Your Relationship with Chapman represented by Taylor Swift songs

Taylor Swift can fillet the feelings of young women and girls so well that at times it seems she has a song for every single phase and event of our lives. In fact, there is a Taylor Swift song to represent every phase of our relationship with Chapman. See below:

Let’s go!

Love Story

We were both young when I first saw you

When you first toured Chapman’s campus (or looked up the gorgeous pictures online), you were immediately in love. Just like Swift in her Love Story music video, you started to fantasize about all the amazing opportunities, friends, parties, and fun you would have at college. And Chapman would be right there by your side – the Romeo to your Juliet. Your dad might have thrown a fit and said “stay away” to Chapman after seeing the tuition cost. In the end, however, Chapman one you and your parents over. After all, it’s a Love Story, baby: Just say yes.

You running to Chapman.

Blank Space

I’ve got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name

You’ve received all your acceptance letters and it’s time to decide where to go to college. Chapman’s been at the top of your list for a while now. You can really only picture yourself at Chapman. So you decide, it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames. You’ll know when it’s over, if the high was worth the pain. You pay your deposit and get ready to move to Orange.

But wait, the worst is yet to come.

Everything Has Changed

All I know since yesterday is, everything has changed

You spent your first night in your dorm room and in a completely new world. Your parents are far away, two other random people are sleeping in beds next to you, and people were still walking around and playing basketball at midnight. You may not know much, but you know one thing for sure – everything has changed.

When everything hits you.

Shake It Off

But I keep cruising, can’t stop won’t stop moving

It’s like I got this music in my mind sayin’ “it’s gonna be alright”

Once you were accepted and definitely attending Chapman, you started thinking about classes. You’ve spent the past month calling admissions, looking up recommended courses for your major, and trying to navigate MyChapman. Now, your Shopping Cart is full with only the best and most best interesting classes you could find. The time has come to register, but a yellow triangle has appeared next to every course, except for your FFC. That’s right, you’ve been waitlisted. But hey, it’s no big deal. “The players gonna play,” right? You’re just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it off.

Look What You Made Me Do

I don’t like your little games

Don’t like your tilted stage

The role you made me play

Of the fool, no, I don’t like you

You’re in the thick of the semester. You have four midterms this week, including a lab midterm, and your first two essays, one for that class you know you should have dropped. You’re not really liking Chapman right about now. Your classes are demanding your full attention, making you skip parties, lunch dates, Disneyland trips and beach days. Chapman’s forcing you to get smarter and harder, and just in the nick of time, since your first midterm is tomorrow morning.

Bad Blood

‘Cause baby now we got bad blood

You know we used to be mad love

So take a look at what you’ve done

‘Cause baby now we got bad blood

Finally, your freshman year is almost over. Now, you get to decide where you want to live and who you want to live with. You and your future roomate(s) have been talking for the past month and you all settled on a dorm you’re happy with. You received your sign up time, which ended up being on the last day. You were a little worried that there would be slim pickings, but now, the day before your sign up time, you just got an email informing you that Sandhu (the most expensive dorm and the only one without a kitchen) is the only one available. The POV of you and Chapman right now? Similar to Iraq.


Everything will be alright if

we just keep dancing like we’re, 22

It’s Senior Year! You’ve turned 22 and you’ve realized that you are happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. Senior year is both miserable and magical. The stress of finding a real job in the real world seems overwhelming and scary. And it constantly feels like the perfect night to forget about the deadlines and have breakfast at midnight. But have as many of “those nights” as possible, since this is your last year in college.

Out of the Woods

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods?

Are we in the clear yet?

Are we in the clear yet?

Are we in the clear yet?

In the clear yet?


It’s the final semester and you’re just about ready to bounce. You’re motivation is at an all time low. Between applying to jobs and figuring out where you’re going to live next year, it’s hard to get yourself to still show up to class. Chapman’s been great and you’ve had a good run, but you can’t help constantly asking yourself, Have I graduated yet?

You running away from your responsibilities.


You were the best thing, that’s ever been mine

As graduation approaches, you become sentimental. All of a sudden, your taking graduation pictures and doing things “for the last time.” You got bills to pay and nothing figured out, but that doesn’t stop you from seizing every opportunity, including going to Disneyland and the D every single weekend. (There are only a handful of Thirsty Thursdays left!) You begin to brace yourself for goodbye. Do you believe it?

Your graduation pictures


We never go out of style

The graduation ceremony has ended and you’re are now an alumni. You have that James Dean, daydream look in your eye. Your hard times with Chapman are blurred by the amazing memories you’ve made over the past four years. You may miss Chapman while you’re out in the real world, but that’s okay. Just throw on that white (Chapman) t-shirt and a tight little skirt, because you and Chapman never go out of style.

Looking back at your time at Chapman like

All GIFs courtesy of Giphy.

