So, next semester I’m going to be packing up my things and moving halfway across the country to sunny Orlando so that I can work for and go to school at Disney. I can still hardly believe this is happening. It absolutely blows my mind.
I applied for the Disney College Program on a whim, thinking that there was no possible way I’d ever get in. I heard about it from my public speaking teacher when I’d been hunting for internships and decided, “Why not?”
Fast forward to a few days later and I was taking the online test, and then a few weeks later I was on the phone with a recruiter from Disney. At the time I didn’t think I’d be able to participate, since I have a substantial scholarship at my university and I would possibly have to forfeit it if I left school for a semester. So, I was pretty unconcerned about the outcome during the phone interview. Part of me wanted to bomb it because then I wouldn’t have to regret turning an offer of employment down.
Ironically, the fact that the interview didn’t really matter to me was probably why I got in. I was relaxed, my anxiety didn’t make me trip over my words, and I didn’t go off on any long, unrelated tangents. I nailed it.
You can imagine my frustration when a few hours later I got an email offering me a position at Disney World in Orlando. Really?
Of course, I couldn’t let an opportunity like that pass me by. Everyone knows that Disney is a great company to work for with a variety of jobs to choose from. If I could get my foot in the door by doing the Disney College Program, the possibilities were endless. Not to mention that Disney offers an entire class dedicated solely to networking.
Getting my university to make sure my scholarship would still be here for me when I was done wasn’t easy. I bent over backwards to make it happen. I’m honestly not sure how I was able to pull it off, but once I paid my deposit for Disney I was determined. Losing $350 didn’t sound great, and that’s what would’ve happened if I had to withdraw from the DCP.
And now here I am, Florida-bound and ready to rock some Mickey Mouse ears. I’m a little nervous, but the Disney apartments are hella nice, I love the beach, and I get in free to all the parks while I’m an employee. Who could ask for more? My mother isn’t thrilled, but that’s okay. I know I’ll be fine.
Besides, Tina Fey was right. I can’t overthink things too much. I just need to dive in and hope everything works out in the end.