I TRULY AM HOME | DCP SPRING 2019

HELLO! Happy start to a new week. As I am writing this, it is Sunday night and I have just completed my first week of the Disney College Program. It has been a whirlwind of a week, filled with emotions and things to do. I moved into my apartment, said goodbye to my parents (didn’t think that would be as hard as it was, but I sobbed like a baby), got to know my roommates, went through Disney’s Traditions to become an official Cast Members, had my first training, and went to two of the parks! Like I said, there’s been a lot going on.

I’ve definitely had my fair share of emotions this week. As I mentioned, when my parents left it hit me HARD. I thought I was ready to move out, and I am, but I didn’t really fully grasp the fact that I’d be completely on my own. They’re literally 10 hours away. I can’t force my mom to go to Target with me anymore, and that made me really sad.

I honestly let my anxiety get the better of me for a minute. It always rears its ugly voice right when I try to fall asleep, and on my first night, it said, “you shouldn’t be here. You should have stayed at home, with your family, on ETSU’s campus, working the same job. You’re going to fail.” Talk about a mood killer. I know it was just my anxiety speaking, but it got to me. I was laying in my twin size bed (downgraded from my full and that’s also been an adjustment) letting the fear consume me.

That’s when God showed up. I was in need of some reassurance, and boy did God provide it. I was sitting in my Traditions class, which is a five hour long class about working for Disney and what that means when they told us about our motto. We create happiness. I almost cried. It hit me right in the heart that this motto is what I’ve always wanted to do, and always been meant to do. I love seeing people happy! I love having a positive outlook to help someone feel better about a situation, listening to my friends for hours on end about what they’re going through to make them feel happier, and just, in general, making people smile. That was what God wanted me to hear. I’m where I’m supposed to be, doing what I need to be doing for this season of my life. I’m here to create happiness through shining God’s light that has been given to me to the guests of Walt Disney World, my coworker, my roommates, and everyone I’ll meet. What an amazing opportunity!

There were several other things that happened in Traditions to almost make me cry, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else contemplating doing the program that may be reading this. The realization I had, however, was definitely the thing that got me the most. At the end of that day, I was given my Walt Disney World ID and official nametag and became a true Cast Member.

The following days have been full of visiting parks, spending time with my roommates (who I ADORE), and another day of classroom training. Tomorrow I begin y first day in Animal Kingdom, which I am so stoked for. I can’t wait to see the ways God is going to use me throughout the program and the opportunities that I’ll have to create happiness for others.

Talk to y’all real soon!

❤ / Bailey

CHECK-IN & CASTING | DCP SPRING 2019

I still can’t believe it. I’m having trouble grasping the fact that I’m officially moved into my Disney apartment and am a Walt Disney World cast member. I have been dreaming of this day for so long, and it’s actually here! As I know I’ve had a lot of people ask about how things are going, let’s talk about week one.

I started the drive to Orlando on Saturday, January 12th. It wasn’t the easiest start as I had gotten my car all loaded the night before, we were ready to go, and then my car wouldn’t start…yeah, not good! I had just had my car at the shop all week having it looked over to make sure it could survive the trip and then it died. Luckily, we were able to jump start it and get on the road. That day we drove into Savannah, GA to spend the night. We got up Sunday morning and hit the road for another 4 hours to get into Orlando.

Then, Monday morning it was time to go check into my apartment! I had a 10 am check-in time so we left the hotel around 9:20 in order to get around Orlando traffic. We got there a few minutes early but they let us in any way. I got parked and then took all of my paperwork inside our complexes clubroom where I got my key to my apartment, my housing ID, and my parking decal. It was a pretty quick process and then it was off to move my stuff in. I had Casting the same day at 1:30, so I only had about two hours to get everything in my room and somewhat set up. I quickly got everything inside and where I needed it and before I knew it, it was time for Casting.

Casting was a pretty easy process, but long. We took the bus from our complex to the casting building. We had to get fingerprinted, get pictures for another ID, and present documentation for our 1-9 (for me, that was just my driver’s license and social security card). It took about an hour and a half, and at the end, we were given a Mickey Mouse sticker and went on our way.

