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Represent!

October 13, 2009

I’ve barely gotten over the lost nights of sleep, paper cuts, and worry-muscle cramps from applying for the CP, and now it’s time to do it all again.  I’m going to apply to be a Campus Representative for the CP, and the paperwork’s due November 1st.  That still sounds like quite a long ways away, but since I still don’t have any sort of resume, there’s going to be a lot of prep involved.

“What is a Campus Rep?” you might be asking.  Well, first of all, if your asking, you should really stop talking to your computer. (Sorry!  That’s a really dumb joke.) As the name implies, a Campus Rep represents the CP on their own campus!  All of the fliers advertising the recruiting sessions at my school?  They were hung by our Campus Reps.  The people who answered questions at these sessions? Campus Reps.  And the people who met up with us a couple of times before our program to answer any questions? Campus Reps. 

“But why would you want to be a Campus Rep?” you find yourself wondering,  Well, first of all…no.  I’m going to be good.  No stupid joke this time.  The answer is simple: free stuff and a boost to my as-yet-unwritten resume.  Campus Reps don’t get paid, but I would still be considered a Disney Cast Member, entitled to all the benefits thereof.  And as far as my resume goes, it would give it the much-needed campus involvement element that it’s currently missing.

My fantastic boyfriend is going to use his fantastic graphic design skills (see proof of his fantasticness by clicking here!) to create a fantastic letterhead for my resume.  He’s not doing anything too flashy, just going to give me a letterhead that will add a little pizzazz to my resume and make it stand out.  (I’m only dating him for his talent! ;))

I don’t have any idea how competetive it is, but I would imagine it all depends on your school.  And I’m pretty sure that most of  the Campus Reps from our school did their programs quite a while ago, so they may need some fresh blood!  We have a pretty large group of Campus Reps, too, so hopefully that will help.   On the other hand, they already have a a pretty large group of Campus Reps at our school, so maybe they don’t need anybody else!  Who knows?  I guess we’ll find out soon!  The process is sort of like it was for the College Program: I’ll send in my application, if they have an opening at my school, they may give me a call for an interview.  Unlike the CP, not everyone gets an interview.  Hopefully I’ll be one of those lucky few!

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Pennies From Heaven

July 23, 2009

Actually, the title should be “Great Big Wads of Cash” from Heaven.  I just got some really great news:  I’m going to be eligible for one of my scholarships next semester, even though I won’t be taking any classes!  Woohoo!

Why, yes, Regis!  I emwould/em like to be a millionaire!

Why, yes, Regis! I would like to be a millionaire!

I have three scholarships.  Two of these are good for eight semesters, so I had them deferred until I get back.  That way, I’ll still have enough eligible semesters left to finish school.  But I had forgotten that one of my scholarships is good for 10 semesters.  I talked to Financial Aid today, and I will be getting that scholarship this September.  Seriously–how can it get any better?  I’ve got no books to buy, no tuition to pay, yet I’m getting the money for these things. 

So, of course, I’m going to turn right around and pay for the rest of that computer I bought on Monday.  Then, who knows?  All I can say is that I’m very, very happy about it all.  Last week, I was hoping to buy one ticket to Cirque du Soleil.  Today, I’m thinking maybe I’ll just rent out the entire theatre.

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Flying Solo

April 27, 2009

Yestday was Emily’s birthday (happy birthday!) and we went out for lunch at Chili’s. Emily’s deadline to accept/decline date was the same as mine, but she still hadn’t quite made up her mind what she wanted to do. She had some other colleges to visit, and wanted to see how those were looking before she commited fully to Disney. So she accepted her invitation, and made use of the two-week time frame for paying the assessment fee. Yesterday was the payment deadline, though, and, coincidentally, the same day she got back from another college visit. Her visit was a success, and so she has decided not to go to Disney.

I’m definitely sad, because how cool would it have been to be at Disney with my best friend? Super fun, right? But while I think Disney would have been tons of fun for both of us, this will probably be a better choice for her in the long-run. I’m just really glad that she was there to go through the whole application process with me, though. Gave me someone to worry about my interview with. 🙂 So, Emily, good luck! Love ya, girl!

Since Emily’s not going, I will probably sign up for roommate notification in the next couple of weeks. Disney can match CPs up with one of their roommates before they go, so that they can get to know each other and coordinate what they will bring for the apartment. This whole roommate thing is a little nerve-wracking, as I’ve never even had to share a room with a sibling, much less with a total stranger! But I suppose it’s all part of the experience. So from here on out, my safety net is gone–I’m on my own. This is looking more and more like an adventure all the time, huh? 🙂

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Hmmm…Disney CP or All the Top Ramen I Can Eat?

April 6, 2009

A couple of days ago, I logged onto the WDWCP website to pay my $100 assessment fee, and a strange thing happened…I found myself hesitating.

This non-refundable fee is ostensibly to “[help] support the events and activities scheduled in the housing complexes throughout the program.” In reality, I think this fee just acts as insurance for Disney and a guarantee that all of their workers will show. Once you’ve shelled out $100, there’s not much that will convince you to back out and lose that money. Especially if you’re a poor college student. $100 buys a lot of Top Ramen.

So I understand why they’re asking for the money.

But something about taking that final step is giving me the heebie-jeebies. I’m sure it’s just that, like I said, $100 is a ton of money. And I’m still a little nervous about all of the stuff from school. I’ve talked to an advisor in the Career Center, double-checked about my full-time student status, and I’ve made an appointment with a Financial Aid advisor. So I’m getting all of my ducks in a row. But I’m still a little apprehensive about taking this last big step.

When I logged in, I realized I didn’t have the right credit card with me, so I couldn’t pay the fee anyway. But I have to admit that I was a little relieved not to be shelling out the money right then. I’ve still got a week before I absolutely have to pay the fee.

