“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Hi there! I’m Erin, and this is your behind the scenes look at my journey towards a career with The Walt Disney Company.
Picture a young eight year old girl, wearing pigtails in her hair and a Winnie the Pooh hat. She’s sitting on her grandma’s lap watching the Share a Dream Come True parade on Main Street, USA and sipping a delicious root beer float. On her face is an expression of pure awe and delight as she savors each magical moment that Disney has to offer her. Little does she know just how much Disney will offer her in her lifetime.
That little girl was me. I’ve visited Disney World a few times since then, each time continuing to be enthralled by the magic, and with a growing yearning to learn more about how it works, and the people who make it happen. It never occurred to me that I could be one of those people and make the magic I adored, for others.
Sometime between my sophomore and junior year of high school, I was perusing the Internships page of the Ohio State website when I stumbled upon a link called “Walt Disney College Intern Program.” I clicked the link and discovered the Disney College Program site and continued to read every single piece of information it contained. Within a few hours I had learned about the components of the program, Living, Learning and Earning, what the program entailed, and just about everything else you could possibly think of. Throughout the rest of high school I read current participants’ blogs, subscribed to YouTube channels and pretty much lived vicariously through these people’s experiences working for the Mouse.
As I write this, I am a freshman in college studying psychology. I’m planning on applying this fall for the Disney College Program in the spring of 2016. Until I near the application process and can actually write about working in Disney World, I plan on blogging about Disney news that I find interesting. My goal is that this blog will ultimately be a combination of Disney-related news and my experience with the company.
Welcome aboard, and let the magic begin!