Retweeted more than Obama? 10 Facts about BTS – K-Pop’s biggest breakout band


BTS is a South Korean boy band made up of seven members. BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means “Bulletproof Boy Scouts” in Korean. Many fans also call them the “Bangtan Boys.” In honor of their new album, Map of the Soul: Persona, and sold-out stadium tour, Prowl compiled a list of fun facts about this K-Pop (Korean Pop) group. ARMYs, test your knowledge and see if you know BTS as well as you think. For readers who haven’t heard of BTS, continue reading to catch up on the Bangtan Boys and find out what ARMY is.


The members’ stage names are: (top, left to right) Suga, Jung-Kook, Jimin, J-Hope. (bottom, left to right) Jin, Rap Monster (RM), V. via GIPHY


1. BTS Started on the Right Foot (or Show)

BTS debuted on M Countdown on June 13, 2013. M Countdown is a huge deal for new K-Pop artists because anyone who is (or will be) anyone performs at M Countdown. The live show is broadcasted from Seoul, South Korea to countries like China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, the U.S. and more. This performance gave BTS a lot of exposure in the K-Pop world, and put them on the map.



2. BTS has an ARMY

Do you remember the thousands of loud fans screaming at the 2017 American Music Awards? If not, below is a video to remind you of the chants and cheers from the crowd. That was ARMY, BTS’ official fan group. ARMY stands for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth. The name ARMY was chosen because the fans are close to BTS and will always protect them, just like a real army with its country.

Video Courtesy of @samantha_alaimo ‘s Instagram.



3. A Lot of Firsts

BTS has become the first K-Pop group to do a lot of things in the U.S. BTS was one of the first K-Pop groups to perform live at the AMA’s. BTS is the first K-Pop group to perform on Saturday Night Live, and perform, present, and win at the Billboard Music Awards. BTS is also the first K-Pop group to have an album debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Chart. Their album, Love Yourself: Tear, bumped Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys into second place in 2018. BTS was also nominated for Best Recording Package at the 2019 Grammy Awards.




4. BTS is Redefining K-Pop

In Korea, there are three top entertainment companies known as “The Big 3” that produce the most successful artists and make the most money. When BTS entered the game, their company, BigHit Entertainment, was a nobody. Thanks to BTS, however, BigHit surpassed all three companies in 2017 with a net profit of $22.7 million, $6.6 million more than their closest competitor, JYP. The other companies are focused on developing “idols” – they create an image and sound for each group and the group is required to stick to that image. BigHit is different. The owner, Bang Si-hyuk, wants his artists to express themselves in their music. Because of this, BTS has focused on being genuine and sharing their real struggles. This authenticity contributed to their global success.




5. One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019

BTS is one of 16 artists chosen as Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019. BTS is among many other famous artists, like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ariana Grande, and Glenn Close. Time shared, “The YouTube views within 24 hours for their music video ‘Fake Love’ almost surpassed Taylor Swift’s and Psy’s all-time records – no small feat.” BTS uses their platform to speak about mental health and other social issues, including a collaboration with the United Nations.




6. BTS works with the United Nations

In 2017, BTS joined the Korean Committee and started the “Love Myself” campaign for UNICEF. The campaign partners with UNICEF’s #ENDviolence program to protect young people all around the world from violence. BTS used this campaign to push their message that, “true love first begins with loving myself.” BTS released the “Love Yourself” trilogy of albums to encourage fans to “love and speak themselves.” A portion of album sales is donated to the campaign.




7. They’ve Collaborated with Some of Your Favorite Stars

BTS has worked with plenty of American artists. Their song “Best of Me” was produced by The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart. One of the members RM (Rap Monster) was featured on Fall Out Boy’s “Champion” remix. BTS released two versions of their song “Idol,” one featuring Nicki Minaj. BTS has worked with Steve Aoki on multiple occasions. Aoki remixed their single “Mic Drop,” which had a version that featured Desiigner, “The Truth Untold,” and BTS is featured on his song “Waste It On Me.” BTS’ most recent single “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey was just released on April 12.




8. BTS and the Beatles

BTS has spent plenty of time on top of the charts. In under 11 months, BTS’ albums Love Yourself: Tear, Love Yourself: Answer, and Map of the Soul: Persona all placed No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. Map of the Soul: Persona dropped to the No. 3 spot after spending two weeks on top of the charts. The last time a group logged No. 1’s in such a short span of time was The Beatles from 1995 to 1996 with Anthology 1, Anthology 2, and Anthology 3. The only difference? It took the Beatles 11 months and a week to get three albums at No. 1; it took BTS 10 months and three weeks.




9. Retweeted more than Obama

While Twitter does not make an official list of the most retweeted tweets, the news and media are aware of an unofficial list. The list contains 30 of the most retweeted tweets. There are currently only four accounts that have more than tweet on the list. Hillary Clinton, Harry Styles, and El Rubius each have two of the most retweeted tweets. Barack Obama has three. BTS has four.

