Staff Spotlight Q&A: Ricardo

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Category: Inspirational Q & A

We are so excited that Ricardo has joined Green Ivy! He is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology and Minor in Creative Writing. While at Stanford, he conducted research in the Anatomy Lab and served as a Teaching Assistant for several classes in the Biology department. In his free time, he loves dancing bachata, playing guitar, and going on food adventures in San Francisco.


1. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

I would tell my younger self to take some more risks and trust my instincts. I would advise him not to be afraid of taking a chance on something or someone, as there’s no way of knowing what you might learn about yourself from the experience.

2. What’s one goal you want to accomplish for yourself this coming year?

I want to keep pushing and challenging myself to take more risks—I want to keep stepping outside of my comfort zone and see what I find out about myself.

3. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Several of my friends have commented on how much I’ve grown as a dancer since freshman year. It meant a lot to me, since it’s something I have put a lot of effort into since starting college.

4. You grew up in Michigan. What is the biggest difference between living there and living in Northern California?

There is a much stronger Hispanic community here, and since I am Hispanic myself, I  enjoy being able to get in touch with that part of my identity.

5. What do you love most about working with students?

I love being able to help them find their passions or simply discover an aspect of a subject they enjoy studying. The best part it getting to know them, and learning about their journeys while learning about myself in the process.

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