The best part about Casting was the actual building itself! It is such a magical place. The door knobs to get inside are the ones from Alice in Wonderland, they have paintings from Alice in Wonderland and various movies painted on the walls. Everyone was so friendly and excited to be there. It made a monotonous task more enjoyable!

Overall, the first few days have been going well! I’m settled into my new home for the next four months and ready to start this new adventure. I want to take a moment to acknowledge my amazing parents. Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me to do my best. Thank you for driving with me all the way to Florida and dealing with my anxious anger. Thank you for being my number one support. Without you two, I wouldn’t be able to chase my dream. I’ll miss you and see you soon.

❤ / Bail

THE FINAL STRETCH

One week, 7 days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes. That’s how much time I have until I uproot my life for one of the biggest adventures thus far. I’m packing up boxes of my belongings into my Chevy Malibu and driving to my new apartment in Orlando! Well, sort of. We’ve decided to split the trip. Saturday we will be driving to Savannah, GA (a town I do love to visit) and spending the night to get up Sunday and head into Orlando. Then, Monday is when all of the fun begins! I’ll check in to my apartment and begin the journey of a Walt Disney World Cast Member. It’s so crazy how fast time has gone by from the day I received my acceptance to now one week until I leave. Something tells me I should start packing!

In all seriousness, this is about to be a really weird week for me. I haven’t moved anywhere since I was 5 years old, so it’s going to be really strange to have to say goodbye to my hometown and all of the friends who make this city home. I’m really not thrilled about it, but I keep reminding myself that what I’m leaving for is worth saying a temporary goodbye. I’ll be back in about four months, which I’m sure will go by in the blink of an eye with how busy I’ll find myself being. Still, in this final week, it’s continuously on the back of my mind.

I’m also realizing all the last minute things I need to get taken care of. I need to have my car looked at to make sure it can survive the drive, get a new fob for my car, dye my hair (shoutout to Disney Look), PACK without forgetting any of the necessities, get twin size bed sheets, find all the apartment necessities left to get, spend time with family and friends, and somehow manage to sleep. It’s gonna be a long week!

All of the craziness and the goodbyes will be worth it when I’m fulfilling a dream to work for the Disney company. I still have a hard time grasping that this is real life, although I’m sure it will hit me when the journey begins. Here’s to the next four months! May they be filled with joy, magic making, laughter, growth, and light.

Itineraries come out soon which means I’ll get my work location! Where do you think I’ll be placed: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, or a resort? Comment below!!

❤ / Bailey

WHAT I’M HOPING 2019 WILL HOLD

I am so stoked for 2019. I try to stay pretty optimistic from day-to-day, but I am immensely optimistic about everything that 2019 is about to hold. So many exciting things are about to happen! In two weeks from today, I will be checking in to my apartment in Orlando and starting what I’m sure will be the biggest adventure of my life thus far.

As I’m doing a lot of preparing for my big move, I also am thinking through everything I want to accomplish this year. There’s a lot to look forward to and a lot of things to strive towards completing! I have a separate bucket list for my Disney College Program (blog post about that to come soon), but of course, there will be some overlap with my overarching goals for the new year. So, here are my goals for 2019:

Spend more time reading the Bible. | It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of reading. I have a very small attention span and am an audible learner, so reading has never really been my thing. Despite that, I know I need to be spending more time investing in the word of God in order to grow spiritually. I’ve remained pretty consistent the last month with following the reading plan for certain chapters that is in my Bible, and want that to carry on throughout 2019. My home church is doing a “New Testament in a Year” challenge and I hope to maintain the reading schedule even while I’m away in Orlando.

Make the most out of every experience. | I can often fall to fear when it comes to stepping outside my comfort zone. FOMO is something I deal with a lot and I want to rid myself of it. I’m going to have to overcome a lot of fears as I make the move to Orlando, and I want to make sure I don’t let anything stop me from making the most of my College Program. Aside from the DCP, I just want to make sure I fully soak in everything 2019 has to offer.

