My Disney Journey: Application & The Web Based Interview

I've talked about my acceptance into the program, but now it's time to rewind and take an in depth look at my application process. Today I'm going to talk about starting the application, and the Web Based Interview (or WBI). Honestly, the WBI was the part I was most scared for, but it ended up being the easiest part for me. 

Like I said in my previous post, I started (and finished) my application on February 6th, 2014. To start the application, it's really simple, but very long. Honestly, it took me about an hour or two to actually finish the application because I kept swiping backward (dumb) and erasing all my progress. 

The application is kind of like any other application process. It asks you personal information, then it asks about past work experience, and then it gets into the Disney side of things. First, it starts out asking what park you want to work at, and then what program your looking into. After that it brings you to a screen with all of the roles. Now I had looked at most of the roles prior to doing the application so I was somewhat ready for this. For the roles, you put down if you're very interested, moderately interested, slightly interested, or not interested. There were a lot more roles than I originally thought, some that I hadn't even considered so that took me a little bit longer than I thought it would. 

Afterward, you just hit send and then it tells you if you've been accepted for a Web Based Interview or not. Luckily, I stayed up and got the email that said I had been accepted for the WBI. Now, this is the part that I was most nervous about because it is the first step that you can really mess up. The WBI is questions that basically ask about your character and how you would handle certain situations. You get about five minutes per question, and some of the questions are the same, just worded differently. 

I was so scared and nervous when I started because you only get one go at the WBI. As soon as I got the email, I took a few breaths and entered into the WBI. All in all, I think that it took me about 20 minutes to complete. I felt that putting either "strongly agree" or "strongly disagree" was the best option (which proved to be true, for me at least). It seemed to me, from the research that I had done, that Disney was looking for strongly opinionated people, not just someone who was complacent about things. 

After finishing the WBI, I left it to the fates and just went sleep. Luckily for me, when I woke up the next morning I found the Congratulations email, that allowed me go ahead and schedule the phone based interview. I took a few breaths and looked for the next available date. Unfortunately for me, the only date that I could do the phone interview on was February 14th. An entire week away. I was hoping to get it over with sooner rather than later, but it ended up just giving me time to prepare. 

That's all for this post, but next time I'll tell you all about the worst part for me: The Phone Based Interview. 

A Look into My DCP Application Process

One of the things that I really looked into when I was applying for the Disney College Program was the application process & people's timelines for acceptance/NLIC/pend. Even though I did a lot of research about the process, I honestly don't think that anything could have prepared me for my journey. 

This first post is going to be about my timeline; how/when I heard from Disney, and then I'll take each part of the process and break it down for you. Honestly, I have too many thoughts about each little step to keep it all in one blog post. 

February 6th - Application Started 
February 6th - Thank You For Applying 
February 7th [around 2 am, at this point] - Web Based Interview 
February 7th - Congratulations --> Schedule a Phone Based Interview, Confirmation 
February 14 - Phone Based Interview, Thank You For Interviewing 
March 4th - You've Been Pended 
March 12th - Congratulations!, Submit Program Fees, Select Date, Additional Information 
March 13th - Found My Roomies! 

This was possibly the most nerve wracking month and a few days that I've had in my entire life. It was such a stressful period, but possibly the most rewarding. I've wanted to do the Disney College Program since an older friend of mine did it. She had such a good time that I knew that I had to at least try. 

Just Hold On, We're Going Home!

Psych, we're already home. As I sit here and type this, I'm in my room at my dads house, a literal five minutes away from my moms, and my brothers new house. My room is still a little messy from unpacking from moving out the sorority house. To be honest, it's a little surreal to be here. 

I know I'm only going to be here for a few more months, and in those months, I want to spend as much time with family and friends as I can. Right now, I'm still struggling with shoulder issues, so I'm not really doing too much outside of going to work and spending time with family/friends at home. 

Being at home brings back memories of all kinds. From hanging out with friends at the old apartment, my moms house, friends houses, and everywhere here. Living in a small town, that's disguised as a city is kind of perfect. It's busy, but not terribly so. Everything shuts down around 9pm, every night. Everyone knows everyone, regardless of what side of the town you're from, and you've always got your neighbors watching over you. 

The more I think about leaving for Disney, the more nostalgic I become. I'm ready, but I'm not. I know that leaving is going to be hard, but this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience. And to quote one of my favorite Broadway plays, "I couldn't be happier, right dear."  

Calling Fashion Bloggers Out, One Donut at a Time: You Did Not Eat That

Okay, let's take a  break from normal programing for .05 seconds so I can tell you about this Instagram account that I found. I follow The Cut on Facebook, which is a part of New York Magazine. They recently did an article featuring the Instagram acccount youdidnoteatthat. Y'all, I am absolutely obsessed. 

The Instagram account isn't there to just mean spiritedly call people out on their eating habits, but to jokingly pick fun at them. We all know that a lot of the beauty bloggers life is curated. There isn't ever anything out of place, and everything always looks pristine. I admit to being jealous of some of them every now and then. When peoples lives look so easy, and perfect it's hard to not be jealous. 

