I did a lot of prep work before I began my internship at Walt Disney World. One reoccurring theme I found was that being a college program intern, you will make friends all over the world.
This sentiment was echoed during a conversation I had with an employee at Disney Springs a few days before I officially started my program. He told me how he had been a CP several times and had friends all over the world and he saw them often!
Now I was not opposed to this idea, but I felt a little suspicious of it. I have a very tight group of best friends, some of which I have known since middle school. Although I thought it would be great to make friends, I doubted I would ever find ones that compared to the BFFs I had back home. But as you all know, these posts are not about how I was right in my premonitions.
Disney taught me to think differently.
In the four months I was down in sunny Orlando, I met tons of incredible, amazing people. Many of them became my best friends and still are to this day. I made several friends at work, became instant BFFs with my seven roommates, and met several great people through college program events or simply hanging out around the parks.
Plus, one of the best parts about having all these friends (besides the obvious benefits of friendship – laughter, support, love, memories, etc), is that I really do have friends all over the world!! I took advantage of this in May when I visited Gainesville (Thanks Dre!) and Orlando (Love you Katey!). Many of my old roommates live in Pennsylvania (Hello Bri and Chelsea!) and another is in Texas (Miss you Rei!), so I can’t wait to see visit them all one day! And next time I am in Florida, you better believe I will be seeing my Miami roomie Kei and one of my favorite co-workers Mark! I also have plans to visit my friends in California (Hi Kimmy and Cahil!!)…maybe even London, ahh!
So many amazing things happened because of the Disney College Program, but the best is the people you meet and the friendships you make. And these friendships are not fleeting ones; I truly believe that they will last a lifetime. These are people that I will forever talk to, visit…some will even play a part in my one-day wedding! I am so grateful to have made these friendships, and I will be forever thankful for the program.
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Written by my daughter, Brittany. She completed several Disney internships and eventually accepted a full-time position on the conservation team at Animal Kingdom. Read all about her time there over at her blog Britty Loves Disney.