A year ago, I applied to the Recurse Center. I loved everything I read about it; it sounded like the Interlochen for code. I had a really pleasant interview process, and the application forced me to reflect on my ambitions and career in code in a meaningful way. And then, I didn’t get in. I was disappointed and didn’t try to hide it. But then, it dawned on me that I still loved to code. So, to cheer myself up, I built Space Squares, and then tackled my most ambitious project yet: Hackterms.
It’s been a year since, and I once again found myself at a crossroads. My “career” has been up in the air, but the unifying pattern in the last year has been writing code. For work and for myself, when I got sad or wanted to put something useful out in the world, I wrote code.
So, when I saw that applications were open, it just made sense to apply again. Whereas last year the app took me 2 weeks, this time around it only took a few hours. It was easy to answer the questions in earnest. I had a better idea for what my coding career might look like and what I would study at RC. I talked about how much I learned from collaborating with James and Esther. For my code sample, I submitted a project I whipped up for a reddit comment the day before. My interview process was accommodating, fast, and engaging, and within a week, I got the most exciting email I’ve seen in a year. I GOT IN!!
I’m going to write another post in the future on why I think I got in this time and not last time (spoiler: ~60% luck), but for the time being, I’ve decided to start with the next batch, on Jan 7th (2019 😅) , and couldn’t be more excited! I’ll definitely blog more about my plans before the batch, and plan document my experience throughout.