September 5, 2010

Disney College Program- Application Process

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

I think that it's appropriate to start this blog with a Walt Disney quote, since this is the first blog about my process of applying for the Disney CareerStart program. I was a little hesitant at first to blog about this process, because I'm realistic and know that I may not get in, and it's going to be a hard thing to write about the whole process of applying only to be rejected. However, I also know that this process is super exciting, and it's a huge part of my life right now! I really hope I get into Disney (and I mean REALLY), but regardless of that, I'm on a journey that needs to be documented.

Applying for Disney has already taken me outside of my comfort zone, because the idea of moving away from home and living on my own for over half a year is completely daunting. But after working so hard to graduate high school in December, I am very excited for the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone. Through this whole process, I'm trying to stay optimistic but realistic, excited but understanding of the fact that there are hundreds of other people applying for the job I want, and hopeful about my future with Disney but trusting in God's plan for my life. No matter what happens, I really truly have full confidence that God will direct my path.

Now onto the nitty gritty of where I'm at exactly right now, I just completed the first process of the interview, an online segment, and I'll call in on Monday to arrange a time to take the phone interview. The online interview was not bad at all, it was filled with questions like, "On a scale of one to five, are you 'fill in the blank'". Emphasizing on cleanliness, punctuality, work ethics, and leadership skills. Not too bad at all! Like every other person applying for this program, the phone interview has my stomach in knots already- and I don't even know when I'm having it! I'm just hoping that I don't stutter and stammer my way through it with nervousness! :)

Here's a quick tip for interested applicants: during your online interview, answer in extremes. On a scale of 1-5, answer the majority of your questions with 1's or 5's. Disney likes to see passion, not middle-of-the-road answers. 

Now, I've received some pretty common questions, which I'll try to address.

1. What is the Disney College Program? 
This is an internship (lasting from anywhere from 4-9 months) available at Walt Disney World or Disneyland for students going into college, in college, or students who have just graduated. You can take classes while there to count for credit and have great networking opportunities!

2. Why are you applying for Disney?
For quite a while I've known that I was going to try and graduate early, because I felt really clearly like I was supposed to have the eight months between December and starting college next fall free. At first I found out about a YWAM (Youth With A Mission) training program that I really wanted to go to (shout out to Hawaii on this one!), but it became clear pretty fast that that wasn't the right place for me right now. I became really discouraged, because I knew I was supposed to be doing something, but all the different options I kept finding weren't working out. I even crossed Disney off the list at first because I didn't know if I would be able to come back in time for college. A few months and many emails later, I realized that I could definitely complete this internship in time for university. That started the whole process of applying. 

3. If accepted, when you be gone?
My program, if accepted, will run from February 21st until August 5. 

All of that boils down to me sitting here, at 5:20 pm on a lovely Sunday afternoon, thinking about my big dreams and Mickey Mouse, hoping that in a few months I'll be packing up a little blue Honda to take a 20 hour drive to the Sunshine State.Whatever happens, if there's one thing that watching all those classic Disney movies has taught me, it's that dreams can come true! So here's to the next few weeks/ months, full of anticipation, big dreams, and maybe even a little pixie dust.