Continue making the Dean’s List & getting involved on campus. | I’ll still be enrolled full-time for the Spring semester through online classes at ETSU. I hope to maintain the grades I’ve been accomplishing the last two semesters even in the midst of working at Disney World and being in Orlando. In the Fall, I will start my SENIOR YEAR of college. That is so crazy!! I cannot wait to see what all my last year of college has in store. I’m excited to get involved with more clubs and soak in everything I’ll learn from my AH-MAZING professors in my department.

Work on intentionally maintaining friendships. | With cell phones and social media, it would seem like it’s super easy to maintain friendships at a distance. But, with the busy-ness of life, it can be really hard to truly stay connected in one another’s lives. I want to spend more time with people this year intentionally building relationships and supporting my friends all the time. I’m excited about the friendships I’ll gain in Florida and hope to stay in touch, to the best of my ability, with my friends back in Tennessee while I’m gone.

Learn to be confident when I’m by myself. | One of the reasons I’m doing the DCP is in order to gain a sense of independence. I want to gain confidence in knowing that I can be striving and happy by myself. It’s easy for me to attach who I am to other people and feel really uncomfortable doing things on my own. I want to feel confident going to the parks by myself on some off days, eating by myself, and making new friends in places where I find myself not knowing anyone.

What are some of your goals and/or things you’re looking forward to in 2019?

❤ / Bail

 

2018 IN REVIEW

At the end of last year, I wrote a blog post entitled “2017 in Review (A short story on why I’m really glad it’s over.” In the spirit of consistency and because I’d like to think I’ll enjoy looking back on posts like this when I’m old with children, many rescue dogs, and even worse knees, I’ve decided to write a similar post about 2018. I’m also glad 2018 is over but in a completely different way than the year prior. So, what happened in 2018?

I have to address the biggest thing first even though it didn’t happen until September (so later in the year), I GOT INTO THE DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM. I’d say that this is definitely the highlight of 2018. I know I’ve already talked about Disney a lot so I won’t go on too much, but it’s definitely one of the reasons I’m glad 2018 is almost over. I am so ready for it to be 2019 so I can be in Disney World chasing down a dream I’ve had for a long time. I’m so optimistic about this experience and can’t wait to dive right into it. As of right now, I’m 19 days away from checking in to my apartment and getting it all started.

School this year went really well. My Spring semester I completed one of my goals of the year which was to ake the Dean’s List! I’m happy to say, I have likely made it again for the Fall 2018 semester! The actual list won’t be out until January but I made all A’s so I think it’s safe to say I made it on the list. The Fall semester was a really great semester. I got to work with an AMAZING group of people for my Audience Research class on a project. I honestly don’t think I could’ve created a better group of people. We all worked really hard, had fun, and did a great job. Every semester I fall more and more in love with the department I’m in, my fellow students, and the faculty and professors who have taught me everything I know. I absolutely love my school and have no doubts that I made the right decision choosing to go to ETSU.

In the realm of travel this year, we went to Pennsylvania this summer to spend time with family. We ate lots of Amish pretzels and doughnuts, went to many farmer’s markets, shared lots of laughs, and ate plenty of Hershey’s sweets. It was also just so great to spend time with my cousin, her husband, and their two sweet little boys. The two of them had grown up so much since we’d seen them last year and it was so fun to see their personalities developing and shine through. Plus, while we were in Pennsylvania we got to see Harry Styles at Hersheypark. He put on an incredible performance and was so engaged with the audience. Honestly, one of the best concerts I’ve been to. That was the only major trip we took this year, but I’m thankfully for the time spent in my hometown. I’ll likely be missing this place in a few months time.

I continued to fall in love with work this year and the area that I’m studying to go into. I’m so lucky to be able to already be working a job in the field I hope to be in post-graduation (media & communications/ advertising & PR), and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful. I have an amazing group of coworkers who make every day an enjoyable one and I never dread a day of work. The entire staff is amazing, the team I work on is some of the most talented and brightest people I know, and my supervisor is the absolute best. I love where I work and I’m gonna miss them so much next semester.

