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Old 11-02-2009, 05:15 PM   #511
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Wow - thanks for the great responses! rbrainerd, you mentioned bringing a computer. Will there be a place for the kids to lock them up? I would hate for it (and other valuables) to be left in the open - even if in their bedrooms.

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Old 11-02-2009, 06:12 PM   #512
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Doctors?

What if they get sick? My daughter won't have a car. Insurance isn't an issue - that's taken care of. But is there an "urgent care" or something close by?
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:32 PM   #513
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What if they get sick? My daughter won't have a car. Insurance isn't an issue - that's taken care of. But is there an "urgent care" or something close by?
It's a taxi ride away - not far.

My daughter had a roommate who had to call an ambulance one night also and they took her to Celebration Hospital.

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Old 11-02-2009, 08:49 PM   #514
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Each person has a locker. My DD has one in the walk-in closet. At first she locked her computer up all the time but now she leaves it out, but only in her room. She and her roommates are very close and have limited visitors. Her roommate did leave hers on the floor one day and the apartment above them had a fire and it set the sprinklers off upstairs. Regardless to say, the water leaked down into their bedroom and onto the floor. After that her computer didn't turn on again .
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:40 PM   #515
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How do the kids get their mail? Do all the students in an apartment share a mailbox? My daughter gets her prescriptions mailed to her and I'm concerned with how that will work.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:05 PM   #516
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How do the kids get their mail? Do all the students in an apartment share a mailbox? My daughter gets her prescriptions mailed to her and I'm concerned with how that will work.
If it is sent US Mail she (or any of her roommates) can pick it up at the mailbox. If sent UPS or FedX they deliver it right to her door.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:14 AM   #517
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Where do most people buy their groceries? Is the walmart that is nearbuy one that has a grocery section or do most kids go to Publix. I want to get my daughter some giftcards she can use to buy food with.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:57 AM   #518
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Where do most people buy their groceries? Is the walmart that is nearbuy one that has a grocery section or do most kids go to Publix. I want to get my daughter some giftcards she can use to buy food with.
My daughter went mostly to Walmart because she lived at Vista -- but if you are in the other complexes the Publix is closer.

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Old 11-14-2009, 11:23 AM   #519
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Where do most people buy their groceries? Is the walmart that is nearbuy one that has a grocery section or do most kids go to Publix. I want to get my daughter some giftcards she can use to buy food with.
My DD is living in Chatham. She walks to Publix and takes the bus to Walmart. I bought gc to both for her. She rather shop for groceries at Publix because the produce is nicer BUT more expensive. The Walmart is a super Walmart with everything. There is a scheduled bus route to Walmart.
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Old 11-14-2009, 12:24 PM   #520
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Where do most people buy their groceries? Is the walmart that is nearbuy one that has a grocery section or do most kids go to Publix. I want to get my daughter some giftcards she can use to buy food with.
Publix is ridiculously over priced. I budgeted about$50 a week for groceries, which was fine at Walmart. If I had to go to publix (just because it didn't take as long as getting to Walmart) I could only get maybe 2/3 of my normal food for the same price. (And for a CP without a huge income, thats a hugge difference!)

And I found that Walmart had better produce. What I bought at Publix would wilt or go bad sooner than my Walmart food.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:16 PM   #521
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The Wal Mart has everything and is very reasonable! DD lived in both Chatam and Patterson, but she did have a car.
Please feel free to pm me if you have any questions about the program from a parent's perspective.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:08 AM   #522
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DD lived in both Chatam and Patterson, but she did have a car.
What are the differences between Chatham & Patterson, and which one did she like the best? I've heard that Patterson is the newest, but the rooms at Chatham are larger.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:31 AM   #523
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What are the differences between Chatham & Patterson, and which one did she like the best? I've heard that Patterson is the newest, but the rooms at Chatham are larger.
Patterson is newer, and yes the rooms are larger at Chatham, but the biggest plus for Chatam is the bus stop! Patterson doesnt have one, and on rainy days, late nights, and grocey trips, it's much more convenient!
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:05 PM   #524
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Not a CP mom yet, but DD15 is bound and determined to do the CP. She had me watch the on-line introduction to it over the weekend.

Do any of you parents or alumni have suggestions for a high school student to lay a good foundation for eventually being admitted to the program? DD is an excellent student, participates in extra-curriculars, cross country, band, etc. She is an outgoing "people person" but really wants to major in hard sciences in college. Seems like most of the CP kids are business and fine arts types.

Looking forward to any suggestions. Thanks
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:22 PM   #525
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Not a CP mom yet, but DD15 is bound and determined to do the CP. She had me watch the on-line introduction to it over the weekend.

Do any of you parents or alumni have suggestions for a high school student to lay a good foundation for eventually being admitted to the program? DD is an excellent student, participates in extra-curriculars, cross country, band, etc. She is an outgoing "people person" but really wants to major in hard sciences in college. Seems like most of the CP kids are business and fine arts types.

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I would encourage her to get work experience in the area she is interested in if possible. If you dont live near an amusement park it might be hard to get attractions experience but if she coud get a retail or resturant job that would be great for her. Disney has a high standard of customer service so if she can learn the basics of that it will be easier to transition into a Disney job. If she is interested in being a character I would recomend at least taking an acting class and a dance or movement class. Its not necessary to have any experience but it certainly helps

Also make it clear to her that she will be working 30 or more hours a week. While it is a fun program, too many kids go down thinking its going to be a vacation and they end up hating the program and leaving or getting kicked out.
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