Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Savings Update!

(40) Days until check in
(36) Days until I leave for Orlando
(32) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(24) Days until Ramona & Beezus
(15) Days until Psych 

Guess what? I'm officially completely ready to go to Disney! I was waiting for the school to register me for my 6 semester hours I need. That was done last week. So, now I'm finally ready to go!

What I'm not ready to do is come back.

I still need an apartment in Boone for the spring semester. I'll be apartment hunting next week as I have three days off. So, let's hope I have that nearly done this time next week. I also have to get my car fixed. Dad's supposed to take care of it, but he hasn't yet.

Also, last week the magazine mailed out another issue, and guess who's name was in it? MINE! I was credited as a "Marketing Intern", how awesome is that?

And now for the savings update:

Credit: 434.59
Savings: 242.75

I almost have enough to pay off the balance on my credit card! YAY! I can not wait until I've got that thing paid off.

That's all for today! Until next time, have a magical day!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Savings Update!

(44) Days until check in
(40) Days until I leave for Orlando
(36) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(28) Days until Ramona & Beezus
(19) Days until Psych 

Time for another savings update! YAY!

So I just finished transferring money from checking to savings and thought I would update you guys on my totals! I don't really have any college program news other than to say that I will finish with my summer job probably on August 3rd, and have two days to finish packing.

I haven't made a vlog in a LONG time so I need to sit down sometime soon and figure out what to do for one. If you guys have any suggestions let me know. I might do one on my reading list or maybe on what I've got to go in the apartment in Florida. We'll see.

But on to my totals!

Credit: $324.59
Savings: $182.75

I get another paycheck on Monday. That will also go into these totals and then sometime next weeks after that's transferred I'll be making a rather large credit card payment. I'm pretty excited. :)

That's all for now! Until next time, have a magical day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I Have to Tell You Guys About Something!

(51) Days until check in
(47) Days until I leave for Orlando
(42) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(35) Days until Ramona & Beezus
(26) Days until Psych 
(4) Days until Knight & Day
(1) Day until Jonas LA

Alight, normally I wouldn't update so soon. I try not to seem obsessive and update every day, but I just HAVE to post about his before I forget it!

I had the WEIRDEST dream about the College Program last night.

Okay, in the dream it was August 5th, and my family was headed to Disney. My mom and dad we're in their van, and I was in my car. I got separated from them and stumbled across this like halfway point between my house in Disney. It was weird. It was like Disney built it there as a tease or something. There were small imitations of a few of the rides and restaurants. And, apparently, in the dream I'd been there before because I noticed that they closed the smaller version of the Haunted Mansion. My family (because my parents somehow stumbled across it too) sat down and ate at a smaller version of "The Prime Time Cafe". And then we went into a store and we ran into a friend of mine that I've gone to school with since 4th grade, her name is Beth, and she was on her way BACK from doing the CP even though she's NEVER EVER EVEN applied for it. But she was coming home after doing the CP, and looked all tan and happy and was telling me how awesome it was going to be. Then I said goodbye to her, my family got back out onto the road, we went on our way, and I woke up.

But THAT was my dream. Isn't that weird? The winding down of the countdown clock is really getting to me. GAH, 47 days! That's a little over a month and a half! So excited!

That's all for right now. Until next time, have a magical day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Just Made My Last Trip to Boone...


That's right, yesterday I went to Boone for the last time before I leave for Florida. I will not see those mountains again until January 2011. WOO HOO!

I also finished cleaning my apartment and turned in my key! YAY! I'm going to share some pictures with you in this post. But first...


(52) Days until Check In
(48) Days until I leave for Orlando
(2) days until Jonas LA

Toy Story 3 came out today! AND The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Islands of Adventure! YAY!

Now it's time for Boone pictures. Enjoy!

Also my mom said that's she's going to buy me a 26 inch flat screen for Florida! YAY!

P.S. I need things to countdown to between June 20th and August 5th. Any suggestions?

That's all for now! Until next time, have a magical day!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Savings Update! :)

(54) days till Check in.
(50) days till I leave for Orlando
(4) days till Jonas LA
(2) days till Toy Story 3

Okay, so I'm still not registered for classes at ASU. They have two courses that are specifically intended for College Program Participants.We can be enrolled in them at ASU while in Disney and basically it's a way to have 6 semester hours of credit for doing the program. You're registered for two classes at App and then take 2 classes while you're at Disney so that you can earn whatever credits you need (for insurance purposes or, like me, to keep your loan grace period from starting). I talked to Sharon about registering for them and she told me to contact someone named Heidi so I could be added to the list. I contacted Heidi, and then contacted Sharon again (just in case).

