27 Feb

Hackbright Update #2

Posted by Jenna, Under Uncategorized

Want to know the status of my Hackbright application? Get the scoop via the latest episode of the Woman Evolving podcast, Failure v. Feedback.

Unrelated image from a darn good day.

Superia X-TRA 400 on the Voigtlander Bessamatic

 

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23 Feb

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Personal

I still haven’t heard back from Hackbright, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to focus on anything other than refreshing my email every few seconds. At this point I’ll be happy to get any news at all because it feels like I’m stuck in a sort of limbo, unable to make any plans for the next few months because I might be commuting up to San Francisco 6+ days/week. I thought the interview went really well, but with an 8% acceptance rate the odds aren’t in my favor. Stay positive! That’s what I’m trying to focus on, even when the feeling looms over me that no news doesn’t seem like good news in this instance.

Opening up my inbox and finding scans from the Vegas trip I had at the beginning of February was a welcome diversion. We managed to coordinate the schedules of seven different people well enough to spend three days in Vegas together. We lost our light to a bank of clouds right as we were leaving the hotel for pictures/dinner, but I adore these underexposed photos just the same. Below are Megan of Muncher Cruncher (if you’re into health/fitness you’ll love her Instagram account!) and our friend B. We shopped, ate, walked, one of us won $100 at the slots, and sat by the pool talking about Serial. Good, in a different sort of way than the good times we had at BYU. Three more years and we do it again? Definitely not seven, that was far too long.

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Yashica Mat 124g. Acros 100.

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18 Feb

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Personal

Fuji Superia X-tra 400, Voitlander Bessamatic, 50mm f/2.8

At the beach on the right side of the Santa Cruz boardwalk, January 2015.

I’ve decided that 2015 is going to be the year of the beach for us. Get an umbrella, develop a packing system, have a default picnic packing list to make grocery shopping easy, load up on cornstarch to get the sand off their little bodies when we get back to the car. I can’t get enough of the waves and the splashing and the sunshine, and neither can they.

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11 Feb

Hackbright Update #1

Posted by Jenna, Under Work

Unrelated image. Sweet Siblings. Rolled Crossbird on the Canon EOS3. 

A few days after I hit submit on my written application I found an email from Hackbright in my inbox inviting me to do an interview with them! This is the first of two video interviews in the application process. It’s happening tomorrow and I feel good about it because based on everything I’ve read it’s an interview that attempts to understand the individual and the personality, and whether they are a good fit for the program. They only thing I can do is be myself.

If they like what they hear/see in the first interview I’ll be invited to do a second video meeting. I’ve tried to find everything written about the interview process with this particular program, and my take-away is that the first interview is about determining if your personality is a good fit for the group as a whole (which makes sense, since it’s a group of 40 spending 40 hours/week together). The second interview is set up to challenge applicants and see how they process and work through problems, to help instructors determine if this is a person they want to devote three months of their life to teaching.

I have my outfit and interview spot picked out and I’m ready to get this second step over with! Thank you to all those who have reached out on Twitter or Facebook to wish me luck. Those good thoughts meant a lot to me, and they will sustain me through the rest of the process as well.

Fingers crossed I’ll be checkin in next week with a second update that contains positive news!

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01 Feb

Applying for Big Changes in 2015

Posted by Jenna, Under Personal

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When writing I’ve often found myself butting up against two different states. The first is writer’s block, where fishing anything out of the mental pool. The second is writer’s procrastination. The mind overflows with ideas, yet somehow none are pertinent to the project looming large in the near future.

I’m writing this post in the second state, as I make a final push to finish my application for Read more →

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