Friday, December 25, 2009

Victory Vlog!

I haven't posted any vlogs on here yet but I do make them (occasionally). I started a "victory dance" vlog back in September when I received my purple folder but I never finished it. I filmed the dance portion but never did anything else with it. Since I got a new video camera I decided to finish it. I look like a complete and utter goon but I think it displays my excitement over getting accepted into the program. It also is quite funny and it makes me laugh to watch it which is always a good thing in my book. This is actually the original version of the vlog. I had to change the song for youtube b/c they didn't like it (aka the took out the audio for copyright reasons)

So here it is! Hope it makes you laugh!

-M

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Ps: The rest of the ridiculous vlogs are on my youtube channel which is under the name frizzbird.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas is almost here!!

So this post is only slightly related to Disney and the College Program but it is the holiday season and I have tons of free time. That means I have time to blog! YAAAAAY!

So with Christmas 2 days away I thought I would post the gifts I know I am getting that will be coming with me to WDW. I have been looking into camcorders/video cameras since July. I wanted one so I can make super cool videos of all the fun stuff I will be doing while on the program. I also wanted it to make Vlogs. :) Well I researched a ton and finally decided on the Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder and 8 MP Digital Camera. It is waterproof which means I can take it on Splash Mountain and not worry about it getting wet. I can also go down a water slide at say Typhoon Lagoon and film myself going down. :D I am totally looking forward to playing with it. It looks exactly like this picture (down to the color)
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I will also be receiving a new TV. My poor red TV bit the dust. It was a total piece of turd but I loved it for its red color and extra inch (it was 23 ins rather than 22). It was only like 1.5 yrs old and had only had like 6 months of use but the video board died. Moral of this story?... only by well respected brands when it comes to electronics. Ever heard of Sceptre?... no?... not surprising. Neither had I but it had good reviews and it was red. It also happens to be shoddily made. My aunt and I purchased a display model of a Samsung 22in TV at Sam's Club the other day for $200. It is a good tv (name brand) with great resolution and it was less than my piece of shiz was when I first purchased it ($300!! DOWN THE DRAIN!) My new little tv will be coming with my to Orlando. I don't have a picture of it though because I don't know the model number. :D

The last Disney gift that I know I am getting is this years Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade stuffed animal which happens to be Mickey Mouse. Normally I don't get the annual Macy's stuffed animal but I did this year because it is just to perfect. He is all dressed up in a Sailor suit and talks when you press his hand. He also came with a little clock. I needed him like I needed a hole in my head but I couldn't say no when my grandma asked if I wanted him. I have a feeling that when I come back from WDW I will have way more stuffed animals then I ever needed. :/
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That is all I know I will be getting that is for Disney. Maybe I will get other things but if I do, they will be a surprise. :)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!
-M

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Packing sucks

**Just in case the first part of this doesn't make sense... I started writing this last Saturday so the first 2 paragraphs are from that time.**

I really really really hate packing. In the last 2 days I have pretty much packed most of my life up and either placed it in storage.. or in my car. It was painful.

I had to move all of my stuff out of my RA room. My mom came up to help me but we did the vast majority of packing after 7pm on Friday night. We then packed up the little bit that was left this morning and stuck it all in a u-haul to bring to my storage unit. Everything will be stored till around May when I will move into an apartment with my Freshmen year roommate and her younger sister.

I made a list of everything that I would need to bring with me but honestly it didn't make packing much easier. Separating everything into Orlando, Home, and Storage piles was just a pain in the bum. I was able to talk to Katie (my roommate) the night before to figure out what shared stuff each of us would bring.

I managed to get most of it in the car but I will definitely need to reorganize so that my mom, her suitcase, and a tv can fit in the car. I went and purchased some of those space bags and plan on using them to get all of my clothes into one suitcase. I put all of my bedding in it including my comforter, down comforter, sheets and towels and it all fit.

