Erin Silva – Project Manager, Maryland

Photo of Erin SilvaWhat was your favorite class in K-12? English. I love to read!.

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I was introduced to GIS through a roommate while attending the University of Maryland at College Park. She was a geography graduate student and I was always really interested in the courses she was taking and the projects she was working on.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): I love that geography explores important questions about humans interaction with nature and the environment. Geography is universal and spans so many disciplines. Having a solid understanding and background in geography is important for everyone.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I wish I had been exposed to geography and all the possible geography related career paths at a younger age. As a GeoMentor, I hope to inspire other young people and show them how fun and interesting geography can be.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond to them in one sentence? I answer with another question – What is more interesting and important than learning about the world we live in?!