Reach for the Sky: What your Favorite Disney Character Says About Your Study Habits

 

Disney characters. There are tons of them. From the classics like Mickey, to the newer characters like Coco and Moana, there’s a Disney character for everyone. Your favorite Disney character says something about you, whether it be your fashion style or your personality. But have you ever thought about what your favorite Disney character might reveal about your study habits? Your favorite might be Mickey, which shows that you like to take charge on group projects, or you might be more of a Dopey, where you have no idea what is going on, but make it through the quarter nonetheless. Take a look at the list below and see what your favorite Disney character says about your study habits:

  1. Mickey Mouse

The first character we’re going to take a look at is the Mouse himself, Mickey Mouse. Mickey is the figurehead of Disney, and as such, is the leader of his friends. Mickey can often be seen as the one that takes charge when there is a problem. Indeed, he often comes up with very ingenious solutions to sticky sitches, whether it be that Peg Leg Pete has captured Minnie or that his fish can’t breathe. If your favorite character is Mickey Mouse, it is most likely that you are someone who always gets your assignments and homework done, no matter what crazy things stand in your way. Just like the mouse, you also tend to be the leader in group projects; but it’s not a bad thing, because everyone loves when you lead.

2. Princess Tiana

If Tiana is your favorite Disney character, I aspire to be you. (Seriously. Teach me your ways). Tiana was a go-getter. She didn’t let anything stand in the way of getting her restaurant-not being a poor single black woman in the 1920’s,  and not being turned into a frog. Her song was “Almost There,” for crying out loud! If your favorite Disney character is Princess Tiana, you’re the type of person that doesn’t let anything get between you and your dreams of graduation (You’re dreaming of a 4.0 GPA). You’ll do the same physics problems over and over until you get them right, every time. You always go to office hours. And Wine Wednesdays (and the resulting hangovers)? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

3. Olaf

Everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf is cheerful and optimistic. He’s wise. (Ahem, Anna, some people are worth melting for.) Although Olaf may seem like he isn’t the smartest, this snowman has a lot of determination. If Olaf is your favorite character, you’re the peacemaker in group projects. You crack jokes to make people laugh, or you dispel the tension by figuring out how to use everyone’s ideas. No matter what, you always somehow reach your goals. Some may say that you can have a one-track mind, and you can be simple-minded, but this can work out in your favor. Keep doing you!

4. Belle

If Belle is your favorite character, you most likely love reading and have an endless thirst for knowledge and adventure. Belle was a wonderfully smart princess (remember how she put Gaston in his place?). She dreamed of adventure far away from her little town, just like you probably dream of adventure far away from your dorm or apartment. You’re probably the kind of student that works tirelessly at her English and history assignments. However, just like Belle, you can be a dreamer, and sometimes you daydream the hours away, leaving you two hours to write an entire essay. However, when inspiration strikes, you can work for hours without a break.

5. Donald Duck

Oh, Donald Duck. Mickey Mouse’s “sidekick,” the original Angry Bird. Chances are if Donald Duck is your favorite character, you can have a bit of a short temper. You get frustrated by something if you don’t get it within the first few tries, and it is doubtful that you attend office hours of your own free will. You don’t like to admit that you ever need help. Most likely, you spend more time on the subjects that come easily to you, and neglect those that are difficult for you to grasp.

6. Woody

How do I say this politely? Woody is a bit of a control freak. Toy Story is essentially him losing it because Buzz shows up and everyone begins listening to him instead. He tends to freak out when things don’t go his way. If Woody is your favorite Disney character, you’re used to taking charge, and you’re used to people listening to you. You can freak out if your study schedule is tampered with. Although you’re always convinced that your way is right, sometimes it is good to see how other people study. You might swear by flashcards, but your friend might use bulleted notes. Take a chance and try something new-you’ll be glad you did.

7. Pooh

I love Winnie the Pooh and his constant optimism. When I’m trying to think, I often quote him: “Think, Pooh bear, think!” If Pooh is your favorite Disney character, chances are you have trouble studying. You may start out with the best intentions, but things always seem to get in your way. Your friend calls you with a problem, your computer decides to break or the WiFi crashes. However, despite all obstacles, you always find yourself, one way or another, back at your desk to study.

