If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time you probably know several things about me: I’m a college student, girly girl, lover all things pink, a coffee enthusiast, and I’m slightly obsessed with being organized. That slight obsession with being organized definitely rolls over into utilizing an editorial calendar for my blog. For me, the months that I’ve actually taken the time to plan my content I get the posts up, but when I just decide to wing it, I get hardly any posts up. Today, I’m sharing with you why I think it’s important for every blogger to use an editorial calendar.

Saves time

For me, if I wait until the week or even the night before to come up with my content, I’m going to be spinning my wheels for a while thinking of something. Maybe I’m just not very good at coming up with something on the spot, but I see it as so much more convenient to be able to sit down and make a list of ideas and then schedule them into my Google calendar. Sometimes I even plan posts out months in advance. For example, if it’s January I could have posts planned for all the way through early April just so I have all of my ideas and content covered.

Allows you to create series

If you actually sit down and plan your content in advance you are better able to plan for a series. Planning it out will allow you adequate time between the posts so you can get other content up. For instance, if I’m posting in my The College Girl’s Guide series I prefer not to post those too close to each other unless finals or back-to-school season is coming up soon. That way, the series is spread out and I can cover other topics in between.

Allows you to track more than just your posts

If you have an editorial calendar, especially if you use a physical planner, you are better able to track more than just your posts. In an editorial calendar you can track deadlines for brand deals, when and how much you will get paid for sponsored posts, social media stats, post ideas, track posting on social media, and more. What you track in your editorial calendar is completely up to you and personal to your blog. If it seems fit, track it.

Track your growth

In addition to what I said above, I think it’s important to track your growth through your editorial calendar. I highly recommend using a section to track page views and social media followers. It’s super nice to be able to look back and see just how much you’ve grown. Especially when you can look back and see that six months ago you were getting 5,000 page views a month and now you get 50,000.

Stay on track with your content/branding goals

If you ever sit down and write out where you hope to go with your content and branding, planning it out with your editorial calendar helps you to stay on track. I personally planned out how I would add Disney College Program into my blog and have been able to implement that and hope to add fashion/beauty and health/fitness in the fall. I’m a lifestyle blog and it’s important to me to expand my brand. Especially since I only have a year and a half left in college, I’m going to have walk away from college blogging at some point.

Plan content in advance

Probably the most obvious reason that you need to have an editorial calendar is to plan your content in advance. I might be a bit of an organized freak, but before heading out for my college program I made sure I had content planned from January through May because that was how long my program lasted. I didn’t know how much free time I would have to plan so I made sure that I had everything planned out to make my blog posting goals happen. I definitely am glad I planned in advance so I can use that time for other things.

Do you have an editorial calendar? Why do you think it’s a good idea to have one? If you don’t have an editorial calendar do you plan to implement one now? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

I’ve never been as nervous to fill out an application as I was when I filled out the application for the Disney College Program. Maybe it’s because I realize participating in the program is time sensitive or maybe it’s because I’m a complete Disney brand geek, either way, I was nervous. Nervous in the fact that my hands were shaking, I called my mom at least twice, and I went over my spelling and grammar an embarrassing amount of times before I clicked to go to the next page. Needless to say, it was a nerve racking experience. Today I’m sharing with you what I wish I knew before I applied to the Disney College Program.

Don’t put preference for a job if you aren’t interested

Upon entering the application you will get a page that shows the roles that they need people to apply for. This typically includes QSFB, housekeeping, custodial, and lifeguard. If those aren’t roles that you are interested in, do not mark that you have interest in them. It is understandable that you are willing to do just about whatever it takes to get into the program, but don’t set yourself up to have to do a role for several months that you aren’t interested in or won’t enjoy. Just know, anything you mark interest in is a potential role that you can be assigned to.

Read over each and every role at the park(s) you are applying for

Knowing what each and every role does at the parks and what their jobs consist of is very important. Working merchandise isn’t what you would consider an “average” merchandise job. With merchandise, you can even spend your days renting out strollers and wheel-chairs and with attractions you can even spend time helping with parking. Know what you are getting yourself into. I made a list of roles I was interested in before I even opened the application just so I could preference the ones that I really wanted.

