Saying Goodbye with my Response

What’s up, everyone? So as you’ve probably guessed by the title and the excerpt, this door is closing for me. As fun as it was to be a blogger this past year, it was a hard decision to make. However, given the fact that I couldn’t give as much content to you guys because life got so busy with school and the Disney College Program, I decided to stop blogging for a while and focus on other things (such as different writing projects). 
This does NOT MEAN, however, that this will be a sad post! Instead, we are going to celebrate quillegible and send it off with a response to a post made almost a year ago come August! 
I wrote a letter to my future self after my junior year of college on August 22nd as part of my August blog challenge (which I completed with flying colors, thank you very much!). If you want to see the letter before reading the response, click here. So, without further ado, my response letter!

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Dear Past Me,
Hi! I hope everything’s well! So much has happened over the past school year that I hardly know where to start!

Well, for starters, I didn’t get into a sorority. I’m too old to catch up with the whippersnappers so it actually worked out for the best. I did join a workout club, though, and have been able to run a half marathon in April. Even better, the half marathon was Star Wars themed!


(Kylo Ren wanted me to join the Dark Side. I said no and to eat a snickers cause you’re not you when you’re hungry.)

I was BB-8 because who else would I be? In addition, I applied and got accepted into the DCP which is basically what this blog became was a DCP blog! Not complaining, though.

Other than that, been taking classes and making new friends has made me very busy to the point where I can’t write regularly on this blog anymore. For that and other reasons, this will be my last post. 

But there’s so much exciting stuff coming that I’m actually super excited for what’s to come! So I’m not sad but glad for the time I’ve had as a blogger! 

Can’t wait to see what senior year brings!

Sincerely,

Future Me

See Ya Real Soon! ~ DCP April and May

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Not pictured: 3 hours and 22 minutes of pure torture. 
Aloha, friends, and welcome to the (late and very overdue) final post of my Disney College Program! Between training for the Star Wars Half Marathon, then running the Half Marathon, and finishing up my online classes, I’ve had my head spinning for a long time! 


But now that all is said and done, let us reflect on what else happened between work and classes, and more importantly, I’d like to write a letter to all future DCPers with words of advice that I wish someone told me. 

Where we last left off, I moved to a different apartment and made friends with my new roomies. In addition, I crossed off mostly everything on my bucket list, except the parasailing. $100 for 30 minutes…yeah, I quickly rethought that little goal (and that’s the cast member discount!).  #ripparasailing

Then, the Star Wars Half Marathon happened. Early on May 23rd, 2017, I rose out of bed, donned my running costume on, and ran 13.1 miles in 3 hours and 22 minutes (I projected myself to finish in 3 hours so I was almost half an hour behind but don’t worry about it). 


(Pictured: Me not being afraid of Kylo Ren because he’s just a misunderstood cinnamon roll.)

After a few weeks of work and wrapping up classes, Mother’s Day was coming up, so with the help of awesome coworkers and really cheap Southwest tickets (seriously, Southwest is the best!), I was able to fly up to Colorado for the weekend and surprise Mom for Mother’s Day. 


And now that I’m done with work, and will be leaving in a few days, I’d like to do future DCPers a favor and let you guys know of my personal experiences so that you guys can be more prepared than I was.

Here we go:

Dear Future DCPers,

First of all, congratulations on being one of the few thousand of college students who was able to work at one of the most magical places on Earth. That being said, it’s more likely than not going to be very magical for you regardless of your role. Here’s why: things go wrong every single day. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Whether it’s the guests or if it’s a coworker or multiple coworkers or a technical difficulty, it’s going to happen. Period. And there will be frustration all around because of it. So if you’ve never worked a job before in customer service or in the food and beverage industry, then don’t expect a very good program. 

On the other hand, though, if there’s one thing I’ve looked forward to the most out of my shifts, it’s making magical moments. Kids especially were the most fun. I met two very sweet kids (brother and sister) who were avid pin traders like myself, so we talked about pins until they were seated at their table. The next day, I was on my day off at the Magic Kingdom, and the same family just so happened to be there, and they recognized me. The joy in their faces at recognizing me, a seater from ‘Ohana, was indescribable. It made all my long shifts worth it. 

Don’t live in the provided apartments. The service is awful and the fact that they charge you so much money to stay there per week is not worth the effort. You can still go to events without having to live in any Disney apartment (you won’t have much time to go to those events anyway), so do yourself a favor and find somewhere else to live.