Just to be clear, my unease doesn’t have anything to do with the program itself. I know I still want to do it. It’s just that I’m worried about some random, unforseen something-or-other happening before the program, preventing me from going, and then I’ll lose that $100, which, and stop me if I’ve said this before, IS A LOT OF MONEY!

The time for biting the bullet is fast approaching, though, so sooner or later I’ll have to pay. At this point, I’m ready to get it over with and pay. But I do still want to wait and check on my scholarships first. Just to have my bases covered. Then I will gladly fork over the money.

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To-Do List

March 31, 2009

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a compulsive list maker. Going on vacation? Make a list of things to pack. Got a stressful weekend playing catch-up on homework? Make a list of what needs to be finished so that you can prioritize. Basically, I just love lists. They make me feel that, by naming what I need to do, I’ve already begun to conquer it. Great feeling.

I’ve got this huge adventure coming up, but I know that with great adventure, comes great stress (Thank you, Spider-Man.) So while the excitement still far outweighs the stress that may come later, I thought I’d start making some lists of everything that needs to be done before I can officially say that I am ready to go.

  • Pay assessment fee
  • Talk to advisor–make sure I’m not shooting myself in the foot by missing a semester
  • Decide whether I’m going to take classes at Disney
  • If I’m going to take classes, talk with Department head about getting credit
  • Meet with Financial Aid advisor–make sure I’ll still get my scholarships when I come back
  • Talk with Career Center/Enrollment–make sure I’ll still be considered a full-time student for insurance

While this may not seem exciting to you all out there in front of your computer monitors, that’s not very much. Some of these things I’ve already begun to address: I’ve already talked with my advisor once, but he’s new and he wasn’t exactly sure what this would do to my schedule. At the time, I still hadn’t even applied but now that it’s an almost done-deal I’m going to press the matter and we’ll look at possible outcomes. I’ve already talked with people in Financial Aid and the Career Center, but, again, we’re no longer talking hypothetically, and I want to make a formal appointment just to cover all my bases.

That’s exciting! I’ve still got months to go, and I’m almost done with all of the non-fun, base-covering technicalities. Soon, I’ll be shopping for my apartment and planning how I’m going to pack everything I own into my little car. *sigh*. I love planning. 🙂

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It’s Official…Let the Countdown Begin!

March 29, 2009

I just officially accepted my offer at Disney–I’ll be signing in on Wednesday, August 12, and I’ll come home on January 2. So exciting! Only 136 days to go! 🙂

Emily still hasn’t decided, but she told me to go ahead and sign up. Hopefully, if she decides to go, she’ll still be able to check in on the same day!

The only problem with my check-in day is that that my mom was planning on driving down with me, and that is probably going to end up being the same day that my brothers start school. She’s disappointed that she may miss their first day, but it’ll all be okay. And I’m really going to need her help–I’m already dreading making that Missouri/Florida drive again!

It took me two tries to log in (my home internet is crazy-slow!) but I finally got there. Signing up and accepting my invitation got me access to the CP-exclusive section of the website. There are all kinds of cool resources: everything from packing lists; to Eyes and Ears, the official Cast Member newsletter; to information about CM discounts (don’t worry–these are special enough to get their own post in the future).

I thought getting that my acceptance letter and folder made me feel excited; made it feel like it was all real. But now that I actually know the exact date when I will be arriving…well, I’ll just say that it’s an amazing feeling.

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Remember that Acceptance Letter I Mentioned?

March 26, 2009

Here it is! That beautiful folder. After an exhausting day of driving home from Florida, then a full night’s sleep, and a full day at work, I finally had a moment to stop and take a picture of me with my acceptance package. They’re self-portraits, in case you couldn’t tell, and I think they’re actually pretty good photos. Really capture the essence of Bethany, don’t you think? 😉

It’s been a few days, but I’ve been too busy to post anything but the most basic of details about my acceptance. As my last post said, the package arrived last Monday, March 23. I was so unbelievably thrilled!

Merchandise was originally my third choice, behind PhotoPass and Attractions, but the more I’m thinking about it the more excited I am about my role. Merchandise means that I will be working in one of the shops or one of the stands either in the parks, at the resorts, or at Downtown Disney. There are a lot of possible work places! One exciting thing about this is that, from what I’ve read online, it’s really easy for Merch CMs to pick up extra shifts at different work locations. So I not only have the potential for lots of overtime but for lots of different work environments. I’m making it my goal to work in at least one location at all of the parks, resorts, and at DD at least one time.

I told my interviewer that I would really love to work at Animal Kingdom, though, so hopefully that will be my home base. Animal Kingdom is a great park–it’s high energy, has a lot of really great shops, and, plus, it closes the earliest of all the parks so I would more than likely have pretty reasonable hours if I work there. If I was to work in the MK, I would more than likely be there until the wee small hours of the morning on many days. This week, MK had Extra Magic Hours until 3 AM, which means that the merchandise people were probably there until at least 4 AM. Crazy, huh? So next time you’re at WDW, especially at EMH, be sure to thank the CMs that are staying so late (early?) so that you can enjoy a few more hours of pixie dust. 🙂

In contrast to MK, DAK’s latest EMH this month was until 10 PM. Now that’s the schedule for me. I’m sure I could manage the 4 AM thing, and it would probably even be good for me to completely break out of my routine. But 10 PM sure sounds a lot better to me! I have to accept by April 12th. I’m waiting because I need to find out what Emily’s going to be doing–she was offered QSFB, and she’s still trying to decide whether she wants to go. If she’s going, we need to check in on the same day to make it easier to be roomates. I also need to check when my classes start next January, to make sure I pick a date that will get me back in time for that. But hopefully I’ll have some exact dates to share very soon, and then I’ll really be able to start the countdown!