Know key words from the position descriptions and use them in describing your prior experience

Personally, I think that incorporating key words from the Disney website descriptions into my prior experience fields was one of the best things I did for myself. I talked about experience working as a team and on my own, working in a high pace environment, working in the heat, and more. I knew what Disney was looking for and made sure it was known that I had experienced what they were looking for.

Don’t NOT apply because you have no prior work experience

I was talking to a mutal friend who congratulated me on getting the program. She mumbled under her breath that she wished that she could apply, but that she didn’t have any prior work experience other than babysitting. Don’t let not having prior job experience stop you from applying. You can even mention babysitting as a prior job and talk about your work volunteering or in student organizations. I’ve seen people who have the Disney College Program listed as their very first “real” job, so don’t let anything stop you.

Don’t lie/boost/round-up your GPA

When you apply for the Disney College Program, you are going to have to share your college GPA. When you type this in, don’t lie, boost it, or round-it up. Let’s say that you have a 3.256 cumulative GPA. When putting that into the system you can’t put that you have a 3.5, 3.3, 3.26, etc. You have to put in 3.256 or if anything, 3.25. Your GPA will be checked with someone on campus and so it needs to be inputted correctly.

Don’t freak out if you don’t get a sign out button

At the end of the application you get a prompt to press the sign out button. Personally, I didn’t get one and many of the people who I have talked to didn’t have one on their application either. I honestly even e-mailed Disney to make sure everything was okay. Don’t do that. Instead, keep the page open and open your dashboard and check to make sure it says that you’ve submitted an application. If it says there is an application, you are good to exit out of the application page.

Know that after submitting your application, Disney can take a while before notifying you

After applying, you should get two e-mails. One will be a thank you for applying e-mail and one will notify you if you have moved onto the web based interview (WBI). Unfortunately, it is sometimes common to get a no longer in consideration e-mail (NLIC) e-mail in place of the e-mail notifying you that you’ve progressed to the WBI. Don’t be too upset if you get the NLIC e-mail, I promise that you can apply again the next semester.

Have you ever applied to the Disney College Program? What do you wish you would have known beforehand? If you are applying to the program, did you learn anything from this post? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

In typical Cast Member fashion, I’ve come up with a bucket list of all of the things that I hope to do while on my Disney College Program. While I may add things to this list, decide against things, not get to all of them, and everything else that can come up, I at least wanted to go in with a good idea of what I planned to do. I even hope to come back to this list and cross off what I’ve completed. And if you guys want to see it, I’d be more than happy to do a recap post at the end of my program.

And with that, here is my DCP Bucket list!

  • Try Dole Whip for the first time
  • Drink around the world in Epcot
  • Eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Find a series of pins I want to trade for and collect most or all of the pins
  • Visit both water parks
    • Typhoon Lagoon
    • Blizzard Beach
  • Visit all 4 parks in one day
  • Attempt the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream with my roommates
  • Do sunrise yoga in front of the castle
  • Get a Four Keys Card for going above and beyond at work
  • Get pictures with and signatures from all Disney Princesses and Tinkerbell
  • Belle
  • Rapunzel
  • Ariel
  • Moana
  • Tiana
  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Aurora
  • Merida
  • Pocahontas
  • Jasmine
  • Mulan
  • Tinkerbelle
  • Anna
  • Elsa
  • Visit all of the resorts and try to get pictures at each
  • All Star Movies
  • All Star Music
  • All Star Sports
  • Art of Animation
  • Pop Century
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Beach Club Resort
  • Boardwalk Inn Resort
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian
  • Polynesian Resort
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Yacht Club Resort
  • Spend a night in Art of Animation, preferably the Nemo suit
  • Do a backstage tour
  • Eat at Be Our Guest
  • Eat at Ohana’s
  • Network with someone who works with Disney
  • Get LeFou’s Brew
  • Check out ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Get the shake with the whole chocolate bar in it at Disney Springs
  • Go to a Cirque du Suleil show
  • Ride the Tower of Terror
  • Ride the Haunted Mansion (these are two rides I’ve been scared of on previous trips)
  • Watch all parades, light shows, and fireworks shows
  • Go to at least one live entertainment show within the parks
  • Learn to surf at Typhoon Lagoon
  • Visit the beach
  • Swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove
  • Buy first piece of clothing from Lily Pulitzer
  • Buy first handbag/wallet from Kate Spade
  • Buy a Disney Dooney and Bourke handbag/wallet