That being said, this program is exactly what you make it. You can look forward to making magical moments for guests, but at the same time, you can drown under the pressures of working at Walt Disney World if you’re not careful. So have fun, work first and play second.

Olivia at ‘Ohana

Want to see more? Follow me on FB, Instagram, and Twitter (@oliviaknight17) for more fun shenanigans! 

Also, check back soon for a super important announcement regarding Quillegible! 

April Showers Bring Writing Powers! 

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What’s this? The quillegible blogger has picked up her quill once again? Why yes, friends, it is so!


Welcome back to another Mickey Mouse Monday, where today, I’m going to add on to my February and March combined post for a few reasons: 1) I felt that that post was rushed and didn’t quite hold up to my standard of the other posts, and 2) I miss writing for you guys! With all the craziness of either working super early or super late (depending on my schedule), I couldn’t find the time to write or craft or read or do anything really. I literally breathe Disney, and while it’s nice to get into the parks for free, it’s not quite as nice to have no free time at all anymore.

So, here’s my follow up: I moved early March to a new apartment because my roommate situation didn’t work out. My new roommates are great, however, and just yesterday my roomie and I tried out a great new sushi place! #sushi4lyfe


In addition, this past weekend, I’ve been spectating ring dunks over at Texas A&M where I saw a bunch of my friends get their gold. I’m only behind on 6 hours, so to say that I’m not in College Station right now and living in pure agony is a bit of an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still bummed I can’t be there for my friends, though. I won’t be getting my ring until the fall but the wait is going to be torture.


Still working on crossing off my bucket list from January! Haven’t met any new friends yet, but I am working on my Half Marathon for April 23rd (which is less than a month from now…#brbcryinginmysleep) and like any responsible 21 year old I’m enjoying my Schofferhoffer in Epcot (which is honestly the best beer of all time #fightme). Parasailing will hopefully happen in the very near future, maybe as a little treat as I get ready to finish my program with a bang 💥. 

Last but certainly not least, today April 10, is National Siblings’ Day, which means only one thing….MORE COOPER! ENJOY YOUR LIFE YOUR ABSOLUTE PURE CINNAMON ROLL OF HAPPINESS! YOU ARE TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD!


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Disney College Program – 2nd and 3rd month!

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My reaction to some guests:

Aloha, everybody, I have crawled out of the Disney mafia once again! Why Disney mafia? Because once you join, you can never really leave. I may have accidentally forgot about February and I realized that I missed March by a few days, but I am here now and I am ready to celebrate this Mickey Mouse Monday!


So, what’s been happening during February and March that’s been so hectic? Well, after working my butt off during February, I started off March by moving to a different apartment. (Long story short, the roomie situation didn’t work out) 
Then, I began to get really excited because two of my favorite people on this planet came down for an entire week!

My dad and brother flew down from Colorado and we spent every possible second together. Above is our photo at ‘Ohana (where I just so happen to work) and we had a great birthday dinner for Cooper! 


Afterwards, the entire week we spent between Disney and Universal, trying Dole Whips for the first time and greeting one of the raptors at Jurassic Park (nobody was harmed during the making of that photo). 


In addition, I have signed up for the Dark Side Half Marathon on April 23rd and have been training with a good training plan set by my good buddy back in College Station. We’re now officially less than a month away and I can definitely run with a good pace. Still gonna die cause I’m not a runner, so if that’s the case, why run a half marathon? 

Well, I am not going to have the ability to run Disney style after this college program is over. I’ll be back in Texas doing my thing, and paying for a resort plus park days plus the marathon adds up to quite a pretty penny. While I’m here on the program, I only have to pay the marathon fee and I’m golden!

We’re starting to hit the home stretch for the college program, and I haven’t been able to do as much off my bucket list as I wanted…yet. But I’ve still got about two or so months left so just have to make the most of it! 

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Disney College Program — 1st Month!

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This is literally my life right now. I wish I was joking.
Hello beautiful readers, and welcome to February! Sorry not sorry I didn’t do a Valentines Day post #singlelife

As you have probably guessed, I’ve been swamped with work. Whether that’s homework or Disney work, I’ve been running helter skelter learning everything there is to know about Disney, and at the same time, trying to remember all I possibly can so that I can make the most out of my internship this semester.  It’s been a lot on my sanity (and on my poor feet!).

But now I am back and I have to say, I’ve struggled with coming up with a decent Mickey Mouse Monday post. Between whether to talk about the parks, the rides, the internship itself, or something else related to Disney, I’ve had to think a really long time about where to begin. So, I decided I would take it month by month through the next 4 months so that not only will you lovely readers get to go through it with me, but you will also have my experiences and my knowledge if/when you are a part of the program as well. So, without further ado, here we go!

