We all have our own reasons for participating in the Disney College Program. It was a lifelong dream, they wanted free admission to Disney, or they simply were sick of school and needed a break. My reason is a combination of many... Let’s go back to little Jaycee in her freshman year of college and see what she is thinking.
At the age of 15, I began working as a dental assistant for a local dentist. I really always loved dentistry, I thought it was fascinating! As I graduated high school and moved onto college, I had decided to pursue a degree in the healthcare industry. The dream was to be an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon working trauma in a hospital. While I think I would still have loved it, my freshman year was very telling.
I am a very determined, organized, and hard working person. I graduate high school with a 3.9 GPA (I still hate you calculus) and figured I would be just fine in college. Surprise! It’s a bit different and you actually have to try. I soon realized that the classes I was in did not interest me at all and I just wasn’t feeling it. And if that was my life for the next 14 years of school, I was going to regret it. Jump ahead to the end of my freshman year and a family vacation that really would change my life. My father had a work conference in Orlando so we decided to tag along and visit Disney World. This was my second visit and I was so excited to go back. Of course, I did all the planning. FastPass+ reservations, food options, and magic bands were researched and ordered, and let me say, I am dang good at planning Disney trips. We only planned our trip about 3 months in advance and yet we had an Elsa and Anna FastPass at 9:05 AM, snagged a Be Our Guest dinner ADR, and met all 13 princesses in 3 day. I am just that good.
We were visiting EPCOT one day and were in line to meet Belle in France. We started chatting with a young lady in front of us. She talked about how she was participating in the Disney College Program and was working attractions. She was originally suppose to depart that exact weekend, but had extended her program because she loved it so much. And there was my inspiration to apply to the DCP. And that is exactly what I did in August of 2014. The process is long and stressful, but it pays off in the end I promise. I told myself that if I was accepted into the program, it was meant to be and I knew I had to go. November came and I received that wonderful acceptance letter into my program.
I was over the moon excited to be going and living out this new dream. I had a wonderful role and I found great roommates (duh)! My program was life-changing, even if that sounds extremely cliche. My time in Orlando taught me a lot about myself and I soon realized that even though I had only worked in one career industry up till that point, I was good at a lot of other things, especially communicating. Hence my change of degree and career pursuit. I would have been happy in the end with a healthcare degree, but my new path fits me so much better. The DCP can change your life in more than one way, whether it is big or small. Maybe it is your time to experience that life changing moment!