Kelsey Hrubes

Kelsey Hrubes

Computer Science Major

Iowa State 2017

” Advice to my younger self: Pay a little more attention in high school math. I always got C’s and had to re-learn everything in college to get A’s.”

Years in industry?
4. I’ve worked summer internships since the start of college.

Who or what inspired your career in tech?
I sort of accidentally fell into it. I signed up for Computer Science as my major with little idea of what that meant, and learned I actually enjoy it.

What’s been your best hack ever? 
It’s not really a “hack”, but getting up early is a big part of how I’m able to be productive. I have a huge disklike of working at night. Having my work done and time to relax by the time the sun is down is a perfect way to de-stress and keep going.

What has been your greatest career or academic challenge and how have you handled it?
Beginning as a Computer Science major with no experience was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. I was scared I wouldn’t pass my classes, and as a result put a ridiculous amount of effort into them. This allowed me to ace my first few semesters of “weed out” classes and get the grades and experience to get software internships.

What is your biggest career success to date?
Founding Iowa Girls Code, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching high school girls in Iowa how to build apps and websites by pairing them mentors from local tech companies.

What are the top 3 pieces of advice you would give to women who are starting out in the tech industry?

  • Don’t be shy.
  • Don’t get hung up on only working at a “big name” tech company like Google or Facebook.
  • Don’t let your entire identity revolve around tech. Have other hobbies and friends unrelated to it.

If you could go back in time, what’s one tip you’d give your teenage self?
Pay a little more attention in high school math. I always got C’s and had to re-learn everything in college to get A’s.

What do you do when you’re not kicking butt at work?
I love traveling, running, working out, drinking coffee and going out with my friends.

Flats, heels or kicks?
I’d like to wear heels more, but I’m 5’11 and end up towering over people.

What’s next for you?
I’ll graduate from Iowa State in December 2017, and will hopefully find a full time gig as a software engineer, preferably in the Seattle area.

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