    
The first couple of days I wasn’t even close to my location. Instead I had a housing meeting, and then I had Disney Traditions where you really dress to impress (so very business like but not too crazy). During Traditions is when you go to Disney University, and learn all there is to know about Disney World in general, including but not limited to a tour of the Magic Kingdom to get everyone excited for their job and whatnot. It was crazy fun and I had a blast! I also Disneybounded as the Man of the Hour himself, Walt Disney.


See the resemblance? 

Since then, I have been working on my bucket list (in between school and Disney) on stuff to do at Disney before I head back to Texas. This includes eating food at different restaurants:

      
And meeting more characters:

    
Now since it’s only been a month, I’m not even close to wrapping up my bucket list yet (which btw if you want to take a look is right here). However, as the months continue to progress, I’ll be able to keep you guys informed and up to date on everything that’s going on. 

Also, I’ll be starting an Instagram soon! If you guys can’t get enough of my DCP adventure, then stay tuned for info on my Insta where you’ll see all the magic happening in addition to what’s going on on the blog! In the meantime, hit me up on Facebook, LinkedIn, or the beautiful little Contact button right up on the top of the page.

TTFN! Ta Ta for Now!

THE COLLEGE PROGRAM ADVENTURE HAS BEGUN!!!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the blog that has been mysteriously absent for the past few days! If you don’t know what quillegible means then it’s okay, it’s a new word that is under appreciated anyway 😉
Anyhoo, so the DCP has officially started for me, but before I get into that, I wanted to make a brief announcement:

LAST WEEK.

WE HIT.

OVER 150 VIEWS!!!!!!


Holy carp, that is incredible! Thank you guys so, so much for the support, I love to see you guys checking my stuff out. It really means a lot to me, and I love you guys so much. 


And now, for the second vlog that I’ve ever made! I’ve gotten some pretty good feedback on the last one, which really surprised me, but while that one covered my Top 7 Star Wars Costumes (which for some reason didn’t include Kylo Ren) this one will cover the past few days that I’ve been in Orlando, which includes Epcot, Casting, and all that fun stuff. So, without further ado, let the show begin!

What did you guys think? Did any of you guys start and finished the DATW challenge in one day? Do you like IllumiNations? Or do you want to see more DCP stuff? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts Page above! 

3 Great Shots

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NO, I’m not talking about alcohol (though I did talk about what fun it is to drink at Epcot legally).

What I am talking about is my journey through Texas and Louisiana, where everyone’s either a jerk or they’re stopping traffic cause some trucks pulled to the side (no…literally…that’s what happened). 

Despite these setbacks, I decided to put on my photographer’s hat and take some pictures, and since there’s only 3 days left until the College Program starts, I figured I’d share 3 picture-esque pictures. 

Starting with:


You saw it here first, folks. Now New Orleans is nothing short of unique, but it’s a great happenstance when I’ll be in a galaxy far, far away very soon. (Also ties in to my first vlog a few days ago. Click here to see it.)


If you don’t know what beignets are, then what are you doing with your life? That’s actually a very good question for me to ask myself, since I didn’t try beignets until this morning. So the answer to that question would be…I don’t know.


This picture was actually taken yesterday, en route to NOLA. It’s also probably one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken, and one of my favorites, simply because it’s so simple. And also, that sunset. 

Anything about New Orleans that you love? How is it similar to the French Quarter of Disney World? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or the Contacts Page above! 

#4 Pick and 1 Day Late!

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Yesterday, I woke up at 3:00 in the morning to board a 6:00 flight which I almost missed. Then my mom and I had to drive from Austin, TX to New Orleans, LA and we finally made it at around 8:00 at night. I know. I missed a day of blogging.


However, I am back, and relaxing with a slushee of rum, Everclear, and some other liquor, before we hit the road again tomorrow morning at around 8:00 am. Don’t try that at home kids, I am a professional. 

And since I finally got my itinerary today, I decided to share an important announcement which fits the 4 days left theme (that I didn’t do yesterday) to make up for lost time. 


As you guys no doubt recall, I did a list about 6 days ago that listed my Top 10 places of where I wanted to work (forgive me for not including Be Our Guest, I have sinned). Click here if you want to read it as a refresher before you continue with this post.

Anyways, after much anticipation and waiting, I got my itinerary and found out I am to work at ‘Ohana, which was #4 on my list!


