One of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning and feel groggy is check all of my email accounts – usually there’s something in there that stresses me out and helps wake me up. When my Gmail emails downloaded, I noticed an admissions decision email from UCLA.
The official decision date for UCLA isn’t until the end of the month, so I knew this was either really good news, meaning they wanted to accept me before the other admits, or really bad news, meaning they felt my application was so poor that they needed to “pre-ding” me. Given all the news I’d received prior to this, I wasn’t really leaning either way.
I didn’t have time to check the decision at home, so I to rushed to work and tried to focus on my driving. When I arrived, I closed my office door and I went through the same login process I did for every other decision. I thought I was feeling pretty confident at this point, but I still managed to type in my password incorrectly two times. I clicked the decision link, which led me to a letter from the Dean. When I saw the word “congratulate” I closed my eyes, both out of happiness and relief.
It’s official now. I will be going to business school. Two years ago, I was dying of kidney failure. It was the Great Recession. I was desperately trying to balance my health problems with running my own company, and barely had enough left over to make payments for my COBRA insurance. I constantly teetered on the edge of financial bankruptcy, and probably even worse.
But going to business school is about leaving the past in the past. I’ve spent the last two years of my life picking the pieces up, and trying to put them back together. Now I have a way forward and I’m not looking back.