Asked by untold-stories-of-a-disney-cp
All right, everyone, new blog to tell our stories on right HEREEEEE!
Asked by mylifegoesdisney
Of course! There’s a lot of things that go into applying to the College Program outside of just the application process itself - though I envy those who can just pack up and move someplace without ever looking back the fact remains that many of us have things that we’d be giving up by doing the DCP. Friends, family, work, hometown - we have to accept that for the most part they can’t be as close to us as we’re used to.
Since I was set to do the Spring Advantage program, I knew that I would have no way of seeing anyone from my hometown or school for the better part of the year. (I’m back at my university now and am STILL coming across friends I haven’t seen since I left school to prepare for the program in December.) That was hard. What was even harder was realizing that I would be missing holidays with my family and my boyfriend’s graduation.
However, what finally pushed me to go (and thank goodness for that, because it the best decision I ever made) was realizing what I could gain by going. My boyfriend told me to go because he felt it was “a great opportunity”, but it was even more than that. It changed my life - not always for the better, but in ways that made me a much better adult and person in general. I have more self-confidence, a better work ethic and speaking skills I didn’t even know I could ever possess. Above all that, I now have friends that I lived with for so long I consider them sisters without hesitation, a really great job to put on my resume for whatever job I apply for now and hundreds upon hundreds of stories to tell about the amazing people I met while working and playing in the parks.
There are no magic words to convince anyone to do the program, which is why I wrote such a long response to your question rather than just saying something simple such as “what are you waiting for, you should just go” that some people said to me when I was having my own doubts about my program. In the end, you will be the one who decides on whether you’re willing to leave behind your current life for a little while. All I can say is that for me, the program was difficult but ended up being the one thing that I have felt has taught me the most about being an adult while still allowing me to hold on to what made me the person I was as a child and teenager. And I have already started plans to do a second one following my graduation from university this coming spring.
I hope this does something to help you move towards a decision!
I know there are plenty of you out there who are planning on applying for the next College Program or thinking about applying for a future one so this post’s for you.
If you have any questions about anything Disney/College Program related that you’d like answered, my ask box is always open for questions! After seven months in the Happiest Place on Earth, I feel I can answer anything relatively well :)