It’s going to be a major Hawaiian roller coaster ride for me! 
Have you worked at ‘Ohana before? Or have you eaten there before? What was it like? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page above! 

Crafty Wednesday gets its first Mouse Ears!

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Happy Wednesday, everybody, and welcome to the quillegible blog of happiness! On Monday I gave out the winner of the polls and the adorable result of my little experiment, which is removable Mickey Mouse Ears. 


That’s right, instead of worrying about headbands, now all you have to do is make the ears, and attach them to the one headband depending on who you want to be. How is this possible? 


You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Stuffing
  • Mouse Ear Template
  • Hair Clips
  • Sewing Kit
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Any Fabric (I used 2 Felt sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Headband


First, cut out the templates and trace them onto cardboard. 



Next, cut out the cardboard so that they’re a little smaller than the outline you drew. The cardboard will be the backbone of your ears and when you make them smaller, it’ll be easier to slip them inside the ears after you sew them.

Now, put the cardboard ears to the side.



Next, take your fabric and trace the Ear template on it. You should sketch a couple of centimeters bigger just so when you sew them together you have room to stuff the cardboard and the stuffing. You should have four total Ear pieces, two for each ear. 


Take your sewing needle and thread and start sewing! For me, because it’s Eeyore, I used the overcast stitch to get the feeling of the stitches that you see on his character. After sewing about 3/4 of the way, insert one of the cardboard pieces and some stuffing. Then, finish sewing, going all the way across.


Do the same to the other ear.


Now, take your hot glue gun and attach a hair clip to the bottom of each ear. Then, glue the back of the bottom piece to the bottom of the ear part. It should look like it should be able to stand on its own.


Now, take another hair clip and cut a long ribbon. Use the hair clip and fold the ribbon before putting it in the clip. Then tie it like a normal bow.


Last, but certainly not least, attach any last decorations to the ears, and then attach the ear pieces and the bow piece to your headband of choice.


And voila! You’re done! Now you have removable Mickey Mouse ears that you can attach to any headband you want! 

Have any major crafting ideas? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page! 

5 Golden Interview Pointers!

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Hello, everybody, and welcome to T-minus 5 days from my check-in to one of the most prestigious internships in America!


Hopefully, I’ll get my itinerary Thursday, and when I do, I’ll find out not only where I’m living, but where I’m working, both of which I’m super excited about! 

For today, though, a little birdy told me that applications for Fall 2017 are open, so I figured I would share my experience with the application/interview process in 5 basic pointers.

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Hakuna Matata. Yeah, it’s as basic as that. Don’t worry about what may or may not happen. If this is your first time applying, you’re probably not going to make it. Most applicants don’t make it until their second or third time applying. For me, it was my second time, and it was actually on a whim. I wasn’t planning on interning at Disney this semester, but it happened. The last thing you want to do is panic or stress. This may be a fantastic opportunity but it isn’t worth your mental health. So relax and Hakuna Matata.

2.

Do your research. I cannot stress over this one (and #1) enough. The more you know, the more prepared you’ll be, and the more prepared you’ll be, the greater the odds of your getting in. Case in point: when I was asked to complete the web-based interview, I looked up what to look for and what to do and I learned two things: one, that you need to be consistent with your answers and not just pick randomly, and two, use “extreme” answers often. Not for every question, but often. I took their advice and, within 24 hours of completing the web-based interview, I was asked to sign up for the phone interview.

3.

Smile! You are a beautiful specimen of a human being, and you deserve to let your light show. Even when you’re on the phone with your interviewer, he/she can tell if you’re happy to be there, or if you just want the paycheck. Smiling not only helps your chances, it also helps you feel better. 

4.

If you don’t know how to improvise, learn how to do it. Improvising is basically having the ability to think on your feet and being able to own the situation regardless. When I was on my phone interview, my interviewer asked me about a time when a customer was being unruly. Unfortunately, I couldn’t recall such a time (though I know for a fact that something like that happened), but I was able to recall a time when a coworker was being unruly and, since I wrote it down in my interview guide, I was able to improvise and use my interview guide to answer the question differently.

(Psst! Here’s the interview guide I used! Very descriptive and extremely helpful!)

5.

Have fun! You’re applying to work at the most magical place on Earth! Regardless of whether you make it, what role you’ll get, or where you’ll work, you’ll be part of the dream to make the most magical memories of a lifetime. And if you don’t make it this semester, there’s always next semester. And the semester after that. You get the idea.

Have you been in the Disney College Program? What are your tips for applying?