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...

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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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.

They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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Do You Really Want To Win The Powerball Jackpot? Me Either.

More than $750 million is a life-changing amount of money.


With the Powerball Jackpot growing higher and higher after each drawing, lottery madness has struck just about everyone.

We've all had those dreams where we win the lottery and get to buy tons of extravagant things. The mansion, the fancy car, the newest iPhone. When you win the lottery all of your worries are gone!

Or are they?

Despite occasionally buying Powerball tickets, I would never actually want to win the jackpot. My life would be over.

Would I ever have to worry about bills? No.

Would I have student loan debt? No.

Would I still be working a crappy part-time job to pay for my tuition? No.

Would I be concerned about the repairs bill when getting my 2006 car inspected? No.

All of my materialistic needs would be met but my life wouldn't be any easier.

I'd have to worry about managing the money correctly. (Your girl isn't trying to go to prison!) I feel that I wouldn't know who I could trust anymore. I honestly wouldn't want to tell anyone for fear of our current relationship changing.

If you have ever watched TLC on a Saturday morning, you've probably seen "Lottery Changed My Life." While some of the stories are positive, most of them are negative. The winner and their family are often stalked, harassed and threatened because they won the lottery.

$750 million is too much money.

If we're being realistic, the maximum amount of money I'd want to win is less than $500,000.

$500,000 gives me enough money to pay for my tuition, a nice vacation and maybe a small downpayment on a house or car.

As for the $750 million plus jackpot, Powerball can keep it. I'll stick to the $1-$10 scratch-off tickets at my local gas station.

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