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To Study or Not To Study?

July 20, 2009

One of the last major decisions I have to make about the CP is whether or not to take a class/classes while I’m in the program. I only have limited time in Florida, and I can’t get credit anyway, so I don’t want to waste all of my valuable adventure time in a classroom. I can do that at home! But at the same time, I genuinely enjoy school (sometimes), and a Disney class would definitely be a unique experience. Ugh! When can I stop having to decide things?!

An actual photo from a lecture in one of the Disney classes

An actual photo taken in a Disney class lecture. (Okay, maybe not.)

There are three types of classes at Disney: Collegiate Courses, Professional Development Studies, and the Exploration Series. The Collegiate Courses are designed for college credit and are a lot of work: homework, quizzes, lots of class sessions, etc. As far as I’m concerned, these are out. I don’t want to take a class that could potentially stress me out while I’m at Disney, especially if I can’t even get credit for it!

Professional Development classes are available for students involved in one of four areas of study–engineering, entertainment, finance, and security–and only for those students. So since I’m not enrolled in any of these majors, these are out for me, as well.

The Exploration Series, however, is kind of intriguing. They have no tests or homework, and are, according to the official website, “highly interactive and [encourage] each participant to fully experience all aspects of the 47 square miles of the Walt Disney World Resort as a learning laboratory.” Sounds fun! These classes only meet once a week for 8 weeks, which means that I would still have plenty of time to get all of this done.

There are 5 classes in this series, exploring Communication Processes, Guest Service, Leadership, Marketing, and People Management at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Guest Service class sounds the most interesting to me, and seems to have the most potential for tours and all of that fun stuff.  The Communication Processes one is also intriguing, as it seems to look more at behind the scenes stuff like Public Relations.

I hope that, whatever I decide, I don’t regret it. (I’ve still got one more month to think about it: I will have to sign up for any classes within the first few days of arriving, though I’m not sure whether I do it at check-in or not.)  I originally hadn’t planned on taking a class, but as the summer’s wearing on, I can almost feel my brain beginning to atrophy and I think I may need to challenge it just a little bit. Plus, there seems to be a common theme of regret among the blogs of former CPs who chose not to take any classes. 

Most importantly, if I don’t take a class, I won’t get my Mousters degree! I bet you think I’m kidding, don’t you? But I’m not: Exploration and Professional classes earn you a “Mousters”, while taking a Collegiate course gets you your “Ducktorate.” I love it, but I have to admit that this is definitely the cheesiest thing I’ve come across yet in the Disney CP, and that’s really saying something.

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I’m Back!

July 8, 2009

Well, I’m back home, minus my luggage. I barely made my plane last night–the last flight out of Atlanta–but unfortunately my bags missed the plane, and I’ll have to pick them up today. So that was sort of a pain. But otherwise, my trip was great and I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get back to real life…and planning for Disney!

After I got assigned to a roommate, we emailed each other back and forth for a few days. I was double checking some of my Disney arrival information today on the College Program website, and decided to check and see if I was still matched up for a roommate. Well, guess what. I’m not. I don’t know what’s going on with that. The way that the website’s been, it may just be a glitch, or she may have found another roommate or whatever. I have no idea. Oh, well. So I’m signed back up, and we’ll see what happens. I’m actually thinking about taking this opportunity to opt out of roommate notification all together. I’m wondering if I’ll be happier waiting until I actually meet some people at check-in. Then at least I will be able to have some say in who I’m rooming with. Plus, it will add an element of surprise. And I like surprises!

I’m going to spend the next couple of days browsing the official website and the blogs, trying to figure out what my schedule will be like for my first few days at Disney. Since my mom is flying back, I will have to take her to the airport and the only direct flights are at the Sanford airport, which is about 45 minutes away from where I’ll be. The flights are all early in the morning, and we’ll have to figure out what day I won’t have to be at training early so that I can take her and be back in plenty of time. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about it.

Just one month and three days now until I’m on the road to Orlando!

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A Quick Vacation-y Update

July 4, 2009

Well, hello there, friends! It’s been a while! I’ve been on vacation for the last few days with limited internet access, and limited interest in blogging (sorry!). It’s been a nice rest, so here I am for a quick update.

My wonderful grandma had some travel points, and used them to make reservations for my mom and I in Orlando. I’m not really sure which hotel she used them at, but I know it was close to Vista for check-in, and that it’s a reputable hotel chain. Sounds good! So this means that, even though we still haven’t sold our old house, my mom may go with me now because she was reluctant to pay for the extra 3 or 4 nights for her hotel. So now that’s taken care of. Thanks, Nana! 🙂 (yes, I call my grandma ‘Nana’. Don’t make fun of me!)
Well, now I’m off to do more vacationing! See you guys again in a few days when I return to real life. Happy 4th, everybody!
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I’m Okay!

