I think I’m going to take a moment every Sunday to address my progress over the past week. To me, it doesn’t seem like much is happening, especially since right now I’m just waiting and waiting and waiting… and working on school. But I do want to keep everybody in the loop, so I think this will be something useful, at least until I get down to Orlando.
I signed up for classes this week! And I learned some pretty important things through that process, which no one had told me.
There are three kinds of classes offered on the CP: collegiate courses, Disney exploration series, and professional development studies. Professional development studies aren’t available over the summer, leaving me two kinds to choose from. I also learned that Disney will only block 2 periods from your work schedule – this means that you can either take 2 classes, or you can schedule one or both of those periods to do online work (you have to prove that you’re enrolled in an online class). I think you can take more than 2 classes, but you might not be able to get out of work, so it’s not a good idea.
The collegiate courses cost money, but they’re an incredible deal when compared to courses at Clemson, or any university, or even a junior or community college. They’re CHEAP. I paid $24 for my collegiate course. These are the classes for which your university might give you credit. Since I’m graduating in a month, I don’t need any credit, so I’ll be taking them just for the learning aspect.
The Disney exploration series is meant to teach how the Walt Disney Company operates. From what I understand, they’re mostly guest speakers and seminar-type class style. You’re not going to get college credit for these, but they’re also free and (hopefully) pretty useful for someone trying to start their career at Disney.
And of course, Disney has semesters. I’m going to be there for 2, since I’m doing the Fall Advantage program. So I’ll be there for one Summer semester, and then for the Fall. Obviously, there aren’t as many classes available during the Summer, so I had to choose accordingly, and I’m more excited for the Fall… but registration for those doesn’t open until June.
So I signed up for 2 classes for the Summer (the term runs June 10 – August 30):
Collegiate – Creativity and Innovation:
“This course introduces students to the main theories of Creativity and Innovation. Students will learn various tools to promote creativity within themselves and others, processes to increase innovation, how to contribute to a creative team, how to manage creativity and how to establish a culture of creativity within an organization. As a result, students should have greater understanding of and appreciation for the creative/innovative process and be better able to harness and direct those forces for themselves and others.”
Disney Exploration – Exploring Leadership
“Discover how our leaders balance the needs of Cast, Guest and Business to create the most magical place on earth, and learn about different leadership styles.”
Exploring Leadership meets on Thursdays at 9am-11am, and Creativity and Innovation meets on Fridays at 9am-1pm. I’m really looking forward to both of these, and to signing up for some more in the Fall!
I have been going crazy working on housing. I’m so anxious to get it figured out. My dad might be getting a condo in Orlando, which would give me somewhere to live, but I don’t think he’s started looking yet. In the meantime, I’ve been looking all over the internet searching for things I can afford that are available. One of the problems I’ve run into is that these places that are being advertised have nothing for 6 months! So if you’re in my situation, start looking as soon as you can, because it’s a jungle out there. Also, Transportation gets paid minimum wage, which right now means $7.79/hr. That’s not a lot to live on, especially alone. I have a bunch of savings that I’m going to be relying on to make ends meet. If you don’t have a support system like a killer savings fund, I would suggest looking for roommates. Housing is expensive in Orlando. I’ve found several in the $600-$650 range, which is a lot for minimum wage. So we’ll see, and I’ll keep you updated.
General Thoughts and Feelings
I’ve almost given up on the PI’s. I feel like if it were going to happen, it would have already. I almost wish that they would all turn me down now and save me the trouble of wondering. I haven’t lost hope completely though, and I’m still checking somewhat obsessively.
I’m also in a facebook group for CP, and something interesting has started to happen. People are posting these roommate surveys, trying to see if they’re compatible, and I read them for one purpose: there’s a question that asks how many times you’ve been to Disney. Some people are CP alumni, and some are like me, but an overwhelming majority have been 1-5 times in their life. Austin reminds me that going to Disney all the time is not normal, which I completely understand, but I just wonder what drives those people to sign up for CP to begin with? Maybe I’ll make a point to ask that question to people I meet once I get started.
I can’t stress enough how tired I am of school. Countdown to senior design final presentation: 18 days.