Are you participating in the Disney College Program or have you? If so, what is or was on your bucket list? Is there anything I should add to my bucket list? And if you are planning on doing the program, what are some things on your bucket list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

Whether you are in high school, college, interning, or working in the big scary real world, planning your day is crucial. We all have a million things going on; date nights, socials, work, meetings, work-out class, girl’s night, church, managing our side hustles, and the list goes on. In order to be able to make it through this hectic thing called life it’s important to be able to plan well and in a manageable way. Today I’m here to give you my tips and tricks to staying on top of it all.

Make a top three

Implementing this strategy was a game changer for my personal time management. Sitting down and writing out the three things that I absolutely have to get done for the day helps me to prioritize and know what I need to set my sights on. Plus, once I’ve completed my top three for the day, everything else that I do on my to-do list feels like a bonus.

Set phone reminders

I’m a college student, in three student organizations, run this blog, am applying to internships, work out, and hope to be able to squeeze in somewhat of a social life. Putting reminders in my phone has been crucial for me, even if it is for something silly. For example, I always typically have to take my work out bag to campus so I can hit the gym after class but I always forget it no matter how good my intentions are. I set a reminder on my phone to go off at the time I head out the door so I remember to grab my work out bag. I’m proud to say that with this method I’ve only forgot my gym bag once—which hey, is a big improvement from what it was before.

Work ahead

If you are a college student use your free time to get ahead on reading assignment notes or flashcards. If you blog use free time to get ahead on blog posts, pictures, and social media. If you publish YouTube videos use free time to film. If you work use free time to catch up and get ahead on e-mails. While free time seems to come rarely, use it wisely as it comes. It’s all worth it in the end, promise.

Know your limits

In contrast to the above, know your limits. If you are dragging your feet through writing that blog post, then put your computer away and relax. Know your limits. I promise you don’t have to be doing something productive at every waking hour of the day.

Use time saving tricks

If you spend 30 minutes in the morning in line for Starbucks, make your coffee at home and use those 30 minutes to answer e-mails and schedule social media posts. If you have a long drive to work, use the time you commute to listen to podcasts about something you love such as blogging, your work, even a book. Even if that commute time is used to listen to a book on tape, you are allowing yourself the time to hear the book. While it might not count as truly reading in every book worms eyes, it’s something.

Use an hourly spread and to-do list planner spread

I’ve always been a planner girl. And I’ve definitely always been a horizontal planner girl. It wasn’t until I entered college that I learned about the magical thing that is hourly and to-do list layouts. This has become the perfect way for me to visualize my day and coordinate my to-do list with my agenda for the day. It’s been a huge step in bettering my time management and if you haven’t tried a layout like this I highly recommend you look into it.

Set aside time for date nights, girl’s nights, nights in, pampering yourself, etc.

Just like you’ve set aside time to study, work, go to meetings, and hit the gym, you should also set aside time for yourself. For me, I like to plan my hair, nails, and brow appointments on a Friday so that I can relax before the week and I schedule in self-pamper nights Sunday evening so I can sit down with a glass of wine and a good book. Set aside time for yourself and schedule in your girl’s nights. I promise it’s just as important as hitting the gym and going to your organization meetings and that it won’t hurt your side hustle to do something for yourself.

How do you plan your day and stay on top of everything? What tips would you add to this list? Any tips from this list that you swear by? If you are working on getting organized, which of these tips are you hoping to implement? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

I never imagined how stressful, draining, and honestly hectic applying for the Disney College Program would be. After hearing about the program in Fall of 2015 and then researching it all of Summer 2016 I thought I had it down and knew exactly what would go down. I was wrong. In today’s post I’m covering what I feel I didn’t hear much about in my research and that is what you need to start looking into pre-applying.