 BTS’ most retweeted tweet: J-Hope doing the #InMyFeelings Challenge.



10. Only One Member Speaks English

Rap Monster, better known as RM, is the leader of BTS, and the only member who speaks English fluently. RM has stated in many interviews, like this one on Ellen, that he learned English by watching the entire American sitcom “Friends” three times: first with Korean subtitles, next with English subtitles, then with no subtitles. He said he felt like a victim at the time because his mother made him watch the show. Now, however, he’s grateful that he can speak English. The rest of the members have said that they regret not paying attention in their English classes, especially as they try to learn it now for their English-speaking audiences.



Catch BTS on their “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” stadium tour.

Welcome, Madison De La Garza! Actress and filmmaker accepted to Dodge Screenwriting program dishes on Eva Longoria, whether she’ll rush and her passion for mental health issues

Madison De La Garza – Demi Lovato’s younger sister and the child star who played sulky  Juanita Solis on “Desperate Housewives” –  will attend Chapman University in the fall of 2019. In her exclusive interview with Prowl, the actress and filmmaker explains her passion for story telling and says she feels most at home on set – so much so, she falls asleep en route to auditions. Oh yeah –  and she handles questions about a costar caught up in the college admissions scandal like a pro.

“We were screaming, jumping up and down, holding each other, hugging. It was the one, it was the one we wanted to hear from the most. She even applied to other big places but at that point we didn’t care if she got in anywhere else,” said Dianna De La Garza (De La Garza’s mom) about De La Garza’s Chapman acceptance letter.

What schools did you apply to and why did you choose Chapman?

I wanted to stay local, so I looked at mostly small, liberal arts schools in SoCal, like Occidental, Columbia College Hollywood (the film school), Cal Lutheran, Woodbury, places like that. I also applied to USC, UCLA, and UC San Diego. The thing I really loved about Chapman, specifically the film program, is how collaborative it is. People from different majors work together and the people in Dodge really seem like a community.

What were your GPA and test scores?

My GPA was a 3.8. I didn’t take the ACT. I took the SAT and got a 1240.

Can you replay the scene when you opened your acceptance letter?

I was in my room. I always thought I’d film myself, but I was too excited. I thought, “This is the rest of my life, I need to open this right now.” I didn’t want to call my mom in, just in case it was a no. I opened the email, clicked on the update, and I saw the picture with the balloons and students in Chapman shirts. Then I saw “Congratulations” and immediately started tearing up, so when I called out to my mom, it sounded like something was really wrong. I said, “No, no, it’s good news, it’s good news.” We met each other in the middle of the stairs and she said, “Which one is it? Please tell me.” And I said, “It’s Chapman.” We just lost it.

“Seeing a bunch of people come together with literally no money, for the purpose of making a film, that’s probably what’s made me the filmmaker I am today,” said De La Garza about her first short film “The Imbalancing Act.” (From Left) Alexis Lombardi (actor), Logan Binstock (director), Eve Bui (actor), and Madison De La Garza (writer).

Why did you choose this major?

I started writing scripts at a really young age, and I tried a lot of different avenues. It hit me when I applied to college: the best way for me to make any kind of difference or social change was to be a screenwriter, so that was the avenue I had to take. I’m really passionate about mental health and I want to make films about it; that’s the best way to get rid of stereotypes. The industry is guilty for creating a lot of stereotypes, but the industry can also break them. I wrote a concept for a kid’s TV show and I pitched it to a network. It didn’t end up getting greenlit, but I felt the most comfortable I’ve ever felt in any type of audition or meeting room or anything. That’s when I knew this was the path for me.

Did you receive any help or advice from family members?

My two older sisters (Demi Lovato and Dallas Lovato) didn’t go to college, and it’s been a long time since my dad applied to school, so my parents were a little in the dark on the whole process. I was so lucky to have a close family mentor of mine who is very familiar with the whole college admissions process. I honestly don’t know if I would’ve gotten into school without her because I truly did not know where to start.

Felicity Huffman is facing charges in the college admissions scandal. You acted with her on “Desperate Housewives.” What do you think is an appropriate punishment?

What’s sad was I was blown away by the whole scandal, but part of me was not surprised that someone, somewhere allowed it to happen. You hear all the time about people making donations, which will help their kids get in; that’s not out of the ordinary. But this was a whole new level. I put so much work into my application. I didn’t get into UCLA or USC. I thought, “This sucks. I didn’t get in and they paid to get in.”

“After waking up with no memory of his past or his name, James Bard is given two choices – to surrender to the young girl who claims to be his only hope, or fall victim to the apocalypse at hand,” said Madison De La Garza about her short film “Subject 16.”

Can you talk a little bit about your latest Short Film “Subject 16”?

The whole process was unlike anything I’ve ever done. I went to some friends of mine who worked at AwesomenessTV and was like, “Hey, I really want to make a film.” They said, “Lets help you make it happen.” What was different about the “Subject 16” process was that we wrote the script, came up with the idea, and really created the film around the set that we were going to use. That’s why we were able to go into another world.

