Going Through the Traditions


Going through the Disney College Program (DCP), there are a lot of classes that you have to sit though - including one called Traditions. This was the thing that I looked forward to the most because I hadn't really heard much about it. 

Well, the thing is, you're not really allowed to talk about what goes on in the class because it's company information and you need to keep it a surprise for all the others who are still waiting to go through the process. 


I had heard the class was very long, and very trying but that didn't even begin to explain what happened at my class. The day before my Traditions class, I was freaking out. I didn't know what I was getting myself into, and there was a lot of rumors going around about the dress code, etc. 

Traditions itself was not that bad, however my shoe choice was not the greatest. We ended up walking around for an hour, and by the end of that day my feet were killing me. Traditions ended up being four hours, and at the end we got our blue company ID's which allowed us to go into the parks. My two other roommates that had the same class as I did, and I ran home, changed, and went into the parks for the first time. It was so awesome to finally be there. 

It's crazy to think that the four of us had been talking since March, and we finally met each other in August and now we're playing in the parks together. 

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The Second Week: Discovery Day & My Work Location



The Second Week of the DCP is when I finally found out where I was going to work. There was this huge day called Discovery Day where you get to walk around the park that you're assigned to. On check in day, I found out that I was going to be working attractions in Epcot. So on Discovery Day, we walked around Epcot before finding out what specific attraction that we would be working at. 


Then we go back into this huge room and they reveal the attraction. I was so nervous, but I finally found out that I would be working at an attraction called Sum of All Thrills in Innoventions. Honestly, I hadn't ever heard of the attraction before, but I was so thrilled to finally know where I would be. 

I went home that day, and just kind of thought about how it would be. I had no clue what the ride was, but I was just going to accept it for what it was and go! In two days I found out what it was: it's a create your own thrill ride - it can be a bobsled, roller coaster, or a f-15 jet. You go through and design your own ride - as long as the physics works - and then you hop on the ride, which simulates the track that you created. 


Of course, I would be placed on the ride that requires you to use physics/engineering when I was a history/anthropology major, and my best friends/ex-boyfriend are all engineers of some sort. I love the ride though, and I adore the people I work with, so it works out well. 

The actual work is not something I could see myself doing for longer than six months - it doesn't require me to actively use my brain. The only thing about it that is a little stressful is the fact that every position is a safety critical position, so you have to be alert at all times, making sure nothing bad is happening.

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The First Week in the DCP


Honestly, for me, the first week of the DCP was definitely the hardest week. I was going through a lot of homesickness/missing the ex-boy who I still talked to on a regular basis/attempting to cope with living with four other people in a brand new place. 

Plus, the first week of the DCP is really, really slow. I checked in on a Monday, had my housing meeting on a Tuesday, my drug test on a Wednesday, and Traditions on Thursday. After that, I had nothing until Tuesday, and then I had my training from Tuesday, Wednesday, and a assessment on Thursday. It just took the longest freaking time to get everything together and everything done. 


Luckily, the three roommates that I'm close with and I tried to make the best of it. We unpacked everything on that Monday, and then went grocery shopping (that was freaking interesting). I spent about $170 the first trip to Target to get everything I needed - including cleaning stuff, and food stuff. Then we all came home and attempted to unpack everything. 

I was still in my sling from shoulder surgery at this time - and for the first two weeks - so I was pretty much useless. Luckily for me, I have three really great roommates who helped me move everything into my apartment, as well as helped me move everything when it came to grocery's as well.

 

There was one time the first week of the DCP where Mads and I got into the car, trying to find food, and ended up driving around for two hours attempting to find food because we didn't know what we wanted. We got so lost and the only thing we could say was "FUCK YOU GOOGLE MAPS". It's a quote that has kept on through our program so far. 

The first week may have been a little stressful, and trying, but I'm so glad I stayed with it because it's definitely been worth it. 

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Our Apartment in Orlando!


Our apartment in Orlando for the Disney College Program (DCP) is a typical apartment. We have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. The only thing that's different? We have six girls in two bedrooms. Yes, you read that right. SIX GIRLS IN TWO BEDROOMS. 

Honestly, the first couple weeks we were here it wasn't really bad because we only had five girls, since one roommate dropped the program we had an extra space. My roommate and I got the smaller of the two bedrooms, so it's a little cramped for space. 

Basically, each bedroom has a single bed and a set of twin beds. It's not awful, but it is a little cramped for SIX of us. The only other weird thing about it is that we only have four technical dining room chairs - we have a fifth one, but it's for the desk at the front of the apartment. 



The best thing about our apartment? We have two fridges, and thank the freaking lord for that because we can barely fit three people's stuff in one fridge, nevertheless six people's stuff in one fridge. 