June 16, 2009

It hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for my car. Recently, she was burgled and infested with vermin. And now this…

I was awoken this morning by the sound of the wind outside–that’s how you know it’s gonna be a crazy day, when the wind is loud enough to wake someone who can normally sleep through anything. Soon it was pouring rain and thundering and lightning, complete with occassional power flickers just to keep us on our toes.

I’ve known for a while that my tires aren’t the best. The treads are worn way down, and I don’t have great traction in the rain. So I left plenty early so that I could take it easy on the way to work and drive slowly. Fat lot of good that did me! I had been on the interstate for about 5 minutes, driving under the speed limit in the right lane, when I lost control of the car, went careening across the left lane, and spun into the median. After a few seconds of hysteria, I called my dad, who called 911 and came to pick me up. We eventually got the car out onto the road and back home. It drove okay, but is obviously damaged and, also obviously, will not be leaving my garage again until I have new tires. Lesson learned!

I’m fine: just a little sore and still a little shaky 9 hours later. I really do feel like I was incredibly lucky today. There was no car in the other lane, and if I had slid right instead of left, I would have hit the metal guardrail and bumped back into traffic. When I hit the median, the ground was slushy enough to slow my car down very quickly, so I didn’t even hit the dividing wires. Very lucky indeed. Blessed, actually. It certainly could have been much worse.

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My Life Lately, in 696 Words or Less

June 8, 2009

Updates on a few of my summer goals:

  • Work Full Time–Check! At least one thing on my list is being done. But, boy, is it being done slowly! Since I work on campus, a large part of my job depends on the demands of students, faculty, and administrators thrown into the full-fledged tizzies that are the fall and spring semesters. But during the summer, things are oh-so-quiet.
    They make working in an office seem so glamorous on TV…

Last summer, working part-time, I felt like things were slow. But they were sort of pleasantly slow. In the “take your time with what little work you have to do and pace yourself so you don’t get too bored” sort of way. But working full-time, there’s just not nearly enough to do here. I’ve gone home early several days the last few weeks. My supervisor encouraged me to stay, because she knew I wanted the hours, but I just feel bad sitting around being paid to do nothing. In the three weeks since school got out, I have dusted every surface of the office, organized my work space, and even ventured into the dreaded “back room” to organize the mess we call our storage space. It’s all stream-lined, cleaned, and de-clutterfied now. Which makes me wonder…what am I going to do for the next 2 months?!

 

  • Volunteer–It’s not my fault! I applied at the Make-A-Wish foundation, but they said they didn’t need any help right now. So, basically I’m blaming this wonderful charity for my lack of volunteerism. It’s all their fault! Just kidding. I know I really should try to find somewhere else. Someone out there needs help! But I just haven’t yet. I’ll get to it.
  • Learn Spanish–This is going…okay, I guess. To be honest, I haven’t been practicing much, lately. I need to get back on that! But before I got lazy, I was really doing pretty well. I can now give basic directions. However, they translate to something like this: “Left. Go straight and right at next to bank.” As you might have figured out, I haven’t really gotten to grammer yet. Hopefully I’ll get motivated to do that very soon so I can stop sounding like I learned Spanish from a broken See ‘n Say.
  • Get Crafty!–Check! I dove back into crafts with a passion after my DIY binge at the ever-wonderful DesignSponge.com. And the one that really ended up catching my fancy was an old friend–knitting! In the last couple of weeks, I’ve bought knitting needles of all types and sizes, deliciously candy-colored yarns for hats, gloves, and scarves to come, and almost completed a bag. Seriously! The first project of my Craft Revival is almost finished! I started sewing the lining in yesterday, but here’s a picture from a couple of days ago when I was blocking the sides:
    Instead of being completed and sewn at the top, this bag is actually designed to be finished on the needles–making this a very cute bag to carry my future knitting projects in! I’m very, very proud of my baby, so expect to see more pictures in a few days! I’ve already started my next project, even. No pictures of this work-in-progress, but don’t worry…you’ll get to see them (I know you were worried! Oh, come on. Can’t you at least pretend that you’re really excited to see these pictures?)
  • Other than these things, I’ve spent the rest of my time lately being robbed by homeless people, (He was drunk, my car was unlocked, and they arrested him. The only thing he got was some worthless text books. Seriously. I couldn’t even sell them back. Worked out real well for him, didn’t it?), unintentionally providing shelter for baby mice in the air filter of my car (This didn’t work out so well for the mice…or for me! Smelled horrible!), and seeing Shakespeare in the Park (Unlike the other things mentioned here, this was a very pleasant experience.)