How was it different being on set in someone else’s project vs. your own project?

It’s so different, especially when I was younger. I would just practice my lines and show up when I was called; that was all I could do. With “Subject 16,” the main difference was if it fell through, it was on me. There’s a little bit more pressure, but in the best way.

“When I’m on set, I feel like I’m where I’m meant to be. Growing up on set, that has made me want to stay in the film industry for sure, but maybe not as an actress forever,” said De La Garza. Photo of Eva Longoria and De La Garza on the “Desperate Housewives” set.

You’ve grown up in the spotlight. How has being a child actress with a large social media following affected you?

Some of my favorite qualities I attribute to the industry. I’ve always been mature, I take direction pretty easily, I’m well behaved when I need to be, and I’m also very comfortable on a set. If I wasn’t working on a set, then I was visiting my sister (Demi Lovato) on her set, and so that environment is very comforting to me. Just like driving to auditions makes me want to fall asleep, because that’s how I used to fall asleep in the car as a kid.

What is the biggest “pro” growing up with that background?

Just being on set was the best feeling ever. I went to a couple red carpets, I did interviews, which were always really fun, but nothing beat being on set, in that environment, and when they yelled action. Also, when people would ask me for a picture, that was pretty cool too.

Biggest con?

The bad days when I still had to show up. Some days, my sister and I were so tired and my mom had to fight us both because we both had to be at work. Those were some stressful days.

“Sophia is a young girl who seems to have gained knowledge of the bunker, and a natural anxiety since the beginning of the end. However, as James begins to realize the truth, all of her unexplainable habits seem to become less unexplainable,” De La Garza said about her character in “Subject 16.”

Best memory on set?

My favorite memory was probably the last scene I ever filmed, when I wrapped Desperate Housewives. Eva Longoria and I had gotten very, very close over the years, and I was very close with my younger sister on the show (Daniella Baltodano), and Ricardo Antonio Chavira. We all kind of knew that the end was coming and I’ll never forget, Eva said, “Thank you for being the best daughter I could have ever had.” She whispered that into my ear and that was her goodbye. That’s my favorite memory, I’ll never forget that; it will always stick out in my head as one of my favorite moments.

Do you have any friends at Chapman already?

My best friend Logan Binstock, who’s a creative producing major, and one of my childhood friends, Josie Totah, go to Chapman. Josie is also in Dodge. We wrote scripts together when we were in elementary school and then we reunited and wrote scripts in middle school, and now we’ll hopefully be working together in college. I’m so excited.

“My best friend, Logan Binstock, goes to Chapman and she’s in Dodge as well, so through her eyes I’ve been able to see how great the film program really is,” said De La Garza.

What kind of scripts do you want to write?

I love a lot of different genres and if I could write comedy I totally would do that more. I really love science fiction, first of all, because it’s the best genre to get a message across. Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone are my biggest inspirations of all time. If I could write anything close to that, I’ll feel pretty accomplished.

Are you going to rush a sorority?

Both Logan and Josie are in sororities. I don’t think I’m going to rush, but I haven’t decided yet. They’ve been talking to me about what it felt like to rush. I’m just so excited to see it with my own eyes, finally.

What aspects of college are you looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to making so many friends. I’ve gone to a really small school; it’s K-12 and there are 70 kids in the entire school. So I’ve been a part of a very small community my whole life. Now that I’m going to college, my environment is going to be so much bigger. I’ll have a little bit more space to find out who I am and find the people that I really want to be friends with.

All photos courtesy of Madison De La Garza.

Drug Runs, Famous Singers, and Hidden Knives – Stories from behind the wheel as an Uber/ Lyft driver

Passengers who use Uber and Lyft love to share their “crazy” stories with friends and family. Insane Uber passenger “Story Times” have blown up on YouTube. What passengers might not know is that Uber drivers may have some even crazier stories. Chapman students Michael Khuraibet, Zoe Nixon, and Rudy Juarez-Pinedo have driven for Uber, UberEats, and Lyft. They shared their most exciting stories with Prowl.


Michael Khuraibet, junior Broadcast Journalism and Documentary major, got in a car accident, but he’ll still deliver your UberEats. Photo by Maggie Wright


Zoe Nixon, senior Communications Studies major, is a “f*cking awesome” Lyft driver. Photo by Maggie Wright


RudyJuarez-Pinedo, junior Broadcast Journalism and Documentary major, wants passengers to know that Uber is NOT for drug runs. Photo by Maggie Wright


Driving the Getaway Car for a Drug Run


It was a hot summer day. My phone rang and my next pick-up showed on the screen (Let’s call her Sarah). I saw her picture, but it turned out [that] Sarah was a guy. He got inside and as we were driving he asked, “Can you cancel the ride, and then I’ll pay you in cash?” I thought it seemed a little fishy, but I needed the money. I said, “Okay.” Then he explained to me, “This is my girlfriend’s account. Right now, she doesn’t have any money in her back account, so I don’t want her to be overdrawn, but I have money and I’ll give you cash if you just take me to the location.” So I said, “Sure.”