2018 was quite a year. For me, it was overall good, but for those around me, I know it was a challenge. Several family members faced severe health issues, friends were faced with losing loved ones, and the whole world as a whole seems to be struggling with something. It did make me worry a lot about taking care of those around me and being the best support system I can be. Despite all of the bad, I continuously strove to remind myself (and hopefully convince others) that through it all, God has a plan. This was a big thing I learned in 2018. I always knew it was true but don’t know that I actually put full trust in it until this year. Being able to fully trust in a plan that is greater than my own is something that can free your heart of anxiety and worry, and for that, I’m grateful.

I’m thankful for the memories made, lessons learned, and strength grown throughout 2018, and am excited to see what all 2019 has in store. For obvious reasons, I am so ready for 2019 to be here and cannot wait to get the year started in Disney World! So, here’s to 2018! Thank you for everything you held and have prepared us for in 2019.

What are you excited about for 2019?

❤ / Bailey

WHEN YOU’RE ONE MONTH AWAY

What even is time? It goes by so fast that I’m not even sure it exists. I say this because as of today I am ONE MONTH AWAY FROM MOVING TO ORLANDO. I cannot believe that it is coming up so fast. It has also made me realize that I really need to get on top of my preparation game! I have a good reason for not doing much preparing so far, which is because I wanted to let myself focus on finishing this semester of school. I knew the minute I started focusing most of my energy on Disney, my will to do any school work would go out the window. It was hard enough to focus on school as it was, so I didn’t need to give myself any excuses to dive into the hole of non-focus.

I am happy to say that I am officially done with my fifth semester of college! I’ve only got three more semesters and then I get to graduate (again I say, WHAT EVEN?). I’m really proud of how I performed this semester and honestly has a really great one. I got the opportunity to work on a project with some INCREDIBLE fellow advertising/PR students, got into the Disney College Program, managed to maintain perfect attendance in a class, hopefully, made the Dean’s List (still waiting on the final grades, but pretty sure I did it), got plugged in more on campus, worked 29 hours a week outside of school, took 15 credit hours, and also realized I can officially now apply to graduate. It’s been a TIME.

Now, I’m leaving campus for a semester! I will be maintaining full-time status through ETSU by taking 15 credit hours of online classes while I’m at Orlando. I’m a little nervous about balancing classes and the DCP, but my advisor assured me that I can do it and Disney offers a great way to let you maintain your school. I’ll be applying for distance learning which will mean, if accepted, I’ll get a specific time/day that will be the same every week that is dedicated time-off to work on schoolwork. Hopefully, once I let my professors know of my situation they’ll be able to work with me as well.

So, what’s up next in the DCP process? I need to start packing! Housing registration opened a few days ago and I got linked up with my three roomies and we chose our preferences. It feels good that we got that done, and can now move on to prepping. I need to start getting things packed, buy things I know I’ll need to bring with me, get my car checked out to make sure everything’s gonna be good to drive to Orlando (yay for a 10-hour drive), have an amazing Christmas with loved ones, make a bomb playlist to listen to on the drive, and make sure to spend as much time as possible with my Tennessee friends before I go.

There is a lot to do in the next month, but I am so excited! I cannot tell you how much the excitement is building up in me to get to Disney World. This is something I’ve been dreaming of for four years, and to have it so close is so incredible. I’m having a hard time even believing this is going to be my life, and I don’t think it will hit me until I start the drive there. I don’t know fully what’s in store for me, but I know God’s got me on the path to a great adventure.

❤ / Bailey

WHY I’M DOING THE DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM

HIYA, PALS! I’m currently wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket with my cat under the blanket with me, laying next to a space heater, and watching DCP vlogs while snowmageddon 2018 is hitting East Tennessee. It’s a pretty great way to spend a Sunday if you ask me. I am thinking lots today about the Disney College Program as the semester of school has come to a near end and I now have time to think about it more! I’m super excited as I’m a little over a month away from moving, and realizing I should probably start getting myself more prepared.

One thing that I’ve felt lingering anytime I mention to Disney College Program is, why am I doing it? It’s something that I ask myself (because self-doubt looms within me so I have to talk myself down from thinking I’m making a bad decision) frequently. This is a complex question and one that I can probably talk about for hours, so to save myself and you reading this some time, I’ll make the answer into a list!

