I was accepted to the program my second time applying which is sooner than it takes for most people. How did that happen? I really don't know what particularly made that happen but I have two things that I think helped a lot. Remember, though, this is entirely my speculation. Here are my two things, try them and tell me if they work for you!
1. Related Experience
The summer before I applied and was accepted I worked at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies, a YMCA resort. This experience helped me in two ways. First, I had experience working at a resort, in hospitality, and at a tourist destination. Second of all, my experience at the YMCA was very similar to the DCP because it had the three aspects of the program: living, learning, and earning. I worked full time, and lived in a dorm at the Y, and I was in a Christian leadership program so I was learning things related to that. I explained both these things in my interview.
When I filled out my initial application I listed custodial as low interest, but once I was offered a phone interview I did more research on the roles and decided that custodial was my top choice. Custodial is a role they need a lot of people for but not a lot of people are interested in, most would rather do quick service food and beverage, so that's where most people end up. I'm sure that expressing an interest in this role, one which is not a common interest but a high need, helped me a lot to be able to be accepted.
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