To say that I’ve caught the Disney bug is a bit of an understatement. Once I got my acceptance to the Disney College Program I went from just following the brand to crazily attempting to catch up on the Disney movies I’ve missed and reading all of the books on Walt I could get my hands on, which included the 500-page biography on his life. Through all of my Disney learning escapades I stumbled upon Disney related merchandise on Etsy which soon led me to the amazing world of Disney vendors. While these people aren’t affiliated with Disney it’s not to say that they aren’t an offshoot of Disney magic. The people behind this shops are Disney lovers and Disney nerds as well and have you covered with their high quality merchandise. While I could go on for days about my favorite Disney related online shops, today I decided to share with you the ones I see as the cream of the crop.

Modern Mouse Boutique

This shop features my all-time favorite Minnie Mouse Ears. They have everything from park themed, Winnie the Pooh, pirates, princess, Pixar, Star Wars, and more. Their ears are insanely high quality and getting a package from them is magical in and of itself. Personally I currently own their Cinderella and Ariel ears and have my eyes set on the Up and Tangled theme ears. And as a side note, I’m personally biased in the fact that I think they have the best Cinderella themed ears out there, but that’s just me.

Oh Yeah Apparel

Scott and Emily are two of my very favorite Disney YouTubers turned online shop owners. They started out selling ears and t-shirts and now focus on their t-shirts. I’m obsessed with their ‘Snack Goals’ t-shirt and I hope to get my hands on their ‘Far Off Places’ t-shirt before the end of my college program. If you’ve never heard of them before, I highly recommend you check them out.

Main Street Ears Shop

Jared and Britt are two more of my favorite Disney YouTubers. I low-key watch their vlogs, hauls, and Disney related videos while getting ready, doing homework, or even in the evenings because they make me so happy just by watching. Hopefully I don’t sound like a creep, but if I run into them at Disney I would have to try very hard to not start crying tears of joy. My strange fan girl ways aside, I can’t get over Britt’s ear shop. I’m specifically in love with the Mini Dot Mouse Ears, Pineapple Dole Whip Ears, Briar Rose Gold Sequin Ears, and the Healthcare Companion Ears. If you haven’t already, check them out on YouTube and Etsy.

Spray on the Glitter

This Etsy shop embodies my personal love of all things cute, girly, and sparkly. This shop sells Magic Band Bows and who in their right mind can say no to something as awesome as that? Personally I’m obsessed with their Fairy Tale Magic, Mermaid Magic, and Lily Pulitzer inspired bows, but that’s just me. Honestly, I’d be thrilled with anything I got from this shop. I think it’s the perfect way to add your own personally touch to Magic Bands that everyone in the park is wearing. Because who doesn’t want to add a little personality to something everyone else has? These bows are the perfect way to spice things up!

Wicked Ears

Have I ever mentioned in this post or on this blog that I love sparkle? Well in case I haven’t made that clear, this post will definitely make that clear. Wicked Ears specializes in the best, most sparkly Minnie Mouse ears that there are. In fact, you have to be quick on your feet to get your hands on her ears when she opens her shop up. I’m absolutely obsessed with the silver sparkle ears I ordered from her and I highly recommend that you follow her on Facebook and Instagram to get notifications when she adds the sparkle ears to her shop. Aside from her amazing sparkle ears, she also sells the most adorable mini backpacks. I’ve personally had my eye on this one for a while.

Magical Monograms

Magical Monograms is your place to go for all things adorable Disney inspired t-shirt and tumblr cup. As a college girl, I definitely match the stereotype that I love Comfort Color brand t-shirts and tank tops and that’s the brand that she uses for a large majority of her merchandise. I’ve personally been eyeing the Mermaid Kisses tank, Mouse Monogram Tumblr, and the Home is Where the Castle is t-shirt. Be sure to check out her shop because she has a ton of Disney related items including Magic Band decals.

Blush and Gold Design

If you are someone that wants Disney inspired vinyl decals this is the shop for you. This shop sells Magic Band Decals, Mouse-inspired monograms, and decals that are Disney related. Personally I’m obsessed with the Dole Whip decal, the castle decal, and the Walt and Mickey decal. Although I highly recommend that you check out this shop for yourself since there are over 150 items to choose from.

