by Kaitie Smith as well as Brittany DiCologero
In this CP Q&A, Kaitie, a Loss 2011 alumna from San Antonio, Texas, loads us know her duty in Tomorrowland Product. Kaitie lately finished from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where she learnt Interdisciplinary Studies with an EC (Early Childhood)– 6th quality focus, as well as has actually started her mentor occupation this Fall.
Q: What made you wish to do the Disney College Program?
A: My buddy, Danielle, stated it throughout a discussion, and also I assumed, “Oh– that seems like enjoyable. Possibly I’ll use!” As well as I did! It was truly stimulate of the minute; applications will go down the following week, I believe.
Q: What was your duty as well as area? Was it your front runner? Otherwise, what was?
A: I was Merchandise in Tomorrowland. I really did not truly have a front runner. I had actually never ever been to Disney before my program, as well as I actually had no idea what the various functions were, or what would certainly be anticipated. I had no factor of referral of what I intended to do there!
Q: What was your training like?
A: My training was a speedy! Truthfully, I was gotten ready for the placement. I had actually done a great deal of customer care kind work before the DCP– consisting of operating at SeaWorld San Antonio, so I was quite comfy with every little thing the setting called for of me. One of the most remarkable component of my training was Traditions. When they took us to the park, and also we bulged on Main Street USA, and also I saw the castle for the very first time, I simply began wailing. I seemed like such an infant, however it was so psychological for me! I had actually simply driven for 3 days, with only my flatmate, and also left my family members for the very first time, which minute was loaded with a feeling of, “Oh. This is why I did this. THIS is the factor I am below.” I had an extremely individual wonderful minute my extremely very first time in the park, and also it was terrific.
Q: What were the very best aspects of your function?
A: The consistent communication with Guests was just one of my favored points. I am an individuals individual, as well as I simply liked the possibility to make family members holidays remarkable. In addition to that, the team of individuals I collaborated with were amazing. We giggled ALL the time, concerning the silliest points. I made some actually terrific pals throughout my time in T-Land Merch, as well as we remain in touch to this particular day, 4 years later on!
Q: The worst?
A: The days were LONG. As well as tiring. As well as demanding. The important things you need to recognize regarding Disney, and also functioning there, is that it is never ever sufficient. There will certainly constantly be something else you can be doing, or ought to be doing, or that somebody will certainly inform you to do. It will certainly usually seem like you’re not making a distinction, however you ARE. I constantly attempted to advise myself that if I made a minimum of ONE individual’s day much better, I had actually done my task. I mosted likely to function, I was kind as well as courteous to everybody, as well as I exceeded and also past when I was able. However with 30 Guests in line to get coats throughout a foreseeable 2:30 PM rainstorm? Not every Guest is mosting likely to really feel the Pixie Dust because extremely minute. That does not indicate that I can not make a distinction to among those individuals.
Q: Would you suggest this duty to a pal?
A: I definitely would suggest Merchandise to a pal. I assume it’s one of the much easier work at Disney. It’s certainly not as demanding as, state, Quick Service. It has it’s minutes, yet on the whole, it was a fantastic experience for me, and also I believe others would certainly take advantage of the experience also.
Q: What guidance would certainly you have for brand-new CPs in this duty?
A: This isn’t actually role-specific, yet invest as much time as feasible at the parks throughout your off days. You will certainly be sorry for not investing even more time there when you return house. There will certainly be days when you’re so tired, all you wish to do is rest; most likely to the parks anyhow. You are young. You can endure without a pair hrs of rest. When you are back in your home town, as well as your memories are beginning to discolor, you will certainly desire you had MORE memories, of MORE times playing in the parks. Do not take that perk for given.
Q: What have you depended on considering that your program finished?
A: I’ve remained in procedure of completing my level, in addition to functioning full-time. I took a year off of institution concerning a year as well as a fifty percent after I returned from Disney, as well as operated in a college right here in San Antonio that solutions trainees with unique demands. I definitely fell for the area, and also am currently readied to finish from UTSA this May with my Bachelor’s in Education. I intend on mentor primary unique education and learning. I likewise remain to join neighborhood community playhouse. I enjoy musical comedy, and also it’s a fantastic electrical outlet for me, artistically. I presume I’ve matured a great deal because my time with the DCP. I’m actually not at a location any longer where I can validate also thinking of getting one more program, and also it makes me unfortunate, yet additionally confident for my future. Possibly I’ll locate my back to Disney once again as a Cast Member, however otherwise, it’s one of my leading trip locations, as well as I’ll see Mickey once more real quickly.
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