Silvia Guzmán

Job title: 
L&S College Adviser
Math & Physical Sciences B

Title: L&S College Adviser

Neighborhood: Math and Physical Sciences B

About Silvia

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
February 2016

What is your approach to advising?
Actively listening to concerns and provide students with options that best address their own situation.

B.A. in History, minor in International Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton. Go Tigers!

How did you get here?
I'm originally from the Central Valley and moved to the Bay Area a year after graduating from college. I always saw myself living in a big city, meeting people from different parts of the world, hearing a foreign language being spoken every day, and experiencing different cultures (food). I was in the automotive industry in sales when an event happened in my life that made me reassess my career and values. I realized that I wanted to go back to higher education to help first-generation students. 

What's your favorite part of your job?
Helping people. I know first hand what it feels like to feel lost, unsure of your future because you don't know your options or are unaware of the resources that are available. Knowledge is power! I know that may sound cliche but it is true, especially when one is facing difficult situations. From knowing about the resources that are available to realize how strong and resilient one can be, it can be a liberating experience! 

What's the best class you've ever taken?
Contemporary World Issues at Pacific. The course looked at current global issues and their historical origins. It examined the history and legacies of European colonialism from cultural, political, and economic perspectives.

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Don't be afraid of failure! Also, don't get caught up on the idea that life (school, careers, etc.) must follow a linear pattern. A wise mentor and dear friend once told me that it's ok if you take a different path than what you had originally planned out for yourself. Don't just think about your ideal destination. Enjoy the ride and don't fear the detours.