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Magic Kingdom Tips

Hey guys! I decided to make a sort of master post of everything I learned about the parks as a CP. This is more from a guest’s perspective, so you don’t need to be a CP to use it.

- if you’re in a rush and the line for the express monorail from parking is packed take the resort monorail, it still stops at parking and at the magic kingdom, but most people don’t know this so they wait for the express. Same advice applies for leaving after fireworks.
- if you have the option, busses are almost always faster to take to MK because you skip the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) altogether and just get dropped off at the main entrance.
- the best parade viewing spot for the 3 o'clock parade is in Frontierland, that’s where the parade starts, so it’ll be over for you faster and you can ride rides while the Main Street people are still watching the parade. Frontierland also has store fronts that are covered you can sit or stand under to be out of the sun.
- Columbia Harbour House is the best place to go if you need an air conditioned place to sit for a while, it has 2 levels of seating and it’s almost never crowded.
these are the rides you want fastpasses for:
- Space Mountain
- Mine Train
- Peter Pans flight
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Jungle Cruise
- Best place to watch fireworks? From the elevated train station platform, get your spot about an hour early though
- You can get band-aids and OTC pain relief pills for free from First Aid
- You can have your shopping purchases sent to the front of the park or your hotel room if you stay on property that way you don’t have to carry it around
- cups of ice water are free
- get the MyDisneyExperience app to make fast pass choices and dining reservations on the go, it also has real time wait times for rides.
- There’s free wifi in the park
- You can walk to MK from the Contemporary resort, so if you have a Chef Mickey’s breakfast reservation, park at contemporary and walk to MK after
- Ask the merchandise people for stickers! They’re free and collectible.
- The Emporium is insanely crowded at park open and park close, anytime in between is MUCH more tolerable
- Dole Whip and Citrus Swirl can both only be found in Adventureland in MK
Rides that almost never have a long wait
- Mad Tea Party
- Monster’s inc laugh floor
- Stitch’s Great Escape
- Carrousel
- It’s a Small World
- Swiss Family Tree House
- Tom Sawyer Island
- People Mover
- Carrousel of Progress
- Little Mermaid (unless it’s broken down)
- The Plaza and Tony’s are my go to restaurants for last minute full service reservations
- You can bring your own food and (non-alcoholic) drinks into any Disney park
- Cast Members: if you’re coming to play in the parks you MUST go through guest entrances, people get termed for using backstage areas when they’re in the parks as a guest and not preparing for or leaving a work shift.
- Cast Members: you CANNOT call off a shift at work and then go play in the parks or go to a housing event, you WILL get termed for this
- Cast Members: ALWAYS have your blue ID card with you, you have to show it to get merch discounts and food discounts


I’m so so happy I got offered a camp counselor internship at a local zoo!!! I’m gonna be a summer camp counselor/animal educator. Super duper excited I love kids and animals and they also said I can work with their reptiles. If anyone has any suggestions about working with kids I’d love to hear it!

The Public Policy Experience

Here we are my last couple of days in Brussels and enjoying the last few coffees and brunches. It has indeed been an experience unlike any other. A massive thanks to EPHA for letting me take part in what they do and the contribution they make to our health. Their efforts are far reaching and their tasks are very challenging. Here is a little recap; Advocating for the health of our countries and the continent is not an easy task. There are so many layers to passing a policy that it takes much effort and discipline to stay and fight against the system. I have written other blogs that recaps my learnings and understanding of the policy making system.  

I have learnt: 

- What it means to advertise junk food and even alcohol to children. The implications this has on their health and lives later on. 

- How food banks and food vouchers don’t really help us bring people out of poverty but rather can have the opposite effect since it is not looked at from a health perspective but rather an economic one. 

- How the lack of education on healthy diets creates inequalities and the link between inequality and the enormous drain on public health care is ever so obvious. 

- I have learnt that public funding of research and development for new medicines are not required to show evidence of findings, and how the pharmaceutical companies are being seen in the wide ranging eye of the NGO’s. Their influence and the advantage they take of their influence and the many misunderstanding of the industry and its regulations.

