I want to start by saying, there are Zootopia spoilers in this post! If you've not seen it yet, go watch it now instead! (What are you doing with your life? It's been in Netflix for almost two months already!) Now that business is taken care of, I LOVE Zootopia! (I'm actually watching it right now, as I write this.) It came out during my first Disney College Program, Spring 2016. Everywhere I went, I heard Try Everything, saw previews, and heard all the hype about the characters in the parks. So, of course, the movie reminds me of my CP. I didn't get to see the movie until it was released on Netflix this fall, when I realized it was a perfect description of my life as a Disney College Program participant.
1. It All Begins With a Dream
When I was in tenth grade, my family visited Disneyland for the third time, and that's where my dream to work at a Disney Park started. Almost every person who applies to the program talks about how working for Disney is their dream. Just like all of us, Judy Hopps had a dream.
2. People Don't Believe in Your Dream
Growing up, everyone told Judy she couldn't do it, bunnies can't be cops. They wanted her to stay in her little town and do the same thing every one before her did. Unfortunately, this is a common CP experience. There are many supportive families, but I've seen far too many people talk about how their families don't support their DCP dreams.
3. Once You're Finally There...It Seems You're Not
Despite what everyone says, somehow you finally make it, but it's not quite like you imagined. You're on the bottom, working the hours no one wants, doing the dirty work, in the least popular roles. Jody Hopps is finally a cop in Zootopia, but get's assigned as a meter maid, the safest job in zootopia, "not a real cop."
4. You Feel Alone, All On Your Own
You leave home, away from your family, friends, and everything you're familiar with. Even though you make wonderful friends in the Disney College Program, sometimes you feel a little lonely for the things that are familiar to you, just like Judy when she sits alone in her apartment.
5. You Start To Believe You Can't Do it
After Judy ruins her friendship with Nick and can't help make people feel safe, she gives up on the job and goes home. You might feel discouraged about your job, roommates, or life in general. You think about self-terming and going home.
6. It's The Experience of a Lifetime
One day, someone comes in and says thank you, a kid's face lights up when you make a magic moment, or you conquer your fear of roller coasters. You realize how incredible the experience is. Even though you're on the bottom doing the dirty work, you're making incredible memories and networking so you can one day move up in the company. You're getting paid to be at Disney World, that's your dream, and you're living it.
That's what being a CP is all about, there's ups and downs, but it's truly an incredible experience, and your life will be completely changed because of it! I can't wait to do it all again!
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