My list of stuff to bring in case anyone is curious:

Bedding
  • Pillowcases (2 sets)
  • Sheets (2 sets)
  • Comforter (1)
  • Down Comforter
  • Towels (2)
  • Wash Cloths (3)
  • Hand Towels
Bathroom Stuff
  • Shower Curtain
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Over Door Towel Rack
Storage
  • Small Metal Shelf
  • Cloth Basket (3)
  • Plastic Rolly Cart (1)
  • Shoe Box (2)
Tech/Electronic
  • External Hard Drive
  • Tv
  • DVD
  • Computer
  • Wireless Router
  • Printer
  • Lamp (Free Standing and Bed Clip)
  • iPod Radio
Kitchen (optional)
  • Mugs
  • Measuring Cups
  • Panini Grill
Décor
  • Cork boards
  • Dry erase Boards
  • Pictures
Misc
  • Jewelry Box
  • Alarm Clock
  • Tool Box (?)
  • DVDs
  • Books
  • Body Pillow
I am not really looking forward to packing up my car and then driving all of the way down to Orlando. Hopefully it will be easy and wont rain the whole way.

Thats all for now. Hopefully I can make a vlog soon. I asked Santa for a camcorder for Christmas. :D

-M

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Its a Bittersweet symphony, this life....

The clock is running on my final semester pre-DCP. I have just a few more days till I will no longer call myself a Resident Assistant of East Hall. It is a bittersweet experience to leave this job. On the one hand I am going to fulfill a dream. On the other I am leaving my girls. I will no longer really be able to call them mine. I will definitely always think of them that way though. I will miss parts of this job things like the community, both in the res hall and with the other RAs, and the wonderful interactions I get with my girls. I will not miss rounds 3 times a night every week, 24 hr duty, or the BS bureaucracy we have to put up with sometimes.

I will also really miss my friends. I will miss living in the same building with them and seeing them all the time. I will miss the things we would have done in the spring, like going to concerts, movies, or Barton Springs.

I shall miss SEU and the frisky little squirrels who reside here. Perhaps the parks will have some frisky squirrels too. :)

I think I will miss my cave the most. That lovely pitch black, put-your-hand-in-your-face-but-you-can't-see-it darkness, bedroom that has been mine for the last year and a half. I think it has probably spoiled me forever.

I don't want to sound like I am not looking forward to the CP, I totally am! I am looking forward to meeting the people that I have been chatting with since July. I am crazy excited about working and playing in the parks for the next 5 months. I am most definitely looking forward to making new Disney friends. Hopefully I will come back with new friends, new stories, and perhaps a few contacts to help me get a Disney job someday.

That is all for this post. I have to start packing to move out of my room in 4 days so the packing list will be posted in the near future! (Oh joy!)

30 days till I begin my trip to Orlando, 33 days till I check in. :D

-M

Friday, December 4, 2009

Why are introductions are always so long?

I believe that an introduction is in order. For my friends and family who might be reading this, you can probably skip most of this first part it will just be the basics, which you hopefully already know. My name is Marion and I am born and raised southern girl. I currently reside in the great state of Texas but my place of birth (and the city I am really proud to call home) is New Orleans. I have grown to realize that I am a bit of a southern belle, but I am quite proud of that fact. I love my southern foods, love Saints football, have a bit of a twang sometimes, and have an extreme dislike of the cold. I also really love makeup, but that really doesn’t have much to do with being from the south. I am currently a junior at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. I absolutely love my school and my current city. I am a Communication major with a focus/specialization in Advertising and Public Relations.

I am a bit of a Disney fan, obviously. :) I believe that as children our generation was either a Disney kid or a Nickelodeon kid. By that I mean we either predominantly watched Nickelodeon and got the Nick magazine or watched Disney and got the Disney Adventures magazine. I was a Disney kid. I actually continued to receive Disney Adventures until I was in like 8th grade. I found out about the Disney College Program when I went on a bit of a research binge after a vacation at WDW in 2006. I thought it sounded really cool but had to tuck the information away for later since I was just going into my senior year in High School. That information stayed tucked away until Christmas break of 2008. I decided to apply for the fall 2009 program but didn’t actually get around to applying until mid March.

Sometime before I applied I discovered that Disney had discovered a way to shrink their guests so that they could meet Tinkerbell. This discovery prompted my decision to attempt to pass an Entertainment audition so that I could become close friends with Tink. I watched the online presentation, applied, interviewed and was cleared to audition in Austin on April 18th.

This has changed since I first auditioned but at the time a potential college program participant could audition and if they passed be placed in an entertainment role. However if they did not pass they were not guaranteed another role, the recruiters would try to place you in a role you chose, but the later your audition was the less likely there would be other roles left. That is the gamble an applicant took in order to audition to be in entertainment. April 18th was about two weeks from the final recruitment deadline of May 1st so I was risking a lot by choosing to audition but I knew that if I did try I would always regret it. While I thought I did pretty well at my audition, I did not pass. I found out that I had not been accepted the program as a whole before I ever received my email about my audition.

