Admission cheat codes

For the past few days, people have found my blog via keywords like ‘founder institute wait list’, ‘founder institute test’, ‘noc interview’, ‘noc reject’ and terms along these lines.

When I put my experiences of NOC and Founder Institute together, I can safely say that it doesn’t matter if you don’t get into a program because there are better programs out there; and if you are enrolled into a program, be a good finisher.

Oh yea, and don’t lie. Don’t be anybody else other than yourself.  I was 10mins late for the 20mins second round of interview NOC and was honest about the reason why (go do an internal search on my blog to find out why. It’s kinda embarrassing to type it again). Although I immediately hate myself for not using a good excuse, I was admitted into the program.

Even though I was in the FI waiting list, I graduated. I’m pretty sure there are people who enrolled without knowing a waiting list existed but didn’t graduate.

And of course, trust God. It doesn’t make sense that my life make so much sense looking it from the rear-view mirror.

All the best guys!


Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.


2 thoughts on “Admission cheat codes

  1. Thanks Elisha. U have been a great inspiration to me (and I am saying it publicly here).
    I also just received an email fr FI saying that I am on the waiting list. Not sure what this really means but I hope good news will be coming.
    I am gonna go and put up the youtube vid that they requested (not mandatory, but I guess it helps – correct me if I am wrong)
    And for your entrepreneurial journey, all the best >:D<

    – kelsie –

  2. Hey Kelsie!

    I'm just a normal kid like you, but glad to be of some help! :)

    Not sure exactly how the waiting list works, but I assume it's there so that the 'better' students can decide whether they are really joining and if their co-founders are joining in too. After these people take their seat, people in the waiting list gets their turn.

    I remembered not doing anything while on the waiting list. Were you asked to make a video for it? Let me know, we can look at it together! Btw, if you sign up in time for the early admission, you can re-apply even if you get rejected this time round.

    Update me!

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