2319 Threads

2319 Threads was one of the first shops that I stumbled upon after getting accepted to my Disney College Program and one of the first shops that I made a purchase from. I own and love their ‘Okay, but first, Disney’ top and currently have my eye on their WDW Crowns and Castles shirt and Straight Outta Neverland tank. Be sure to check their shop regularly as they always seem to be adding new merchandise.

Have you ever shopped at one of the Disney related shops I listed above? If so, which one(s)? If you haven’t, do you plan to check any of them out? Are there any shops you would add to this list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

I’m always honest on my blog and in this post I’ll be completely honest in the fact that this part of the application process is what had me most nervous. I don’t do well with timed things and I didn’t know how I would react if the final page popped up and said I wouldn’t be progressing on. I called my mom before pressing ‘go’ and literally made her stay on the line the whole time as I completed the WBI to be moral support of sorts (read: help me emotionally if the last page told me I wouldn’t proceed in the interview process). And if you have read my prior DCP posts, yes, my poor mother had to deal with a very anxious me throughout the whole application process, even if she wasn’t providing verbal support.

While the WBI is what shook me up the most about applying for the program, I’m hoping with the tips I share today you won’t have that same experience and that your mom won’t have to sit silently while you go through the WBI in case you have an emotional breakdown at the end. And if you’ve already completed the WBI I hope you find that you can relate to my reaction to the WBI. The nerves were real y’all.

You get your answers on the very last page

I honestly know that this is the reason why I was so nervous going into the WBI and why I reacted the way I did (read the above explanation. Sorry mom! I love you and appreciate that you understood I wanted someone to talk to the minute I saw my results). The very last page does tell you whether you will be moving on to the phone interview or if, sadly, you are no longer in consideration. Just continue to remember, there really seems to be no method to the madness in how Disney selects people based off of the application, WBI, and phone interview.

Each question is timed

I knew that it was timed going in, but what I wasn’t aware of going in until the main page was that each question was timed. You had a minute or less to read the question and select your answer, which gives you plenty of time to read and select something, but not enough time to mull over an answer. So just know going in, you need to be able to select an answer that matches you the best and then move on.

Don’t freak out if you don’t get the chance to answer a question

I joined the Facebook pages a few days before applications opened and watched as posts rolled in with people freaking out over missing one or two questions on their WBI and fearing that after the phone interview it would lead to the end of their chances. Totally not the case. While we don’t know Disney’s selection methods, I can tell you that simply missing the chance to answer a question or two doesn’t through you out of the mix. Disney knows that the questions are timed and that you have to be quick on your feet to answer, so they also know that means there is the chance you might not answer them all. Breath if you miss one. It’s okay. I promise. I missed one as well during my WBI.

Be honest in your answers

When you complete an online interview like this there will often be questions that will pop up again either worded exactly the same way or worded in a different way that means basically the same thing. It’s important to answer true to yourself in these questions because they will pop up again just as a double-check to make sure your answers are true to you.

Lean towards strongly agree/ strongly disagree

While you should always stay true to yourself, leaning towards strongly agree or strongly disagree is always a good thing to do with these sorts of online interviews. Neutral isn’t always seen as a good answer because since they haven’t talked to you personally, they don’t know your thought pattern behind why you selected that. If “are you good helping and serving customers” pops up, I know to select strongly agree because I am confident in my customer service skills and want to show that it is a strong trait of mine.

Take a deep breath before hitting go

I promise, the 20-30 minutes it takes to complete the interview will fly by! Take a deep breath, remind yourself that you can do this, and hit go.

Have you ever taken the web-based interview for the DCP? If so, do you agree with these tips or have anything that you would like to add on? And if you are planning on applying to the DCP, do you think any of these tips will help you or was this post useful for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

NLIC, waves, ADO, DAK, submission, and wait, what was that last one again? Upon applying for the Disney Company I had no idea how many abbreviations, acronyms, and terms specific to Disney that the company used. The majority of these terms are terms for the Disney College Program cast members and are things that they will hear. A large majority come from the Facebook pages you will have most likely joined during your application process and many come from while you are participating in the program.