To say the least I was very upset that I was not accepted the program at all. From what I have heard since I applied, Disney received an unprecedented number of applications and I imagine by the time that a decision was made about my audition, there were simply no positions left in the roles I chose. I quickly joined the facebook group for the Spring 2010 WDW College Program and was not alone in being rejected from the Fall 2009 program. I was not positive that I would apply again but as I started to chat with other members of the group I slowly began to get excited about the program again.

When August rolled around and the online presentation went up I knew that I wanted to apply again. I was not sure I would be accepted but I knew I wanted to try again. So I watched the presentation for the second time and applied on August 21st. This season they had changed things up a bit, perhaps to prevent the over abundance of applications like last season, and put a web interview in place. I took the web interview, passed, and then scheduled my interview for the 28th. Another change put in place this season is that people who choose to audition can be pre-placed into a role (if they check off more than just entertainment on their role checklist) and be accepted into the program before they audition. They can then audition and if they pass their role will change to an entertainment role, however if they do not pass, they will still be in the program. I played the waiting game for 2 weeks and then on September 11th I found out via email (another new addition) that I had been accepted into the Spring 2010 WDW college program as a Character Attendant.

I had again been cleared to audition and decided to audition in Austin again. Yet another change this season is that all of the auditions were held over a 2 week time period. I auditioned on November 4th and to be honest did not do as well as I did the first time I auditioned however, I still thought I had a chance. We were told at the audition that we would know via email in 2-3 weeks if we had passed or not. I waited almost 4 weeks before I emailed to ask what my status was. I received a response, which said that I was not being considered for entertainment.

That was earlier this week and brings this blog up to date on my Disney College Program experience. I am a very happy Character Attendant anxiously anticipating the start of my first season with the Big Mouse. My season will last from January 11th, when I check in till (hopefully) May 14th when I check out. I shall start my journey from my home in Houston to Orlando in 34 days and have exactly 38 days, 8 hours, and 22 minutes until I can check in at 9 am.So far my road to Orlando and the CP (College Program) has been a long and winding road. They best part is that I have hardly even started!

That is all for this post. I shall be back real soon to talk about the bittersweet feelings that leaving brings.

-M

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Beginng of the 1st Season

Hello all!
I have decided to record my first Disney College Program experience. I say first because I plan on participating in one more program after I graduate. I already have a blog on livejournal documenting the experience but I thought I should maximize my visibility by creating a blogger blog as well. I am not sure exactly what is going to end up on here and how similar it will be to the livejournal. That is all for this little post. I will introduce myself in the next one.

-M

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Post Audition 2.0 Review!

What is this?! 2 posts in 2 days!?

I promise I have not been abducted by aliens and replaced by a robot version of myself. Interesting concept but not reality.

So my audition was interesting. I think I did alright. As with last year it is just to hard to tell. I know my animations/characterizations were good. I worked hard on making sure my movements were big and expressive. I tried to remember to smile, which I think I managed. It was quite fun.

The process went almost exactly the same as last year. Since it was in the afternoon I had to wait all day to go to the audition. I had a butterfly filled anxious stomach all day long. I knew that it was just the wait and that proved to be true. As soon as I got there and sat down in the "waiting pin" I was fine. Unlike last time we were allowed to wait in the building inside one of the studios. I met Geoffrey who I had talked to on the facebook group. I felt like a dusche when about 45 mins into hanging out with him while waiting I realized I was pronouncing his name wrong. :o I also met a lot of other people whose names I don't remember. I did finally get to meet Lauren, a girl from the facebook group, and I saw Marina again.

-topic hijacking-
Did I ever post to mention that I had met Marina a first time? Well I did. She is another member of the facebook group who happens to live in Austin. She lives on the total opposite side of Austin from me. Sometime in September we met up at a local ice cream shop (Amy' Ice Cream for those of you who are wondering) to chat and mingle. It was very nice and I really enjoined meeting someone from the group.
-now back to the regularly scheduled topic-

So I guess I was a speedy speedster and filled out my form ridiculously fast because I was the first person to turn in my paperwork. That means I was #1 in group #1. BLAH! I am really not sure that was my best idea. However I really expected it to be fine.