He gave me $40 in cash and I took him to this liquor store. While I waited for him, I noticed that he was talking to some guy and they did a drug exchange. I started sweating, thinking, “Oh, sh*t – I’m a part of a drug run. I have to play it cool.” I thought, if I get in trouble, that’s it, I’m gonna get arrested. And Lyft wasn’t affiliated, because I canceled the job.

He came back over, sat down, and he asked, “Okay, can you drop me off at my house?” I said, “Yeah, sure.” I played it cool. Then we’re driving and he said, “You don’t mind if I do some in the back seat, do you?” I was freaking out, but I played it cool. I’ve never done drugs, but I told him, “I would be down, but I have other customers after you so I need the backseat clean.” He was like, “No worries man, no worries.” I dropped him off, he gave me an extra tip, and that was it. That was definitely the craziest thing I’ve ever done, and the stupidest. I’ll never do that again.

– Rudy Juarez-Pinedo, Junior, Broadcast Journalism and Documentary Major


PSA: Marijuana is NOT an Acceptable Tip


I had to deliver to somebody who offered me marijuana, which I declined. I thought, “That was weird to offer your driver. How about a tip instead?” I’d rather have cash because I delivered something to you. But, that’s the vibe I get when I deliver UberEats to people who I perceive to be college students.

– Michael Khuraibet, Junior, Broadcast Journalism and Documentary Major


UberEats Driver Cancelation options do not include, “I’ve just been hit by a car”


I was rear-ended [on the way to an] UberEats delivery before and Uber did nothing for me. It was so frustrating. The hit-and-run happened and there were plenty of witnesses, but the guy just drove off. I couldn’t believe someone hit my car at a major intersection, clear as day, and then just drove off. What kind of person has the gaul to do that? I pulled over and was screaming across the street, asking people if they got a video or a license plate or anything. Nothing. Later, I found out that Uber’s liability doesn’t cover whatever I went through. The worst part was that I still had to finish the trip. If you go to report an issue or cancel the order, as a driver, the cancelation list doesn’t include, “I’ve just been hit by car.” I made four dollars off that trip.

– Michael Khuraibet


Tips Buy Engagement Rings


People should be aware that Lyft doesn’t pay well, so give me the tip! Some of the other drivers that I hear have different chargers for phones, candy, and gum – they have everything there to help you have a good day and all they would like is just a couple of bucks in return. Some guy I knew, the only reason he was driving was to save up money to buy a ring for his fiancé. He drove on the weekends and evenings, and he didn’t tell her that he was doing that.

– Rudy Juarez-Pinedo


Plot Twist


One night, I picked up a group of really drunk guys from somewhere in downtown Long Beach. One of them was pretty flirty. His friends were like, “Dude, what are you doing? Why are you hitting on this girl?” During the ride, he asked, “Are you seeing anyone?” I said no and he was like, “Really?” And I said, “No, I don’t really have time.”

At the end of the ride, his friends were getting out, but he said, “Wait, I’m gonna stay here and talk to Zoe for a second.” He turned to me and was like, “You’re not interested in seeing anyone?” I said, “I’m really busy at the moment.” I was thinking, please don’t ask me out, you’re super drunk. Then he said, “When you find someone, I hope he treats you well like the princess that you are because that’s what you deserve. I hope you have a wonderful night.” I was like, “Wow, that ended a lot better than I thought it would.” I said to him, “You’re so sweet, have a good night.” I still think about him, because it was actually kind of nice. I wonder where he is now.

– Zoe Nixon, Senior, Communications Studies Major


Not Your Typical Business Card


I had to pick up this group of really drunk kids from downtown Fullerton. When I got there, I saw there were a lot of them. I drive a Prius, so there are only five seats, but we ended up fitting one more person in. I said, “Maybe I shouldn’t have done that.” But everything was fine. By the end of the ride, one of the guys said, “Here’s this business card, read it out loud.” He handed me a card and it said, “You are f*cking awesome,” on it. I was like, “That’s kind of nice, but also so weird.”

– Zoe Nixon


That Moment When a Celebrity is in Your Back Seat


I was driving in LA, and I recognized [a rider’s] picture. While I was driving, I was like, “I think I know who this is.” By the end of the ride, I asked, “This is really random, but did you open for 5 Seconds of Summer like two years ago?” He said, “Oh, yeah.” I said, “Yeah, I remember you. This is weird, but have a good night. Keep making music.” That’s the most LA thing that’s ever happened to me.

– Zoe Nixon


Did Your Mom UberEats You a Happy Meal? In Kindergarten?


