Juan

Juan

Though I was born in Los Angeles, I was raised on a ranch in Zacatecas, Mexico, where I spent most of my childhood. Computers were new to us and to the community we lived in, but I developed a passion after my father brought a desktop computer home from one of his trips to the United States. After moving back to the US and having access to the internet for the first time, my curiosity increased even more.

As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I am pursuing a dual degree in Computer Science and Spanish. Ultimately, I want to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science and teach Spanish to grade school children. I feel passionate about earning my Computer Science Ph.D. because I enjoy building things and Computer Scientists are essentially builders; there would be no better feeling than to earn a Ph.D. in a field I love. I keep my mother tongue, Spanish, because I want to stay connected to my roots. It is a huge part of my background and reminds me why I am focused on progressing my education.

I am so proud to be part of the ANY community for the fact that it feels good to be surrounded by people that understand the challenges that I face and are willing to help me build a better future. As a first-generation student, I knew it was going to be difficult to get through college because I did not know many people that I could ask for help and advice. Thanks to ANY, I now have the opportunity to increase my network and be with people that share the same educational goals and at the same time get sound advice from.

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