Monday, February 6, 2012

Epilogue

Hello!

It's been a while. Just thought I'd let y'all know what exactly has happened in my life in the nine months since my program. 

Graduation & Other Srs Bsns
I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education. I majored in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Hospitality and Travel, and am now putting my learning to good use as a front desk agent at a major hotel brand. 



Disney Work News 
I am still a seasonal cast member with Disney, and every chance I can get I pick up a shift down in Orlando. There are only a few things in my way, like a full time schedule, an 8 hour drive, and the loss of my flight privileges. Then, of course, there's the fact that hotels cost money in Orlando, so basically any money I make just goes into travel expenses. : ( I'm still trying to figure out how to balance everything and make my seasonal status work, and of course upping the hours from 40/year to 150/year will definitely make it more difficult to maintain, but staying seasonal and keeping that status as a cast member is really important to me. I plan on coming back to the company full time in the future, and I feel like staying seasonal and maintaining those contacts will help keep me on the radar. 

Disney Fun News
Since May, I have traveled back to Disney twice. Once in November, the week of Thanksgiving, and just last week! For the November trip, I had signed up for some hours during those days, and since Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year, my leaders gave me hours for all three days I was down there. That trip was a little hectic, because my id was expired but access control was closed so I couldn't clock in and I had to get to costuming before 7 am and I ended up going the wrong way on 417 for 20 miles and I was freaking out about not remembering any of my training and okay, maybe it was more than a little hectic, but I ended up having a GREAT time. It was so wonderful to see my leaders and co-workers and friends again, and it made me more confident in my decision to stay as a seasonal cast member.

Some photos of our November trip:

Disney is beautiful at Christmastime :)

We had our first turkey leg! 

We traveled around Epcot... in mom's pocket. She accidentally filmed us for two hours on her iPhone going around Epcot after this picture was taken. It was fun to go back and watch it afterwards!

Jessie met Mickey for the first time <3


The January trip was a horse of a different color. First of all, the whole trip was centered around checking in Natasha's baby brother Trey (AKA Brother In Law to be AKA BIL AKA Dilly Willy Williams... don't ask me about the last one, I only take credit for the first two) to the College Program! Trey is doing a Spring Advantage program in a Quick Service Food & Beverage role, and I couldn't pass up an opportunity to a) visit Disney and b) see some of my favorite people in the world! It was so cool to be back  a year after our program began and reminisce on all the amazing memories from our program.


We spent a day in the parks


Scoped out Bil's new work location

Went Mini Golfing (and fishing?)

Took a nap on our favorite face couch 

Ate at 'Ohana

 And re-experienced the magic of Disney World :)

Can't wait to go back! <3

Oh, by the way, if you're interested in experiencing our trip in multimedia, we also made a stellar music video!








 

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