Hey all - just wanted to wish best of luck to this year's applicant group.
I applied last year in September, was held in January, then waitlisted in April, then finally got a JS1 in early June and my JS2 about a week later (and I'm now writing to you from the palatial confines of Gropius, HLS's sardine can-style on-campus housing complex). I know my timeline is pretty atypical, but if it says anything, it's that there's really no reason to ever lose hope until the day they tell you the class is full. Stay hungry and stay patient, and it certainly can pay off.
It's perfectly easy for me to say the following in retrospect, but that doesn't make it any less true: try your best not to freak out about the process, it won't do you any favors. Just relax, be confident in what you've given the admissions people to work with, and let things unfold - very patiently, if need be.
If anyone has any questions about the way I navigated the process (hint: for one thing, I expended way the fuck too much energy being agitated over each new wave of JS1s that passed me over, and obviously, there were a lottt of them), I'm happy to answer.