Hmmm…Disney CP or All the Top Ramen I Can Eat?April 6, 2009
A couple of days ago, I logged onto the WDWCP website to pay my $100 assessment fee, and a strange thing happened…I found myself hesitating.
This non-refundable fee is ostensibly to “[help] support the events and activities scheduled in the housing complexes throughout the program.” In reality, I think this fee just acts as insurance for Disney and a guarantee that all of their workers will show. Once you’ve shelled out $100, there’s not much that will convince you to back out and lose that money. Especially if you’re a poor college student. $100 buys a lot of Top Ramen.
So I understand why they’re asking for the money.
But something about taking that final step is giving me the heebie-jeebies. I’m sure it’s just that, like I said, $100 is a ton of money. And I’m still a little nervous about all of the stuff from school. I’ve talked to an advisor in the Career Center, double-checked about my full-time student status, and I’ve made an appointment with a Financial Aid advisor. So I’m getting all of my ducks in a row. But I’m still a little apprehensive about taking this last big step.
When I logged in, I realized I didn’t have the right credit card with me, so I couldn’t pay the fee anyway. But I have to admit that I was a little relieved not to be shelling out the money right then. I’ve still got a week before I absolutely have to pay the fee.
Just to be clear, my unease doesn’t have anything to do with the program itself. I know I still want to do it. It’s just that I’m worried about some random, unforseen something-or-other happening before the program, preventing me from going, and then I’ll lose that $100, which, and stop me if I’ve said this before, IS A LOT OF MONEY!
The time for biting the bullet is fast approaching, though, so sooner or later I’ll have to pay. At this point, I’m ready to get it over with and pay. But I do still want to wait and check on my scholarships first. Just to have my bases covered. Then I will gladly fork over the money.