If You Don't Want To Leave Disney Here's Why

12 Reasons You Will Never Want To Leave The Disney College Program

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When you get accepted into the internship of your dreams you can't imagine how much fun you will have! From moving to a new city and or state to working a new job, you have no idea what is in store for you. You know you can't wait to get into the parks for free as a perk of being a cast member, but that's not all you have to look forward too. Here are 12 reasons you will never want to leave the DCP when you start your internship.

1. The Friends You Make

Depending on your location or your role, you will make a lot of friends. You will make friends with your coordinators, your fellow college program students, and the part-time people who work with you. They will become the reason you look forward to going to work every day and the reason that you won't want to leave. They will become some of your best friends.

2. The Weather

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Florida is called "The Sunshine State" for a reason. IT IS HOT. The weather can be anywhere from 90-80 degrees during the fall and 80-60 during the winter. Sometimes Florida will get freak cold fronts that make the temperatures drop to 30-40 degrees in the winter time, but nonetheless, you will still appreciate the warm weather. That is if you're from somewhere where winter exists and you have temperature drops that rage from 30 to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. (I am not looking forward to coming back to an Indiana weather after experiencing 80-100 degree weather days.)

3. The daily rain showers

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When you first get here they seem annoying and put a damper on your day, but after living in Florida you get used to the daily rain and you come to appreciate it. Especially if you work in merchandise as this is when you're heavy crowds come in and you get a lot busier, so it makes your shifts go back faster!

4. The weekly photo opportunities

While being on the program you will come to know all the best photo spots and you will never leave a park without having a mini photo shoot with your roommates or your friends. You will learn all the right angles and the right walls that will make for the perfect Instagram picture and typical Disney park day photo.

5. Nightly talks with your roommates

I don't know about other people, but I tend to accidentally stay up way too late just having a conversation with my roommates in our living room. I typically go to bed around midnight every night because I'll end up staying up too late wanting to talk to them about their days and my days and make plans for our days off that we have together. I am definitely going to miss staying up too late from talking with friends like we are at a sleepover.

6. CHICK FIL A

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If you do the DCP, chick fil a will become an addiction. However, let's be fair, what college girl isn't addicted to chick fil a? (If you do not have a chick fil a at your school I am so sorry. You are being deprived of a great fast food source.) With the apartment complex I live in, Chick Fil A is right around the corner so it's hard to NOT stop on the way home from work to get some for dinner!

7. Mickey Mouse

Everywhere you turn there is something Mickey themed. Whether it be the food, the merchandise, or the character himself Mickey is all around you at Disney World. He is also the best boss around, so it's only natural you would miss the boss man himself and the theming of him around you!

8. The Parades and Characters

This is one thing you won't get used to when you go home: not being able to meet your favorite princess or character on your days off. Realistically, you will only be going to the parks on your days off. If you get lucky and have days where you get off early, that's fantastic and you need to take advantage of that by going to the parks. When you do go to the parks, you will definitely always put on the to-do list to meet a character or see a parade, or do both! Take advantage of this and soak it all up while you can because once your home, the only parade you have is the homecoming parade in the fall and the only character you can meet is your mascot.

9. The Festivals and Concerts at Epcot

Epcot is one the best parks because you get all the cool festivals that come only for a few months for guests and cast members to experience. You have Food and Wine and Festival of the Holidays during the fall and The Festival of the Arts and Flower and Garden Festival during the spring and part of the summer. Food and Wine is a must do because you get to experience all new drinks and food from all around the world while being in one place. You also get a new band playing weekly or every few days during the concert series, Eat to The Beat, that goes on throughout Food and Wine, so you get to experience a concert while you relax from all the food and wine you ate during the day!

10. Being On Your Own

While doing the program, you get to experience what it's like to truly be on your own and working a full-time job. If you're taking classes you do this while being a student if you don't, this is practice for the real world after college is over. Being on your own at college is a whole different experience on being on your own in Disney World. In Disney, you get to work at a theme park where you can make a guest's vacation and you get to live there and go to the Disney parks whenever you don't have work and be a guest for the day. It's an experience you will never get tired of.

11. The Fireworks and Shows

Each park has its own specific show. So, if you go to the park for the day, it's only natural that you should stay all day to experience the night time entertainment the park has to offer! This is not something that happens daily at school unless you count sports as night time spectaculars. You're going to miss being able to just pop over to the Magic Kingdom to ride some rides, visit your favorite characters, and watch the Happily Ever After nighttime fireworks show.

12. The Experiences

Most of all you're going to miss everything about your program when you leave. You will miss your apartment, even if you have a cockroach problem, because of the people you lived with it in. You will miss your friends because if you don't return you might not get to see them again. You will miss your roommates because everyone is from different states and you can't just pop over to their room anymore. Instead, you will have to drive or take a flight to go visit them during school breaks or long weekends. You will miss everything.

When you do the Disney College Program, you don't expect to not want to leave. You think you will want to go back to your friends and family at home because you will get sick of being in Disney World every day. This is far from the truth. When you do the Disney College Program, you will not want to leave. However, the experience is worth it, even if it means you have to go back to school, Disney will always be around waiting for you to come back.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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