Application Process Terms

Apps dropped: This term commonly used on DCP Facebook pages refers to Disney releasing applications and that you can now apply.

DCP: Disney College Program. Sometimes people will also refer to this as DCPCM, meaning Disney College Program Cast Member.

Dashboard: Your dashboard is where you can find all information about your application status.

Waves: This term is also commonly used on the DCP Facebook pages. This term commonly refers to days where hundreds of people receive emails that they have either been accepted or denied to the DCP.

WBI: Web-based interview. The online interview that is taken if you are allowed to proceed after the application.

PI: In Disney terms, PI can refer to two different things, which can make this a bit confusing at the beginning. It can mean either Phone Interview for those doing the Disney College Program, which is the last step of the application process. PI can also refer to Professional Internship, which focuses more on the professional side of the company.

Action Required: This term, typically seen on your Dashboard, means that there is something else you need to do in your application process such as doing the WBI, scheduling your PI, or even accepting your offer.

In-Progress: General term seen on your dashboard. This typically means that your application is being looked at and you are in consideration for the DCP or PI, but no one knows exactly what this means.

NLIC: No Longer in Consideration. This term means that you are no longer in consideration for the upcoming season. You can always apply again though for the next season.

In-Submission

S/SA and F/FA

Work Terms

CM: Cast Member. This term refers to the people who work for the Disney company.

EPCOT: Every paycheck comes on Thursday. Surely this point doesn’t need further explanation.

RDO: Regular day off, which are the days that scheduling gives you off. Depending on your role and where you are places, you won’t always get the same days each week.

Disney University: This is a location across from the backstage parking lot of the Magic Kingdom. Disney University hosts the majority of your training before you begin working for the company.

Traditions: This refers to your first day of training at Disney University where you learn the basics of the Disney Company. This is also where you will receive items such as your name tag and blue ID.

Blue ID: Your blue ID is your company ID. It lets everyone know that you are an employee of the Disney company and is used to sign into work at many locations and allows you to get free parking, access to the parks, and employee discounts.

Welcome to Ops: The full term being Welcome to Operations; this term refers to your second training class where you learn about Disney operations.

ADO: Authorized Day Off. This is term is typically seen on the Hub if you have put in a request to get additional days off.

Point: Points are given to cast members to fail to show up to work, are late to work, or for calling in sick too many times.

Reprimand: A reprimand is given after a cast member has received a certain number of points within a given time frame.

Termed: Disney’s way of saying that you have been fired from your role. This results from doing things such as playing in the parks after an ROS, not meeting housing requirements, calling in sick and going to the parks, and more.

Self-Term/Self-termination: This refers to when a cast member quits. Typically, it is because of homesickness, not liking the program as much as they thought they would, the work is too hard, and roommate issues.

QSFB: Quick-service food and beverage. This term is used for anyone working within the fast food restaurants located within the parks, resorts, and waterparks.

ENT: Entertainment role. This term commonly refers to those who are Photopass photographers, character performers, character attendants, etc.

Costume: This term refers to your job uniform.

Costuming: This refers to a location within each park or resort where you can check out costumes and return costumes.

CDS: Cast Deployment System. This term refers to the system that a majority of roles use when you clock in and out for work, clock in and out for breaks, and where you receive your assignment for the day.

FSFB: Full service food and beverage. This term is typically used in the DCP world for those that have a role as a seater.

POS: Point of sale system. This term refers to the system that cashiers typically use for handling money.

ODV: Outdoor vending food. This term is for the lovely people that sell Mickey Bars, churros, and more.

The Hub: This is not an acronym, but is the website for Disney employees.

WOD: World of Disney. This refers to the largest Disney store in the world.

OJT: On the Job Training. This refers to the one the job training that you receive after you have started working at the Disney company.

ER: Early Release. This term means that a cast member was granted the ability to leave work early. Typically, this is allowed when too many cast members are scheduled to work at one time.

ROS: Release of shift. This term means that something such as illness or injury prevents you from working so you are sent home from your shift.

Housing Terms:

CS: Chatham Square. An apartment complex for DCP participants.

