Q&A: Alison Hart follows passion for a challenge into the world of cybersecurity

Photo and graphics of Alison Hart soon to be graduate

Auburndale, Florida native Alison Hart ’19 has always had a passion for cybersecurity. Hart, who is majoring in computer science with a concentration in cybersecurity, is a lifelong learner who has excelled at Florida Polytechnic University as a programing teaching assistant, Presidential Ambassador, and is currently working as an information technology contractor at Badcock Home Furniture & More. She’s already putting her skills to good use outside of the classroom. Hart was recently part of a Florida Poly team that took first place in a statewide 24-hour hackathon.


What was your favorite class at Florida Poly?

Definitely [Computer] Programming 2. That class made me realize how much can be learned by trying, failing, and continuing to try until there’s a breakthrough.


Choose three words to describe Florida Poly.

Challenging, imaginative, and opportunity.


What is your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Going to Born & Bread Bakehouse in downtown Lakeland! The Boston Cream cruffin is incredible.


What TV show are you currently binge-watching?

I just finished watching “Designated Survivor,” and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a little bit of drama alongside a refreshing view into modern government.


What leader do you admire the most in the high-tech world and why?

Elon Musk. His passion for innovation, environmental conservation, and exploration inspires me to push myself and to never be intimidated of the unknown.


Editor’s Note: This story is one of a series of Q&As with some of Florida Poly’s class of 2019 graduates.

Lydia Guzman
Assistant Director of Communications

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