Thank You Disney College Program, But My Health Is More Important To Me Than The Disney Magic

Thank You Disney College Program, But My Health Is More Important To Me Than The Disney Magic

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I'm beyond broken hearted that I had to self-term, or quit, the Disney College Program, DCP for short. Anyone who knows me or follows me, knows I was beyond excited that I got accepted and that I got to work in the park that I wanted, a.k.a. Magic Kingdom!! Your girl was going to "Yeehaw" at Pecos Bills. And I was beyond excited that I got randomly picked to participate in the Event Operations seminar that Disney offers their students in the college program, or CP's. This is something that I looked forward to for months on end, so you can only begin to imagine the disappointment when I found out I had to go home.

But let me get this out of the way, it wasn't that I didn't like the program because honestly I loved the entire vibe the DCP had. I had to adjust to the idea of living in Vista Way, and not having the on suite bathroom, after having my heart set on living in The Commons. But after I moved in and met all 5 of my "roomies" and my roommate roommate, was from Australia, like how cool is that?? But anyway besides the point, I had one day called Traditions, and I was in love.

We got to learn things about how Disney World, Disney Land, even across the globe, and everything Disney works and operates. All the little secrets that cast members know, and use. We got to learn about all the new attractions coming. But the most exciting part was getting to see Magic Kingdom from the point of view as the rest of the cast members do. Let me tell you, it was pretty cool getting to go in the "Cast Members Only" areas.

Mickey himself even came in and gave us our name tags to go along with our new Mickey ears that were given to us as a welcome gift.


Side note: My ears don't actually say my name, I took my name tag off and stuck it on there once we got our real ones.

I loved everything about the DCP, of course I never pictured leaving, and especially so soon before I've really earned my ears.

So during my Traditions, I was having trouble swallowing water from my throat being swollen. I ignored it thinking that it was the temperature difference between Rhode Island and Florida, and that I was just catching a cold. But that night as I was going to head into one of the parks, I really couldn't swallow anything, so I stayed at my apartment. The next day I was choking on my spit and I could barely eat chicken broth so I slept all day. The next day, same thing so I went to the closest ER and what does the Doctor tell me? I possibly have Esophageal Achalasia, and I need to go home to see an ENT doctor and have my throat expanded.

Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe the feeling that came over me when I heard that. I had just moved in, just met my roommates, just started training and I had to leave. To be honest, I wasn't even going to go home, I was going to stay and deal with it until the middle of May, when my program ended. But after giving it a lot of thought, I decided that my health isn't worth the Disney Magic.

Yeah the Disney Magic is a huge reason I applied and accepted the position. To create it for guests and to experience it my self, was a huge thing that I wanted to be able to do. But is it worth my health? The answer to that is a solid NO. How can I create magic for guests if I can't swallow food or drinks and be able to recommend my favorite dishes at Pecos Bill? How can I create magic if I pass out from being dehydrated? That would scare any guest, especially children and completely ruin the Disney Magic and make it look like Disney doesn't care about their employees, which is so far from the truth. Disney loves their employees, and everyone who works for Disney loves the company!

But me, not taking care of myself right now is going to ruin my health and body even more. I want to be able to take my kids to Disney, like my parents took me, and I can't do that if I didn't leave the program.

But leaving the program doesn't end my love for Disney or ruin the Disney Magic for me because I know once I get this throat thing taken care of, I can book a Disney trip and go meet who would have been my Pecos Bill family. I can take my children there in the future, I can go back and to any Disney across the globe and/or Disney resort and make memories and magic there.

So really leaving doesn't end the magic for me, it only opens the door for me to create more. Plus I can apply for the college program again for after I finish college, or maybe a professional internship.

But thank you Disney College Program for creating some great memories the whole one week I was there. Maybe one day, I'll be able to personally create magic for Disney's guests. But my throat issue and my health definitely comes first right now!

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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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