8. Dory

We all love Dory. With her constant playfulness, her whale-speaking abilities, and great advice, what isn’t there to love about the little blue fish? Unfortunately, if Dory is your favorite character, you might share some of her flighty tendencies and extreme short-term memory. Studying for finals? You might find yourself studying the same thing over and over. However, if you can convince yourself that O-CHEM is as important as P.Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, you’ve got college in the bag.

9.  Ariel

I’ve always loved Ariel. She’s such a rebel, and gets herself in trouble, but Prince Eric made it worth it (YUM). Just like Ariel, you probably have a rebellious streak, meaning that you sometimes refuse to study. And your fondness for exploring, whether it’s a new place to hike, a beach you haven’t been to yet, or a new Disney food to get, can mean that your study habits can get pushed to the side. Don’t get me wrong; you might sit down thoroughly intending to read the 500 pages due tomorrow, but you haven’t had a chance to eat at the Blue Bayou yet (same, help please)! Not only can your fondness for exploring be a problem, you tend to trust your friends implicitly, even when they’re wrong (So don’t borrow study guides).

10. The Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter is odd. What’s so great about “unbirthdays,” anyway? Everyone has 364 of them a year. But anyways. If the Mad Hatter is your favorite character, you’re very unique (in the nicest way possible). You probably study in such strange and obscure ways that there’s no way you could partake in a study group. You’ll make really complicated study guides and character diagrams for English that make no sense to anyone else. You study at really weird times, like on the way to classes and while doing yoga. No one understands how you do it, but you somehow pull all A’s.

Must-Haves in the Disney Parks

Some must-haves (and have-nots) for a magical Disney vacation!

It’s finally December!! Otherwise known as peak Disneyland and Walt Disney World time for families all over the world. Many of the people visiting will be park veterans, but just as many, if not more, will be first-time visitors. It can be overwhelming: there are so many sites and blogs telling you what you need to pack, eat, ride on, and see. I’ve seen a lot of these lists, but I’m hoping mine is more comprehensive, and most importantly, realistic. I’ve been to Disneyland many times over the Christmas season, and Walt Disney World once during Christmas. The lists that I’ve seen also had one glaring flaw in the sense that they were always very generic. What about the fashionistas? So, my list is made for you in mind, but even if you aren’t a “fashionista,” I guarantee this will be useful for you as well.

Absolute necessities

  • Backpack/purse/fanny pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Powder foundation
  • At least $20 cash
  • Lip gloss/ lipstick
  • Jacket or sweater during the cooler months
  • Pants or leggings during the cooler months (Maybe even a change of clothes if you go on a water ride and get soaked, and it will happen. Trust me)
  • Snacks (granola bar, fruit, sandwich, etc)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Phone battery pack
  • Camera: phone camera, video camera, disposable camera; however, I don’t recommend any fancy lenses

Things you can live without but are still really nice to have

  • Aspirin
  • Concealer
  • Hair tie
  • Water bottle (plastic only)
  • Hairbrush if you’re vain like me haha
  • Earplugs-some bring them for small children if they want to see the fireworks, but my brother and I have been going to the parks since we were a few months old and never used them, and we’re fine! But it’s up to you.
  • Hat
  • Minnie mouse ears (or buy them in the park, I won’t judge)

Things you don’t need:

  • Headphones
  • Heels (unless you’re going to a fancy dinner at Club 33, Be Our Guest, or the like, but  I recommend bringing other shoes to change into)
  • Anything even remotely resembling a Nintendo DS or the like- kids shouldn’t be bored with Mickey Mouse running around!
  • An iPad. We all have phones or cameras-don’t be that person holding up an iPad during the parade or fireworks. Everyone hates you. And there’s a chance that it could get stepped on, jostled, dropped, cracked, or water damaged. I’ve shattered more than one phone at Disneyland, and IPads are way more expensive
  • Lastly, a bad attitude. I’m not kidding. You’re at the happiest place on Earth!!

 

Disney Songs for Studying

Fall is here! It’s time for football games, slouchy sweaters, visits to pumpkin patches, and of course, school. Which, unfortunately, means schoolwork. And studying. Have no fear, I’m here to help. I have created a playlist of songs that will help you push through that study session!

