Hi all! I know many of you who read this blog are promising and hopeful CP and PI interns. I wanted to extend a few ways you can contact me for any questions or comments you may have:
Eep! It has been a century since I've posted, but what else is new? :P
And to commemorate this very exciting moment in my life (my first big girl job, ha!), here are a few of my favorite memories from the fall 2015 semester. =)
10. Dressing up as ocean Ursula with Stephanie and Erin, and going trick-or-treating at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds! 11. Finally meeting my Drew in September for a very memorable Halloween Horror Nights weekend and all our amazing adventures that has followed!! <3 <3 <3
12. When Ryan and I thought there was a town hall, but we got locked out...and there was never a town hall hahaha! (PS: I love town halls!)
13. The Christmas party! And giving DeAndre his secret santa gift <3
14. When Amber and I were in a direct connect, and we put together her watch was 10 minutes fast and we laughed and laughed! =D
15. Bringing little Miss Katelyn to Disney for the first time!
And then Tuesday, Jeremy came in all the way from sunny California!! We had a nice session at SeaDogs, AKA our MacLaren's. =D
And I am so glad I did! I got to dance and explore and watch the entire firework display. But most importantly, I was surrounded by people I love and adore! It was a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year, and I hope I get to experience it again with my Drew because he would love it! =)
Wilderness Explorer Troop Leaders for Life!
And I am most thankful for this mini troop leader reunion! Love these wild, crazy kids! Here's to another (or more!) reunion in 2015!!
The other day, I shared some photos of my life outside of work. Today, I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the incredible things I have been doing as the Conservation Education Operations Intern. (Say the three times fast =P)
Tuesday was a very magical day because: 1) I was in a very good mood, 2) our manager brought us each cookies, popcorn, and a 2015 calendar to our weekly meeting, 3) I WON A GSF DRAWING!!!! (Every so often they draw winners from the GSF box, and my card was picked!! I was awarded 2 quick service meal vouchers, 2 movie tickets, 2 popcorn coupons, and 2 drink coupons. HOW COOL?! =D), and 4) I attended a networking/drawing event for a special day....
...and that special day was when I got to officially be a guest speaker on the Meet the Professional Intern panel!!! It is was a total surprise I even got selected. Apparently we were all hand chosen by our Disney recruiter for our energy, personalities, and journey to "PI-hood." So, that in itself was a HUGE honor and the highest of compliments.
As never being a panelists before, I was thankful for Tuesday's meeting. The recruiting team hosting the event were SUPER helpful and gave me a lot of tips I would not have thought of other wise. They also surprised us with some DCP swag, like a sweet blanket!!
The panel was two days later and hosted at The Commons. (If you are or were a CP, it was in the room were the sometimes have grocery bingo or other housing events.) The first hour consisted of a group-led panel, in which we answered questions from our moderator and the audience. We were all trained to be mindful of how we answer the questions, making sure not too cut someone off, answering too much or too little, trailing or going on, and always using Disney nomenclature.
To be honest, I was a little nervous at first. However, because all my internships have been so life-changing and positive for me, it was great to be able to share my story with fellow interns and CPs. Plus, I really love my program and it was great to be able to brag about it. I used my best persuasion skills to convince the crowd to adore spiders as much as I do now, and everyone loved when I shared my team's motto of "always assume good intent."
Next up was an hour where the audience could meet us PIs in person and pick our brains so-to-speak. I had interns approach my the entire night, asking were thoughtful questions and seemed super excited about the Presenter programs. It was so much fun getting to talk to them one-on-one and I hope to see many of them as future Troop Leaders!
But anyways, YES my new PI: it is of course wonderful! Everyone keeps asking me which PI I prefer, but they are just so different and it is truly hard to compare. It has been really great to see the new bunch of Presenters grow and teach Explorers. The way I feel about them is a lot like how I felt about my little students back in my "Miss Madden" days. It really warms my heart to see them being so great onstage and backstage!
Plus, working for the Education Presenter team is really incredible because every one is so positive and motivating. I have gotten a lot of projects too that have been beyond rewarding and exciting! I will fill y'all in on one of them sometime soon! :)
Lastly, I leave you with pictures from my new roomie's birthday party because: 1) they are cute and everyone likes cute pictures, and 2) there is so much love happening in these photos! =D
A permanent believer that "Adventure is out there" and a DAK girl for life!