The Disney College Program totally changed my life! And now I want it to change yours too! Today I'm checking in for my second Disney College Program, and I am SOOOOOO excited! A week ago, Disney opened up applications for the Fall Disney College Program, I plan to extend through the fall, and I want you to join me! Why should you do the Disney College Program?
You'll make amazing friends!
I've made a lot of wonderful friends in my lifetime, but the friends I made during my Disney College Program are some of the best, and everyone I know says that! I made friends that support me in my faith, my daily life, and in my career. Often, when I move someplace new I lose touch with many of my friends, these friends are so faithful to maintain our friendship, we talk every day!
You'll learn a lot about your career!
When I started the Disney College Program I was an education major, but still very undecided on how I wanted to go with that, having changed the details of that degree three times. I didn't like my job experience in schools, but loved my job experience at a coffee shop where I got to talk to and take care of customers every day. I always swore I'd never pursue a business degree, but after my Disney College Program I decided to change my degree to Hospitality and Tourism. I realized that there was a job that linked my love of child-like fun and caring for people.
One of the perks of the Spring DCP is that you have Christmas right before your program. One of the hard things about that is that you end up with more stuff to try to pack. The idea of gifting experiences rather than material things is not new, but in this post, I'm going to share some ideas that are CP specific.
While CPs get into Disney parks for free, Orlando has many more theme parks to offer, and many College Programmers like to visit them on their days off. Most of these parks offer annual passes for fairly affordable prices (compare to Disney). The most popular ones are Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.
I recommend gift cards to Disney, Walmart, and Publix. If you don't like giving gift cards, like my family, there are ways to make it more personal. If you've been to central Florida, give a gift card to your favorite local restaurant, store, etc. Or, you could include a little note to ensure the recipient of your gift card is used for fun, write things like "buy something to decorate your apartment" or "use this gift card to enjoy a character breakfast" or something else like that. Another great idea is to get a $30 Disney gift card and a note saying it should be used on The Kitchen Sink Sundae at Beaches and Cream (this is something many CPs want to do).
Yesterday marked 100 days until my second college program, so I decided to make a list of 100 things I'm excited for.
1. Caileigh: My dear friend from my last program, and future roommate!
2. Brenna: Our other roommate, and a sweet woman I can't wait to live with!
3. Family Dinners
4. Roommate Gifts
5. Seeing Wishes again
6. Getting Leis at the Polynesian
7. Dole Whip
8. Flower and Garden Festival
9. Ghirardeli ice cream
10. Cru at WDW
11. Mosaic Church
12. Rockin Roller Coaster
13. Apartment Decorations
15. Visits from the #alehouseafter cru
16. Finally visiting Universal Studios
17. Dining Reservations at Be Our Guest (meeting the beast)
18. Holiday Discount (40% off!)
19. Cast Connection and Character Warehouse
Last program I tried lots of foods at Disney. I want to eat at many of those again during my next program. Last program I didn't have a food bucket list (in order to save money), but this time I do! There are lots of places I want to try if I'm accepted for the program again!
Be Our Guest (I ate here for lunch once, it was great!)
The Crystal Palace
Gaston's Tavern (I am forever in love with this place! I love Gaston!)
Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn (I ate here my first time in MK, I want to do that again)
Pinocchio Village Haus (My favorite quick service location ever!)
Plaza Ice Cream Plaza (I love it here!)
Sleepy Hollow (a breakfast of nutella and fruit waffles is the perfect way to start a full day in MK)
Wishes Dessert Party (this is mostly just a dream because it's way too expensive!)