Hack Reactor Admissions Decision

My interviewer told me I should hear back within the week, but if not that I could email her and she would reach out to Kristen, the admissions manager. I’d read a lot of other blogs where people had heard back within a few days–some even the next day! So, I had that in mind…

After my interview, I wandered SF and then went to a Women Who Code iOS workshop, which was pretty fun. I thought it’d be cool to learn Objective-C because then I could help the mobile developers at my company. I made my first (very basic) app! The next morning I woke up at 4am to catch a flight to Colorado to go skiing! Every time I had service in the mountains, I checked my email. 5 days of skiing came and went, and I hadn’t heard anything. It was torture! On the other hand, I braved my first Blue, which was initially terrifying and tough but eventually very fun and gratifying. Just goes to show, not much worth having or doing comes easily :)

Finally, a week passed, and I thought–maybe I got rejected. If I’d gotten accepted, wouldn’t they have emailed me earlier? I was getting tired of repressing my anxiety, so I emailed my interviewer a fairly enthusiastic follow-up, that evening. She emailed me back at 3am, letting me know that she had reached out to Kristen, who should be getting back to me soon. Her email was pretty devoid of any emotion or indicator of my admission result (which was probably intentional) so I gritted my teeth and forced myself to go into the office and focus on work. It was an abnormally ridiculously busy day.

One funny thing I should mention–I’m part of the Hack Reactor Meetups group, so I constantly get emails “from Hack Reactor” which always made my heart skip a beat and then I’d realize it was from the meetup group. I kept expecting each email to be my admissions decision.

Finally, in the midst of being really busy in the office and trying to do a million things at once, I got an email from Kristen, and without really thinking about what it was, I opened it.

“Hi Amira, We are excited…”

Stopped reading. Glanced at the email header. My admissions decision! I got in! A second after that my boss started talking to me, so I had to save my mini-celebration for a bit later.

But. So. Excited!

  3 comments for “Hack Reactor Admissions Decision

  1. November 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I enjoy the efforts you have put in this, thanks for all the great posts.

  2. Brenten
    March 15, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    I feel this soo strongly right now! I did my second interview 8 days ago and I have been getting so anxious and excited. I also am part of the HR meetup group too and each email I get from them rips me apart on the inside haha. Would you recommend me emailing admissions if I am already 8 days into waiting? My interviewer did say up to 10 days :(

    Thanks!

    • amira
      March 15, 2016 at 1:43 PM

      Hi Brenten! I would wait another two-three days before emailing them :) It’s super nerve wracking but admissions is very busy and I trust them to be on top of things now. Good luck!!!

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