BY: MEGAN JULIAN
Every good thing must come to an end. My Disney College Program cannot last forever, although I wish it could. However, the memories and magic will never leave. I have exactly one week left with this amazing company, with this place I call home. This company teaches you so much in such a small amount of time. With the help of some of my favorite Disney quotes, here are some things I have learned while working for the Mouse:
- “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney
A cast member creates some amazing memories for their guests. To put a smile on a guest’s face is one of the best feelings in the world. These memories will last with the guests for the rest of their lives. Why wouldn’t you want to help create those?
- “Adventure is out there!” – UP
There is so much of the world to explore! Working at Disney, sometimes you get transferred or deployed to different locations. It can be scary going to a place you are not familiar with but you learn so much from different places and locations. And when you are ready to go back, you bring all this new knowledge to share with your home or home location.
- “If watching is all you’re going to do, then you’re going to watch your life go by without you.” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
There are some days where you are just exhausted from work and you don’t want to do anything. But what fun is that? There is a whole (Disney) world waiting for you to go and play in it! Take this opportunity to go to the parks and explore. Have fun while you still can!
- “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” – Walt Disney
A rainy day in Disney is better than a sunny day anywhere else!
- “Don’t just fly, SOAR.” – Dumbo
Don’t be afraid to reach for the stars! One thing the company taught me is that to always work to your fullest potential. It helps you feel better about yourself and your work is the best it could be. It is amazing what you can do if you let yourself.
- “Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” – Lilo and Stitch
I’ve met some incredible people during my time here and I know they will always be there for me. The cast members you work with become your family and having a unit that works well together makes the production smooth and fun. They will always support you and will always be there when you need a friend. Working for a company so centered on family makes you really appreciate the family you have back home. I know through this whole process my family has supported me the whole way and I couldn’t be more grateful.
- “Just keep swimming…” – Finding Nemo
Work is physically and mentally exhausting and some days you just don’t feel the magic. And that’s okay. But just because you don’t feel it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Just keep going, no matter what happens, keep going because it will all be worthwhile in the end.
I have learned so much the past 2 and a half months, things that I will never forget. It is very hard to leave a place you’ve called home for such a long time. “Leaving home to go home” is a strange feeling. But the faith, trust and pixie dust will live with me forever. Thank you, Walt Disney, for creating such a magical and amazing place for children of all ages and cast members to escape the outside world. I love this company more and more each day and I am so grateful for the magic and memories it has given me.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
Megan Julian is a rising senior majoring in English Education with a Theatre Performance minor. She is involved in both theatre groups, HTAC and E-52, on campus and she enjoys doing outside theatre as well! If you have any questions about the Disney College Program and Internships, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!