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Less than a month after I interviewed, I received an email from the Disney College Program with “congratulations” in the subject line. I did it! I was accepted into the program!

It came unexpectedly at the very end of February, instead of the end of March like my interviewer said it would come in, so I was surprised when I got the email.

From first reading the message, I only learned one thing: I was assigned to the Disneyland Resort. That’s it, that’s all the information I was given.

To access my program season, my role, and whether or not I would be living in their housing, I had to go to a different portal to receive that information.

So I followed all the appropriate links to see what I was being offered and this is the gist of it:

  • Local invite (no housing)
  • Fall Advantage, May-December 2015
  • Lifeguard Role

At this point, I didn’t really know what to think. I was kind of indifferent about my offer.

The lifeguard role was not my first choice and I had not heard much about it, but I wasn’t opposed to it. I have always loved swimming and I have been CPR certified in the past, but I have never been a lifeguard. Did I even meet the qualifications to be a lifeguard? I learned later that I would have to pass a few tests in order to secure this role, but I will touch on that in later posts.

The Fall Advantage season, on the other hand, was my first choice. I wanted to start right away and not sit around all summer waiting for my time with the Disney College Program to start. Of course, then I can’t take summer classes, but who really wants to take summer classes anyways.

Local Invite was also my first choice. Although I anticipate at times maybe feeling “left out” from the fun of living with my fellow cast members, I’ve done the dorms at my university and lived away at camp for a summer. I’ve had my fill of communal living, and quite frankly, I’m tired of picking my stuff up and moving around all the time. Also, it seemed like the housing for the Disneyland Resort was a pretty steep price. Might as well save a few bucks and live at home.

That also goes along with my reasoning for wanting to be placed at the Disneyland Resort. Does Florida sound like a great adventure? Absolutely. If I didn’t dorm in college, serve in Tanzania, or work near Yosemite at a summer camp, I would crave the adventure that Disney World would offer. However, at this point in my college career, I’m looking for more direction than anything. Disneyland has captured my heart since I was young and it seems suiting for me to work at a place that I have called home for years now.

Soon after, I accepted my offer and I am currently anticipating my arrival at the Disneyland Resort and what my role as Lifeguard will bring!

See you real soon!

Lifeguard Lucy

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