That was the third week in May. Now it's June 16th and I'm still not registered. Sharon said it should have been done by the first week in June, and it still hasn't been done. I e-mailed her yesterday and I still haven't heard anything from her.

But I suspect I'll be hearing from her soon. Hopefully I'll have this taken care of in the next couple of weeks.

Alright, I got a paycheck on Monday. Time to update my savings totals.

Credit: $214.59
Savings: $122.75

So, still not stellar, but better than before. I also changed my percentages. Here are the new ones:

Credit: 55%
Savings: 30%
Me: 15%

Also! On an awesome random note, two of my friends brought me some awesome High School Musical cupcakes! Check them out! (There were 5, but I already ate the Troy cupcake. He was yummy.) ;)

That's all for now!

Until next time, have a magical day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

College Program Savings - Major Fail

(57) days till Check-in
(53) days till I'm in Orlando
(7) days till the premiere of Jonas: LA
(5) days till Toy Story 3 is released

Okay, so I've been very very bad with my first two paychecks. I've spent way too much money, and bought too many things I don't need.

No more spending. NONE. The only time I'm allowed to spend money is when I'm going out to eat or going to the movies. THAT'S IT. No more DVDs, no more TOMS shoes, no more Flip Camera accessories, and no more trips to Disney Stores! I'll be in Disney in 53 days. I can buy Disney stuff then.

Anyways, I've taken what's left in my account and used my percentages on that.

So, here are my current SAD savings totals.

Credit: $104.59
Savings: $62.75

From now on I will figure my percentages as SOON as I get a paycheck. I can NOT let this happen every week.

That's all for now!

Until next time, have a magical day!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

College Program CHAOS

Okay so a few crazy things have happened to CPers since June started.

1) Room mate matching opened up

Room mate matching means Disney will find a room mate for you. They look at your arrival date, your role, and your age and match you with another CPer. I did not opt into this (so I thought) because I wanted to find my own room mate (And I did, Hi Michelle!). Imagine my surprise when I get an e-mail from Disney Housing telling me about my new room mate. She seemed really nice and she sent me an e-mail but I already had a room mate. So I got in touch with her, explained the situation, and then opted out. After that I quickly contacted Michelle and asked for her application number so that I could request her as my room mate. I did this, and now Michelle is my OFFICIAL room mate! YAY!

But how did I opt in? I thought I had said no earlier and told them I was picking my own room mate. Well, apparently I opted in. This happened to several other people. Your options weren't explained very well. But it's all good now.

2) Disney sent out an e-mail asking if anyone wanted to switch from August 9th to September 6th.

This caused CHAOS on Facebook. Luckily, my awesome room mates warned me about it before I even GOT the e-mail. I'm not sure if September 6th is a new date that they added or if they just over booked people on the 9th. Either way this e-mail caused a few panic attacks. Some people thought Disney wasn't really asking, and they were just notifying us of the switch. Some people thought they were politely saying "You MUST change dates."

Whatever they were requesting I'm not changing my date. I'm going insane waiting for August. I do not want to add ANY days to my countdown. I WILL be there on August 9th, and hopefully I'll see a lot of you there.

On a more personal update note.

I no longer need to worry about Financial Aid. As long as the school knows my situation THEY will take care of it. I've also been given permission by my parents to opt out of my federal work study. Mom said I should spend the last semester completely focused on schoolwork and enjoying my last semester.

And I'm all for it.

Alright, well, that's all for now folks!

Have a magical day!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

"I Know the Road Seems Long, but It Won't be Long till it's Time to Go."

Hey everyone!

(63) days till check-in
(59) days until I leave for Orlando
(12) days until the premiere of Jonas: LA

Nothing too exciting has happened this week. I've fallen into a bit of a rhythm with my job. I love it! Good hours, good pay. I'm trying not to spend a lot of money. I bought a pair of TOMS the other day but that is the LAST thing I'm buying. (BTW, if you follow me on Twitter you got a chance to vote and help me decide which pair of TOMS to buy. Thanks for your opinion if you voted! It was fun! haha.) Anything else I buy will be dinners or movie tickets. Everything else is going into savings. I'll keep you updated with totals and stuff. Here's how I'm splitting up my savings percentages:

To Credit: 50%
To Disney: 30%
To Me: 20%

Money to be transferred to savings as of now: $368 ($230 of it will go to pay off my credit card). Once I pay off the balance on my card those percentages will change. I want to have my card completely paid off before I get to Disney.