- There is genuine concern across all related professionals in the access to medicine when it comes to the new “Adaptive Pathways” that allows for faster approval of new medicine without adequate time given to see any side effects and issues new medicines could carry. 

- Anti microbial resistance is a real threat to our lives and the lack of innovation in medicine will make this an even bigger problem for our children in the future.

- Industries have a lot of power and although we would like to believe that the interest of the public is always a priority the reality is that this is not the case and we need to hold governments more accountable for passing off policies that benefit Private organisations and hinder the health of our society. 

- I have also learnt the severe lack of health care provided in the eastern countries and the huge concern this is for the EU as whole as a sick population often means a very unhealthy economy also. 

- The global implications on trade agreements and the consequences to us all of Brexit. In particular, the consequences to the people of the United Kingdom.- The passionate people that are working hard to ensure that our health remains to be a priority and that we do not forget how far we have gotten over the last century and the diseases which we have managed to tame or even cure.   

I have also learnt about THE SYSTEM: Policy making system has been built on complexity. Rightly so its trying to ensure policies that cater for 28 of the most diverse countries you can imagine to exist. Its complex trying to create a standard in vastly different economic and cultural circumstances. I enjoyed learning how the actually policy process works which was my blog on the EU structure. It was also very fascinating learning who makes suggestions and who makes decisions. In the system you have the government, the industries, the NGO’s and civil societies, you have various agencies acting on behalf of various industries and regulators, you have the public and you have the member states. Everyone acting within their own interest and what they believe should be the priority. It is complex but also powerful. I enjoyed being in the centre of change and how it all takes place. Its surreal to believe that you are part of this and that some suggestions you may have made have made it across the board of influence. Unlike any other conventional job you actually make a difference to people across Europe and not just in your industry or just your area of interest. This was definitely the highlight. 

But BRUSSELS, I have spoken a lot about the different issues on the side of policy making and EPHA but living in Brussels has also opened my eyes to Europe and what an amazing continent this is. The city it self is always vibing and has so many interesting cafes, restaurants and markets that can keep you busy all year round. The city is full of internationals and what I found most interesting is the diversity that Brussels loves to embrace. Although from my perspective Brussels is a small city it has everything one would need for entertainment. There are so many events that are related to the EU and policy making and almost every large organisation will have a base here to ensure they are close to all the action. Employers find individual diversity very positive so you have people form all over the world working here. Brussels is close to many of the major cities such as Paris, Amsterdam and London and has a small yet various population. It’s a happening city and definitely a place I could see myself coming back to. I have attached some of my favourite pictures that show a bit about how amazing this city is… even in the worst winter season 😃 

Of course I cannot finish this blog without mentioning the two most important aspects of my internship. Marta and Sofie! I am so grateful to have made such strong friendships with these girls that I hope will carry us on for many many years to come. I have learnt so much from them both and have truly felt their support in the ups and downs. This experience really would not have been the same if it weren’t for the two of them and the laughs and tears we shared. Thank you for everyone who has read these blogs and hope you found them insightful. I enjoyed writing it and hopefully when I near my education I will have more insight I could talk about and share.   

Day 38 / 100 days of productivity 

Woke up early this morning because I had to go to my internship in the city at 9am. I also finally finished Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals and I’m going to start When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi on the train to my parents’ house this evening. Lastly, I began constructing a post about what to do and how to handle finishing your undergraduate degree!

Looking For Starry Interns!

Well, guys, thanks to you all, our community is growing and that means more work is piling up on me! It’s getting hard to manage a blogging business, sticker business, and social media on my own. Therefore, I am looking to hire a few interns who may be interested in gaining some experience to add on their resume.

What i’m looking for are people who are:

  1. Interested in science or in the astronomy field.
  2. Who would like to help me in the research department, gathering info that may be of interest for potential topics.
  3. Has great skills in updating social media.
  4. Participate in brainstorming for new and fresh ideas for future comic events.

If you feel you are qualified, feel free to send me an email or message on tumblr if you prefer and state why you would be the best match!

