Theresa Cay

Production Director to Software Engineer, Uber
I never got my acceptance letter to Hogwarts when I was 11, but being accepted into Hackbright was just as magical. Looking back, attending Hackbright was the best decision I've made.
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September to May 2014
Theresa graduates from University of Illinois studying Molecular & Cellular Biology.

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With this degree, she was on the pre-medicine route in order to become a doctor with research experience.

Theresa worked in various roles, but felt something was missing.

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“I was active in multiple communities through numerous leadership roles, such as the Director of Production of TEDx for my college, in addition to volunteering with groups such as the Illini Emergency Medical Services and co-founding organizations. Through this, I was able to hone my analytical and management skills. However, there was a part of me that was missing: my creative side.”

And then? Theresa gets a taste of technology and gets hooked.

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“I fell in love with technology when I received a scholarship to attend the TEDMED conference and a NASA Social at Ames Research Center. There, I saw how people were able to impact millions of lives through tech.”

October 2014 - April 2015
Theresa continues to take classes and use online resources to indulge in her new passion.

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“…but I knew only the Software Engineering Fellowship at Hackbright Academy could give me the full education necessary to become a strong engineer.”

April 2015 – June 2015
Theresa joins Hackbright Academy!

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“Looking back, attending Hackbright was the best decision I’ve made. Hackbright provided quality education in a welcoming environment that made learning very enjoyable throughout our accelerated program.”

Hackbright time! Not quite Hogwarts, but close...

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“I never got my acceptance letter to Hogwarts when I was 11, but being accepted into Hackbright was just as magical. Looking back, attending Hackbright was the best decision I’ve made.”

On her downtime?
Theresa loves to explore.

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“I love to travel and go on adventures. This, with making art and photography, gives me a new perspective on life.”

October 2015
Theresa officially joins Uber
as a software engineer!

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“I was so ecstatic when I received my offer from Uber and it was truly a dream come true. Words can’t describe what a great opportunity it is to be a part of Uber’s engineering. Entering the tech industry might be daunting, but transitioning from Hackbright to Uber’s LadyEng made me feel supported and at home!”