12 Tips On How To Get Into The Disney College Program

12 Tips On How To Get Into The Disney College Program

Peace out, Rhode Island College, I'm going to Disney World next semester.

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I still can't believe it, me, an average college student from Rhode Island got accepted into the Disney College Program. Never in a million years would I think that I would actually get in, and on the first try too. I applied on September 2nd, at 10:30 at night, had my web based interview that night and then scheduled my phone interview for the afternoon of September 7th, and 6 days later on the 13th I got accepted!! It can be stressful, both applying and the interview stage. But it's a risk worth trying. You won't know if you'll get in until you try. So, if you want to give it a go like I did, follow these 12 tips on how to get into the Disney College (and on the first try too!)

1. Update your resume.

You want to make sure your resume is updated because during the phone interview, you're going to be asked about your previous job experiences.

2. Research all the possible roles BEFORE you put down that you're interested in them.

Did you guys know that character performers have to audition for that role, and the closest audition might be a few hours away from you. I know the closest audition to me was 4 hours away in New York.

3. Put down that you're interested in as many roles as possible.

The more roles that you're willing to do the greater chance you have to be accepted. But let's be honest what role wouldn't you be interested in.

4. Know what location you want to work at.

Disney Land or Disney World. I put down both but I was more interested in Disney World.

5. Be confident during the web based interview.

Yes, even in the web based interview, you want to be confident. So when you get asked if you're a responsible person, don't just put agree, put strongly agree. You'll have a better chance on moving to the phone interview.

6. Prepare for the phone interview.

Look at the list of possible questions that you might get asked and practice answering them. I did and I even wrote my answers down and had them in front of me during my phone interview, like a little cheat sheet. (I got this tip from a girl that I graduated high school with that's currently in the Disney College Program herself.)

7. Read and understand all the rules that you're going to have to follow.

For example, if you have tattoos, you need to cover them. Also, fun fact, you can only have the first hole of our ear pierced. For me, I was well aware before I had my phone interview that I was going to have to take out of couple of my piercings.

8. Write down your interviewers name.

You want to thank them personally for taking their time to speak with you. I had the sweetest lady ever, and her name was Linda.

9.  During you phone interview, act as though you were having an in person interview.

Don't forget to SMILE, no one wants to hire somebody who doesn't smile. Also, be prepared with all your papers, you don't want the person interviewing you to hear you shuffling through papers, it'll seem like you're unorganized.

10. Don't be too nervous.

Being nervous is expected during any interview but remember you're on the phone for 15-20 minutes with this person, you don't want to be nervous the entire time. Breathe and relax!! I was shaking during the first couple of minutes because I didn't want to mess anything up but by the end of my 20 minutes, I was laughing and having a great time.

11. Be yourself and have fun.

Theres nothing better than you being yourself, you don't want to act like something you're not. Remember Disney wants YOU not some other person, but YOU. The entire point of Walt Disney World is to have fun, if you're not having fun on your interview how are you going to have fun working there?

12. Ask a question at the end of your interview.

I asked, "What Disney character would you most describe yourself as and why?" and it took a little bit for my interviewer to answer the question because she said that she had never been asked that before and that it was a really good question to be asked because got her to think. Then we started talking about Rapunzel for a minute to two.

I hope this helps anyone who applies to the Disney College Program, whether it's for the first time or the not. But I'm forever grateful and thankful that I get to participate in such an incredible life changing, and resume-enhancing experience. Countdown to DCP begins now!!

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You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

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Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

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After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

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It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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