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DCP 101

Being from Iowa, it’s actually kind of amazing I found out about the Disney College Program considering there is absolutely no advertisement for it on my campus at Iowa. I had only heard about it through the friend of my friend’s brother. But now I have this awesome opportunity to let people know about the program who may have not heard about it.

In this post I’m going to break down the qualifications and the process to get into the DCP.

I don’t know all the details about the international students, but as far as those going to school in the U.S., the qualifications are simple. You just have to be enrolled in a college or university and be 18 years or older. There are a handful of adults who have gone back to college and are currently participating in the program. The qualifications are the easy part though.

There are three major steps during the application and acceptance process.

Step 1: Basic Application 

Applications for the Disney College Program are only open at certain times. You can sign up to receive email notifications in order to have first crack at the applications. When applications get released there is usually a huge rush and the system could crash or being aggravatingly slow. The first part of the application will be typical background stuff such as your name, phone number, address, university, etc. The difference will be it will ask if you’d like to apply to Disneyland or Disney World (or both) and then a whole list of all possible roles at the parks along with choices in order for you to indicate your interest level in all of these jobs is included.

From what I’ve heard, people can be rejected after filling this out. It may be because there are no more spots left in the program if you apply too late, or you don’t meet the basic qualifications.

Step 2: Web Based Interview 

For some, it can take a while to move on to the Web Based Interview. This is kinda of like a personality test to see if you will fit well with the Disney Company. Don’t try to only answer what you think the company is looking for – be honest – but if you know you have a crappy personality or like to fight customers (one maybe you shouldn’t be applying to work there) try to be positive with the questions. The questions will be on a timer, but don’t panic and answer consistently and honestly.

Step 3: Phone Interview 

My phone interview didn’t happen until about a month after I got through the Web Based Interview. I was in a state of complete panic, constantly worrying I would receive the dreaded “No Longer in Consideration” email. After any of these stages you can either be put on a waitlist, NLIC’ed (meaning you have not been hired), or move on to the next stage. When you get the email to schedule a phone interview you have about a week or two to schedule. You will interview with a Disney Employee and they ask you questions dealing with working at Disney.*

*The call will be from an unknown number and your phone might block it. I was using a phone that wouldn’t even notify me if I got a blocked call and I missed my first interview thanks to technical difficulties. You are allowed one reschedule so using a landline may be easier. They also don’t always call on time, my first call was over an hour late.

After the phone interview you get to anxiously wait for an email that says whether or not you made it into the program. If you don’t make it in, you can apply for the next program when those applications drop and you can apply to the DCP as many times as you want as long as you’re still in college. This program is highly competitive but I like to think that if you want it bad enough, you’ll make it to Disney eventually.



Disney College Program Spring 2016

Hey all, man it’s been a while.

Please don’t judge me on the title and content of this blog, I made it almost four years ago and it was mainly for school, but I figure this blog is better for talking about the Disney College Program than my tumblr.

So here I am, admitting I’m too lazy to make vlogs and turning to the written word to share my experience with all of you.

If you didn’t know, my name is Grace and I was accepted into the Disney College Program in Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida for the Spring of 2016. I began my program January 25th and I’ll be done May 19th. The DCP is basically a paid internship with Disney where college students can work at either Disneyland or Disney World (including Disney resorts). The interview process is long and anxiety inducing, but it’s all worth it to be able to tell people “Yes, I work for Disney and I get to go to the parks on my day off.” My role here will be Quick Service Food and Beverage outdoors in Magic Kingdom (my dream location). I chose to go with random roommates and am living in Patterson Court with 4 other awesome girls. The following blog posts will detail my experience here and try to answer questions that anyone has. And with that I have to get back to binge watching Jane the Virgin with my roommates. 🙂

Dear Seniors

As I look at my Twitter feed and see Mr. Kline tweeting about the seniors, I always pause before realizing he isn’t talking about my class. I wrote a letter to the teachers and now here’s my letter to you, The Class of 2015.