    It’s been a little crazy lately, but in a fun, interesting kind of way. And, yes, I just described being robbed by a drunk guy as sort of fun and interesting. Makes for a good story, anyway!

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    Getting my DIY On

    May 26, 2009
    Lately, I’ve been feeling very crafty. I used to do lots of crafts, even knitting and crocheting, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had a real project to work on, and I’m really starting to get the itch. Part of my newfound inspiration could be my recent gorge on old Design*Sponge DIY posts. They’re always entertaining, and their ideas are adorable, but at the same time make me want to smack myself in the forehead for not thinking of it myself.
    I’m also thinking of how I can use these ideas in my apartment in Florida. Some of them are definitely ones that I’m going to tackle, and soon.
    First, I’m going to try out the “Paper Coasters/Trivets” project from Design*Sponge.
    I was using one lonely hand-me-down glass coaster rescued when my mom decided to get a new set for herself. Until, that is, it got wrapped up in my computer cord, and crashed to the floor. So now I have no coasters, and I’m thinking that my old N*Sync and Britney Spears CD cases would go to good use if I used them to make these coasters. (After I remove and carefully store the CDs elsewhere, of course. ;))

    And this project from Photojojo is going to have me scavenging for glass jars for months, I fear:


    Super cute, right? And this is one of those projects where I go “why didn’t I think of that?”. I’m seeing a lot more jelly, pickles, and other things that come in jars in my future.

    This has also inspired me to finally finish a few DIY projects that I’ve been planning to do for months now: I’m finally going to make a headboard for my bed, and I’m going to finish that jewelry tree that I’ve already bought a gorgeous vase for.

    Jewelry tree inspiration

    It’s going to happen! I’m gonna get my DIY on! I’ll be sure to post pictures of my awesome completed projects. 🙂

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    Remind Me: Why Am I Doing This, Again?

    May 14, 2009

    For the most part, it’s been a good week—I finished up the semester, working book buyback is going well. But today has been a little discouraging.

    I was giving my degree audit a second look today to see if I was admitted to the program. Good news: I was. The paperwork went through. So then I started figuring how many hours I have left of required classes for my major. Since the semester is over, I have 60 hours under my belt, and have another 51, including my degree-required internship and Gen Eds, to go. So far, so good, right?

    Both my current and former academic advisor told me that they thought I would be able to graduate early. So I was hoping that I would still be able to graduate on time even after my CP. To do that, I would have to finish up in 3 semesters after I got back from Florida. 6 of the 51 hours are a summer internship, so that means I have to take 15 hours per semester for the next 3 semesters. I should easily be able to accomplish that!

    But then there’s that one stupid little requirement: I have to have a total of 125 credit hours to graduate. Even after I’ve completed all of my required Gen Eds, the requirements for my major, and a couple of electives that I’ve already taken, I will only have 111 hours down. That means that I will still need to take an entire 14 credit semester of just electives.

    On top of that, I discovered today that I may have problems with my Honors College Membership. To remain a member of the Honors College at my school, you have to meet the General Honors Curriculum requirement, which basically boils down to this: during your first five semesters, you have to take five honors classes. Which I have done. But, even though I’ve read the requirements many, many times, I never caught this little jewel until today: “…in addition to the Freshman Honors Seminar.” This entire time, I thought that the Seminar counted as one of my five classes. So this means that next semester—my fifth semester—I am technically required to take another Honors course. But I won’t even be here!

    I don’t really think this will be a problem. I haven’t talked to them yet, but I’m sure they will make an exception for a situation like this. And regarding my graduation date, I have been skeptical since the beginning when they were telling me they thought I could finish in 3 ½ years. So graduating a semester later now doesn’t really surprise me that much. But the stress is just starting to build, and with the problems I had with Student Employment last week (even though that’s all been resolved; I can work this summer), I’m starting to get a little discouraged.

    So, today, for the first time, Disney isn’t looking so hot. I am having a few doubts, and today it even crossed my mind how much easier it would be to just stay here and finish up school as originally planned. I know that I still want to do Disney, but it just isn’t sounding as exciting as it did a few weeks ago. The reality of the situation is starting to set in and I’m not loving every aspect of it. I know I just need to work though it, though, and things will look brighter when all of this is settled. After all, none of these are major problems. But I guess I was hoping for no problems at all!

    It’s a little cheesy, I know, but I’m just going to make this my mantra for the rest of the discouraging days (weeks? months?) to come: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Know who said that? A pretty smart fella named Walt Disney. 🙂