I received my high school diploma back in 1997. I attended MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. During that year, many teachers would ask students what they wanted to do after graduating. Most of the students mentioned that they wanted to attend college and then find a job.
For me, it was different. I had no idea what I wanted to do after completing high school. During the summer of 1997, I visited community colleges close to home. I visited North Lake and Mountain View. Since Mountain View had a soccer team, I decided to go with them even though North Lake was 5 minutes from my house.
During the first year at Mountain View, I took an introduction course in computer science. As part of that course, we had to research a topic and write a term paper. After receiving my assignment, I wasted no time and went to the library to start my research. After using a computer and a web browser, I was hooked.
Google provided so much information to my research. Not only I was only to complete my paper, I was also starting in my software development career with Google.