“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” -Li Shang, Mulan

“Almost There”-Tiana, The Princess and the Frog

“Kiss the Girl”-Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

“Under the Sea”-Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

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“Son of Man”-Phil Collins, Tarzan

“Strangers Like Me”-Phil Collins, Tarzan

“End Credits”- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

“How Far I’ll Go”-Moana, Moana

“Let It Go”-Elsa, Frozen

“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” -Anna, Frozen

“Love is an Open Door” -Anna and Prince Hans, Frozen

“A Whole New World”-Aladdin and Jasmine, Aladdin (instrumental version as well)

“Woody’s Roundup”- Toy Story 2

“Colors of the Wind”-Pocahontas, Pocahontas

“Gaston”-Lefou and Gaston, Beauty and the Beast

“Chim Chim Cher-ee”- Bert and Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

“I See the Light”- Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Tangled

 

I also highly recommend any instrumental version of Disney songs! Those can be great when you have some heavy-duty work to do but just want some background noise.

Let me know if I’ve forgotten any songs in the comments below! I have at least a year and a half of school left and could use all the help I could get (SOS).

Why you Shouldn’t Date Boys who don’t like Disney

You shouldn’t date a guy that doesn’t like Disney because if he doesn’t, what else doesn’t he like? Fairytales? Happiness? Good over evil? The Genie??

Alright, folks. School is starting for many of us (unless you go to a quarter school, like me, in which case, ha-ha, we still have almost a month of freedom left!). The weather is going to get colder. Halloween will soon be upon us. Cuffing season, better known as Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, when it’s pretty much the worst to be alone, is coming. I feel that now is the perfect time for this article, which tells you why you should never, ever, ever, date someone who doesn’t like Disney, in case you started to fear being alone during the couples costumes/Christmas season and became desperate. With that being said, I have a confession to make. I did exactly what I’m telling you not to do…

*horrified screams* *organs playing* *children wailing in terror*

Ah-hem. Onto the story.

I should’ve known my last relationship was doomed before it even began when he claimed he “didn’t like Disneyland” or any of that “fantasy stuff.”

Excuse me? You what? I should’ve run for the hills. Now, everyone in my life has told me at least once that I tend to be dramatic (as if!) but hear me out. You shouldn’t date a guy that doesn’t like Disney because if he doesn’t, what else doesn’t he like? Fairytales? Happiness? Good over evil? The Genie??

Every boy that is #blessed enough to date you should realize that and treat you like a princess. But unfortunately, a boy who doesn’t like Disney probably won’t do that. I’m not saying that I’m not into feminism and equality because I am. But I also love going on dates where the guy pays, having doors opened for me, and doing things more than just going to Chipotle. And honestly, if the guy that you’re seeing thinks Disney is dumb, he’ll probably think that Netflix and chill counts as a date and that “U up?”qualifies as a phone call.

Watching anything else but The Bourne Legacy and The Hangover is just going to be a distant dream. Couples costumes where you’re Jasmine and he’s a shirtless Aladdin? Forget it. Cute couples pictures in front of the castle and the triple-digit likes that come with them? Not gonna happen for you, but you will be passive-aggressively liking your friends’ pictures with their boyfriends while you’re sitting at home alone drinking wine and watching Tangled for the tenth time.

I’m not saying that you need a boyfriend that knows all the lyrics to every single Disney song (even I’m not that good). However, I was at Disneyland for Halloween a couple years ago, and I have to say that the couple’s costumes were on point. There were cute families dressed as the Incredibles, the emotions from Inside Out, and Peter Pan, Tink, Smee, and the crocodile from Peter Pan. They were adorable, but what made me the most jealous were the couples my own age. There were two I remembered above all the rest. One was a really cute couple who decided to Disneybound Peter Pan and Wendy Darling. For those of you who don’t know, Disneybounding is when you dress like a Disney character, land, or attraction using regular clothes instead of costumes. They were total #goals, and I was incredibly jealous. And I told them that. Even cuter than the Disneybounding couple was one whose costumes were so good, my mom and I thought they were Cast Members taking a break. They were dressed in full-on Prince Philip and Sleeping Beauty costumes, including hair, and they were gorgeous. Let me tell you, if your boyfriend doesn’t like Disney, getting him to do that will be impossible. I don’t even want to contemplate the bribery involved.

