After trying two years ago to get into Launch Academy and missing the mark, I am beyond excited to have been accepted into the summer 2015 cohort. Excited and scared to death.

For me (and I’m sure for many others too), LA isn’t just going to be a learning experience, it’s going to be a change-my-entire-life experience. And not just because I am changing careers and changing the direction I’m headed, but because it’s going to fundamentally change the way I think. About approaching and solving problems, about career culture, about the assessment of my own ability, about working collaboratively, the list goes on and on.

As excited as I am to be embarking on this process, it wasn’t any easy decision to make. I applied because I heard about the scholarship and thought I could have a good shot at it. Not getting it but still being accepted meant I had this huge opportunity in front of me to either grab or let go. Taking it would mean a lot of financial hardship, strain on my relationship, loss of employment and benefits that go with it, plus the rigor of 12–16 hour days and daily commutes in and out of Boston. Add to that the fact that I had already previously decided that I would be moving in June, right after the start of the program, from Lowell to Providence.

So, it has quickly become clear that LA and everything surrounding it is going to be one of the most difficult things that I’ve ever done.

That’s why it’s going to be so sweet when I totally nail it, you guys.

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