Most bloggers just laugh, and some even jokingly respond to the pictures that are reposted to the account. However some fashion bloggers like Emily Schumann of Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Juile Sarinana of Sincerely Jules have gone out of their way to blog the Instagram account. However that has not stopped them from still posting some of the pictures. 

Honestly, I feel like this account is both harmless and hilarious. There are some bloggers that are in on the joke, and some that cannot stand it. I love this, and think that it's just a funny joke. If you think about everything that goes on in fashion blogging, there's absolutely no way that some of these girls are eating everything that they're saying, and this is one reality check that needs to be done. 

How Does One Tear Their Rotator Cuff?

How does one tear their rotator cuff? A question I've been asking myself for the last three weeks now. You see, I'm accident prone, (technically, the term is hyper-mobile, but whatever) and I tend to get hurt quite often. Well, back in March something in my shoulder popped while I was working out. I wasn't sure what it was, and I stayed off of it for a week to let it heal. After I thought it healed, I went back to my normal workout routine. 

Fast forward to late April-early May, my should began to hurt just to reach for things at work, or lift boxes. I decided it was time to go and actually get it checked out. My first stop was the student health center on campus. I figured it wasn't anything serious and they could probably help me, rather than heading to my orthopedist. Wrong. 

They weren't sure what was wrong, so they just gave me a sling and told me they needed me to come back in for x-rays, and they could call someone out for me. No thank you. I ended up just heading to my orthopedist. Three hours, and many x-rays later, they didn't see anything wrong with my bone structure (yay!), but it was probably an issue with my ligaments/muscles (boo). 

They're not sure exactly what muscles/ligaments it is, and don't want to rush into things. So for now I'm doing lots of Physical Therapy until I go back to get it checked out again. If it's still not better, they're sending me for an MRI...Let's hope it's something simple, and not a torn rotator cuff (which they think it may be).

A Look Ahead: The Next Three Months

Looking at the next three months, kind of scares me a little bit. In less than three months, I'll be living in Orlando, Florida, working for Walt Disney World. I'm ecstatic, scared, and ready. It's a strange mixture of feelings, but it's a good one, that's for sure. 

Since this blog is my personal blog, I'm going to try and write posts as much as possible when I'm on the program. It probably won't be every day, because let's face it, I want to live in the moment and absorb as much as possible, but it will be at least once a week. Wether it's a Weekly WrapUp type post, or a short post about how I'm feeling, there will be something. 

I've talked about the program before when I talked about life after collegebeing nervous about going to Orlando, and even receiving the DPC postcard. I've got upcoming posts about my interview and acceptance process, my bucket list, my roommate survey, my role, a Disney Tag, and a few of my Disney favorites. This blog may be a little "Disney-centric" for the upcoming month or two, but I promise it won't be too overboard. 

I've started a main channel where I'll be posting sitting down/more high quality videos, and a vlog channel where I'll post daily(ish) vlogs during my program. I want to remember these moments and how the program goes. 

College Graduation & Why I Didn't Want to Walk

I had a deal with my dad when I entered college: graduate in four years. It didn't matter what I graduated in, or how I did it, just graduate. I started my freshman year as an Architecture student, and ended as a double major in History - Secondary Education, and Anthropology. Halfway through my sophomore year, I dropped the Secondary Education part. 

I've always known that I wanted to go to graduate school and at least get my masters, if not my PhD. School is always something I've enjoyed. Attribute it to my middle child syndrome, or my mother passing down her love for books and reading. I like learning things, and school provides me with the opportunity to do that. 

Going through my last semester, I struggled with the decision to walk across the stage or not. In the end, I'm glad I did it, but I wasn't firm in my decision. Originally, and even up until noon on graduation day, I didn't want to walk. I didn't see the reason in walking across the stage as a validation that I needed. I knew I graduated. I knew I made over a 3.0, and I knew that I received two degrees. What was the point? 

The point: my dad wanted me to do it. My mom appreciated me doing it. And I got to see people I haven't seen in a while, and see people in my sorority graduate, and it was good. I'm glad that I went because I have the memory of the dean of my major jokingly telling me not to trip as I walked across the stage, the dean of the college telling me he was proud of me for completing a dual degree in four years, and hugging the professor that has had the greatest impact on my college career after I walked off stage. 

While the choice to walk wasn't a super important one to most, or a very hard decision, but it was one I still struggled with. In the end, I knew it would mean a great deal to my family to see me walk across the stage, and accept my diplomas, and boy am I sure glad that I did. 

Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back!

My sister told me: tell me how you really feel...I was so done, but so happy
Well, this is it. I'm making my comeback to blogging. I honestly didn't think that keeping up with blogging during my last semester was going to be that hard, but boy was I wrong. I had a couple issues this semester that I really struggled to get over. 

My grandparents weren't/aren't doing so well, my roommate and "friends" decided to start talking about me in front of my face so I decided to stop associating myself with them at the the beginning of the semester (which made it SUPER FUN to live with my roommate), and I ended up taking 17 hours while working two jobs, which I didn't exactly plan on doing. 

But that's all over and done, and you know what? I survived. And I even graduated, with two degrees (but more on that later). I have so many ideas for different blog posts that will soon be coming your way soon! I'm so happy to get back to my little space on the internet, and I hope you'll enjoy the posts that are coming!

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