My name is Stephanie Mosbrucker and on August 16th 2012 I set off on a most excellent adventure; the Disney College Program.
“What is this Disney College Program?” you may ask. No, I was not Snow White as fitting as my 6’, black haired, albino bisque appearance may lead on. Instead, I got to join close to 8,000 other college students from around the globe in a Live, Earn and Learn experience in the busy and beautiful city of Orlando. We piled into the Orientation building, full of expectations and wonder. We were met with just the magic we had been seeking: the lights dimmed, a fog blower machine ruffled our hair and laser lights strobed above us as the two orientation leaders danced down the middle isles greeting us enthusiastically, pumping us up and sprinkling the metaphorical fairy dust for which we had all been waiting.
That was my first experience with the Disney Company. What followed was a semester of training and experience in which I got to sprinkle fairy dust and make magic for each guest which whom I came into contact.
My Disney Adventure began many months before I actually arrived in Orlando. Last March I decided to apply to the program after 2 years of ‘friendly encouragement’ from an adult friend. She had participated in the program years and years and… years ago and believed that it would be an excellent fit for my personality and social nature, benefiting any of my future endeavors as well. Unsure if I wanted to give up a semester of school, I applied with the attitude of ‘If I get it then I can decided whether or not to go, but this is too great of an opportunity to just pass up entirely.” The next day I received an email congratulating my application and advancement to an interview which I promptly set up and completed –over the phone- about a week later. “Wow, Disney moves fast! This was the easiest thing ever!” I thought to myself. Well, God heard me and the waiting game began. One week. Two weeks. A million years it felt like since I had been contacted by Disney World! During this waiting period I was praying for guidance on the subject; beginning with the “God, if it is your Will, I think this would be a really cool thing to do”, “God, Your Will be done, just help me to know whether you would like me to go or come back to Ave next semester”. And then finally “God pleeeeaaaaaaassssseeeee let me go to Disney World! I really WANT to go!” Inbox: Disney World: Congratulations! You have been accepted to the Disney College Program Fall 2012!
Sometimes I think God lets us know His will by changing our own.
AMU student Erin is keeping a blog as she studies abroad in the AMU Rome program. You can follow her directly or get updates on her progress from us here. From what we’ve seen on her blog, she’s already on her way!
I’M LEAVING FOR ROME IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS!! I won’t have a working phone over there, and I wanted more legitimate means than Facebook to document my adventure, so here it is, the blog!
In case you haven’t heard, I will be spending the next three months studying abroad in Rome, the Eternal City, the Heart of the Church! I still can’t believe it! It’s so unbelievable to me that I just started packing yesterday afternoon (which is actually a pretty early start for me, as I tend to operate last minute). Consequently, I still have quite a bit to accomplish and I should get back to packing soon. Packing in itself has been an adventure. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s been pretty uneventful. Packing is one of my least favorite things in the whole wide world. I’m trying to pack…More
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