TC: The Commons. An apartment complex for DCP participants.

VW: Vista Way. An apartment complex for DCP participants.

PC: Patterson Court. An apartment complex for DCP participants.

Wellness: This is a term that refers to non-alcohol permitted housing. Wellness housing is required for participants under the age of 21 and an option for those 21 and old.

Non-wellness: This is a term that refers to alcohol permitted housing. Only those who are over the age of 21 can choose to live in non-wellness housing.

Clubhouse: This refers to the main office building at each complex that has package pick-up, service centers, and equipment rentals.

The Grid: This is a convenience store located in The Common’s clubhouse.

Mickey’s Retreat: A cast member recreational area that offers a pool, sports fields, and a lake.

Resort Terms

Value Resorts: Value resorts are the most inexpensive resorts that Disney has to offer. Disney’s Value Resorts are the Pop Century Resort, All-Star Music Resort, All-Star Movies Resort, All-Star Sports Resort, and the Art of Animation Resort. These resorts, with the exception of Art of Animation, have been offered at prices as low as $75 a night, with $100 being the average. If you stay at Art of Animation, then the average price is typically around $200 per night.

Moderate Resorts: These are Disney’s mid-range priced resorts. Moderate resorts include Caribbean Beach Resort, Port Orleans Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, and The Cabins and Fort Wilderness Resort.

Deluxe Resorts: Deluxe resorts are the most expensive resorts to stay at on Disney property. They typically are within close walking distance to the parks and often have easy transportation access. Deluxe resorts include Animal Kingdom Lodge, Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club Resort, Contemporary Resort, Yacht Club Resort, and BoardWalk Inn.

Park Terms

Magicband: Magicbands were introduced as an easier way to make your way through the parks. Your Magicband has the ability to offer you access to the parks, fastpasses, dining plans, photopass photos, resort room keys, and the ability to charge items to your room. This is a much more convenient way of making your way through the parks because you no longer have to keep track of paper tickets.

Fastpass: A fastpass is a way to skip the lines and get onto a ride faster. You are able to book up to three fast passes a day and after you use the ones you have previously booked you can schedule one at a time for the rest of the day.

DAK: Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This refers to the park at Walt Disney World that is basically half a zoo and half a theme park.

DS: Disney Springs. This refers to the shopping center at Walt Disney World.

HS: Hollywood Studios. This refers to the park at Walt Disney World formerly called MGM Studios. It was previously known for having the sorcerer Mickey hat and the Earffel Tower, although now it is known for having the Hollywood Tower of Terror ride.

MK: Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is considered to be the “main” park of Walt Disney World with Cinderella’s Castle.

EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Epcot is a park located at Walt Disney World known for Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase.

Self-Admission Pass: This refers to the pass given to College Program participants that grants them access into the parks.

Guest Pass/ Chip N Dale: This refers to the tickets that you are given to allow your friends and family access to the parks.

WDW: Walt Disney World. This term refers to the Disney park located in Orlando, Florida.

DLR: Disneyland Resort. This term refers to the Disney park that is located in Anaheim, California.

DCA: Disney’s California Adventure. This term refers to the park located at Disneyland that features seven main “districts”.

Park Hopper: This refers to a ticket that allows you to visit more than one park in a day. Guests are able to upgrade their tickets to park hoppers for a small fee and cast member’s tickets and guest tickets are park hoppers.

MNSSHP: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This refers to the Halloween event that starts in late September and continues through the end of October.

MVMCP: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This refers to the holiday party that begins just after MNSSHP and continues through the end of December.

FOF: Festival of Fantasy. This refers to a parade in the parks.

BBB: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. This refers to a beauty salon where young girls can get their hair and make-up done by fairy godmothers in training.

PL: Pirate League. This refers to the rustic lair where (mostly) young boys can transform into pirates. There is also the ability to be transformed into an empress or even a mermaid.