The choreography for whatever reason was harder for me this time. I think it had to do with the choreographer. She didn't repeat the moves quite as much as the choreographer from my last audition. She also did use counts as much in teaching us the moves or play the music when we practiced each segment. I think that my difficulty in learning the dance could also have been influenced by not taking a dance class this semester like I did last time. Basically I kinda sucked at the dance beacuse not only did I not learn it very well but I had NO time to practice it because I was #1. I did show I could learn some stuff since I did manage to get the beginning down and that I can keep on a rhythm both of which are what they want to see.

We shall see if I pass or not. As with last year I will find out in 2-3 weeks via email. I did the best I could and if I don't make it I am still going to be a Character Attendant. I still only know of one other person who is a CA. I am sure there are more.. I just have not found them..... yet. (bahahahaha!)

One last random tidbit. Last year there were 93(or 2 can't remember) people at the audition but this year there was only 75. I was also measured at 61in which means that I was placed at my real height. That somewhat worries me. (BLERG EEEK! GASP!)

And FIN!

or not.. I have one little thing more to say. So that paper I had to write for my PR class...I stayed up literally all night to finish it. I went to sleep at 6:15 this morning and got like 3.5-4 hours of sleep. I have been surprisingly awake and peppy all day and had only one Vault at 3:30 for taste more than caffeine. Technically it was not an all nighter since I went to bed before sunrise, but only by about 30 mins. However if it was an all nighter it was my first in all of college created as a result of school work. RA incidents I do not count.

and now I am really done..

CURTAIN CLOSE!! (as I am dragged off the stage by one of those long wooden hook/cane things)

-M

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Audition 2.0!

AHHH! My audition for character performer is tomorrow. I am not freaking out per say but I am anxious and am definitely thinking about it. I am worried that I will die because I am out of shape. I at least had a dance class last time to give me some endurance. Not this semester.

I have been working on my characterizations. I think I have perfected them a bit more this time around. I certainly hope they are the same situations that I was given last time. lol. I would love for them to be the same so I can worry more about the dance tomorrow. I would like to be in the second or third group. Beginning of second so I can watch the choreographer would be great however beginning of third would be equally awesome. I am coming prepped with all my mental info so I will be able to speed write and get my info card turned in quickly.

People who I know are going are arriving as early as 2:30. I am interested to see if this audition will be more or less crowded and if arriving that early is necessary. I certainly hope it isn't because I don't plan on getting there any earlier than 2:45. Most likely at 3:00. I figure if there is really a line already formed I can jump in line with some friends. lol. The pre line also doesn't really matter all that much since they sit you down first to explain how to fill out the paperwork. So speed will be my friend...and I am very speedy. BAHAHAHA!

In other random news... I am writing another paper about Disney for school. It is for my PR class and it has to be about a PR Campaign. I decided to do it on the PR aspect of the year of a million dreams campaign. It will be my third Disney paper. My First was a communication theory paper about George Herbert Mead's theory of the looking glass self and I and Me using the comparative tool of Disney Princesses and Cinderella in particular. The second paper was on the corporate culture of Pixar for my Organizational Communication class. By the time I graduate my Disney obsession will be readily apparent to all who look at my Comm Portfolio since I plan to use these papers in them since they are so awesome. I even have a professor using my Princess paper in that class as an example for other students. :D

That is all for today! I shall try to write tomorrow but that PR paper is due Thursday and I have done next to diddly squat on it. We shall see if I have the time to write.

TA-TA For now my loves!

PS: !! 68 days 9 hours 37 mins and tick tick tick seconds till 8am check in at Vista Way on Jan 11th!

-M

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I GOT IN!!!!!!

Life has been so busy I can hardly stop and eat much less update this journal. But here I am again, trying to update like I know I should.

In really super awesome amazing news.... I GOT IN! :) I found out via email on Friday September 11th that I was accepted to the Spring 2010 Disney College Program as a Character Attendant. That was exactly 3 weeks after I applied and 2 weeks after I interviewed. I plan on writing a little interview tip entry soon. Totally backwards.. that's how I do. :D

I have obviously accepted my invitation and will be arriving Jan 11th. :D that is exactly 84 days from today. Yay!

