So my roommates and I just experienced the most stressful part of our program since before acceptances dropped: education registration!
Ah, DORMS. Home of system errors and automatic log-outs. Registration started at 12 pm EST, and I only got into the system at 12:30. And not for lack of trying, believe me. It is currently 12:45, and my phone is abuzz with the group chat; I was the first of our group of six to get signed up.
So in case you didn’t know, one of the three aspects of the DCP is Learning. You can learn more about this on the official Disney College Program website, but the basic gist is that you can choose to take collegiate courses, seminars, or nothing at all. The collegiate courses are, as the name describes, on-par with an actual college course. You will have required textbooks and assignments. Some examples of collegiate offerings are Corporate Analysis, Advanced Hospitality Studies, and Human Resources Management. Seminars are a bit more laid-back; they meet for two hours a week, and you do not have textbooks or assignments. The most popular seminar offerings are Disney Heritage and Leadership 101. If you want one of these classes, make sure you’re ready to log in early!
I had my heart set on Disney Heritage. This course focuses on the company history, and anyone who knows me knows that I am such a nerd about the history of the Disney company. I had a backup plan (the Hospitality seminar) but I knew what I really wanted was Heritage. So at 11:45 AM I logged into the system, and at 12 PM on the dot I clicked on the button for education registration…
…and I was immediately frozen out of the page.
This happened probably about twenty times. I finally got into the actual registration process and then got frozen out a few more times. Added Disney Heritage to my cart, got frozen out again. Put in my credit card info, frozen out again! But finally it went through and I got a receipt from Disney, and I am officially enrolled in Disney Heritage for the months of September and October!
Some more random notes on Disney classes:
- They generally cost between $10 and $30. This is a one-time fee. Disney Heritage was $15.
- You are guaranteed to be off work at least two hours before and two hours after your class; for example, my class is from 4 PM to 6 PM so I am guaranteed not to work from 2 PM to 8 PM on Wednesdays. Most CP’s end up having this day completely off work. If you’re on the fence about Disney classes, understand you will spend one of your days off in the class of your choosing.
- You are required to attend every class for it to be considered “completed” at the end of your program.
Well, that’s really all there is to say about education registration! If you’re about to go through it, good luck; if you’ve already gone through it, feel free to contribute in the comments with anything I missed!
(Added note: it is now 1 PM and I just logged into the system; Heritage is full. If that sounds interesting to you, make DOUBLY sure you’re ready when the clock strikes 12!)
Song of the day: We’ll Be the Stars // Sabrina Carpenter