Any major Disney terms that you feel I missed or looked over? If you are new to Disney or applying to the program, any terms or acronyms you learned from reading this post?  It always seems like there is new lingo to learn with Disney. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

My freshman year of college wasn’t healthy for me, to say the least. On Monday’s I started my day at 6:30am and fell into bed by midnight if I was lucky. I went all day. I had class from 8am-7:45pm (the joys of being a freshman), had an organization meeting squeezed in there from 2-3:30pm, ran to study hours from 8-10pm, and often got home, showered, then finished with my studying for the day. I did this routine with different classes and organization meetings every day of the week and on weekends often sat at a table in the library for 5-8 hours straight just to get ahead for the next week. Yes, I’m just a marketing major, but I like to have everything hand written and put a lot of pressure on myself to do so. While my school work was in-line, my self-care was not. In fact, one of my biggest ways to relax is by watching YouTube videos and I distinctly remember bragging to my mom on the phone about how it had been over three months since I had watched one. My self-care had been pushed to the back burner.

After burning out my freshman year, something had to change. I had to make time for myself and prioritize myself. Yes, college is busy. Yes, there are a million other things you could be doing. But setting aside time for yourself is just as important, I promise.

Schedule it in

Sunday nights are my nights. You will typically find me cuddled in bed reading a book with a cup of hot chocolate or tea or even with my laptop watching a movie on Netflix. Sunday evenings are my night to unwind and recoup before the new week begins. I always try to avoid having anything scheduled on Sunday evenings since that time is already scheduled for me. And if anything does get scheduled for Sunday evening, I always reschedule my me time.

Give yourself a mental break

Surely we’ve all reached that point in our studying where our brain turns to mush and you simply can’t cram any more facts or information into your head. In high school, I was known to keep pushing myself through that feeling and honestly I was proud of the fact that I did that. Now, I realize that wasn’t the smartest decision and I was only hindering myself instead of bettering myself. If I hit that wall now, I put my study materials aside and do something for myself. Sometimes it’s watching a video or two on YouTube, a show on Netflix, taking a shower, or even taking a quick cat nap. Nine times out of ten I return to my study materials feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work. Plus, I even have noticed better retention because of this.

Treat yourself

As a college student, we know things can go from 0-100 really quick. One week you can basically do nothing and the next you have three tests, a paper, and a huge project due. We have all had those “hell” weeks. Personally, I strive off of knowing that there is a reward waiting for me at the end. So if I know I have a crazy busy week coming up, I make sure to make plans in advance for afterwards. Sometimes it’s going for ice cream with a friend and other times it’s a manicure at my favorite local salon. Whatever it is that gives you a bit of motivation to make it through is what works.

Do what you enjoy

My sophomore year of college I got into phase of always wanting to have “productive breaks”. I would clean, work on the blog, catch up on e-mails, and more during these breaks. While I still support taking productive breaks and getting things done, it definitely isn’t something you should do for every break. Take breaks and do something you enjoy. During finals week a friend and I always go for a walk at the trails by our apartment complex. It’s something we both enjoy and it allows us to get out of study mode if even for a short time. It’s not always about crossing things off the to-do list if you are taking a break.

Splurge a little

This year I think I found my favorite way to splurge on my self-care time: Lush bath bombs. Yes, they aren’t exactly in a college student’s budget, but I absolutely love them. It’s my favorite little splurge to treat myself after an especially long week. My favorite splurge treat of all? A facial. I get one twice a year, once after spring finals and once after fall finals. My stress acne is real at that time of year and it’s the perfect way for me to have something to look forward to after finals and treat myself.

How do you prioritize self-care? Is making time for it something you are working on as well? How do you set aside time for self-care? And what are some of your favorite ways to treat yourself? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

No matter what year of college you are entering, the first week of school can be a bit stressful. Between getting settled into a new routine and catching up with friends you haven’t seen all summer it’s a lot to handle. Today I’m hoping to give you some tips that will make it seem like you have all you ish together, even if technically you don’t.

Introduce yourself to all of your professors-even if it means going to their office hours

If you take anything away from this point, let it be this point. Hands down the most important thing to do during your first week of classes is introduce yourself to all of your professors and even TA’s. If I have the time between classes I always go up to my professor after class and introduce myself, say where I am from, what my major is, what year I am, and conclude with a ‘it was nice to meet you!’. If I don’t have the time to go up to a professor after class I make the effort to go to their office hours that week to quickly introduce myself just as I would after class. In two years of college I’ve only had one instance in which I was unable to introduce myself after class and during their office hours because of a conflict with a class, so I sent the professor an e-mail. I explained that I had to run to a different class after theirs and that I had classes during their office hours. After doing so, this professor recognized me in class (always use your Linked-In headshot as your school e-mail photo!) and told me how impressed he was that I made the effort to reach out to him.