  1. I LOVE DISNEY. I’ve always been a fan of Disney! From the movies to the music to the parks I love it all. For my 16th birthday trip I chose to go to Disney World, I begged to go there for a day for my 18th birthday, and it truly is just one of my happiest places on earth. To be able to spend every day there for four months, learn more about it, and get to be a part of the magic is just a dream come true! Plus, who wouldn’t love getting to go to the parks every day? I haven’t been since Pandora opened at DAK or Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios, so I am thrilled to get to finally explore those.
  2. Let’s talk about a resume boost. This experience is a huge resume booster for anyone who participates. Disney is such a major and strict company that upholds you to such high standards, so to work there prepares you for work pretty much anywhere.
  3. Networking and career enhancement opportunities! To be completely honest, I would absolutely love to work in advertising and public relations for Disney one day. As I am getting closer to graduating, I’m starting to get a lot more career focused and thinking more about what exactly I want to do post-graduation. My focus right now is more on the PR event planning side of my major, and to be able to plan events/launches for Disney would be incredible. Hopefully, while I’m on the program I can meet a lot of people in the industry and learn from Disney professionals in my career field.
  4. I need to be on my own. That may be a little dramatic, but it’s true. The rest of the maturing I need to do before graduating from college and entering the “real world” needs to be done outside of my comfort zone. I feel like I’m very mature for my age, but need to take that final step out of my parent’s house, and why not move 10 hours away from them! I need to face my fear of being alone and out of my norm in order to have a life changing experience.
  5. This life is short, I want to make some memories! That sounds like a movie quote but I’m not sure from where and I’m too lazy to google it (if you know where it’s from, let me know). This experience is bound to be chock full of amazing memories and friends made. I’m not often the type of person to go on an adventure alone like this, but I was to push myself in order to make the most of this amazing life I’ve been given!

I hope this may have answered some of the questions people have been asking me as to why I’m doing to Disney College Program. I don’t feel like I have to answer anyone’s questioning of me doing this program, but I also want to think it out for myself. I love my life, my friends, and my school now, but they’ll all be here when I get back! Hopefully, some of them can come to visit me too. I can’t wait to make Disney World my home.

</3 Bailey

My Honest Thoughts on Moving

My top three biggest fears in life that have stayed with me since I was young go in this order:

1. Elevators, indoor rides, caves, being buried alive, and any space where there is not a clear/easy exit.

2. Being completely alone.

3. Change.

Yeah, that third one’s gonna be real fun here in two months (exactly two months from today to be exact). To be completely honest, I’ve never been a big fan of change. I tend to order the same thing I always get at restaurants, where the same variation of clothes for a while, and I order the same three drinks at Starbucks every time I go. I like things that are familiar and that I know I can trust. Going along with that has been a fear of moving. When my dad had to take his old job back in Charlotte I begged my parents not to make me move. It scared the living daylights out of me.

I think this is one of the major reasons why I needed to go to Walt Disney World next semester. The truth is, I know this is a fear I need to face head-on if I want to be fully “adulting.” I need to be outside of my comfort zone, away from my family and experiencing new things every day so that I can continue to develop and grow as a person.

As much as I know that I need this experience, it still scares me. I’m scared at the thought of my friends forgetting about me while I’m gone, that I won’t stay in touch as much as I’d like to, that I’ll miss out on big things happening back at home, and that I’ll miss out on opportunities to form and grow relationships here. There’s this nagging voice in the back of my head repeating these things to me. Most of the time, my excitement outweighs that as this is an incredible opportunity that I’ve dreamed of doing for so long, but it doesn’t make the fear completely go away.

Luckily, it tends to only come in waves. I think the more I actually prepare for moving, the more excited and comfortable I’ll feel. I love shopping and the idea of decorating my new apartment so I can cling to that for joy. Of course, I’m also excited to be spending almost every day for four months in one of my favorite places on Earth with the amazing new friends I’ll make. I am looking forward to forming a family away from family and getting to know so many new people. It’s things like this, and the reminder that this is a dream come true, that help make everything seem a little less scary.

I’m learning that I’ll have to trust God through the change. I can’t tell you how many times I prayed that He would show me a sign as to whether or not I should go, and everything seems to be saying “trust me and go.” So, here’s to answering that call and going. I’m ready for this next big adventure.

