For those who have been following my Tumblr (until I vanished off of the face of the planet), thank you! For those who are starting due to a desire to live vicariously through me, eat your heart out!
Just to play catch up: I was in my final semester at Covenant College between August and December. I had gotten wind of the Disney College Program, and I thought it would be a great opportunity, as well as a great way to spend my first post college semester. It will look great on a resume, it would provide many opportunities for the future with the company, I can network and make new friends, and, last but not least, it’s going to be a blast not only working for one of the best companies in the world, but being able to play at Disney World, and live in Orlando.
So, in September, I applied as soon as applications opened. Within a day, I had already had an offer to complete the Web Based interview (don’t get too excited, folks, there’s three parts to the application process). Not too long after I completed the Web based interview, Disney expressed interest to have a phone interview with me. And let me tell you, that was nerve wracking.
The good news is, I also found the Disney Facebook Page, thanks to a DCP alumni who had returned to Covenant (Emmy Kate Pickering was the first Covenant student to attend the College Program- I am the second), which had provided a place to vent my frustrations, express my worries, and participate in this shared experience of waiting and watching. These people proved to be fun and a great group of people to turn to, in addition to my friends and family cheering for me.
Then came the night of my phone interview. Disney suggested dressing up as if I were attending an actual interview. I showered, I dressed, I freshened up. I listened to Disney tunes (I Can Go the Distance, One Last Hope, He Lives in You, I Just Can’t Wait to be King, and Gaston, in case you were curious), I spread my body out as big as possible to increase my confidence (as suggested by a TedTalks lecture under their Life Hacks tag), and, most importantly, I smiled. I went to my car where it was quiet, and waited. 8:45 was my scheduled time. They could call 15 minutes early, they could call 15 minutes late. I had no idea how it would go.
And before I knew it, it had come and gone. I don’t really remember my interview. I was so nervous, I just sort of rolled with the blows. But I came off thinking, I thought that went well. The one question I remember them asking was about what I would do if I were a character attendant and it was time for Winnie the Pooh to take a break. My answer was something along the lines of pooh having a rumbly in his tumbly, and having to grab a quick bite of honey.
Let me tell you, the time you wait to find out if you have reached your desired goal after you have done all you can do, it is excruciating to wait. I couldn’t focus on school for three days. I had work, classes, and friends, and nothing seemed to ease my impatience. I was constantly on the Disney boards, watching as others sat and waited with me.
On Friday, September the 20th,I was sitting in chapel, and I received an email. Normally I try to ignore texts and emails in chapel, but I had been too anxious. The email sender was Disney! It was about the College Program! I almost stood up right there to scream…until I read the subject: September Newsletter. Well, crap.
After chapel, I was sitting in the commons of my former dorm, First Belz. We were playing Mario Kart Double Dash, a room filled with Belzians. My phone buzzed again while I was in the middle of a race. I glanced down, and again, it was from Disney. Would they send me another email to give me false…wait… this is actually about my program. I read over the email. I read it twice. Three times. I read the same line. I jumped up. I screamed. I yelled. I hollered. I was accepted. I ran around the hall screaming at the top of my lungs. I did it! I did it! I was accepted! I called my mom, my stepdad, my dad, my grandmother, my friend. One girl later told me that her boyfriend confessed to her he had never seen me that happy before.
Through the Facebook group, I was able to connect with people, find roommates for my arrival and departure dates. I would be working Attractions at Walt Disney World. I would arrive on the 13th of January, 2014. I would leave on the first of August (theoretically).
There was only one problem: I still had classes. Disney was possibly the absolute worst possible thing that could have happened for my classes. I had a job that I would love after school. I was focused on that, and school just did not seem as important, which is not good when you’re a senior in your final semester. If this were another blog, I would probably write about my experiences writing my Senior Thesis on Batman, and maybe one day I will. But for now, this is about Disney. 4 months after that day, I was standing in Orlando, waiting for my chance to start my term at the most magical place on Earth.
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