My name is Roberto Gaston Pesa; friends and family call me Gaston.
I attended New Trier High School where I obtained the basics of the knowledge in computer science. I then attended Western Illinois University, where I earned a bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration. Finally, I attended and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University, where I earned a master's degree in computer science.
I enjoy fishing on the lake with my beautiful girlfriend, boating, camping, playing the computer game League of Legends, programming, knitting, watching movies, going to Six Flags Great America, napping and eating.
I was born in Argentina in 1990. I lived there until 1996, when my family moved to Israel in pursuit of a better life. In 1999, my parents decided that our family should make the journey to the United States.
Growing up, my dream was always to become a police officer; I did anything I could to take steps toward that goal. I volunteered at my local police department as a youth agent in order to assist the department with Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance Enforcement for sales to minors. I completed internships at the Wilmette Police Department and the Buffalo Grove Police Department. Following graduation from Western Illinois University, I began work as a security officer, where I furthered my skills in writing and communication. Not long after that, I attained my goal: I was hired as a police officer. For a while I enjoyed the excitement of the job and the impact I felt I had on the community I was serving. But as the weeks turned to months I began to realize that it wasn't the career for me.
Back in high school, I had developed a passion for programming. As a teenager I watched my father code software to assist him with formulas at his job as a civil engineer. He gave me a book about Visual Basic 6, which I read at the age of 15. I loved it. I began to code games, multi-user chatrooms, memory readers/editors, cheats for games, virus scanners, etc. Ever since then programming became one of my favorite hobbies.
When I left the world of law enforcement behind, it was only natural that I started pursuing a life in the computer world. I began to study information technology, and attained my A+ Certification. Shortly after I was accepted to the computer science master's program at Northeastern Illinois, where I am gaining the groundwork necessary to achieve my new goal, working as a full-time programmer.
Currently I work as a full-time field engineer. I am organized and efficient when it comes to balancing my workload and getting projects done on time. I enjoy my job, but I am seeking to begin a career in programming, where I know I will be able to make an impact doing what I really love. I graduated from Northeastern Illinois University on December 2016, and I want to put my degree to use in a programming position as soon as possible.