New Delhi: Google has recruited 18-year-old Stanley Zhong, a Palo Alto, California, high school alumnus, as a full-time software engineer. This follows his rejection from 16 colleges, including state universities and the esteemed Ivy League.
Stanley, who attended the prestigious Gunn High School in the centre of Silicon Valley, excelled academically, earning a 3.97 unweighted and 4.42 weighted GPA.
Zhong founded his own e-signing startup, RabbitSign, during his high school days.
After receiving a score of 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT, which is equivalent to 10th CGPA in India, he asserts that the physical signing of documents may soon become obsolete, making his startup significant.
Stanley applied to 18 institutions, 16 of which rejected him as a science major in spite of his accomplishments. Prominent universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, MIT, and UC Berkeley, are on the list. Only the University of Texas and the University of Maryland accepted him. Zhong first thought about enrolling in the University of Texas course, but he decided against it in favour of the Google campus in order to pursue a full-time career as a software engineer.
According to reports, after receiving rejection letters from the institutions, Zhang admitted that getting into these universities may be challenging, particularly for elite and Ivy League schools.
Additionally, according to him, there is intense competition within his application, where only some top talented and smartest mind gets selected in computer science.
Following a list of rejections, he eventually received a job offer from Google, the tech behemoth offering him a full-time position as a software engineer. This Monday, the teen began working for the company, which has its headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Stanley was accepted to the University of Texas, one of just two universities where his application was accepted, but he had to give that up to take the job.
Both the University of Texas and the University of Maryland accepted him, and he even made the decision to enrol at the University of Texas, but he postponed when he received the Google job offer.
Although Stanley informed the source that he still accepts applications for admittance to colleges, the teen is now having fun on the Google campus rather than a college campus.