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This was a status I posted on Facebook 4 years ago after I didn’t pass the Web-Based Interview for the Spring 2011 Disney College Program. I’d been looking forward to applying for and researching the program for about 5 months by this time, and had become friends with plenty of potential CPs from the Facebook group. And just like that, my chance at going down for the program in January was over. I was devastated, heartbroken, and wasn’t sure if I wanted to try again. I was already a Junior in college so I didn’t have many more opportunities to apply. And I was hesitant about applying for the fall program because I didn’t want to be away from my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, after a few days of thinking it over, I decided I was definitely going to reapply for Fall 2011 and even became excited about the idea of being in Orlando for the Halloween and Christmas parties at MK and Food and Wine at Epcot and just enjoying the resort when it’s decorated for the holidays. In my opinion, that’s when the resort looks its best and is now my favorite time of the year at Disney.
Well, as they often say, and as I told myself continuously for the rest of the day,everything happens for a reason. I wish I could go back and tell myself 4 years ago that everything was going to be okay. Who knew that not getting accepted for Spring 2011 would end up being a good thing? If I had passed the WBI and gone on to get accepted for the program, I never would have met my best friends and who knew if my program would have been as wonderful and perfect as Fall 2011 was? I may have not even wanted to return for a second one. It’s funny how things have a way of working themselves out in the end. As devastating as this day was, seeing all my new CP friends on facebook posting about their phone interviews as I cried my eyes out, I couldn’t be happier now that I didn’t get accepted for Spring 2011. Here I am 4 years later, an alum of 2 CPs, a PI, and still a Cast Member at the Walt Disney World Resort. Not a whole lot to complain about.
Just a reminder to never give up on your dreams. Something that seems devastating and like it’s the end of the world at the time could end up being a blessing.