-M

Thursday, April 30, 2009

So my lazy ass self never finished my audition post. Basically all 93 of us learned the dance and worked on characterizations together in one room. We practiced the dance several times and then we were sent into a hallway to line up in numerical order. We had some time to practice before they took the first group of 6 in. I was #12 so I was in the second group. I chose to work on my characterizations over the dance b/c I didn't like how they looked. I thought I did relatively well on the dace part. I am not a dancer but I went the right direction and smiled a lot. I thought I did good on the characterizations. I came out thinking positively. After a few days I began to doubt that I passed but I was ok if I didn't because I thought I would get in.

Well I ended up being rejected. I got my letter in the mail today. I am definitely sad. It never even crossed my mind that I wouldn't get in. I thought that it was a possibility that I wouldn't get character performer but I never thought I would totally flat out be rejected. But that is what happened.

I am trying to be positive about it. On the positive side I will be able to be a RA again next year. Hopefully I will get the freshmen studies/rhet & comp intern position. I won't have to worry about coming back in the fall and having to find a place to live. I can apply again in the spring and hopefully be accepted to that. And if I do get accepted I can extend my program into the summer.

Downsides: I was really looking forward to being in Florida this fall. Really just in the fall in general. It will be cooler in the fall and I think perhaps less busy. I would get to be there for Halloween, and Thanksgiving, and Christmas which would be interesting since I have only ever been to Disney in the Summer time. I guess those could also be a positive though since I will be able to be with my family.

Quite honestly I am trying to be analytical/logical about this. I got my letter right before my afternoon class so I had some time to separate myself from the sadness. I had my three second cry and now I am moving on. I still want to do the program and I know I will. I just have to work on shifting my focus from Disney back to my school plan.

Life goes on... and so will I.

-M

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Audition... Part Deux?

Ahhhhh. It is now officially over. I can hardly even believe that it was this morning. It already seems like a day ago at least. I think I did pretty well. It is rather hard for me to tell though because I have nothing to compare it to. If nothing else I know I did the best that I could in the time given to me.

I figure I will talk a little bit about the structure of the audition. The sign in time was 9:30 but I decided to get there at 9. I didn't look at my watch but I actually think they might have let us in a bit earlier. Once we got in the sat us down and briefly explained how to fill out the sign in form. The recruiter then passed out the forms and some pens. After we filled out the form we lined up to sign in and get our number. I signed in and received the number 12. After we singed in we were sent to another line where we were measured. I actually found the measuring to be quite amusing. I am exactly 61 inches/5'1. I am exactly that tall to the point that others can be measured against me. Since that is one inch out of the preferred height range I had a feeling that they might measure me down. Initially the guy said "59 annnnnndd... no actually 60 and 3/4". I was amused because he really tried to measure me down 2 inches but that is a whole lot. In the end I guess it was just too much. lol

.... Hummmm so I am actually pretty pooped so I think I will finish this post tomorrow.

-M

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Audition :D/:/

So I am leaving for my audition in just a little bit. I am going to get there for 9 to get in line. I am sure there will be a line.

I am not nervous yet. I keep saying little prayers asking to help me do my best. I am wavering between wanting to be confident that I will get it (positive visualization and all) and wanting to just have fun so if I don't get it I will be ok. The only hard part about that is that the longer I have waited for the audition the more I want the part. It is hard to picture doing anything else at this point but I know if I don't pass life will go on. If I am being honest the only place I really can't picture myself at next semester is school!

I will post more later this afternoon about the audition.

-M

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What A Waste of My Time!

I met with Andrew the internship coordinator today. To say the meeting was a complete waste of my time is a huge understatement. I thought that "Oh this is an internship coordinator, he will be able to help me coordinate the internship with school." Wrooooong. Basically the whole entire point of the conversation was to cover the University's ass (excuse my french).

Kim Livingston basically directed me to this guy so he could rain on my parade a little more. Andrew brought me into his office sat me down and turned on the clouds to a nice steady mist. The kind that you don't even realize your a wet from until like 5 mins have passed. Which by the way, this meeting didn't even last that long.

Andrew asked what I wanted to ultimately get out of this program. I told him that my dream is to eventually work full time for Disney. I told him that I had already applied and interview and that I was just waiting to audition. That led to the topic of roles. I don't remember exactly what was said but basically he wanted to make sure I knew that I wouldn't be working in the marketing or advertising departments. I told him that I knew that and that I had really researched about the program to make sure it was something I was going to enjoy. He then said that was good and that is what I should have done.

