Who Are You? with Michael McLaughlin, Penn State MPA Program

As part of a grueling ELGL initiation process, new members are asked to complete our version of the Wonderlic test. It’s an open book test and participants do not have to use a dull number 2 pencil to fill in tiny circles.


Michael McLaughlin (LinkedIn) is enrolled in the Penn State MPA program. He has worked for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, both as a research intern and lab support specialist. His career goal is to work for a midsize to large city government as a public servant to find creative and innovative ways to solve problems for the city.

Complete the following sentences.

In 2016, I will….

learn a second language

I joined ELGL because…..

I wanted to network with other individuals who are looking to enter public service careers in local governments.

On my way to work, I am thinking…


about the 2016 elections.

Once I win the lottery, I will…

pay off both my debts as well as my parents and go on a long vacation to Europe.

You should probably know that I….

brew my own wine in my free time.

Do you agree/disagree with the following statement(s)……Explain….

Police departments should equip each officer with a body camera.

Agree. It is important that we are all held accountable to our actions and that this will highlight transparency going forward for both administrations and police departments.

I am well versed on my retirement benefits. 

Disagree. I feel that this is a complicated subject that requires a greater understanding of how to utilize 401k’s and to understand markets as they fluctuate.

I have no idea, nor do I care, how to use Snapchat.


Disagree. I feel that this social media app is another way for individuals to connect with others. I use SnapChat with my friends and to follow the White House.

I rather be an assistant manager than the manager.

Disagree. I rather be the one who takes the first step into the unknown when it comes to problem solving.

I am a big user of the sharing economy.

Disagree because I do not share things as frequently as others.