You guys will have to help me stay accountable for my spending. I'm not buying anything else except for things that have to do with going out and enjoying the summer with my friends. Nothing else.

Also I started my "internship" with Winston-Salem Monthly last week! It's not technically an internship (because they're not supposed to have one) so we're calling it "shadowing". I go in once a week do some grunt work, sit in on some meetings, and learn a lot about how a magazine is put together. I really enjoyed my first day.

I have to call financial aid tomorrow and clarify some things about the federal awards I accepted. I'm confused because I was under the impression that I could accept the federal awards for one semester, but I wasn't given that option. So now I have to call and ask my adviser what to do. I also have to contact this girl about subleasing her apartment for second semester, and see what her room mates are like.

Also I'm turning in my key and having my apartment inspected on Friday morning. I can not wait to be done with that apartment. I'm very excited to hand back that key.

I need to start making a packing list soon. If anyone knows where I can find a really good one let me know! I don't even know where to begin making a packing list for 5 months worth of things.

That's all for now! Until next time, have a magical day!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Tales of a Disney College Program Hopeful -- Vlogs #22 & #23

Until next time, have a magical day!

A Roller Coaster Weekend!

I'm back from the beach! We actually got back on Monday night.

I've got a lot to tell you guys! We'll start with Friday. On Friday we left for the beach and made good time. We got there and Holly and I decided to go to the Tanger Outlets. We went shopping for work clothes, and then went to the DISNEY OUTLET! They had crazy sales! I'll show you my favorite items that I bought!

It's a pitcher! With lots of character faces on it! And plast... on Twitpic

A pack of magnets! Camp Rock magnets! For .99 cents! How coul... on Twitpic

My AMAZING Sleeping Beauty mug! It's beautiful! And it was $3... on Twitpic

After that we went back and crashed at the hotel. Saturday we got up and went over to Broadway at the Beach. I bought two pairs of sunglasses and went to BuildaBear where I bought a Jonas Dog! I named him Kevin! He's precious! Look!

Here's KEVIN! He's PRECIOUS! I'll show you his awesome shirt ... on Twitpic

He plays 3 Jonas brothers songs and his shirt as Jonas on the back! He's also wearing Jonas dog tags. I love him! :) After BuildaBear we went over to Mayfest and stood in line to meet Tiffany Thornton and Jasmine Richards from 1:00 to about 3:30. I got to meet them both! And I got some video of Debby Ryan and Nathan Kress! Didn't get a chance to glimpse Drake Bell. His line was INSANE! Here's the photos of my meet'n'greets:

Me and @therealTiffany! I loved her! She was very sweet! She'... on Twitpic

Me and Jasmine Richards! (Peggy from Camp Rock!) She was real... on Twitpic

After that we went back to the room and refreshed ourselves and then headed out to eat dinner at Margaritaville! That was fun, and my meal was delicious! I had sirloin and shrimp with mixed veggies and garlic mashed potatoes. We went back to the room and went to bed after that. Sunday we did a lot of nothing. We rested, swam, and just relaxed. That night we went out with my family and played a game of putt-putt. Monday we packed up the cars and spent the morning at the Myrtle Beach State Park. Mom, Holly, and I decided to leave earlier than the rest of the family, and while on the way to North Myrtle Beach (in an attempt to get through traffic and get home) the car in front of me decided to turn suddenly. I got stopped, but the Ford F150 behind me did not. I was rear ended.

Everyone was fine, the car still runs, and it was not my fault. But it certainly wasn't the way I wanted to end such an awesome weekend. So, now I'm dealing with insurance stuff, and praying that Ruby's frame isn't bent. Because if Ruby's frame isn't bent the insurance company will total her. Mom says no matter what I'll have a car, but I don't want A car. I want MY car. I want Ruby.

So cross your fingers that they won't total my beautiful Ruby.

Yesterday I started my summer job. I'm a nanny for a family that lives close by. I get to hang out with two precious little girls all day. It's lots of fun and very rewarding. Tomorrow I have my second day of work and start my first day of "shadowing" Angie (she's the Ad sales director at two local magazines). I'll be shadowing her from 9-12 and then working from 1:15 until about 11 PM. So tomorrow will be a long day.

Countdown update: 64 days until I leave for Orlando! My family is leaving on Thursday, October 5th. 4 days before my check in! I'm so excited!

Anyway, that was my weekend! I went through a whole lot of craziness!

Until next time, have a magical day!

And be on the lookout for a two part vlog about my beach trip!