25 Things I’ve Learned at 25

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I turned 25 last month… I don’t even know how that’s possible, but yes, I did celebrate with a photoshoot in Magic Kingdom (definitely had some weird looks when I started blowing up my own balloons on Main Street). Now that I have finally finished mourning over being another year older and accepted the fact that I am halfway through my 20s; here’s a list of things I’ve learned in my 25 years. Cheers!

  1. You won’t feel like a “real adult”, you’ll question everything, you’ll feel lost, and you’ll think you’re not good enough. Fight through it. Being in your 20s is a rollercoaster ride.
  2. Don’t worry about things you cannot control.
  3. Unplug from social media every once in a while.
  4. Find your personal style and rock it.
  5. Go new places, whether that be across the globe or on the other side of town.
  6. Also, return to the places that make your heart happy.
  7. Discomfort oftentimes leads to growth.
  8. Let go of things that no longer bring you joy.
  9. It’s fully acceptable to eat chocolate in bed at 8 p.m. on a Saturday night.
  10. Get rid of clutter- in your environment and in your mind.
  11. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want; in the workplace, in relationships, etc.
  12. Lipstick will instantaneously make you appear put together.
  13. Making huge investments, like purchasing a new car, is completely terrifying yet rewarding at the same time.
  14. Find ways to express your creativity.
  15. At a time when it seems like everyone is getting married and having children, it is more than okay being unsure of your next step.
  16. Trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is.
  17. Take the time to discover your real strengths, because more often than not, we tend to focus on our weaknesses.
  18. Don’t let people make you feel bad about your lifestyle, diet, or how you look.
  19. You’re going to lose touch with a lot of people, but your true friends will always stick around and be by your side.
  20. Embrace you personality. It’s okay to be “weird and quirky”.
  21. Holding back will get you no where.
  22. Stop worrying about what others think about you, because they probably aren’t thinking about you.
  23. Be kind: to others and yourself.
  24. Don’t believe all those negative thoughts running through your head late at night.
  25. You can’t wait for happiness, you have to fight for it.

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When Can We Do This Again?

 

Some of my absolute favorite moments from my 10 months spent at the Disney College Program. I fell in love with Disneyland, I got to close down Main Street every night, I finally got Galactic Hero, I met amazing characters, and so much more. But most of all, I meet the most amazing people that I now consider my family. You can follow the rest of my DCP journey on my Instagram @merelymelissa

Graduation | Onto My New Dream

And just like that another chapter of my life has come to an end. I honestly can’t believe that I can utter these words, but I am now a college graduate… I walked across the stage and received my diploma this past Wednesday. I now have a Bachelor of Science in Communications/ Public Relations, as well as certification in Wedding and Event Design. I am relieved that I never have to attend an 8am class again, or listen to a lecture that has absolutely nothing to do with my major. At the same time though, I am saddened that college is over. My university was like a comfort blanket, I was good at school and tests and speeches and learning. Now I have to find something else to be good at.

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These past 4 years have flown by, and throughout the years one extremely memorable moment holds true: my first Disney College Program experience. I am absolutely overjoyed that in just two short weeks I will start my new adventure in a place that I call home. Alongside the excitement comes a bit of fear, nervousness, and self-doubt; will I actually find a career in the place where everyone else’s dreams come true? I’d like to hope so.

My wish is to continue blogging, hopefully often, about my second Disney College Program experience. I truly want to hold myself accountable, because I look at my blog as a diary that I can look back on. That being said, I am unsure of a few things, for starters my work schedule once I arrive in Orlando; another being my internet connection. I will however try my best to post as often as possible!

Side note- I’ve been racking my brain as to whether or not I should start a vlog channel on YouTube, that would of course document my DCP journey. Any comments or thoughts on this would be awesome and appreciated!

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Were You A Princess?

This is the question I get every time I mention working for Disney. Yes, I did intern for Walt Disney World. No, I was not a princess, character, or a dancing lollipop in the 3 o’clock parade.

I worked in merchandise which is definitely less intriguing than “being friends with Minnie Mouse”. I saw hundreds of people each day through my work location, which was all of Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. I watched Wishes every night, stocked the stores, helped guests find their ride photos, and even got to ride Space Mountain.. in my costume.. with the lights on.

While working at Disney might not be everyones dream, it was one of mine, for as long as I can remember. I participated in a little thing known as the Disney College Program, or DCP for short. Yes, that means that you are constantly surrounded by thousands of other college kids whilst living, working, learning and breathing Disney. It’s actually one of the best and coolest feelings ever. And I would recommend the experience to anyone.

So here’s a few things I learned from working at Disney:

1. It’s not about the job, but instead your coworkers. 
There were days that I dreaded going into work. But everyday when I walked down the tunnels and saw my T-land family, I instantly felt better about life. My friends were always there for me. Whether that was to share laughs, tears, sing to Wishes, experience guests, or life outside of Disney. They became my backbone for 7 months, and I can still count on them 2 years later.

2. You can’t go anywhere without comparing it to Disney.
I literally walk into stores and complain when I don’t get the “Disney guest service”. Jobs? Yeah you’ll hate all of them, and wish you were back at Disney. Don’t even get me started on vacations.

3. When it comes to Disney, everyone is equal. 
I’m not kidding, you will meet people from around the world. So all those preconceived notions you have about people from other geographical locations will be thrown out the window. One of my best friends lives in England, the other in France, the other in Texas. So yes, people will shock you, but we are all way more similar than you think.

4. The Disney College Program is the most interactive internship around.
No coffee runs or 8am meetings. It’s all about the work experience. You will work 30-40 hours a week, in any of the “basic” roles available at the resort. Merchandise, custodial, attractions, front desk, food and beverage. You will sweat, cry, and laugh all while wearing a smile and saying “Have a magical day!”

5. Make the most of your time, because it goes by in the blink of an eye. 
One minute it’s June 4, and the next it’s December 31. I experienced a ton during my program, but I always wish I would have done more. And not have complained or sweat the small stuff. Go to all the parks, take as many pictures as possible, sing Wishes at the top of your lungs. Make a second family who will be there by your side for the rest of your life. Make it the best experience of your life, and one that you will cherish forever.

Want to know more about my Disney experience, more pictures, more advice? Let me know!

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