My name is Terence Honles and I want to change the world.
I earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of
California: Los Angles in 2010, and I have already worked for a
number of large and/or prominent companies including Microsoft and
Amazon. I have a strong set of ideals and I care very much about
what I do. Along with having a strong desire to do the best I can,
I strive to continue learning at any chance I get. Although, this
is most obvious in tech related areas it is most definitely not
exclusive to it.
With my experience and personality I am looking to find a group of
people who share my passion. This group of people could be a
successful company or a startup who strives for innovation and
delights themselves in quality. My goal is to change the way people
live their lives; I want to do something which will affect people
whether they realize it or not.
My three siblings and I were homeschooled until I was in 7th
grade. As a result of having a busy teacher (mom), I learned to
become self-motivated and rather self-taught. This worked well
because I was already very inquisitive and mechanically inclined.
I was allowed to push ahead in the areas of math and sciences, and
I was supported by my dad who is a structural engineer and is very
good at what he does.
Starting in 7th grade I began a transition from private schools to
a public school. With each transition I was given a larger group
of people to compete with, and I feel the increased competition
pushed me to do even better than I had done previously. I was
allowed greater opportunities with each move and I learned to
adapt and take advantage of them as best I could.
In high school I played around with Adobe Flash (then Macromedia)
and TI-BASIC, but it was really my job at Rockwell Scientific
which gave me the final push in the direction of computer science.
With this initial experience I came in hot at UCLA. I was finally
given formal training, and I was surprised at all the connections
I started drawing. I enjoyed difficult problems and was able to
help my friends and classmates out. This mentoring helped solidify
my knowledge of the subjects, but it also helped foster a team
spirit because I not only wanted to succeed but I wanted them to
As a result of my intense desire to learn more about computer
science I put off many of my general electives until last. This
happened to work well for me because I was able to use some of the
time to be able to study abroad. I studied at the University of
Monash: Clayton, and I was able to meet not only many Australians
but also many people from other countries who were also studying
abroad. With this fusion of people I was able to take primarily
classes which were going to count as general electives, and as a
result I was able to experience a whole new side of university.
Looking back at my past education I would say it has definitely
been exciting for me: full of twists and turns and its share of
ups and downs. After the completion of my B.S. I have been left
pivoting between returning for a higher degree or teaching myself
the many things which interest me. At the moment I have been
taking the time to learn and explore, but if and when I figure out
a more refined area I would like to specialize in I may end up
with my Ph.D.
Family and Background
I am the eldest out of four children, and I have strong desire and
interest in helping my siblings succeed. I believe I am both a
mentor and a role model to them and I strive to my best in
fulfilling that role. I have been given many responsibilities
growing up as the eldest child, and through my experiences I
learned to become very independent.
My family definitely has an artistic flair. My mother is an
artist, my father is a musician, my sister Erica is completing her
first degree in art, my brother Joel has had a hobby of crafting
custom skateboards amongst other things, my sister Janelle likes
to follow in her sister's footsteps, but comes at it with her own
style including an interest in fashion and design. To say the very
least my family has a lot in common, but we each contribute with
our own style and attitude. This has helped emphasize the fact
that each member of a team is what makes the team so special.