While I was driving for UberEats, I had to deliver to this Catholic elementary school. A parent had ordered a Happy Meal for their student who was in kindergarten. I knocked on the office door and said, “Hi, I’m dropping this off.” They asked, “What’s the name of the student?” I said, “Sonya.” They asked, “Sonya, who?” I said, “I don’t know.” When you say that to a school official, obviously they’re going to be concerned. I showed them my phone and I said, “I think this is the parent that placed the order.” They looked at it and I asked, “Can you take it?” They said, “Yeah, we’ll take it.” I don’t know [if] the food ever got to the child. That’s funny for me to think about: this office worker at a Catholic school who had to be like, “I better check this out, just to make sure it’s safe.”

– Michael Khuribet


Chapman Students vs. Other College students


Chapman students were actually fine. I wasn’t around for Thirsty Thursdays or any greek parties, so the people I drove were great. They were mostly going to hang out with their friends at Disneyland. I’ve had frat guys from Cal State Long Beach in my car once. They got into my car and one of them pretended to have an accent and he told me he was from “Wakanda.” I said, “I’m not dumb, I’ve seen Black Panther.”

– Zoe Nixon

Top 10 Tips to Save Money in Disneyland

Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

The Happiest Place on Earth can also be one of the most expensive. Over the past decade, Disneyland single-day ticket prices have increased by 70 percent, according to Business Insider. Last year, the Disney Deluxe pass and the Disney Signature pass prices rose more than 17 percent, according to Theme Park Insider. Rising prices call for discount tips. Here are a few “dos” and “don’ts” of how to enjoy your day, without breaking your bank account.

1. Do: Go During an “Off Season”

Do: Go During an “Off Season”

Disneyland can be a walk in the park.

Disneyland changes ticket prices based on the date. Regular tickets start around $100. But, during what’s known as a “peak season,” prices could rise by over $30. Disneyland provides a calendar which shows ticket prices for each specific day. Peak seasons are any time Disneyland will experience more crowds. This is usually for holidays (i.e. Christmas or Valentine’s Day), when a large group of people will be visiting (i.e. for the Disney Expo convention, during the summer, or even on the weekends). Weekdays during the winter are probably your best bet for the cheapest ticket.


2. Don’t: Buy a Park Hopper Pass

Don’t: Buy a Park Hopper Pass

Castle one day, Guardians of the Galaxy the next.

Along with the price of your regular ticket, Disneyland charges over $50 a day for guests to “park hop.” Regular tickets allow admission to one park per day. The Park Hopper addition allows guests to hop to both parks per day. Disney catches guests, thinking it might be nice to have the option of both parks. In reality, however, Disneyland and California Adventure are both full of attractions, shows, and experiences that can easily fill an entire day.


3. Do: Check the Weather

Do: Check the Weather

Save (your money) for a rainy day.

Rainy days in Disneyland have their pros and cons. While the rain typically results in smaller crowds, and hence, shorter lines, the clouds also bring a fresh wave of Disneyland ponchos. As soon as the sky turns a deep blue, Disneyland ponchos will appear at virtually every store in the park. But, beware: Disneyland ponchos are usually around $10, and not worth their price. If the weather looks dreary, plan on bringing your own rain gear. Note that umbrellas are allowed in the park, as well.


4. Don’t: Buy Food in the Park

Don’t: Buy Food in the Park

Mickey pops and pretzels and popcorn, oh my!

Food in Disneyland is expensive, and portions are small. The best way to avoid spending all your money on food is to pack your own. Disneyland allows guests to bring their own food into the park, with a few guidelines. Your food should be packed or pre-made. This includes sandwiches, chips, fruit, granola bars, etc. Disney will not allow food in the park that needs to be prepared. This can be anything from sandwich making materials like deli meat and bread, to food that needs to be microwaved, like pasta. The only exception to this rule is if you have dietary restrictions. In that case, you can bring any food, it just has to fit into a small collapsible cooler.


5. Do: Order a “Side” Corndog

Do: Order a “Side” Corndog

This castle offers discounts.

Although buying food in Disneyland is almost always a (very expensive) bad idea, there are some exceptions. If you want to splurge on something like the Disneyland corn dogs, there’s still a way to save money. The corn dogs are around $9, including your choice of a “small bag of chips” or “apple slices” on the side. What Disney doesn’t tell you is that there’s a third choice: no side. The best way to get around paying $9 is to skip the side, and drop your price to $6. This works with any meal item that comes with a side of chips or fruit, just let your server know.


6. Don’t: Buy Water in the Park

Don’t: Buy Water in the Park

Did someone say free water?

Buying water is another costly mistake. Water bottles in the park can be up to $4. There are a two ways around spending money on water. First, Disneyland allows guests to bring an empty water bottle into the park. Hydroflask, Swell, and all other bottles are all welcome, as long as they’re empty upon entering the park. They can be refilled at any water fountain or soda fountain throughout both parks. Second, guests can order a “cup of water” at any Quick Service restaurant. (Note: this excludes the walk-up carts). Depending on the restaurant, guests will receive a 16- or 24-ounce “cup of water” with their meal, no added charge. Guests can order as many cups as they wish – now that’s a dream come true!


