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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12 Dorm Room 'Essentials' That Are Actually A Waste Of Money

If three years of college has taught me anything, it's that I wasted a lot of money and space on things for my dorm room that I never used.

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Now approaching my senior year of college, there are so many things that I have experienced in my three years away that I either look back at and smile just at the thought of or immediately regret. With a younger sister going into her freshman year of college, I hope to teach her as much of those lessons I learned in advance so she doesn't make the same mistakes as me. One of the most important things I learned after moving in and out of dorm rooms and apartments for three years is what should and shouldn't come with you to school. Because, let's be real, as much as we want to pack away our entire lives and fit them in our minuscule dorm room, not everything is necessary.

However, knowledge is power, and I don't want to just save my sister from making those mistakes. That's why I'm here to share the 12 things that aren't necessary for you to bring to school:

1. A Keurig/coffee maker

While living in an apartment and having all the space in a kitchen for a coffee maker and the time to make my own hot drinks, having a Keurig was a godsend. But I'm going to be completely honest, as someone who wanted a Keurig so badly before freshman year...I rarely used it when I lived in the dorms. Between having meal points to buy my own coffee and just never having the time or energy to make it in the morning and then clean the dishes afterward, it just wasn't worth the waste of money and space.

2. A giant television

You may see pictures of dorm rooms and see students with giant televisions along their window or squished onto their desks. But unless you're living in a larger apartment, having a huge flat screen TV has no purpose for a small dorm room. There are TV's usually all over campus, especially in the common rooms that are free for you to use. If you really do feel like you need a TV in your dorm, a smaller one will suffice, because anything larger is going to take up some much-needed room.

3. Any type of hot plate/mini grill, etc.

Besides the fact that these are banned in most dormitories anyways, it's not smart to sneak one of these into your rooms. I can't tell you how many people I know that have accidentally started a fire in the dorm room from using a toaster they snuck in or a special "grilled cheese grill." The dining halls will have everything you could possibly want and need, and most dorm rooms come with a mini fridge and microwave to supplement anything further.

4. Candles

I'll admit, I am guilty of using these my sophomore year of college. Do I regret the millions of times I freaked out because I almost lit my dorm room on fire? Absolutely.

It's not worth it. Your RA will probably catch you, it's not worth the risk of accidentally setting your shoebox-sized dorm on fire, and the smoke detectors in those rooms are so sensitive that you're bound to set them off.

5. A printer

Unless you're living off campus in an apartment, there really is no reason to have a printer in your dorm room. There are tons of printers throughout the different buildings of every university, and most allot a certain amount of sheets for you to do your printing. Printers are big and clunky, hard to store, and the ink is very expensive. Don't consider buying one unless you plan on moving off campus.

6. An iron and ironing board

Take it from someone who absolutely hates wearing wrinkly clothes, the whole iron and ironing board duo was not a smart move my freshman year. It took up way too much room and when I did actually want to iron, it was so annoying to find a spot to do it in my small room.

If you're really obsessive about having non-wrinkled clothes like I am, you can invest in a mini steamer, which is super cheap, stored extremely easily because they're so small, and work just as well as an iron. I ended up swapping out for one of these my sophomore year and loving it so much more.

7. Bean bag chairs/Folding chairs

Any extra seating for a dorm room is honestly unnecessary besides the standard desk chairs that come with the dorm. The floor space is so limited that taking it up with any other large items is going to make it extremely difficult to navigate around your room. Also, when your friends come to hang out, they usually will end up just sitting on your bed or your desk chair anyways.

8. A body pillow

I don't really know what the use of these things are. I had one freshman year, and it laid against my bed the entire year and I never used it. I just found laying on it extremely awkward and uncomfortable and it was just so big that it took up too much room on my already tiny Twin XL bed.

9. A laundry hamper

A stand-up laundry hamper is just going to take up way too much space that you don't have. Instead, invest in some nicely made laundry bags that you can put your dirty laundry in and just easily carry over to the laundry room. A lot of stores even make special bags that differentiate between lights, darks, and delicates so the sorting is already done for you before you do your laundry.

10. A vacuum

While the idea of having a vacuum is nice, and I myself have had one all three years, it just took up way too much room in my dorm and I later found out you could just rent one from the commons whenever you wanted to clean your floor. Most universities do have cleaning supplies for rent, such as brooms, swifters, vacuums, etc., so there's no need trying to fit all of those in your closet.

11. A million throw pillows

While they'll make your bed look cute, making your bed every single morning and remembering where to put the millions of decorative pillows can become very annoying, not to mention finding a place to put them whenever you turn down your bed.

12. Picture frames

While having tons of pictures in your dorm room is nice, and I say the more the merrier, bringing physical picture frames is just a waste because there's not much shelf or desk place to place them. Instead, find a cute wall decoration that holds photos or clips to hang them from your wall. It'll save a ton of space and also cover up those bare, ugly dorm room walls.

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11 Thoughts You Have While Losing Your Virginity

Oh my god, it's happening!

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Everyone has an idea of how they want the first time they have sex to be like. And while you might have this idea, and you might be prepared, you definitely aren't prepared for how awkward it can be. (Or for those awkward thoughts that are racing through your mind as it's happening.) So I surveyed former virgins about they were thinking about it when they had sex for the first time.

Here are all the thoughts they had when they lost their virginity:

1. "Is it over yet?"

OK, so this one was me. But it was so BORING. He laid there and didn't do anything, I was on top and I thought it was going to hurt but it didn't... I'll let you guys connect the dots. But anyway, I lied to him said that it hurt and asked if we could stop just so it would be over.

2. "I hope I'm doing OK."

Let's be real here though, this was probably everyone.

3. "This is happening. This is happening."

Probably everyones thoughts right when things start heating up.

4. "Well, this isn't what I expected. It's nothing like the movies."

Losing your virginity is nothing like "Fifty Shades of Grey." It's more like fifty shades of red from, embarrassment and putting in work.

5. "I hope it doesn't hurt—it hurts, when is this going to end."

I would bet that a lot of girls had this thought.

6. "He's not going anywhere."

I got a bunch of these comments.

7. "She's amazing."

Once again I got a bunch of these.

8. "This is happening fast."

It probably did, one minute you're putting on Netflix and the next you're naked...

9. "Do I really want this?"

If this is what you're thinking, just stop... yes even in the middle of it.

10. "I don't want this to end."

#CantRelate

11. "Will I look any different?"

I mean you don't look like your orgasm face, but no you won't look different.

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