Friday, April 18, 2014

Kim Possible - A Sitch in Time: Are we there yet?!

The only thing nearly as difficult as waiting for an acceptance into the Disney College Program is waiting for the Disney College Program! Is it here yet?! Is it time to go?! I am SO excited to start the program that it's all I can think, talk, and dream about! It has consumed my mind and waiting for my August 11th arrival date is rough!

I realized it's important to find ways to pass the time until the program, but also keep my excitement of going! Here are a few ways to make eternity fill like just A SITCH IN TIME.

CALL ME, BEEP ME, IF YOU WANT TO REACH ME - Find out if your school has any other students going to the program. Many schools will have the Disney Campus-rep reach out to those who were accepted into the program. Find out if there are any meet and greets where you can talk Disney and share your excitement with others!

WHAT'S THE SITCH? - Find out all you can about the specifics of the program. What is it like to be a cast member? What educational opportunities are there? What is the housing like? What should you pack? Learn about cast member perks and things you can do in Florida. Join all the facebook groups. Start looking for roommates!!!!! This is a great way to educate yourself about the program, prepare for your arrival, AND pass the time.

BOO-YAH! - Make a Disney bucket list! Put as many items as you want on it. Write down all the things you want to do while you're in Disney. This is a once in a life time opportunity and you're going to want to do everything you could think up! Look up different Disney activities and SNACKAGE! A bucket list will help you keep track of all that and create an awesome and fun challenge for yourself!

DANGER OR TROUBLE I'M THERE ON THE DOUBLE - Whether it be cheerleading, homework, or saving the world, we all have a lot of things on our plates! Focus on all your tasks at hand. I currently work a full-time job and putting my energy into that makes time pass a bit more quickly. It will also help that I was dedicated to my work up until my resignation day, so there's really only benefit to working hard and staying focused until Disney. Concentrate on your classes, clubs/intramurals, jobs, internships, social life, whatever it is that gives you something to do other than wait for Disney!

BEST-FRIEND-FUDGE - Spread the word that you're doing the program! Tell all your friends and family, post it on facebook, twitter, etc. Everyone else's excitement for you will distract you from your own anticipation! You can even make a game out of it. My siblings and a few friends made a bet on how many "likes" I would get on my status about my acceptance into the program. It was a ton of fun and it got other people involved in my journey to the program! Below is a picture of the status I posted. My brother ended up winning at a guess of 73 likes! The final total was 80.

These are just a few things to keep you busy, but I'll keep posting any other ideas!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Someday My Acceptance Will Come: The Waiting Game

ONCE UPON A TIME I was told during my phone interview that I would hear back about a decision regarding the Disney College Program in 2-3 weeks. I checked my e-mail the next morning (as if I was really going to hear back in less than 12 hours). Then I consistently checked my e-mail for a response every day about six times a day. Disney was all I could think about. I was merely WISHING for the acceptance letter to FIND ME TODAY! It was all I could talk about - my family and friends were probably sick of hearing about it after the first day. To pass the time, I consumed myself with my job and just WHISTLED WHILE I WORKED and HUMMED A MERRY TUNE.

After what seemed like an eternity of SLEEPING DEATH, I finally received an e-mail on March 13th, 2014 in my inbox which read "Congratulations!" in the title. My unrequited love was now requited! Disney, my true love, finally found me - I was accepted into the Disney College Program for Fall 2014! The e-mail issued instructions for logging onto my "dashboard" account which would tell me what my role was and any other necessary information. Although the e-mail addressed me by my last name instead of my first name, it didn't matter - Disney could call me whatever they want! After logging on and reading my acceptance letter, I found out the role I received was Attractions -  my first preference! HEIGH HO, HEIGH HO, it's off to the parks I go! I called anyone and everyone to share the good news. I would be resigning from my full-time professional position to fulfill a life long fantasy of becoming a Disney cast member and living HAPPILY EVER AFTER in Walt Disney World for five magical months!