I was content with teaching others how to excel at their application essays, but just last week I had to come out of retirement and see where my next essay would take me.
On Thursday, I had just received an invitation to apply to StartUp Bus, which is a week long competition that selects roughly 300 people from 10 cities to road trip on buses to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Texas. In those 72 hours on the bus, the contestants have to break into teams and come up with a business idea/product in hopes of wowing judges in Texas. Winners walk away with investments, partnerships, incubator access, etc.
As an entrepreneur, I could not let that opportunity slip by, and luckily for me, the application was in open text format. Basically I could write anything I wanted to prove to the organizers that I deserved a spot.
Unfortunately for me though, I only had 2 days to apply. Nonetheless, I took a deep breath and applied all the lessons that I otherwise teach to my students and cranked out my essay (definitely reminded me of the late nights I spent writing my application for college).
Two days later, I got the word that I was in! Although I didn’t run out of my house skipping in joy like when I did after receiving my acceptance letter from Stanford, I was ecstatic. Today basically consisted of running around my house, grabbing toiletries, notepads, chargers, etc.
I’ve never been to Texas, so I’m definitely looking forward to finding out the meaning behind the phrase “everything is bigger in Texas” (it will also be my first time at SXSW!)
This is a pretty exciting time for me and Marksmen Academy. Luckily, I’ll have my partner Anthony holding down the fort here in California to carry on our mission. Until then, subscribe to us for updates, and I’ll blog as soon as I can about my exciting road trip to Texas!