Overall, I don't really mind it most days. However, there are some days when all I want to do is shut myself into my own room and just sit there. Except when you share a bedroom with two other people, that doesn't really happen. 



There's already been a little bit of roommate drama but it's mainly been with the two roommates that I figured it would be from when they moved in (one, moved in late). Four of us get along really well, we've all got the same type of personality, but even then sometimes there can be a little clash here and there. 

Honestly, I'm ready to just have my own room again - but who know's when that will be. We'll see how this goes, but for right now, I don't mind it all that much. 


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This One Time, I Checked Into the DCP


The checking in process for the Disney College Program was possibly one of the most stressful moments of my life. I think it was a combination of nerves, and not really knowing what we were doing that contributed to the stressfulness though. 

Two of my other roommates and I had checkin at the same time, so we left from the hotel (on Disney property) around 7:30, and grabbed breakfast at the food court. Then headed over to Vista Way, which is one of the apartment complexes that Disney runs, to go to check in. 

The hardest part at this point: finding a freaking parking spot. We were the first check in group that morning, and the first one of the program in general, so there were a ton of people there. Honestly check in was just a bunch of lines - a line to get in the door and get your program guide, a line to get your information  about where you work, a line to get where you're going to live, a line to get your apartment ID, and a line to get your apartment key. Yeah, a bit ridiculous. 

I was in the first group to go to Casting, so I had to rush through the last two lines, which just gave general information and information about the Disney classes. I then grabbed a bag filled with goodies, like laundry detergent, a pen, and some snacks, and hopped onto the bus to casting. 

I ended up standing on the ride there, which only took about 10-15 minutes max. Then when we finally got to the Casting Building, which was awesome on the inside and the outside, it took about two hours. Honestly, it took less for my roommates to check in, but I think it took so long because we were the first group and they weren't really ready for us. 

After check in, came the fun part: going back to the apartment!

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The Long Trip Ahead (I Moved!)


From here on out, there won't really be a chronological order to my postings until I catch up. Today's post is going to be all about my moving process from Baton Rouge, LA to Orlando, FL. It honestly wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, and to be honest a lot less scary than I thought as well. 

About five days before I was supposed to leave, my maw maw passed away (but more on that later), so the whole moving process was literally up to me. My dad had to go to New Orleans a lot to take care of his dad, and everything else dealing with the funeral arrangements, and just to be there for support for his family. 

I ended up packing up my car, by myself, a week before leaving. I would just move one or two things at a time and it only took me two or three days. Since my dad was in New Orleans all week, and my little sister was at her boyfriends house, luckily my then-boyfriend asked me to stay with him the week before I left so I didn't have to be home alone during that week. I'll always be very, very grateful for that. 


The day I needed to leave, I woke up at my then-boyfriends & he went on a special mission to find me this going away present. He had this elaborate plan, which was insanely sweet, and in the end my present was a leather bound copy of his favorite book, which I had never read (I'm still working on it - there's just not enough time in the day). He stood on the curb and waved goodbye to me as I drove out of his apartment, one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. 

I then went to my dads, and then my moms houses to say goodbye to my family. Surprisingly that wasn't as hard as leaving my then-boyfriend's earlier that morning. I packed the snacks my parent's gave me onto the passengers seat and headed off. It was a really uneventful drive, except for the rain. And I only stopped three times - for gas and restroom breaks. Oh, and once for Monster Rehab because I started to pass out from the boringness of the drive in Florida. 

It was about a 12 hour drive, so I got to the hotel that three of my other roommates and I were staying at that night around midnight/almost 1 AM. It was the first time that any of us had actually met in person, and while it was nerve wracking it was also a ton of fun. 

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The Most Stressful Time


I have about 25 post ideas lined up in my mind right now that I want to get out, but I have absolutely no idea where to start. I feel like I want to catch up from this summer, but at the same time there's so much stuff going on right now that I want to write about. I'm caught between the two, but I'll eventually figure it out. 

Being down in Disney is an amazing and a surreal experience all at the same time. It's still crazy to me that I live in Orlando, away from my family, and I'm doing okay with it. Working here, on the other hand, is absolutely insane. The hours are crazy and long, most of the time, and by the time I get home I definitely don't want to sit down and write another blog post. But I'm about to try and change all that. I'm going to try to make myself write at least two blog posts a day until I catch up with all the ideas I have in my mind. 


I never really understood how people were like "Time flies while you're on the DCP" or "You're never going to have time for anything, but you'll have time for everything." It makes sense now that I'm down here though. Honestly, I wouldn't want it any other way. I spend so much time with my friends and coworkers that it'll be 2 am before I'm actually getting in bed because my roommates and I have spent so much time gossiping about our days. 

So far, it's been a great experience: prepare for an influx of posts about the program, and everything that led up to it, because boy do I have a lot to share. 

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