In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating tales and vital contributions of our Hispanic Googlers—their histories, their households, and what retains them busy inside and outdoors of labor. Today we hear from Adriana Jara, software program engineer, passionate dancer and canine lover, who thinks life is just too brief to put on matching socks.


Give us the 10-second, one-sentence model of what you do at Google.

As a software program engineer, I assist construct the infrastructure to make purchasing advertisements on extra related and helpful.

When did you immigrate to the U.S.?

When I bought the job at Google, I moved to Sunnyvale, CA from Candelaria de Naranjo, a small city in Costa Rica. I bought on a flight on September 27, 2013—precisely 4 years in the past right now!

How has the Hispanic group been part of your expertise at Google?

For me, it’s extraordinarily vital to have a gaggle of people who find themselves “like me,” who share my cultural background and may talking Spanish with me generally. It offers me a way of belonging at Google.

What is your favourite Costa Rican custom or meals?

I like “olla de carne.” It’s a sort of soup with a bunch of greens and meat (in fact, one of the best one is my mother’s).

Have you at all times pictured your self working at Google?

It’s been a dream since Gmail got here out whereas I used to be in school. I bear in mind making an attempt it out and considering “I actually wish to work with the individuals who constructed this factor.” I assumed e-mail was high-quality because it used to work, however wow, they took a factor that was “high-quality” and improved it a lot. I wish to be a type of people who doesn’t settle for issues which are high-quality, however adjustments them for the higher. Years later, I heard about a chance at Google, thought again to these school days and determined to offer the dream a strive.

Who has been probably the most influential individual in your life?

My total household. But the issues which have pushed me probably the most had been first given to me by my father. He gave me a love for books—he’s at all times studying—and taught me to be a self-learner. He at all times talks about fantastic locations around the globe and he took me in my first journey outdoors of Costa Rica, planting in me the starvation to see the world.

What has been a giant second for you at Google?

I went to a recruiting occasion at a highschool in Costa Rica. When I used to be launched, they talked about my small hometown, and I heard a solitary however enthusiastic “Woo!” from the gang. After the discuss, one of many college students (the supply of the “woo”) approached me and mentioned, “I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest desires that somebody from our hometown may work at Google. This is superior, I now wish to work for NASA and I believe I can do it.” That second made me really feel like I’ve come thus far, and that I’m serving to individuals see it’s attainable to work for giant firms, irrespective of the place you’re born.