Like most college students, attending a university is a little out of my price range. I found myself in a situation where staying at my current university would pose an enormous financial burden and decided to take a semester off to figure out what my next steps were.

The Walt Disney Company has had a huge influence in my life, which I am sure most of you would feel the same way too, so I did a little research on what sort of possibilities I could have there. Working anywhere in the company would be a childhood dream come true, but my heart has always lied with theme parks. I had heard a lot about the Disney College Program through people who had done it in the past and exploring different Disney blogs, but I never really looked into for myself. Taking a semester long break from school didn’t really fit into my plan, but now my plans had completely changed.

So after spending some time on their website, I saw that the application was open and I just went for it. That’s it. It was late at night, I was feeling impulsive, and what did I have to lose?

The application was well, an application. It felt like I was applying for any other job. No open-ended questions or critical thinking. All you had to know was your personal information, previous work experience, and what type of experience you wanted to have in the Disney College Program.

What I mean by that is there is a portion of the application that asks you to choose your location and term preferences. Since this was the application for Fall terms, I had choices between Fall (September-January) versus Fall Advantage (starting in May-January) and the Disneyland Resort versus Walt Disney World Resort. In choosing the Disneyland Resort, there was also an option for locals, which I am, to not live in their student housing. I chose the program at the Disneyland Resort for locals for Fall Advantage 2015 as my first choice.

There was also a portion in the application where I selected which roles I was interested in. There were many roles to choose from, which included attractions, custodial, lifeguard, photopass photographer, and transportation. Some roles were offered at both resorts, others were exclusive to WDW, and others were exclusive to DLR. Figuring if I only chose a few of their many roles that there was a lesser chance of me being selected for the program, so even roles that I was slightly interested in I selected as an option.

That’s it. The application definitely took less than half an hour and was very simple and straightforward.

Soon after I completed my application, I received this email:

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Not going to lie, I didn’t know what to expect after that. Since I did this on such a spur of the moment, I hardly did any research and didn’t know a lot of those who had participated in DCP charted the application process like stars. I just remained hopeful that if this was the direction that I was supposed to go in, that it would work out.

Well, thirty minutes after that, I received this email.

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I had been chosen to move onto the next step!

Stay tuned on the blog as I will be going into how I completed my next steps: the Web-Based Interview and the Phone Interview .

As for right now, I wanted to quickly thank everyone for being so supportive of this new venture the Disney Darlings have taken on. We look forward to bringing you great Disney content and I look forward to sharing my experience with the Disney College Program.

I’ll see you real soon!

Lifeguard Lucy

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