1. A scholarship to kickstart my education- Honestly after highschool I didn't have many plans I wanted to go to college but really didn't make any plans to do so. I assumed I would take a semester or so off and figure it out but on my Disney graduation from their high school program Disney granted me a $1,000 scholarship which was enough to motivate me to start school right away and for that I am so grateful.
2. Social Confidence- Anyone who knew me before I worked at Disney could tell you I was extreamly shy. It took me forever to talk to anyone and even if I was comfortable with you I was still pretty quiet, and while I am in no means a social butterfly now I will talk to people and I have the confidence to start conversations and to carry on conversations and make eye contact things that before I struggeled with. I remember when I was around 14 or so I wouldn't even ask a cashier for help or any question I hated talking to people at all and now I can. This is something that I will need in anything I do in life and thanks to Disney I have the confidence to do it. I remember my managers when I first started had to almost literally drag me from behind the register now I make an effort to be out in the open and I do truly enjoy talking to the guests its been a big change.
3. Confidence- I have never been a "leader" and used to always look to others for help or assurance but Disney has presented me with more oppurtunities to challenge myself where I know I can rely on myself without other's help. I am just as able as they are and I no longer need others approval.
4. I learned it is impossible to make everyone happy and thats okay but its okay to try too.- I like pleasing people I think way to much of what others think about me and I kinda want everyone to like me I know its an unreal idea but I don't like putting people out and I want to do what makes others happy. Which I don't think there is much wrong with (except for the part of worrying about what others think of you) but I have learned that no matter how hard you try people especially at Disney will choose to be unhappy and will most likely take it out on you. I have learned to let this go and not let it get to me sure it hurts and its easy to let it leave you stung and bitter but chances are whatever is going on with them it has little to do with you or whatever you supposedly did to "ruin their vacation" and why let that distract you from all the wonderful guests around. These people are no better than you or more entitled than you don't let them get the better of you because they don't deserve it.
5. I have gotten to meet people from all over the world. It is something I admit I take for granted but I do love asking people where they are from and you get answers from all over and not just guests but I have also worked with people from all over the world and really when you think about it thats pretty amazing.
6. Another thing I take for granted is I can go to Disney pretty much anytime I want. I have made so many wonderful memeories and met so many wonderful people this way and I honestly never thought about it much but when you get to talk to guests and so many of them tell you they have saved up their whole lives to come it really puts into perspective just how lucky I really am.
7. New friends- I have met so many wonderful people. I work with some of the greatest people I have ever met. Visiting the parks and attending events such as SWW I have met so many other wonderful people some of which have become close friends.
Disney has really provided me with the stepping stones to becoming a better person and I am so thankful for all they have done for me. I get to go to work and make people happy thats my job to give guests the one of a kind experience that they expect from Disney. I have so many fond memories of working and playing at Disney and am looking foward to making many more. Below are some pictures I found online of the wonderful stores I work in.
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