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!