what DOESN'T MATTER - DCP edition

what DOESN'T MATTER - DCP edition

comparing yourselves to others just gives you more anxiety
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It DOESN'T MATTER when you apply

Everyone moves at their own pace and timeline. The applications for the DCP is open for at least a couple of months, allowing everyone a chance to apply. Just because you apply on the first day doesn’t mean you’ll be one of the first people to get accepted. Everyone who applies goes at their own timeline. No use to compare yours to others.

It DOESN’T MATTER when you had your phone interview

Everyone does their phone interview at their own convenience. The recruiters who are interviewing you make notes, they do not make the final decisions of your acceptance, role and location.

It DOESN’T MATTER when you did your WBI

When you get selected to do the Web-Based Interview you have the option to do it within 3 days after you’ve received the email for the WBI. It will automatically tell you at the end of the interview if you have been selected for a phone interview or not.

It DOESN’T MATTER if you upload a resume or not for the Disney College Program.

The Disney College Program description on the disney careers website states that it is not required to upload a resume. Nor is it a really big deciding factor for your application. There has been so many students with little to no work experience who’s been accepted so it is not a huge deal breaker.

It DOESN’T MATTER if you have been an alumnus of the DCP before

There has been many alumni time and time again who has not been able to get back into the program. It doesn’t really give them as much advantage as you think. The only advantage that they have is if they remember the questions they were asked last time, but even then not all recruiters ask the same questions at every interview.

It DOESN’T MATTER who your interviewer was

Everyone gets interviewed, but who you interviewed with does not hold any significant impact on your acceptance, your role and location. Those particular Cast Members who interview you have one job and that is to make sure you get your phone interview right on schedule at your convenience, ask you questions pertaining about the living situation, disney look, any number of roles and if you had any questions of the program at that point. They do not make the final decisions, they take notes and that’s it.

It DOESN’T MATTER what time of day you apply for the DCP

I know it’s crazy that I had to even list this. For some reason people think that time you apply for the DCP actually matters, it really doesn’t. It goes through a computer system that handles the initial applications, and thats all we actually know about it.

It DOESN’T MATTER how fast someone gets their email

People needs to understand that these emails that everyone gets takes time to actually go through. If you think about it only about 5 to 6k of college kids get accepted every semester, but how many people actually apply initially? It takes at the least 30 mins to 24 hours to receive certain email notifications like scheduling for a phone interview, getting accepted and etc. If you were on the roster to receive an email from Disney, it will take time for it to get to you. They have to email hundreds to thousands of students, it will take time to get to you.

It DOESN’T MATTER what letter your name starts with

For some odd reason, people think that whenever DCP sends out emails that it is by alphabetical order. To be honest, no one knows what order these emails get sent out by. Sure doesn’t go by alphabetical order.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Thank You to Myself

Thank yourself, love yourself, need yourself.

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There are holidays arranged to give thanks to your parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. but what about self-love day? You spend the most time with yourself. No one knows you better than you. Meaning no one has helped you go through what you've been through better than you. Others can help and give advice but your mindset and inner self is the true player. You decide what happens to you, and peer pressure happens, but in a more real sense, in the end, you are the making the decision whether it is good or bad. When we choose something good we get on a happy high that lasts a couple of days, but when we do something bad we regret it for the months on end and sometimes never peace.

When something sad happens to me, even if it's not the most terrible thing to ever happen, I feel like my mind hits a reset button and I feel nothing but self loathe and emptiness. There are also moments in my life where the only thing I'm sad about is that the wonderful moments can't last forever. That may sound a little bipolar, but it's just normal emotions that we all feel.

"I love you," is possibly one the best-overused phrases, but when it's said at the right moments and used by the right person, damn that means something. I'm sure you've used that phrase over and over again to your family, significant other, and best friends but it will never sound better than when you look in the mirror after all your hardships and tell yourself, "I love you."

I'm very happy and content with myself at the moment and it's taken a lot in these past 18 years to say that. That is why I'm now saying thank you to myself for choosing the things that I did in the past that have led me to where I am today. I didn't know those sad and self-worth depriving things would ever do me good until I realized that those things were stepping stones to the happiness I'm developing to feel.

Life is rough and everyone is imperfect, making it very hard to not have crappy days, weeks, months, or even years (Sing it with me "Friends" fans). That's why I think we should thank ourselves more often for the failures that have turned out wonderful. If your first love would have never broken your heart you wouldn't know the glory of feeling everything piece back together or the relief of when you finally move on. If you wouldn't have failed your Algebra test you wouldn't feel the same pride in yourself as you would the next time you get an A. Life is rough and the twists and turns are part of the worst rollercoaster you'll ever be on but I hope in the end you look back, know you had fun, and thank yourself for never giving up.

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