7. Do: Use Your Disneyland Contacts

Do: Use Your Disneyland Contacts

The Newsies may have a penny to spare.

Not only do Disneyland Cast Members get to work in the Happiest Place on Earth, but they also receive reasonable discounts and benefits. Most cast members receive 20 percent off merchandise, sit-down dining restaurants, and hotels. This discount raises to 40 percent during holiday seasons. Cast members are also allowed to sign guests into the park, which means a friend or family member can enter the park for free. Cast members only have around 14 days a year to sign people in, so they may not be willing to use this great privilege on just anyone. However, with Disneyland as the second top employer of Chapman students, according to the Chapman admissions office, there’s a good chance someone in your class may be your ticket into the park.


8. Don’t: Pay for PhotoPass

Don’t: Pay for PhotoPass

Sully doesn’t mind waving to your iPhone.

Disneyland has PhotoPass locations throughout the parks. Some locations feature characters, others a picture-perfect view of the park. Most of these locations have a Disneyland PhotoPass photographer snapping a bunch of photos. What you may not know is that Disneyland employees will also take photos with your phone. So before you strike a pose or start your character interaction, hand your phone to the nearest Disneyland cast member. They’ll be sure to capture all of the special moments, without the added cost.


9. Do: Use Disneyland Discounts

Do: Use Disneyland Discounts

All smiles for a free or discounted entry into the parks.

Even if you don’t have cast member connections, Disneyland still provides plenty of discounts. For one, make sure you don’t buy tickets unnecessarily. Disney admits kids ages 3 and under to enter the park for free. Disney also has ticket discounts for military personnel. The discounts vary, but usually include over $100 off full-priced tickets. Military personnel can purchase up to six tickets for themselves and their families and must be present when the tickets are used.


10. Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

The Mickey Ferris Wheel can fit all your Chapman friends.

Chapman holds different events throughout the academic year to visit Disneyland with discounted tickets. Chapman’s University Program Board orchestrates a visit to the park every fall, with ticket prices as low as $35. Also, the We Are Chapman retreat is hosted at the Disneyland hotel. After the program, students are able purchase discounted tickets at around $30.


Photos by Maggie Wright and courtesy of Emily Malner.

These scholarships can pay for your study-abroad trip – and your odds of winning one are awesome

Studying abroad can be a dream – but also a financial nightmare as study abroad programs typically cost more than tuition at home.

Few students know they can actually go to school overseas cheaper than at home with college scholarships designed for students who want to receive a portion of their college education in another country. Ranging from a $1,000 grant to a $5,000 scholarship, these programs will help you pay for your study abroad trip.

Should you qualify and apply, the odds are good you’ll win one: Because few people know about them, few apply. “If you don’t apply, you can never get the money,” said Clio Brady, a Freeman Asia scholarship recipient. Here’s how you can get “in it to win it.”


Phoebe De-Vos Cole: Gilman Scholarship

De-Vos Cole in Bruges, Belgium. Photo courtesy of Phoebe De-Vos Cole.

Eligibility: Students who are recipients of a Pell Grant, a federal grant

Amount: Depends, but averages $4,000

Can be used for: Books, tuition, travel expenses, or any other expense while abroad

Deadline: Tuesday, March 5 at 9:59 PM PST


The Gilman scholarship is a grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education. Students with limited financial resources are invited to apply so they, too, can study or intern abroad. Phoebe De-Vos Cole, a junior political science major, received $5,000 from the program to study in Spain. She used the money for books, tuition, and travel expenses.

To receive the Gilman scholarship, students must complete a “statement of purpose” essay about why they are studying abroad, and a “follow-on service project proposal.” The Gilman scholarship requires students to “propose” how they will inspire other students to go abroad, and hence, promote the scholarship. Most students, including De-Vos Cole, simply visit their high school and give a presentation.

Only seven to ten students Chapman students apply for the scholarship each year, according to Jodi Hicks, Assistant Director of Overseas Programs at Chapman’s Center for Global Education. De-Vos Cole suggests applying, even if it’s daunting. “Right before I went abroad, I had doubts,” she said. “I was a sophomore at the time, I thought I was too young, but I’m so glad I went.”

For more information visit: Gilman Scholarship


Clio Brady: Freeman Asia Scholarship

Brady at the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of Clio Brady.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students traveling to East or Southeast Asia who demonstrate financial need

Amount: Depends, but averages $5,000

Can be used for: Books, tuition, travel expenses. The money cannot be used to travel outside of the country in which you’re studying.

Deadline: Friday, April 5 at 2:00 PM PST


The Freeman Asia scholarship is funded by the Freeman Foundation. It assists undergraduate students traveling to East or Southeast Asia who demonstrate financial need. Clio Brady, a junior sociology major, applied for the Freeman Asia scholarship when she studied abroad in Hong Kong. The scholarship awards around $5,000 to be used for any expense while abroad except for travel to other countries.