And now, I am off to finish tonight’s comic. Have a good night!

katierizzoartandawesome  asked:

I stumbled upon your blog while looking for internship advice and in looking around I see a lot of fear of rejection so I thought it might help others to know I have a BFA, and I applied to Disney eight (EIGHT) times and got rejected each time. So I decided to get another degree and keep trying and trying. Your advice is spot on. I think it's awesome you do this, not many do. If it hasn't been said, thank you. It really is appreciated. Also I love the artwork, can't wait to see more!

This is worth sharing. If we give up after the first (or first few) rejections, nobody would ever accomplish anything. History is replete with examples of great artists overcoming rejection after rejection before finally finding success. So don’t give up too quickly. Learn from the feedback you get and use it to grow your abilities and your knowledge. And never underestimate the value of hard work, practice, and persistence.

Also, more artwork is coming…

Looking for artistic starry interns!

With the success of recruiting three starry research interns, I am moving on to looking for three artist starry interns! 

These starry interns will be responsible for:

1. Assisting with the comics,

2. Help design a few graphics for social media

3. Creating patterns for the blog backgrounds

and more!

If you feel qualified and want to add this as experience for your resume, send an email with a few samples of your work at

Once you send me an email, I will send you a starry art/design test and then we’ll go from there!

Good luck, and I look forward to your responses!

anonymous asked:

I'm a high school student, about to become a junior. I'm potentially interested in going into the medical field, and would like to do some shadowing. Do you think you could point me in the right direction for getting started? Thank you!

One of my best friends, we’ll call him The Counselor, did some doctor shadowing not so long ago, so I reached out to him to see what his suggestions were. Here’s what he had to say:

  • Make contact & introduce yourself. If you know the doctor, by phone would be alright, but if you’re a stranger, I’d recommend in person. It doesn’t hurt to make a good impression first and foremost, plus it enforces your desire to work with them and your interest/drive towards this field. Hopefully you know them from something else in order to introduce yourself with some semblance of comfort.
  • Literally put yourself out there. “I’m interested in pursuing a career in medicine and I was especially interested in <their field>, would it be alright if I shadow you for a week?” (A week is recommended. They need to get to know you, you need to get to know them, and you’ll get a better experience over the course of the week than a single day.)
  • When you do shadow, get as involved as they want you to be. 
  • But that being said, you’re not the most knowledgable person in the room. Recognize that, because they know it already. 
  • They may ask you things you don’t know. Admit you don’t know and offer to look it up when you get home. Research it. Find an answer unless they give you one instead. Never be afraid to admit you don’t know something. 
  • Or if they want you to listen for something or look at something? Don’t pretend you see it/hear it if you don’t. They want you to ask for help. They may be testing you. I got commended once for admitting that I didn’t hear a murmur and it was because it was incredibly minor and he didn’t EXPECT me to hear it. (and then that time he made me listen into the dextrocardia patient without telling me. I was so confused when I couldn’t find a heart beat on the left side and he was laughing his ass off.)

I (The Responsible One) would add, like with anything else, to be polite and professional. Be sure to include your contact information if you are not there in person. If you do show up in person, dress nicely, like you would for an interview. Make a good impression. Let them know what your availability is and be as flexible as possible because doctors are super fucking busy and despite what their office hours may suggest, they work crazy-ass hours.


“You have the most warming smile...”

“But the look on your face when I walked in made me slightly terrified of you” - Woman whom I was performing a knee ultrasound on.

Apparently when I’m not smiling I scare the patients. Luckily for them the PT clinic usually has me in a good mood.

I can’t say enough good things about this internship. It honestly gives me life. I’m around people who want to get better, and people who want to help others get better. I was able to sit with a PT while he gave an initial evaluation today on a younger girl who tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) playing soccer, and the look in her eyes said it all. She could barely walk with her knee immobilizer, the brace given to her shortly after her surgery a few days ago, when I walked her in. She was crushed.

But she was ready to get started.

It’s honestly made me appreciate my health and what I’m able to do.

Speaking of, I’m officially running in my longest run streak ever. I thought it was longer (TWSS), but apparently it was only 39 days. I officially surpassed that on Tuesday.

Like all good things, the streak will eventually come to an end; I even have a day picked out for it. I’ve told a few people, and the consensus reaction is them shaking their heads and walking away. That, or calling me a man-child.

Whatever. I do what I want.