Rocío Silva Rivera
And - Co-founder/Hylos
The most important thing is to look for our own dreams.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I studied biology. I work as an independent consultant in different projects that focus on biodiversity. My area of expertise is ornithology, conservation and exploration. I am currently part of the Board of Directors of the Association of Guatemalan Mammalogists -ASOGUAMA-, where I have directed my efforts in scientific outreach activities.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I never liked the exact sciences, however, I knew I didn't want an office job. I was always a scout so nature was always a part of my life.
In my senior year of high school, I came across the Biology major, I decided to enroll so I could be in the woods... and I couldn't have made a better decision.
In biology you can specialize in many fields, what I like are forests and birds. The exploration of new environments and the conservation of their biodiversity is what motivates me to continue doing science.
HOW DO/DID YOU TACKLE OBSTACLES?
Since I never liked exact sciences, such as mathematics and chemistry, it was difficult for me to pass these subjects. As I progressed in my career and was able to take more specialized classes I realized that all the previous knowledge was indispensable to understand these more specific subjects.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
The support of my parents was always paramount, they always motivated me to do what made me happy. I believe that every experience, good or bad, made me the woman I am today. Even bad decisions led me to new experiences that shaped my life.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
What I am most passionate about in my career is the constant amazement at the wonders of nature.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
The most important thing is to look for our own dreams, if we still do not have them with certainty we should always look for the things that make us happy.
I always wanted to write, but recently I was motivated to bring it to reality. I created a story for children of which I am very proud. I am currently working with other people and institutions to illustrate it and bring out a printed version.
It's never too late to try new things or to realize old things.