Ana Elissa Cabrera
Ana Elissa Cabrera

Ana Elissa Cabrera

Years of professional experience?

Year that you started the iCAN program

  • 2022

What was your major and background?
Political Science

Research/Engagement Experience

What are your interests within computer science?
Software, Cybersecurity, Databases, Robotics

Project Title

How did you get interested in Computer Science?
As an undergraduate student at UIUC, I took two introductory computer science classes, participated in my first hackathon in 2020, and practiced coding in my spare time whilst in quarantine. My love for computers has always existed. Since a young age, I played videogames on distinct consoles, fixed computer or phone issues for myself and others, configured wi-fi networks for my family, taught myself some website design skills, and practiced basic cybersecurity principles. My classes at UIUC provided me with proof that I was good at computer science, which reassured my fascination for it despite the challenging assignments and exams. To this day, I see myself as a computer-loving engineer for life, and that is why I can look back at Fall 2022 and assertively proclaim that the iCAN program was right for me.

What social interests matter to you?
Fighting Crime Against Women and Children, Environmental Protection, Mental Health Awareness, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

What is your most impactful iCAN experience?
What I loved most was each

What are your hobbies/outside interests?
Writing, Drawing, Listening to Podcasts and Music, Playing Piano, Swimming, Dancing

Where are you from?
Guatemala and Chicago, IL