Order your textbooks

Your first week of school you should have a feel for if your professor actually will have you using the book that they put on the syllabus. Once you know which books you need, order them from somewhere like Chegg or even a local textbook resell store. If you ordered your textbooks through the school book store, make sure to return any books you don’t need the first week of school or else you my risk not getting your money back.

Pull together your planner

The first week of school I always sit down with my syllabi and write all reading, homework due dates, and test dates into my planner. I personally always write due dates into the weekly and monthly pages of my planner because I always refer to both when planning my weeks.

Organize your school supplies

I might be the only one who gets excited about new highlighters and pens, but you have to admit having highlighters that actually highlight is pretty nice. The first week of school I sit down and label my notebooks and folders with what classes I will be using them for, switch out my pens and pencils, and put my syllabi and any handouts I have into my folders.

Develop your routines

With a new semester comes new routines. While I understand that in college you don’t have a set schedule every day like in high school, at least know what you plan to do during your morning routine. For me, my mornings consist of waking up to my alarm, turning on the coffee maker, washing my face, making my coffee, doing my make-up, doing my hair, brushing my teeth, and then getting dressed. If I have the time on Tuesdays and Thursdays I hit the gym at my apartment complex before class and on Monday and Wednesday I go to work-out classes at my universities gym. I do this exact thing for my night routine and even for a daily blog maintenance routine.

Go to the free classes at the gym

If your gym is anything like mine the workout classes are free the first week of classes. This is the perfect time to try out new classes and figure out what class times work best with your schedule. Free week at my university’s gym is how I figured out that I like to go and work out right after my classes are done so that I can have a mental break and cross more than going to class off my to-do list when I’m on campus.

Write out a schedule of tutoring and office hours in your planner

Hands down this is the best thing that I picked up on during my sophomore year of college. Surprisingly enough I figured it out when I was creeping on a girl in the student center and told her that her planner was cute and spotted what she was writing. She told me that she was making a schedule of when her professors and TA’s where available for office hours and when the tutoring center offered help for her classes. She went on to tell me that you should even write down the times that overlap when you have class because sometimes if class is cancelled you can swing by for extra help in another class. Aside from the monthly few sections of my planner, this page became one of the most referred to pages in my planner.

Look into new organizations

Since it’s the first week of school there are all kinds of involvement parties where you can visit the student center and get fliers for organizations all over campus. It’s the perfect way to find organizations both in your major and outside of your major.

Walk your classes

As “freshman” as this sounds, walk your classes. Especially if you are on a bigger campus you want to know where you are going for your classes because the 10 minute recess between classes can be a bit tight. Even if you know where the buildings are, walk to them and find the room where your class is. This upcoming semester all of my classes are in the same building, but I haven’t been in this building very much before. I’ve taken the time already to walk the building and find where my classes are and I’m definitely glad I did! One of the lecture rooms took me 10 minutes to find because it was completely hidden.

Reevaluate or set new goals

With a fresh semester at your hands, you have the opportunity to set new goals for yourself. It’s a new year of sorts. Think about grades you want to get in classes, how you hope to be involved in your organizations, how many blog posts you hope to publish per week, and how much time you will set aside for family and friends. I personally have a goals notebook (I’m a nerd, I know) that I sit down with every semester/summer/new year and layout my goals for many different areas of my life and even reevaluate previous goals. You can spend 15 minutes or 2 hours, but no matter how long you spend I promise you that time is worth it.

Introduce yourself to your RA’s

If you are still in the dorms, take the time to introduce yourself to your RA’s. No matter what year you are, your RA’s can come to your rescue a lot more than you might think. Even if it’s just a brief hello, reach out to them and at least know their names!

What do you do to make your first week of classes go smoothly? Are there any tips that I missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!