Intern Gains Experience with Passion

Rocio Isabel Sotelo Padrón is from San Sebastiań, Puerto Rico. Sotelo Padrón is working with Fredrick Janzen, an ecology, evolution and organismal biology professor, researching turtle nesting. Sotelo Padrón says the most exciting part of her work is being able to perform experiments. Sotelo Padrón’s dream is to one day perform similar research. She hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in zoology after graduating in 2017.

What words of advice do you have for someone who has a passion for science?
“Don’t stop believing in yourself. Be strong and follow your dreams.”

If you could have one superpower related to science, what would it be?
“I would like to have the superpower to freeze time because sometimes the most
beautiful moments are the shortest ones.”

Who is your role model and why?
“My role model is Kevin Richardson, a zoologist from South Africa. He takes care of
different animals such as lions, hyenas and cheetahs.”

Is this your first time in Iowa?
“Yes, and honestly I was afraid to come here. After three weeks of being here, I’m
loving it and the people are so friendly.”

What is one thing you’d like to scratch off of your bucket list?
“Film a documentary about wildlife in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya or Zimbabwe.”

What do you like most about Ames?
“I love how people are so polite to each other and in special events all of them join
together. Also, I enjoy the diversity of the state.”