Dear Seniors,

Congratulations, you are so close to the end and about to enter what I can’t say will be the best year of your life, but will definitely be one of the most memorable. Senior year looks nothing like High School Musical 3, and why would it? That movie is a purely unique piece of cinematic art. My first bit of advice as far as senior year goes is, allow yourself some free time. If you’re like me, you’ve never experienced a free period. Well, now is the best time because you’re a senior and can basically wander the halls without getting in trouble during your free hour. If your schedule is booked, drop a class that you’re taking as some sort of filler that you don’t actually need or care for. I took Pre Calc and it stressed me out to breaking point, and once I dropped it I felt so free. I took that time to TA with a favorite teacher and get a head start on homework (which I had not done much beforehand). I know the counselors sound scary with all their threats about dropping classes, but if you have a  legitimate reason they can be your best friend.

I also used senior year to finally take a class for fun rather than AP credit or because I had to. I chose to do Perspectives which not only got me to 5 years of Language Arts, but was one of the most fun classes I’ve ever taken at Kennedy. One of my biggest regrets about the path I chose at Kennedy was never taking an art class. If you can make the time, I would highly recommend it because it may be the last time you’ll be able to take an art class where you don’t have to buy hundreds of dollars worth of art supplies.

Even though I’m not in Writing Center, I’m still going to advertise it. Writing Center is a great place for not only AP papers, but scholarship essays. If it’s anything like last year, the people there will be bored out of their minds and will gladly read anything you throw at them. Except don’t actually throw it because that could result in paper cuts or an awkward scattering of paper.

I have two classes that I feel are very important to take senior year. AP Econ and AP Lit. In AP Lit. there is the dreaded 12 Page Research Paper, but it is fantastic preparation for college, and in AP Econ you learn things so different from any other class you’ve taken plus you get Grady. Both of these classes are tough, but I feel as though they teach important life skills and help you feel a little more in control of your life. And sometimes Grady brings Krispy Kreme.

Finally, don’t let “senioritis” kick your ass. The struggle is real, especially after AP exams, but if you work hard, colleges will give you money and money is a lot of fun. I know that was supposed to sound more inspirational, but trust me, getting good grades will make your life a whole lot easier near the end of your high school career.

Good luck Class of 2015! May the odds be ever in your favor (get it, because you’re graduating on an odd year haha).

To the Teachers of the Class of 2014

To the Class of 2014.

Well, I have made it through the ups and downs of high school. Tomorrow night, I will walk across the stage and if my AP Econ teacher is right, then all the rules will change. It’s an odd feeling, to be done with high school. On one hand, I feel as if I have been stuck in high school for my whole life and can still remember what it felt like to be a freshman, but if I try to focus on each year it becomes a blur. The years all muddle together and I feel as if these last four years rushed past way too fast. At the same time, I am so ready to move on and pursue passions that I have only just found. The past four years at Kennedy haven’t always been the best, but I have had so many great experiences inside and outside the halls. I am so proud to have gone to a school that gave me the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and march in the Memorial Day Parade, to travel to France, Switzerland, and Italy, and to feel the accomplishment of raising money for fantastic campaigns.

I have met so many amazing teachers at Kennedy High School that have really helped shape who I am
now. I will change even more throughout college, but their words of wisdom will always stick with me. I will never forget my teachers who have encouraged me to take the cliched path less traveled. Dr. Ayers, thank you so much for your support and being a wonderful role model. Ms. Goodmanson, thanks so much for caring about everyone in your class, and although a love of poetry never did blossom through your class, I will cherish having you as my AP Lit teacher. Mr. Grady, thanks for all the life lessons. I will always remember price and quantity, P and Q. Your class was so eye opening and your speeches are something I wish every graduating senior could hear. Ms. Hendryx and Mrs. Zwanziger, you guys are fantastic and your classes ignited a love for history in me. The thank you list is neverending, if this was the Oscars the music would be at a full crescendo but I’d still be plugging away. Speaking of crescendo, I just want to put my love out for Ms. Fleer and Mr. Wacker, the teachers that I have had the longest. The relationship people in band form with their directors is so different from most teachers and you guys are so great and have given me so much confidence that I really needed. Mr. Horton, I may not have loved your class, but the random facts
you sprouted will remain my best ice breakers when meeting new people. There are so many more teachers, Mrs. Waldschmidt, Mrs. Lindo, Mr. Young, Mademoiselle Hullaby, and of course Monsieur Trout.

Also, a big thank you Mr. Kline. As you said, we didn’t get to know each other very well, but you did your best. I  know you won’t be forgotten by the class of 2014. Lastly, thank you Mr. Johnson, for donning an eye patch for students you probably don’t even know the names of and playing Nick Fury in our documentary.

