A couple months ago I stumbled across an internship on Facebook at Walt Disney World. I knew my cousin did the program a couple years ago, but I really did not understand what the whole program was about, or what the point of it was. As I began to research the program I realized it would be a wonderful opportunity to experience a Whole New World. I decided to apply for the program for the next coming semester, knowing I would probably never get accepted. I got called for an interview just a couple weeks later, and I spoke with the Disney representative about the possible jobs I could do. I told her almost instantly that the only position I wanted was to be Prince Charming, but realistically I knew that was a dream that was nearly impossible. The interview went almost perfectly, and I was very pleased on how well everything went.
I began the wait game to see if I was actually going to be accepted into the program. I had not heard from Disney in about 7 weeks, so I began to realize this dream may never come true. I actually began to register for classes for the upcoming semester, and was elected Treasure of the Student Senate at Benedictine University. I began to think God had another plan for me rather shipping off to Orlando, Florida.
I remember very vividly sitting in writing class on an early Wednesday morning in April. I got an email with the subject of Congratulations from Walt Disney World, and I did not believe my eyes. I was accepted into the program, and I would be leaving the first week of July to start a new life in Disney. Sadly I was not chosen at Prince Charming, but I was selected as a lifeguard.
After many months of planning this trip, saving money, packing, intense workouts, and extremely sad goodbyes, I finally arrived at Disney World on July 8th. Only a couple days later I checked into my apartment where I met some great roommates that welcomed me as if we were friends forever. I was very homesick the first two days, and all I kept thinking about was packing my bags and heading home. I was determined to make Disney work though, because of how much I loved the Disney Magic.
I began Lifeguard class a couple days ago, and today I received my Lifeguard License, so my dream actually came true. There is no other place I would rather be for the next seven months than Disney World. I love being a kid again, and knowing that it will be my job to protect families as they swim in the pool. I followed my dream, and I was very confident that God was calling me here to Orlando. There is no greater place in the world than Walt Disney World, there is an endless flow of Magic.
I am so lucky to have this program, and I know I will become more of a man now that I am here. Even though I miss watching the Chicago Cubs dearly, but hanging out with Mickey Mouse is unbeatable.
Remember everyone, follow your dreams, try something new, step out of your boundaries (personal bubble). There is a lot of doors out in the world just waiting for someone to open it.
Welcome to a Whole New World