Carlos Silva-Trejo

Class of 2018

I was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and have lived here my entire life. My parents are both from Mexico; my mom is from Zimapan, Hidalgo, and my dad is from Durango, Durango. They first came here as immigrants in the late 1980’s. Through their experiences I was able to understand early in my childhood the differences between me and my classmates in school and our upbringings. As a minority, I had to work harder and longer for things others seemed to get almost effortlessly. Thanks to that, I was able to value what others seem to ignore and neglect. My family and friends mean everything to me, and without them I would not be the person I am today.  At Olmstead, I worked as a Cultural Landscape Research Assistant helping  prepare the Cultural Landscape Report for Liberty Island, a World Heritage Site.