❤ / Bailey

GET TO KNOW THE DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM (THE DCP TAG)

Honestly, I still can’t believe that in a few short months I will be moving to Orlando and working at the happiest place on Earth. The anticipation is a struggle and I’m finding myself getting distracted most days by thinking about DCP related things. I’m also realizing that there are several things causing me to worry thanks to my fear of change and the unknown. However, I can definitely tell the excitement side is winning as every time I think about it I end up smiling ear to ear. To help build up some excitement (and hopefully get out some of the things that are making me distracted) I’ve decided to do the DCP tag. It’s a lot of frequently asked questions to get to know more about my program, as I know several people have been asking me about it. Hopefully, this helps answer some of the questions I keep getting asked! Not that I’m bothered by questions, I could talk your ear off about the program no problem.

How did you hear about the program?

I found out about the DCP when I was on my 16th birthday trip to Walt Disney World. I met a cast member in the Emporium on Main Street and we started chatting about why I was at Disney. I told her it was my 16th birthday trip and she immediately ran to get me a birthday button! She told me she was working there as a part of the college program, and ever since that day I knew that was something I wanted to do. I actually went back to the hotel that night and began researching about it.

How was the interview process?

The interview process wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I purposefully tried to not put any pressure on myself, because I knew if I didn’t get in this time I could keep trying every semester until I graduated. I applied on August 23, 2018. You fill out an application with typical job applications questions. They ask about which roled you’d be interested in, where you’d want to work (Walt Disney World vs. Disneyland Resort), job experience, skills, traits, the whole job application shebang. I attached my resume and some photos of floorsets I had done while working in retail (can you tell my top role I was going for was merchandise?)

I honestly was getting a little worried because I hadn’t gotten my WBI (Web-based Interview) the same day. I had read a lot of blog posts and watched a lot of vlogs from cast members doing the DCP where they had gotten there WBI within hours of applying. However, two weeks later I got an email saying they’d like me to move on to interview rounds and I received my WBI. This is in its basic form a personality test. They want to see if who you match the values of the Walt Disney company. I took a deep breath, got a glass of water, and filled it out that night. You’ll know pretty immediately after completing the WBI if you’re moving on the next round… the phone interview.

The phone interview is probably the most stressful part of the entire interview process. You schedule a day and time and wait until it arrives to speak to a Disney recruiter. It was very stressful! My phone interview was only five days after I had completed my WBI, so I didn’t have a super long time to prepare. I looked up potentially questions that could be asked (thank you, internet) and wrote down some notes to make sure I’d remember to mention certain things I wanted to talk about. The phone rang on September 10th, and to my horror, my phone decided to be an absolute jerk. It sounded like the recruiter was speaking to me from underwater! I had a slight moment of panic but then realized I could make out most of what she was saying and decided to press on. A lot of the questions are pulled directly from your application. She asked about any tattoos or piercings I may have (the Disney look is something I can touch on later), reiterated that many positions involve lots of standing in high temperatures, and went through each role I had expressed interest in and asked some follow-up questions. Of course, the question of the hour was “why do you want to do the DCP?” That is one that anyone who ever applies to the program can be expected to be asked. She also had me talk through some possible scenarios of how I would close a line if I were a character attendant or how I’d react if parents were unhappy with a makeover I was giving in the Bippidi Boppidi Boutique/Pirate League. Overall, I felt pretty confident with my PI and my recruiter was so nice and easy to talk to.

I hung up the phone that day and began a waiting game that would turn to pure joy when I found out that I was accepted!

Where were you when you found out you were accepted?

I found out I was accepted while eating lunch with some friends at Chick-Fil-A (a truly holy establishment). I got a text update saying “Exciting update! Check your email for more details!” and my heart started racing. I quickly dropped my fork, switched over to my email account, and there it was!

What is your role?

I was offered the role of merchandise, which also happened to be my top role! In that role, I can learn more about marketing and PR from a Disney standpoint which I am stoked about. It will also count as my internship as a requirement for my major at school that I need to fill. The other roles I expressed interest in was PhotoPass, Character Attendant, and Bippidi Boppidi Boutique/Pirate League.

