Appreciate the Magic

I’ve been a cast member for just about 8 months now, and one thing I learned relatively quickly is that some days are more magical than others.

Don’t get me wrong, working for the The Walt Disney Company is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. But one thing to remember, is that it’s still a job. You have your good days, and you have your bad ones. One thing to always remember is to appreciate the magic.

Sometimes for me that is as simple as spending a day in the park with my roommate or some friends. Other times it’s taking a moment to step back and think about it from a guest’s perspective, or even trying to create a little magic myself. Creating the magic, and making dreams come true is what Disney does best, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of that.

making magic

As a cast member (on the bad days), I often feel that guests can sometimes forget I’m only human. There are some things out of even my control. As a resort merchandise cast member often times guests will treat me as if I am working concierge or front desk, which are in fact, very different roles from my own and require much different training. For instance, when they ask me something I cannot help with, like getting something for their room, I refer them to the front desk. On several times I have been verbally abused for not taking care of them immediately in that moment, and they demand why I cannot take care of it. And unfortunately it doesn’t end there.

I won’t go into gory details, but the take away here is that not all days are magical in the eyes of a cast member. I love working for disney, and some of the best memories of college program are creating those magical moments for guests. But I think it’s important for both cast members and guests alike to truly appreciate the magic, and understand that it’s not something that happens everyday. It’s magical for a reason, and should be cherished when it comes into our lives.

However, on the good days, I couldn’t feel more happy to be here, and love what I’m doing! One of the things I love most about working at a resort is that I get to see guests continuously throughout the week. One of my favorite things is when a guest goes out of their way to say goodbye to me as they bid their vacation farewell. Kids come to hug me goodbye, and some guests even want their picture taken with me. The appreciation I feel from them, and knowing I helped make a part of their vacation makes it all worth it.

As my college program comes to an end, I’m looking forward to a potential career with Disney and to continue helping create that magic for guests and cast members alike. I’m anxious for what’s coming next, but I’m also excited to dive into the professional world. I’m hoping for the best, and hoping a little disney magic, and maybe even some pixie dust, floats my way in hope of starting a new career!

 

Packing Up & Moving Out

This past week has been a rough one for me. I left my home of 4 years, to move back to my hometown for the time being until I move to Orlando. The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa (wait? are you sure it’s in Iowa?) could not have been a better place to call home during my college days. I essentially lived there full time, and year-round, while I was a student. The friends I made there became my family, so the emotions leaving them behind were in full force. I honestly didn’t record much on Friday (moving day) because majority of the day was full of goodbyes to my friends and my boyfriend. Translation: I was crying the entire day, as well as packing up the U-Haul, so vlogging was the furthest thing from my mind. All in all, I hope you enjoy watching the journey of my final week of packing!

P.S. Only 23 days to go until my check-in day!

50 Day Countdown!

So I’ve been counting down to my check-in day for well over 100 days now, but today I realized I have exactly 50 days to go! I’m still continuing to dismantle my room in preparation to move back to Chicago. Luckily with the 4th of July coming up, I’ll be headed home for the weekend, so I’m taking that opportunity to move some stuff home before the big move itself! In my second vlog (still adjusting to holding a camera out in front of my face) I decided to share what my room looks like in my college house, and some of the stuff I’m packing to bring home this weekend! Enjoy!

See what I’m packing for my Disney College Program: Packing List

The First Vlog

I’ve finally filmed my first (arm-sticking-out-in-front-of-my-face) vlog! I figure if I want to vlog my DCP journey, I need to get adjusted to filming myself in that style! It’s got a little bit of a learning curve, like holding it steady, not covering the microphone, and all that kind of jazz. I’ll get there eventually, so I might as well start now!

In my first real vlog I was just going through some things in preparation for Disney! It may be a little over 2 months away, but I like to be well prepared. Since I’ll be moving so many times within the next year, it’s really important for me to stay organized throughout the whole process. So for me that means starting early, and creating a packing list! So enjoy my first vlog, and join me as I start my packing journey!

The DCP Tag!

Please enjoy my Disney College Program TAG video!

Questions:

1. How did you hear about the program?
2. How was the interview process?
3. Where were you when you found out?
4. What is your role? Preferred roles?
5. How did you find your roommates? How many do you want?
6. What are you going to miss while in the program?
7. What’s your favorite Disney park?
8. First thing you want to do when you get there?
9. What is number 1 on your bucket list?
10. One thing you hope to take away from the program?

Graduation!

It’s official! I can now call myself a proud alumna of The University of Iowa!

IMG_2349 (1)

IMG_2350 (1)After 4 years of hard work, classes, marching band, sorority activities, working, and blogging, I can proudly say I am now a college graduate! Iowa City has been my home for the last 4 years, and the friends I’ve made there, have become my family. My sorority sisters, my marching band friends, my roommates. They’ve all impacted my life for the better. Some were there graduating right with me, while some are continuing on with their education and looking forward to their future graduations. They have been with me through it all. From Difficulties in class, stress of time management, break ups, to nights out. I could never dream of replacing them, or the memories we made here in Iowa.

IMG_4514Even though I created my own friend family in Iowa City, nothing could ever replace my real family. They’ve been there for me before Iowa was ever even came into the picture. My parents have cheered me on in everything I’ve ever done, and supported me through even the toughest of decisions. My older sister has been the same way, and we only got closer once we both went off to college. I’m thankful that even though my family was hours away, they were always still there for me. I couldn’t have done this without them. They have helped me become who I am today, and I couldn’t be more proud of that. 
IMG_4529Now that classes have ended, now I can really look forward, and starting planning for my future adventures in the Disney College Program! If you know anything about me, it’s that I love to be prepared. I’ll be packing far in advance, and making detailed lists of everything I could possibly need. I’m terrified to leave all my friends behind, and move halfway across the country, but I’m also beyond thrilled and thankful for this opportunity.

DCP here I come!