Just over a year ago, I began what would end up being my BEST college experience. After hitting that inevitable college slump that had me exhausted, overworked, and questioning everything, I knew I needed a break. I heard about the Disney College Program from a high school classmate and started researching the idea further. For one semester, I would work and play in Disney World as a Cast Member. I went back and forth on this decision, debating whether it was wise to take the semester off and do something just for me. But, thankfully, I made the decision that Walt Disney World was the place for me and I packed my bags.
Today, I feel like I owe Disney a big thank you. Although all of it wasn’t fireworks and parades, it turned out to be the best experience I could have ever had. It introduced me to new people, new cultures, and a new outlook on life. Disney gave me hope for possibility and for magic in the everyday. It also gave me a handful of best friends around the country (and the world) that I’ll have for a lifetime. Finally, it gave me the courage to be independent. Living on my own, buying my own groceries, and going to work all from a thousand miles away from home taught me that I could be self-reliant in a way I didn’t know possible before.
Now, I’m back at school and enjoying my last semester in college. Despite first having gone through the “post-Disney depression” because I was missing my friends, I now feel overwhelmingly grateful. I am thankful for the opportunity to have learned from the man behind the magic, Walt Disney, and I take away his belief that you should do what you love above all else. As he once said, “All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
This week, don’t be afraid to dream
LeadHer™ Intern, Campus Calm™
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