The gigantic list of thank you’s is a testament to how important the teachers at Kennedy are. You guys can say it’s our class that is amazing and that we have created a caring culture, but if it wasn’t for amazing teachers that help bring out the best in us, none of that would be true.

Thank you, Kennedy. These past four years have been quite the ride.

Marching Band

At the kick off dinner for all us marching band members we received a packet. It was the same packet we had been getting for the past who knows how many years with one major difference. Instead of diving right in to the classic permission forms and rules about how to treat the uniforms yadayada, it began with a blog post about marching band. The blog was the reason kids should join marching band and boy it did not make marching band sound appealing (to students anyway). I’m sure parents would love to hear about how marching band will push their kids towards their breaking point and how their children will never be one of the popular kids, but that is NOT appealing to me.

Marching band, as irritating as it may be at times, is fun. Are there popular kids in marching band? Yes. Are there football players in marching band? Yeah. Does everyone that does it absolutely love it all the time? Of course not. It is tedious and difficult but as soon as everything is on the field and we start competitions, all that time and effort is now something to be grateful for.

Speaking for the band that I’m in, our director can be extremely strict. We get yelled at all the time but in reality we’re just being pushed harder because our director cares about us. If we weren’t motivated the way that we are, then we’d be probably only get last place in competitions and no one likes losing. Maybe the methods of criticism could be changed, but in the end, we get yelled at becasue we are cared about.

I’m posting this because marching band season has risen up and it’s almost time to compete. I’m well aware that some out there have been competing for months now, but for most high school bands, the season is just beginning. Keep your heads up (literally because it’s part of staying set) and enjoy the thrill of marching on turf in those ridiculously “fashionable” uniforms.


To anyone following this blog, if you want even more fun I’ve started another blog called Oh No They Didn’t.  I explore pop culture influences on teenagers just like me! I hope it is both entertaining and interesting. I’ve always loved reading about random trends going on and contemplating how they impact my life and now I get to do that and get credit for it. So go check it out if you want. I will probably continue to post on this blog as well because being a teenager I like to rant about things that bother me.

Adventures in Italy

I am well aware that it has been over two months since I went to Italy and I should have blogged about this right after I got home, but I’ve been having computer issues. If anyone is still out there, welcome back. I do this mainly for me just because I love the feeling of typing and writing something longer than 160 characters.

So, Italy. I can’t say I’m a fan. I know, I know, how in the world could I not like Italy?? Florence was pretty but I felt incredibly crowded in it. Everything except the buildings and sculptures in Florence are very tiny. I also experienced the highest amount of disrespect while in Italy. Now, maybe it’s because I couldn’t speak Italian, whereas in France and Switzerland I spoke the native language so I seemed more respectful. But while waiting for a bus, an old lady passed by our group and called us American bastards in Italian (we had one Italian speaker in our group).

The food in Italy is amazing though. The pizza is so good. It’s nothing like thin crust here in America. Their crust isn’t hard and almost burned to a crisp. It’s full of flavor and soft. Their spaghetti is great too. I also enjoyed how cheap everything was (compared to Geneva). Some of our group got our groove on at Le Disoteque. Yeah, that’s right, we went to an Italian club. It started with karoke and then after there were more people, we were led to a room upstairs for dancing. There was a fog machine and multicolored lights. After the dancing, we bought huge bottles of water for only 2 euros and our teacher couldn’t stop commenting about what a great deal it was.

We also visited Siena which I found was much easier to navigate (a friend and I got lost briefly in Florence). In Siena, we witnessed a really cool parade. There are four different sections to the city and each section is represented by an animal. I got to see the fish section whose colors were blue and white. It wasn’t a parade like what we have here. It was all male and they wore tights and cute hats. The waved huge flags and played the drums. There wasn’t any candy or floats but it was still really cool to watch. I was also able to see the orage and black section but they seemed less organized. A couple of the people in the parade stopped and talked to people and they’re music wasn’t quite as good.

The best part of Italy was the history. We took a three and a half hour walk through Florence with a tour guide who told us all about the history of Florence. We also got to see the Gates of Paradise, David (marble), and Il Duomo. Much of Italy is covered in religious symbolism. You have to look close to find it, but it is there. Small pictures of Jesus or Mary carved in to walls or statues placed among the streets are what you can find in Florence.