…

:: A dolphin because they get to spend all day in the water.

:: I’d be a bear, mostly because I like to sleep a lot and after I eat, I get really tired. And, when I’m waking up, I’m really irritated.

:: I think I’d be a tiger because they’re beautiful and fast.

:: Panda, because they get to sleep and eat all day and do nothing else.

:: I would totally identify with a red panda because they are fun loving and squishy and the cutest things.

:: I could be like a bear, ‘cause I am very protective of my cubs, so I feel like I could be a mama bear.

:: A monkey because they’re all over the place- I’m pretty ADHD. They’re powerful. Underrated. People think they’re idiots but they’re actually really intelligent.

:: A giraffe. I feel like they stand tall.

:: I’d say probably a fox ‘cause they have red hair like me.

:: A sloth. They’re just calm, they’re just gentle… gentle species. I love it.

:: A lion ‘cause I’m from Africa, so I got the heart of a lion.

:: I’d say a bird of some kind, maybe a bird of prey like a falcon or hawk or something. I don’t know, I’ve always just really liked them. The birds of prey- They’re really fast and really strong and if I could be a bird, I’d rather be one that was really tough.

:: I’d be a monkey because they’re wild and loud, and I feel like that’s me.

:: The lion. The reason being is the lion serves as the- of course the king. Now, I look at myself- I value myself and everything, no ego or anything like that but, if I don’t speak highly of myself then who else will? So I do believe, in my role here, I am here serving as that protector. Not only in here at VCU, but outside of VCU and I feel like, as far as with the lion, that’s that protector and leader of their pack.

Donovan: From fur with stripes and spots to feathers of many colors, Rams identify with animals that thrive both on the land and in the sea. This shows that, no matter the situation, members of the VCU community are ready to meet any challenge they may face – just like the varied animals they choose to represent them.

Donovan: This has been Questions, Commons & Concerns at VCU, brought to you by University Student Commons and Activities. If you have a question or topic you would like covered, email us at contactUSCA@vcu.edu. Thank you for listening.

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