When he went back to Hamilton, he applied for a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in the land of his favorite cars. Rivas got the award and is working in a high school in the small town of Hanau, outside of Frankfurt. As for post-fellowship plans, Rivas is considering grad school in Germany or jobs in the U.S. Long term, he wants to pursue a degree in industrial design or scene design.
At Hamilton Rivas created his own major through the interdisciplinary concentration. He combined courses in art, anthropology, art history and theatre to make a major he called Design, History and Culture. In it he examined the history and social relationship surrounding art, visual design and industrial design.