Silvia Guzman

Intake Adviser


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 addresses their own situation.


Education:
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). Berkeley was actually one of the universities I had considered going to for my undergraduate education. Feel proud of being part of a great research institution. So happy I am finally here!!


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 help that is 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 realizing how strong and resilient one can be, it can feel very liberating. Sometimes one needs help in figuring things out. Don't be afraid to ask.


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


What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Plan appropriately! Know the deadlines for your specific program, college, and course work. Also, don't get caught up on the idea that life (school, careers, etc.) follows 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 destination. Enjoy the ride and don't fear the detours.