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Gunn alumnus Stanley Zhong learns the ropes at Google

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Photo courtesy of Stanley Zhong

A morning of writing code and collaborating in meetings, followed by lunch with coworkers and聽 鈥 on special occasions 鈥 a game of ultimate frisbee: This is what a typical morning looks like for 18-year-old Gunn graduate Stanley Zhong, who now works as a full-time software engineer at Google.

Zhong made in October, when he was hired by Google after having been rejected from 16 of the 18 colleges he applied to. Now, he works on Google鈥檚 Cloud Sales team, helping build software for salespeople.

Zhong attributes his success to his strong work ethic. He didn鈥檛 expect to get hired, but was ecstatic when he found out.

鈥淚 was pretty surprised,鈥 Zhong said. 鈥淚 didn鈥檛 go into the (interview) thinking it would happen. When I started out, I thought it was something (I would) try, and if it goes well, that鈥檚 great. If it doesn鈥檛, I got some good interview practice out of it. When I was (accepted), I was really happy, my family was really happy.鈥

The interviews consisted of an online screening in which聽 Zhong answered technical software-engineering questions and a behavioral interview.聽

鈥淕oogle has a concept called 鈥楪oogliness,鈥 the idea being how well you uphold the company鈥檚 values,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t basically comes down to whether you are a jerk or not.鈥澛

Zhong鈥檚 multiple rejections soured his views on applications and acceptances. Working at Google boosted his confidence, however, reinforcing his interest in computer science and聽 jump-starting his career.

鈥淔or computer science particularly, you can pick up more working and doing hands-on things at a company like Google or at a startup than you could at college,鈥 Zhong said.聽

Thus, he decided to take a gap year before enrolling in the聽 University of Texas at Austin to focus on his future at Google. Google鈥檚 welcoming environment made the transition from high school comfortable.聽

鈥淕oogle doesn鈥檛 expect you to know everything right off the bat, and that鈥檚 why there is this boarding period where you have that grace (period) to just learn things,鈥 Zhong said.聽

Still, Zhong鈥檚 lack of work experience has proved a challenge: Most of his co-workers have had industry experience already.

鈥淭hat is something where I do need to pay a little more attention to, just because I don鈥檛 have all of that knowledge yet,鈥 he said.

His age hasn鈥檛 had a negative effect on his work life at Google, though. According to Zhong, most of the employees have been friendly

鈥淣obody is biased or acts differently towards me,鈥 he said. 鈥淓veryone is really supportive.鈥

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