In order to receive the Freeman Asia scholarship, students are required to submit their latest student aid report, financial aid award letter, and academic year cost of studying at Chapman. Freeman Asia prefers applicants to have little to no experience in the country they’re studying in. Funders also require students to return home with enough time for one more semester at Chapman.

If you’re eligible, all that’s left are the essays. Similar to the Gilman, students must propose a service project for after the trip and a personal statement on why they deserve the scholarship. “They just really want to narrow down where you’re going, and why you’re going there,” Brady said. Brady encourages everyone to apply, saying, “I thought it would be hard to get a scholarship, but it was actually easier than I thought.” At first, Brady received an email saying she was an “alternate” recipient. However, she was awarded the full scholarship one week later.

“If you don’t apply, you can never get the money,” Brady said. In the best case, you can study abroad and “change your world”. “We live in this college bubble at Chapman University in Orange, California,” Brady said. “You forget there’s a big world out there with lots of people. [Studying abroad] changes you, humbles you, and makes you grateful for what you have.”

For more information, visit: Freeman Asia Award


Kyra Gallego and Michaela Foisy: Promising Futures Program Grant

Foisy and Gallego in Rome, Italy. Photo courtesy of Kyra Gallego.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, first-generation college students

Amount: Depends, but averages around $2,000

Can be used for: Flights

Deadlines: For students going abroad in Fall: July 1st, Interterm and Spring: December 1st, Summer: May 1st


Chapman provides funding through the Promising Futures Program to support first-generation students who want to study abroad. Kyra Gallego, a junior English major, requested a grant to help pay for her round-trip flight to Rome. She received $2,000.

In order to receive the Promising Futures Grant, applicants must be first-generation students. No essays are required for this application. All one has to do is contact the First Generation Program at Chapman, fill out a form, and email the program requesting funding for your flight. “I thought tons of people applied for it and they only had a certain amount of funding,” Gallego said. “When I got the email, I started balling, like crying my eyes out. I thought I was going to have to pay for this flight myself and not have any money for going abroad . . . this just took a huge weight off my shoulders.”

Gallego was able to use the money she saved for her flight to travel throughout Europe. “Greece had been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember,” Gallego said. “We went to Athens and Mykonos and stayed in a beautiful white villa on the ocean with six of my best friends abroad. We just lived in Mykonos for four days and ate the most amazing food and met the most amazing people.” Gallego lived in Rome, but was able to visit Barcelona, Seville, Greece, Venice, and Germany (for Oktoberfest).

Michaela Foisy, junior sociology and communications double major, found out about the First-Generation grant through Gallego, who happened to be her roommate. She applied for a $1,000 grant from the Promising Futures Program. She received the scholarship just a few weeks later. “I didn’t want to pay for my own flight,” Foisy said, with a shrug.

“It definitely wasn’t too difficult,” Foisy said about the application. Foisy used the money she saved for her flight to travel through Europe. “[That money] paid for numerous trips and lots of pizzas,” Foisy said.

Gallego and Foisy encourage first-generation students to apply. “Just because you’re a first-gen. student and may not come from a lot, that doesn’t mean your experiences are limited,” Gallego said. “You should be able to go wherever you want in the world without [the] fear of finances holding you back.” Gallego said first-generation students have so many opportunities for scholarships, funding, and grants and encourages them to take advantage of that. “Because I was the first of my family to go through this, I was kind of in the dark,” Gallego said. “But Chapman offers so many resources and really is here to help.”

The Promising Futures Program doesn’t have a certain “cap”, according to Hicks. “It’s based on the number of students that apply and that [the program] feel are deserving of the funding,” Hicks said. “They’ll try to award as many students as they can.” The program asks about the student’s involvement with the Promising Futures program on campus. “Students who are involved with Promising Futures are more likely to be awarded,” Hicks said.

“[The program wants] to see how the experience is going to benefit their academic and personal growth,” said Hicks, who advised applicants to proofread and edit their submissions – with the help of others, if necessary.  “Most likely, [the first draft] is not the best draft they can do,” Hicks said.

For more information, contact Chapman’s Promising Future’s Program page: First Generation


Note: Before students can apply to study abroad, they must meet eligibility requirements. Students applying to any program must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 when they are accepted into the study abroad program, and must maintain that GPA after acceptance. Note that GPA requirements may vary depending on the program. Students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior when abroad. In order to have an internship-focused program, students must be of junior and senior class standing. Students with conduct holds must receive disciplinary clearance from the Dean of Students before studying abroad. Finally, students are required to attend a First Steps info session and meet individually with an advisor. For more details on Chapman eligibility and requirements, visit Chapman’s website.


For more information on study abroad scholarships, visit Scholarship and Funding for Study Abroad.