Turns out that the reason he was making sure that I knew I could be making beds was because some students had gone down to Disney and didn't end up working in the advertising department like they expected. They hated it and so they called their parents. The parents were obviously pissed that the school had recommended this program and so they called Sr. Donna the Provost and complained to her. Sr. Donna then rained down the complaints asking why are we recommending this program if students end up housekeeping? So this is the reason that now all students that are interested in the program must be sat down to have it explained to them that they will not necessarily be doing anything related to their major.

** Sassy Pants Warning**

All I can say is NO SHIT SHERLOCK! Those students who complained must have been morons! How can you make it through the website, presentation, and interview without realizing what exactly each role entails? And how can you think you will be working in the advertising or marketing department when THERE IS NO ROLE LISTED FOR THAT! Did you sleep through everything it took to get down there? If that is the answer then they didn't deserve to have a spot in the CP, in my opinion. Some other person probably would have enjoyed it more and deserved it more since they ACTUALLY PAID ATTENTION!

When I was in this meeting I thought "Okay I understand they are covering their own asses. I am okay with that, I get it." I kept expecting that after this little preliminary conversation was over that he would actually start being helpful. But then he stood up and I realized that the little rain storm was the whole entire point of the meeting. In the time it took me to walk out the building (1 min tops) I worked myself into a great big ball of frustration and sass.

I don't fault the school. This world is filled with stupid people, especially young people, who will ignore, ignore, ignore- till the truth smacks them in the face. I am not one of these people. My mama didn't raise no fool. (sassy head jiggle included) I did my research and unlike others I made very sure that I only chose roles that I was completely willing to fulfill. If Disney only has a place for me in Quick Service Food and Beverage or Housekeeping, I am quite willing to turn that position down. I know myself and I know that I would be unhappy in that position. I can always wait until the next semester and apply again to get a position that I could be happy with.

Not that that is likely to happen. :D I am quite confident that I will be a Walt Disney World character performer this coming fall.

Also in case anyone is keeping track I am now up to 5 degrees of sucks-for-you-we-love-bureaucracy run around. Back to Kim to talk about classes and such. I also plan on talking to Stephanie Martinez the professor whom I plan to take my internship class with. I have hopes that she might be able to shed some light onto what I have to do within the internship class in relation to my internship with Disney. EX: Do I need to get a "contact" signed? If so by whom? and by when?

Wish me luck as I continue my large bass-ackward journey towards coordinating school with Disney.

-M

Monday, April 6, 2009

Long Time No Update

So it has been a while since I have posted anything. Or at least it feels that way. I think the last post included a tidbit about getting the run around from St. Eds but I will elaborate.

Last fall when I first decided that I really wanted to apply for the program, I spoke to my adviser about the who I might need to talk to about having classes I take at Disney transfer back to St. Eds. He told me that I should talk to the registrar. I filed that away in my memory and when the time came to start looking into transferring classes again I pulled that bit of info out of my mental storage unit. While I absolutely love my adviser, he obviously did not really know what he was talking about. I was smart and called the Registrar before I walked all the way to their office. Whoever I spoke to decided that I needed to talk to someone in the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Let me just say that the first thing I thought was "I reaaaaallly don't think that is who I need to be talking to" but I let them transfer me anyway. I then talked to the receptionist in the Undergrad Admissions office. After a very long explanation in which I had to restate a few times that I was a current St. Ed's student, the receptionist told me that I should talk to the admissions counselor in charge of transfers, Tracy Canales.

So even though I was pretty much positive that wasn't who I needed to talk to, the next day I walked to the main building to talk to this lady. Turns out I was right, she wasn't who I needed to talk to. One point for Marion! woo! She told me I should talk to the Dean of my school (Humanities), Kim Livingston. Tracy was quite helpful and looked up all of the info I would need to contact Kim. As soon as I got out of Tracy's office I called Kim but she was not in her office. I left a message explaining what I wanted to know and asked her to call me back when she got a chance.

I think she called me back either the next day or 2 days later. She asked me how I found out about the program and then told me that they (the humanities office?) no longer recommend the program. Their reason for this is that students can end up doing things that have no relation to their major. She specifically mentioned making beds. She then said that I should talk to Andrew Harper who is the Internship Coordinator in the Career Planning office. She also said that as long as I can provide a course description or a syllabus then she is the one that will be able to let me know if credits will transfer.

