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  • #46
    Re: How to Become an Imagineer

    Again, I agree with Pirate. As I pointed out in my earlier post, college can offer opprtunities to really learn about specific areas of interest to you that lower education simply doesn't offer. If you are proactive about what you want to do and learn, most good college level professors will give you every opportunity they can to explore those areas. The critical thing is taking control or your own destiny, and deciding what things interest you, even if they don't necessarily seem applicable to your future profession.

    Another interesting aspect of college as compared to high school is that you really begin to understand the interdisciplinary nature of everything. It's fascinating to see a connection between say a political science and design class or a philosophy and physics class. Often I had the wonderful experience of begining a quarter thinking I was taking four totally unrelated classes and then discovering fascinating connections between each subject I was studying. As I progressed, I took a more active role in this, and really began to try and schedule classes that I thought I might find connections through. This in a way helped give a theme to each quarter in my mind, where I could explore other ideas and link everything I was learning in creative and unusual ways.

    Anyway, I think the most important point that both Pirate and I made is that you both can, and to get the most out of it, must be active in shaping your own education. College is truely one of those things you get out of it what you're willing to put in.
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    • #47
      Re: How to Become an Imagineer

      Thanks guys. No one has really talked to me about college that way before.
      dreams. come. true.

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      • #48
        Re: How to Become an Imagineer

        Originally posted by Datameister View Post
        Not at all!
        cool.......:blush:

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        • #49
          Re: How to Become an Imagineer

          Originally posted by Uncle Bob View Post

          Another interesting aspect of college as compared to high school is that you really begin to understand the interdisciplinary nature of everything. It's fascinating to see a connection between say a political science and design class or a philosophy and physics class. Often I had the wonderful experience of begining a quarter thinking I was taking four totally unrelated classes and then discovering fascinating connections between each subject I was studying. As I progressed, I took a more active role in this, and really began to try and schedule classes that I thought I might find connections through. This in a way helped give a theme to each quarter in my mind, where I could explore other ideas and link everything I was learning in creative and unusual ways.
          Okay, THIS is a GREAT post. I LOVED this part of college. I am so with you, starting the term taking classes that you WISHED had ANYTHING to do with eachother, and several weeks in, you suddenly have this moment where you realize OH MY GOD, they are connected AGAIN!!!! Sorry for all the caps, but you absolutely hit it right on the head, this is a really fun part of college. Very exciting way that college can make knowledge really come alive.

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          • #50
            Re: How to Become an Imagineer

            My daughter is just figuring all this out about college too - she is seeing the interactions with classes and what she wants to do with her life - also, something I've always told her and she didn't believe me until now (only took about 7 years for her to understand) It doesn't matter pretty much what your degree is - it's the 2 or 4 or 8 years your in college - the classes you take, the completion of experiences - You can have a Philosophy degree and be an executive at Nissan - get an English degree and get a job as a Captain in a Police Department (and my Dad says that the best cops are those with English degrees - go figure - he's hired hundreds of them)
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            • #51
              Re: How to Become an Imagineer

              I'm in character animation at CalArts and Disney is still very much involved in that program. So if you are looking into the artist part of imagineering, that's a good place to look into. We have Disney people through here all the time. Some of the teachers previously worked with WDI as well. I

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              • #52
                Re: How to Become an Imagineer

                I'm sure this has been touched on before, but many Disney people started out working at the parks. John Lasseter worked as a skipper if I'm correct, Tony Baxter was a Submarine Captain, plus a few of the people I have met that now have connections to Disney started out at the parks. Use the job at the parks to your advantage, and use it to help climb the ladder, that's what i'm going to do. College is a good break in between.

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                • #53
                  Re: How to Become an Imagineer

                  im taking the same route as well but more on the pixar side. im a Animation Mentor student and have had 3 pixar animators as teachers already.

                  Micenation

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                  • #54
                    Re: How to Become an Imagineer

                    Tony Baxter was a Submarine Captain
                    Are you sure about that? I knew he worked as an ice cream scooper on Main Street and in front of Pirates, but I didn't know about anything beyond that.

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