Jacob started work early to extend his learning from coding school and started contributing awesome resources to the development team. In the short time he’s been here, he’s already made an impact – and that seems to be a new trend among our new team members. Keep reading to learn more about why Jacob made the switch to an education technology company and what excites him about working at Presence.
Jacob was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, and studied history at the University of Florida, which he argues is the most well-rounded degree a student could choose for a major. He became interested in tech for the first time while completing a project in college on digital mapping technologies and taught himself how to code. He spent two years as an ESL Instructor and Curriculum Developer at a startup English academy in Seoul, South Korea.
The way Jacob speaks of his experiences from his time in Seoul made me want to learn more about Korean culture and, to be honest, book a direct flight to Seoul (if there was such a thing). He spoke with a reminiscent tone of the people and culture there. His love for learning and giving back to the community is apparent. He reflected,
“The people I met and places I saw have completely changed me. Being able to deeply understand a culture apart from my own had almost a mirror-like effect and, allowed me to find the edges of my perspective and pointed out my own limitations and shortcomings. These [years] were the best, most transformative years of my life.”
After Korea, he decided to enroll in a tech academy in Washington, D.C. where he sharpened his self-taught coding skills for 5 months. Once completed, he happened to stumble upon a super cool job posting at Presence (then called Check I’m Here) and decided to apply. While never intending to return to the Tampa Bay area, he’s pumped to be back (his grandmother is pretty excited too).
Some fun facts about Jacob:
- He speaks conversational German
- He loves maps and geography
- He was the wide receiver for the 2015 National Championship Seoul Golden Eagles in the Korean National Football League (KNFL)
Let’s learn a little bit about why Jacob is excited to be a part of the Check I’m Here team:
My number one priority in a job is meaningful work. What this company is doing is impactful. Maslow’s Hammer is a concept used to describe the desire to only use the tools you know even if they aren’t right for the job. This company wants to give student leaders all the tools they could ever need to engage and involve our future peers and prepare them for our future civilization. It’s easy to see the importance in what’s going on here.
On a personal level, I really love the people here. Being surrounded by intelligent, driven people is empowering. I want to be challenged, I want to be better, and I want to be a part of something that I can call my own in a way. This place is gonna do that for me.
Jacob’s position as a Front End Engineer will focus on developing our software in order to make it the most user-friendly for our campus partners. Any new projects, features, bugs or fixes that may come his way? Jacob is up for the challenge.
When asked what Jacob liked to do with his time outside of work, he mentioned traveling (yes, he is in an igloo in the above picture) and a range of athletic activities. He also mentioned reading with some of his favorites including Kurt Vonnegut, Murakami, Pynchon, and Dostoevsky.
I couldn’t help but be in awe and leave all of our readers with this quote by Jacob, that truly encompasses his overall spirit and inspires us all to invite more adventure into our lives:
“I wanna live as many lives as I can in this one. Overall, I just really like life – it’s truly a nice little treat we’re given by this universe, ain’t it?”
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Editor’s note: We’ve changed our name since Jacob joined our team! We’re now Presence.