Know your course requirements

After joining the Facebook page I can’t tell you how many people applied for the program and got accepted only to find out that because of their major requirements they couldn’t take the semester off to participate in the program. These people were mostly in health related majors that keep them on a particular track, but it definitely depends on your university what majors have expected courses. Definitely reach out to your advisor to make sure that you can take a semester off without it harming your place within a program or major at your university.

Start putting money aside for the DORMS fee

Personally, I’m in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World and the fees after being accepted to confirm my spot was about $400. This fee covers your first and last weeks rent for the program along with several other little things. Once you’ve gotten your acceptance letter, you have 7 days to accept and get this fee paid, so it’s definitely important to make sure that you have the money.

Talk to an internship advisor or your advisor

At my university we actually have a coordinator that oversees people taking a semester off to pursue co-ops and internships. She gave me tons of valuable information including the fact that my university has a place holder class for people participating in the DCP so that you don’t lose your spot to enroll for classes. I’ve heard from others that their advisors had never even heard of the DCP and didn’t know what to recommend themselves, so it might be something you have to do a bit of research on prior to your appointment. And from all the stories I’ve heard of advisors not being supportive of pursuing the program, they aren’t the ones deciding what you do with your future. It’s all up to you and it’s your college career. I promise you can do as you please and you don’t need to let them get to you.

Know why you want to do the program

Whether it’s because you want the resume builder, your position relates back to your major, you want to put off adulthood for another semester, or you simply need to get away from school for a bit, know your reasoning behind pursing the program. Personally, I think my reason for doing the program is a mix of everything I listed plus the fact that I absolutely love the Disney brand (marketing major and marketing nerd right here) and can’t wait to be able to say that I’ve had the magical opportunity of working for Disney in the parks.

Talk to your parents/guardian

My mom always jokes why she didn’t put two and two together when I mentioned being upset about being too tall to be a Disney Princess when I came home for Thanksgiving break Fall 2015. She always says she should have known something was up because typically when I talk about something it’s been swirling around in my mind and I am up to something. My parents were definitely people who I had to talk to about pursuing the program and taking a semester off. Thankfully, they were super supportive and encouraged me through the madness that is the DCP application process.

Think about your method of transportation to Disney

Take into consideration what method of travel you will use to get to Disney. Orlando has lots of buses available and there is a grocery store within walking distance from several of the apartment complexes. Even then, you could decide that you prefer to have your car with you. Just keep in mind how long a car drive would be verses flying.

Take a deep breath before applying

No one knows what Disney’s method is to selecting people to be a part of the program. I’ve seen people who have a 4.0, three internships, and jobs at pretty good places not get past the application. While it is discouraging and it’s okay to be upset about it for a while, remember that there is no method to the madness and you can always apply again next semester.

Don’t tell everyone that you are applying

I made the mistake of letting basically everyone know that I had applied for the DCP. I know, it’s bad luck, but if you know me you know that if I’m researching something, pursuing something, etc. it’s the only thing I talk about, which is exactly what happened with Disney. And if you do decide to tell everyone be prepared that you will have to tell them about the results you get whether you are accepted or rejected.

Start saving money for the program

Going to Disney, especially going to Disney for such a long period of time, will be expensive. Make sure that you sit down and think about how to want to budget your money. Do you want a Universal pass? How much merch do you want to buy with your 40% if you arrive in the Spring? Are there any restaurants you want to book? Just make sure that you have a game plan to make your budget around.

Don’t get your heart set on one role

It’s a bit confusing to understand Disney’s method behind hiring. The two roles I was interviewed for wasn’t the role I ended up with even though all of the blogs said if they interviewed you for it, that would be your job. If you want to go to Disney for the DCP, keep your mind open to the possibility of being accepted for almost any role.

And that is what I wish I would have known before applying for the Disney College Program. If you have applied before, what would you add to this list? If you are going through the application process right now or planning on applying, what did you learn from this post? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!