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