May2018 GeoMentor Spotlight
Erin Silva - Project Manager at the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative
How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I was introduced to GIS through a roommate while attending the University of MD 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.
What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I am open to any experiences in the GeoMentor program. I would love meet with teachers to provide GIS training, help plan and/or lead geography related events or activities.
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?!
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