So I did indeed do the thing.
I had to, I love all my RT friends and the community and most of all RTX is the one weekend every year i am guaranteed to be excited for and feel accepted and loved.
A few tips for the first time applications
* Treat it like a real job application, sweet god do you know how many people will put stupid things on the applications because of the nature of the company.
* Draw on all aspects of your life to contribute to the experience section
And most of all..... (in my opinion anyway)
* Don't be afraid to apply! As long as you can afford it, do it! It will be the most fun you've ever had!
Regardless of if I get chosen or not ( though clearly I would prefer the former) I will be there with bells on :D