What are you going to miss while on the program?

I’m not just saying this to be a suck-up, but I genuinely will miss my friends and family the most. I’ve never been gone for this long from my family and will miss seeing my mom, dad, and sister. I love all of the people in my life right now and am already planning on harassing them with many texts and Snapchats to stay in touch while I’m gone. Don’t think you can get rid of me that easily!

I’ll also miss my current job. I absolutely adore all of my co-workers and the work that I am doing, but in order to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life, I need to experience new things. Of course, I’ll also miss my cat, the cute pets I get to pet-sit for on a regular basis (I basically feel like their god-parent at this point), Pal’s peachy sprite, the possibility of snow in TN while I’m gone, and Daylight Doughnuts bubble tea.

Which Disney park is your favorite?

Honestly, I’m a big fan of Epcot. I could spend days wandering around the World Showcase and never get bored. The Magic Kingdom is a very close second.

What is the first thing you want to do when you get there?

I’ll probably be crying (mostly happy tears, of course) but I want to go sight-seeing around Orlando and get used to the city I’ll be calling home for the next four months. I need to find the nearest Target, Starbucks, and Chick-Fil-A to make it really feel like home!

What’s number one on your DCP bucket list?

Definitely to watch the fireworks with my new friends on our first day in the parks as cast members. I haven’t been to Disney since they changed the show from Wishes, so I’m stoked to see the new one.

What is one thing you hope to take away from the program?

I really hope the DCP provides me with a new sense of self-confidence and just a new sense of self in general terms. I’ll be completely on my own for the first time, making new friends, and having all of these new adventures that will hopefully help me develop and push me out of my comfort zone to overcome fears and self-doubt. Obviously, I also hope this experience provides me with so many amazing memories that will last me a lifetime.

I hope this answers some of the questions you may have about the DCP. Expect a lot more DCP related content to come. Have a magical day!!

❤ / Bailey

 

 

ONE OF MY DREAMS CAME TRUE

On September 25, 2018, one of my dreams came true. I got an email from the Walt Disney Company that I had been accepted into the Disney College Program for Soring 2019! This has been something I have wanted to do since I learned about it while on my 16th birthday trip to Walt Disney World. To say I was excited would be an understatement. I almost choked on my Chick-Fil-A salad and then almost cried (and I HATE crying, so you know I was in a big mood). It’s such an honor to be accepted into this program on my first try. So many people apply and there are only a limited amount of spots, so I am truly ecstatic that Disney chose me!

Some of you may be asking, “what exactly does this mean?” Well, In January of 2019 I will be moving to Orlando, FL for a paid internship at Walt Disney World. I’ll be working in Merchandise in Disney World stores. As of right now, I’m not sure at which of the parks or resorts I will be working at, but honestly, I’m excited for any of them. IT’S DISNEY WORLD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! I will remain a full-time student taking 15 credit hours of online classes through East Tennessee State University to stay on track with graduating in May 2020 and maintaining my academic scholarships. It’s gonna be a lot, but several people believe in me, and I think I’ll be able to balance it all well.

What I do know now is that this is something I am meant to do. I have to keep reminding myself about this because I can already tell the transition is going to be hard. I’ve never lived away from home, especially not 10 hours away with a bunch of people I’ve never met before. I’m dreading saying goodbye and leaving my life as it is right now that I love so much. I love where I work now, I love my school, and I love my friends and family. But, I feel like any growing that I have left to do in order to become a fully functioning adult is going to need to be done away from home. I need to push myself out of my comfort zone and not let fear or anxiety stop me from potentially having an experience that will change my life. I’ve prayed long and hard about this situation and every sign God is sending me seems to be pointing me to go, so I will obey and trust that now is the time.

I truly am excited about this incredible opportunity. I’ve got a lot of packing, planning, and preparing to do in the next three months before move in! While I’m deep in preparations I also have to remember to keep on top of this semester’s workload (going to school when you know you’ll be going to Disney soon makes concentrating very hard). Please pray for me as I am awaiting this adventure. There’s lots to do, lots of people to see, and lots to think about.

See ya real soon, Orlando.

❤ / Bailey