Suzanne Akerman '03, '04
- Staff Biologist
- Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma
“During the course of an average day at the zoo, I might present a live animal show in front of hundreds of spectators, train a bat to hang from my hand, take an aardvark for a walk, and discuss reptile anatomy with five-year-olds.
“To succeed in this position requires a deep-seated desire to connect people with nature, as well as attention to detail, creativity, perseverance and excellent communication skills. Squeamishness is not allowed.
“My work earning a degree from PLU prepared me for a future in this unexpected field in several ways.
“In addition to honing my interpersonal skills, I discovered the power of critical, innovative thought and the value of life-long learning. PLU provided the opportunity for me to experience the exhilaration of pursuing one’s passions!”