Here are the gut-wrenching and heart-stopping moments leading to the MOMENT. For those brave and fortunate enough to be on this ride, welcome to the sharp ascent at 90 degree in 30 minutes and then the dramatic turning point in 2 seconds.
3:55PM: Tiffany left Link Crew meeting and arrived at Lindbergh High Common in preparation to check the notification from Harvard, scheduled to be emailed at 4pm. Many freshman members of the club followed her.
3:56PM: Dad and Mom stopped all work on hand at home, waiting for Tiffany’s call. Dad was lucky that one of his client meeting doesn’t take him away from home today.
4:00PM: Tiffany started checking email, no message from Harvard yet
4:00PM: Mom started checking College Confidential (CC) Harvard forum. There were no posts from students who received results.
4:05PM: Dad joined the checking on CC. There are posts whining and joking about the lack of news.
- 4:05: Where’s the email!!! — mavericks17
- 4:06: Ahhhhh this is torture — ram0276
- 4:06: Let the lottery numbers roll — ithascometothis
- 4:08: Everyone who didn’t get an email yet is rejected. =/ — starktony826
4:12PM: The first post with result popped up on CC
- 4:12: Deferred. Crying — runnerxc
- 4:12: awww deferred — hpyscm
- 4:12: Deferred. :[ – starktony826
4:00-4:24PM: Tiffany feverishly refreshed the websites of Gmail (no Harvard email), CC (more posts from deferred students) and Harvard portal for admitted students (remained closed since 2 days ago).
4:25PM: Tiffany checked the Harvard portal and it came up! She typed in the login credential, hitting enter, and got IN!! On the web page with a crimson red background and a flying Harvard flag, four words greeted her: “Congratulations, Class of 2017!”
4:26PM: Mom’s cell phone rang. Dad put down the laptop and turned to look at her. In just two seconds, both would know, and started to congratulate Tiffany on the phone.
4:33PM: Tiffany received the email from Harvard.
From: Harvard College Admissions & Financial Aid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM
Subject: Your Application to Harvard College
And it began with:
Dear Ms. Lee,
Congratulations! I am delighted to inform you that the Committee on Admissions has admitted you to the Class of 2017 under the Early Action program.
I hope you will decide to join us at Harvard. We encourage you to get to know Harvard and the transformational opportunities that await you here.
And it ends with:
You will soon receive a packet of information about the many academic and extracurricular opportunities that will be available to you as a member of the Class of 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.
William R. Fitzsimmons
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Tiffany was too excited to read the email at this moment. She was screaming and cheered on by the freshmen members of the Link Crew and unknown standby in the Common.
It is a MOMENT to cherish, a MOMENT to remember, and a MOMENT to give thanks to God, for all the talent, people and opportunity He gifts to a young women about to embark on her journey.