A graduate student in a long-distance relationship, she recalls "pathetically eating a bad bowl of pasta in my dorm room by myself on a Friday night" when a recruiting email arrived from a tiny search engine company."I remember I’d told myself, ' New emails from recruiters — just hit delete.'" But she didn't because she'd heard about the company from one of her professors and her own graduate studies focused on the same areas the company wanted to explore.
Both parents were dedicated to nurturing their children's interests.
Her father built a backyard ice-rink for her younger brother and her mother drove her to numerous lessons and activities over the years.
She went on to establish the look of Google's interface as a search engine and oversee the development, code-writing, and launch of Gmail, Google Maps, i Google, Google Chrome, Google Health, and Google News.
She heavily influenced the company's biggest successes such as Google Earth, Books, Images and more, and she curated Google Doodle, the morphing of the familiar homepage logo into designs and images celebrating special events around the world.
She entered college thinking she'd be a pediatric neurosurgeon, but a required computer course for pre-med students intrigued and challenged her.
She decided to study Symbolic Systems which included courses in cognitive psychology, philosophy, linguistics and computer science.And that's exactly what happened.'" High School: Mayer was president of the Spanish Club, treasurer of the Key Club, and involved in debate, Math Club, academic decathlon and Junior Achievement (where she sold fire starters.) She also played the piano, took babysitting lessons, and continued to dance; her years of classical ballet training helped her earn a place on the precision dance team.Her debate team won the state championship her senior year which helped her hone her skill of identifying problems and solutions quickly.Her teal-painted bedroom featured Techline furniture (establishing early on her preference for clean lines and minimalist design), and one concession to girlhood was her Jackie Kennedy doll collection.Laura Beckman Anecdote: Mayer frequently mentions a valuable life lesson she learned from Laura Beckman, the daughter of her piano teacher and a talented volleyball player.While at Stanford she danced in "The Nutcracker" ballet, engaged in parliamentary debate, volunteered at a children's hospital, was involved in bringing computer science education to schools in Bermuda and began teaching her junior year.