First off, have your heard of the new Alumni Association for past Disney College Program interns?! It is SUPER cool! When you sign up, they send you a goodie bag in the mail, which includes like three decals, stickers, and a matching t-shirt!
They are also hosting the first ever DCP Alumni event later in October, including FREE admission into the theme parks! Unfortunately, everything filled up SUPER quick. However, there is talk of similar gathering for next spring. My advice: register as soon as it opens! (Which is what I will be doing next time ;D)
Last week, I got to do one of the COOLEST things ever: volunteer and attend the 2014 AZA Conference! Luck was definitely on my side this year, because it is the first time Disney has hosted the conference in 14 years! And since I am a part of the Conservation Education team at DAK, I got to help out!
My duties were simple: monitor rooms, encourage Guests to see the opening ceremony, and provide any help when needed. And after my volunteer shifts, I got to do whatever I wanted at the conference! I chose to listen into two seminars (which were awesome!), visit the Exhibit Hall (which reminded me of my Gen Con days, ha), eat of Pepper Market, and grab Coronado Spring's newest DWCF pin. :)
Some highlights of the event were listening to famed Imagineer Joe Rohde discuss Pandora plans, listen in about how play hugely impacts learning in a positive and multiple ways, and attend a seminar on giraffe conservation. (Which desperately need our help FYI!) It was one of the coolest days ever!
To be honest, I was a little nervous at first. However, because all my internships have been so life-changing and positive for me, it was great to be able to share my story with fellow interns and CPs. Plus, I really love my program and it was great to be able to brag about it. I used my best persuasion skills to convince the crowd to adore spiders as much as I do now, and everyone loved when I shared my team's motto of "always assume good intent."
Never in a million year would I think I would be given the opportunity do something THIS COOL. Plus, I got to talk about some of my biggest passions in life: educating and Disney. I loved every second of it, and am beyond thankful for the experience! And maybe one day, I will get to call myself a panelist again! =D