Trust me; I’ve third wheeled in Disneyland. Take it from me that you do not want to be without your S.O. when your friends have theirs with them. Just trust me. Learn from my mistakes. Don’t date a guy who doesn’t like Disney.

PS: The guy who didn’t like Disney? Broke up with me via email. I know, so 2003. And so unromantic. Ugh.

PPS: Any single boys who are reading this and do like Disney, hi! Feel free to contact me below.

Disney Princes that you’re Most Likely to Meet at a Party

Summer is definitely party season. Obviously, college students party all the time, but I for one enjoy parties so much more when I don’t have tests or projects to worry about. I’m blessed to go to a university with pretty decent weather year-round, but for those of you that don’t, summertime usually has the best weather.

I’m a Disney girl and an extremely hopeless romantic at heart, so I’m always on the look for my own Prince Charming. As a result, I can tell you what Disney guys you’re likely to run into at a party, whether it be a frat party, a kickback, or at a bar. Perhaps then maybe you’ll have more luck at finding your prince than I have.

Naveen

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Naveen is the classic guy-with-a guitar at a party. He’s attractive and talented, and he knows it. Personally, I think that a guy is more attractive if he plays the guitar, but Naveen isn’t one of those scruffy guys that plays an instrument in order to bump up his score on the hotness meter. Naveen is already hot, and the guitar makes him hotter. At first encounter, Naveen might seem like a shallow player, but take a chance to get to know him, away from the crowd, and you might get to see the more sincere side of him. Naveen is full of potential, you just have to look past the cocky exterior.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan is definitely the jokester. Peter Pan doesn’t realize that he’s attractive, but he is, and that might make him more attractive, but also the most annoying. Peter Pan can also be a little annoying because he tends to act very childish. Examples of this would be creating massive cannonballs at a pool party or stealing all the beer pong balls. Peter Pan is most likely surrounded by a group of equally immature guys. While he may be great for a laugh, Peter Pan might be a guy that you want to wait for. Keep in mind that he probably won’t ever grow up, though.

The Gaston

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More likely to be encountered at a bar, or the loudest and most obnoxious one at the party,  Gaston is either surrounded by girls or his bros. While he may have admirers, Gaston doesn’t deserve them. Horribly conceited-and I heard he hunts animals for no reason-Gaston will try to compliment you by saying insulting things and by buying you cheap beer. He won’t even try to get to know you or ask you questions about your life. He really just wants an excuse to brag about himself. I wish I could say that Gaston had a redeeming quality besides his looks, but he doesn’t. Avoid him at all costs.

Aladdin

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Most likely the guy on the edges of the party or hanging out in the backyard. If there’s a dog, he might talk to him more than the actual humans. Probably a bit of a loner, but don’t let that dissuade you. Be careful not to believe everything he says at first. Once he realizes you like him for him and not the stories he spins, Aladdin will open up to you. Patience is key!

The Hans
Thankfully, we don’t have to worry that cute strangers we meet plan to murder us and take our older sibling’s crowns. Nowadays, Hans is the one most likely to love you and leave you. Watch out for him. He’ll relate to you, romance you, and take you on great dates-for a while. Once he gets what he wants: good grades (if you’re smart/a saint and help him), your virginity/sex, or eep-your friend, he’s gone. And Kristoff might not always be waiting.

The prince
I’m not talking about Prince Charming from Cinderella. I’m referring to the prince at the end of Snow White that does nothing but sing a little song at the beginning of the movie, then whisks Snow off to his castle at the end. Um, boring much? The Prince is that one guy that everyone else is into, but when you see him, you’re just like, meh. He looks like he’d be a great kisser, but he isn’t. Talking to him is pointless- there’s zero chemistry. This guy isn’t worth your time.

Of course, these aren’t the only Disney princes or leading men you could meet at a party. The odds of running into a guy like Tarzan is pretty slim, but you’ll probably run into a Milo Thatch at least once. Keep an eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow (never forget the Captain) and Flynn Rider too! With this list I’ve created for you, you’re one step closer to finding your own prince! (And if you do, please ask him if he has cute friends for me!) Good luck!

Have a magical day!