Basically I got run around in a HUGE circle only to have someone rain on my Disney parade. My thought on the whole "tasks that don't relate to your major thing" is that I am a communication major and more specifically a advertising and public relations specialization. The all of roles I checked off have direct guest interaction. In any of these roles I will be the face of Disney to guest who interact with me. That is the definition of Public Relations. So Poo POO on that excuse!

I finally got around to scheduling an appointment with Andrew. I have absolutely no ideas why I am talking to him and what I will be talking to him about. However I think he might be able to help me coordinate the school/program aspect. Perhaps he will even be able to put me in touch with CP Alumni that went to St. Eds and were Comm majors.

I also ended up going to the live presentation at UT last Friday but since I feel like this post is super long I will talk about that in my next post.

I hope everyone has a super terrific day!!

-M

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Birthday!

Its my Birthday!! woop Woop!!

I got a letter from Disney the other day. Exciting! It was basically one of those "Thanks for your interest" letters. It also told me the time, date, and location of my audition. It did say that I am a "strong candidate" but they might say that to everyone. lol. Maybe not though, perhaps I am special. :D

I have been getting the run around with my school and possibly taking classes. However that is food for another post.

-M

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Interview!


My interview was about and hour and a half ago. I think I did really well. I really tried to be honest and show my bubbly personality. I was asked what were my top 2 roles. I said Character Performer and attractions. I kinda wish I had said Bibbidi Bobbidi Botique but quite honestly it slipped through the cracks of my brain. I am relatively sure that once I find out who my recruiter is I can call and place that as my second fav. I am not positive about that but in the end it doesn't really matter. I made sure to only check things that I would actually want to do so as long as I get something that I checked I will be happy.

On a positive note I asked what are my chances of getting a role I want if I don't pass my audition and my interviewer, Susan, said that because I checked such a large amount (9 roles) that I would be likely to get something I would like. Or at least that is what i interpreted from her answer, which was a lot less concrete and more if-y.
I must say that all of the preparation I did helped SO MUCH. I browsed through several different threads on several different forums to get an idea of what type of questions I might be asked. While it varies from interviewer to interviewer there was definitely some overlap and if nothing else answering the other questions put me in the right mind frame.
So now comes the wait. I have to wait till April 19th to do my audition. After the audition I have 3 weeks to wait before I get my purple folder :D Basically just as school is ending, I will find out if I am accepted or not. Which is perfect because then I have to worry about the stupid school post office. Oh Joy.
-M

Monday, March 16, 2009

Disney or Bust!

So I thought I would try and record my Disney College Program Experience. I watched the online presentation on Friday. I finished my application and role checklist on Friday too. I had to wait til today to call and set up my interview time. I ended up choosing to interview tomorrow at 7:20pm. Can we say short notice? I am wondering if that was the best choice but I can't exactly do much about it now. I really want to get that part over with anyway. I don't think I could stand the anticipation of waiting any longer.

Unfortunately I am going to have to wait anyway. I recently found out that Disney now has a character performer position for Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell has been one of my favorite Disney characters for so long. I decided that even though I am going to be so scared and nervous of auditioning if there is even a small chance that I might be able to be Tinkerbell I had to go and audition. So that is what I am going to do on April 19th at Ballet Austin. I know that it is not very likely that I will get to be Tinkerbell but maybe I will and if nothing else perhaps my short stature will help me be chosen to be a fur character.

Even if I don't get chosen to be a character performer as long as I get accepted into the program I will be happy. My wish list for roles are as follows:
  • Character Performer
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Hostess- I hear that this is a very competitive position and that it is possible that salon experience is preferred. :( so who knows
  • Attractions
  • Merchandise
  • Hospitality
The last three are all ranked very closely. I also know that Attractions and Hospitality are pretty popular

Lastly I am very worried that I am going to be at a disadvantage because I am applying late and attending a late audition. I am scared that if I don't pass the audition all of the roles that I really want might be filled. I just have to to hope that in the chance I don't pass the audition (which my positive visualizations say won't happen-- I am going to pass my audition :D) my luck will hold out and I will get a role that I want.

So that is it for now. I am now going to send out emails to the registrar and my financial adviser so I can go talk to them about how I could work everything out with the College Program. BLAH!

-M