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February 9, 1996:  The Disney Institute opens at Walt Disney World

The Disney Institute was a really interesting Disney concept that I personally thought was great. You could sign up for “classes” ranging from cooking to golfing to animation. Some programs even toured some of the Disney parks, taking you behind the scenes and learning the history of some of the attractions. I know I took a few of those tours myself! 

The programs were aimed at kids, adults, and families, and it was really exciting for little me to get to go with a friend on a tour by ourselves, without our parents! We also took a cooking class and made pizza from scratch as well as a few other items, making the pizza really stood out for me!

The concept didn’t last and in 2003 the Institute made way for Saratoga Springs. Since we were locals it was fun to try new experiences on property, but for people coming for vacation, I could see how spending a whole day taking classes would be off-putting, especially when exploring the parks with your family is really what you came for!

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Hey fam! I’m now in my second semester of college, and I’ve gotten a few asks wondering about tips, so I figured I’d make a lil post about all you need to know about going to college! It can be a really scary process, but I’m here to help!

CLASSES

  1. Take it easy. Don’t think you can handle taking 15 hours of super-challenging classes. I know you think you can, but it’s just not realistic. I suggest taking 9-12 hours of hard/major courses, then along with those take 3-6 hours of fun but necessary credits, like a fine arts or a humanities. Don’t take classes meant for a junior or senior during your first semester. They’re labeled as hard because they’re hard.
  2.  Rate My Professor: Learn it. Live it. Love it. This website is brutally honest about professors you want to get and classes you need to take. This site will save your life.
  3. Take hand-written notes. I know if you have a studyblr, it’s kind of a given, but it really does make a difference. Sometimes typed notes just don’t cut it.
  4. If your teacher assigns extra practice problems, do them. Your professors aren’t just giving you extra work for nothing.

BOOKS

  1. Don’t try to cheat the system too much. I know a few people who bought all their books online, without access codes that are often needed in conjunction with the actual book. They actually ended up paying a lot more than I did from just making silly mistakes.
  2. ALWAYS rent if you are trying to save money and it’s possible to rent. I saved over 50% on my Accounting textbook just by renting.
  3. Chegg is often a really good option if you can order textbooks. But sometimes you need them faster than they can ship.
  4. Don’t buy loose leaf copies of books unless you absolutely have to. They just suck.
  5. Amazon also has a pretty good selection for cheap textbooks. The only thing that annoys me with them is the shipping since it’s being sent from another Amazon user and not a business.

MAKING BUDDY PALS (AKA FRIENDS)

  1. Just say hey! Everyone is in the same boat you are, so just be friendly. I was so scared, because I am suuuuuuper introverted, but when I just put myself out there, I made some great friends.
  2. Don’t get discouraged if you and your roommate aren’t best friends or if the first people you meet don’t stick around long. It’s just a part of college. Wait till your classes start and make a couple study buddies. Those are the people who are in it for the long haul.
  3. That being said, it’s all about quality, not quantity. It’s not like high school where you get stuck in a group of 30 people but none of them are really your friends. I have probably 5-10 really close friends (and only 2 I’d trust with my life) and lots of acquaintances. 
  4. Don’t be afraid to say no to going out if you’re just not feeling it. There will be other parties, game nights, or Taco Bell runs. Don’t force it.

STAYING HEALTHY

  1. Drink as much water as humanly possible. At Thanksgiving break, I was hospitalized due to dehydration. A drink at lunch is not enough. Invest in a good water bottle and carry it with you everywhere.  Also water helps you poop!!  Pooping is like a big deal and believe it or not, at college, too much or too little can cause a lot of stress!
  2. The Freshman 15 is a real thing. I have seen a lot of my friends gain it. Be careful. Don’t eat pizza every day. Make good food choices. If you get a fridge in your dorm, put yogurts and fruit in it and eat them for breakfast. Decide ahead of time if you’re going out for a 1 AM Whataburger run that you just have a drink while your friends are loading up on french fries. Also, I love coffee as much as the next girl, but I gotta make sure I don’t have my double-sugar-extra-whip-triple-chocolate-frufrucchino every single day. They are so bad, but the temptation is so real. I have been pretty strict about when and what I eat, and I am happy to report that so far I have not gained even an extra pound of the Freshman 15–there is hope.  It can be avoided.
  3. Make sure you get enough private/quiet time. I get up at 7:00 every morning, even though my classes don’t start till 9:30. This gives me time to read my Bible, eat breakfast, and have quiet time. It makes my day so much better and I feel more positive about my day.
  4. Make a conscious effort to get enough sleep. I know it can be fun to stay up till 3 with your friends on a Netflix binge, but homie go to bed. It can help a multitude of ills, from depression to weight gain to lack of concentration. Here’s a top rated app that can help with sleep.

Lastly, be smart with yo’ money! Being smart with your finances could be the difference between you having to take out a bigger loan or having to get a job. Money or lack of money is a big stressor so decide how much you really want that Chick-fil-a or new dress or how much you want to party. Make sacrifices for what’s important in the long run.

Much love all you college bb’s! I am so proud of u and you all are gonna shine bright.

xoxo,

Haley

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Re-did my Contemporary U.S. Women’s Movements class notes today 😊 Also, does anyone else prefer doing their homework on the floor like me? My desk is kind of a dark place and I can spread out more on the floor 😁📝

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ATTENTION STUDYBLR COMMUNITY

I AM OFFICIALLY OUT OF ACADEMIC SUSPENSION. 

I AM NOT GOING TO LOSE MY SCHOLARSHIPS.

 I AM NOT GETTING KICKED OUT OF MY FIRST CHOICE SCHOOL. 

I GOT KICKED OUT OF MY HOME, LOST A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH MY PARENTS, LIVED IN A CAR FOR *HALF A FRIGGING SCHOOL YEAR* NEVER KNOWING WHERE I’D SLEEP AT NIGHT. 

I NOW HAVE A RENTED HOUSE WITH MY LESBIAN LIFE PARTNER, I OWN MY OWN CAR, I HAVE A JOB THAT PAYS $11/HR THAT I LOVE, AND I PAY ALL MY BILLS ON TIME. 

I DID IT YOU GUYS. I MADE IT THROUGH AND IT DIDN’T RUIN MY LIFE. 

FUCK, I’M CRYING.

 I LOVE ALL OF YOU.