6 Reasons Why College Students Should Do The Disney College Program

6 Reasons Why College Students Should Do The Disney College Program

Though I could probably think of a million...
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I spend a lot of time talking about my specific experiences with the Disney College Program (DCP). While these stories alone may be compelling reasons to some people on why they should apply for the program, I have never actually said why anyone should apply to the program. Here are 6 reasons why any college student should apply to the Disney College Program.


1. Working and Living in The Happiest Place on Earth

Well, that was a given! If you didn’t already know, the DCP entails three components; living, learning, and earning. You get to work in the Disney parks or resorts, live in company-sponsored housing and have an opportunity to take classes through Disney. Disney has a variety or roles (aka jobs) to chose from. The more popular ones are Quick Service Food and Beverage, Attractions, Merchandise, and Custodial. If you do choose to apply for the DCP I would suggest you do further research into the variety of roles that are offered. Check the DCP site for roles and check YouTube for a variety of experiences in each of the roles.



2. College Credit

This is where the learning component of the DCP comes into play. If you participate in the DCP you have the opportunity to take classes that can be transferred back to your school for credit. Depending on your school they may give you credit for the whole program. It is highly recommended that you talk to an advisor first so that you know if you are eligible for credit. A lot of the classes are geared toward business and hospitality majors but there are more so make sure you do your research!



3. Networking Opportunities

Aside from classes, the DCP also offers a variety of seminars and networking events that you are more than welcome to take during your program. Some last a few weeks and some are just a couple of hours. You can take classes and attend the seminars even if you are not receiving credit for them. I recommend taking a class or seminar anyways as a great perk for your resume! The networking events are good to attend especially if you plan on working for The Walt Disney Company after your program. These events allow you to meet with leaders and management from all different departments of The Walt Disney Company.



4. Meeting New People From Around the World

Along with the DCP there is also an International College Program. The ICP is a program for students coming from other countries who are doing the same exact thing that the students in the DCP are doing. They work where you work and live in the same apartment complexes you will live in. Both of these programs are not only a good way make friends and network with people across the country but from around the world as well.



5. Park Access All The Time!

I don’t know of many people who can say they went on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster twice before they headed off to work for the day other than anyone who may have done a DCP. Participating in the DCP and becoming a Cast Member does give you the nice perk of having free access to all of the Disney parks and water parks. While there may be an occasional blackout day for a holiday where you may not be able to get in with high volumes of guests attending the parks, there is pretty much free access to the parks all the time for Cast Members. This means you can also book FastPasses ahead of time.



6. The Amazing Discounts

As a Cast Member, you get discounts on hotels, tickets, merchandise, and food. The locations and discount rates may vary so make sure to pay attention for that. Another amazing perk of Disney Cast Member discounts is probably something that is one of Disney’s best-kept secrets. Any Disney Cast Member is entitled to shop at a discount store on Disney property called Cast Connections. Here you can find all sorts of Disney merchandise at sometimes more than half the original price. Talk about a bargain! This is a store that is exclusive to Cast Members with limited guests allowed. You will be asked to show your blue work ID at the door for verification. There is also a small store called Company D that sells exclusive Cast Member merchandise. There are a number of these stores located in places that only Cast Members are allowed into.



How many people do you know have actually worked for Disney while taking a class at Disney and squeezed in some time in the parks in between while making friends from around the world? My guess is that you don’t know many.

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The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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To Those Who Feel The Need To Tear Down Others, Take A Seat

You have no right to hurt others because you don’t agree with them.

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I recently wrote a super controversial article, which I'm honestly very proud of. In the comment section, there were plenty of people criticizing me because of what I believe in, mainly because they didn't believe in the same thing as I put out there.

I would just like everyone to know that the people that write for this amazing company are just that — people. They are real, they have opinions, and they have feelings. There is nothing different about them than you. Would you like someone commenting hate on your Facebook post or anything like that? No, no you wouldn't. When you comment rude things on something that someone worked long and hard on, you are just being rude and inconsiderate of their feelings.

If you just go to the comments to leave a rude comment, you can write it down on a piece of paper and throw it away. You're being a bully. These writers more than likely will go to the comment section, just like I did, and will be hurt by your arrogant, inappropriate comments.

Ever heard of if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

If you don't agree with me that's fine, but that doesn't give you the right to deliberately go and try and tear me or anyone else down. You're just being rude and you have no reason to be, all I did was write an article on something I believe in.

Also, don't let anyone rude enough to do this tear you down or diminish your self-worth. There are people out there who are still kind and caring, don't listen to the negativity this world brings. Just keep doing what makes you happy, because in the end, that's all that really matters.

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