Junior Rachel Whitt said she has always had a fascination with all things Disney.
“I remember always watching the Disney Channel before I left for school in the mornings and in the afternoons when I got home,” Whitt said. “I loved it.”
When the opportunity arose to apply for the Disney College Program — a paid internship that allows students to live and work at Disney World — Whitt jumped at it.
“I’ve lived in Arkansas my whole life, and I feel like I cannot reach my full potential here. When I saw the opportunity to leave, I took the chance,” Whitt said. “I never really thought I would get in because it is so competitive, but I still applied just to see.”
Whitt said she considers herself an introvert, so she thinks the opportunity will be an amazing way to get out of her comfort zone.
“I’m hoping this opportunity will build my resume and get me out of my box,” she said. “I’m pretty introverted, especially for the job field that I want to go into.”
Whitt hopes that by working at Disney World, she will have the opportunity to work around creative people and get her foot in the door to one day be a Disney event planner.
“I’ve always loved creating,” she said. “It’s always been a way that I can focus. I can start a project and just become completely immersed. It’s relaxing.”
Whitt currently exercises that creativity through Burned Revival, a business where she sells hand-painted Bibles, signs, notebooks and burned wood signs.
“It’s fun for me to see other people so excited when they get something I made,” Whitt said. “And making a few extra dollars is nice, too.”
Whitt is majoring in family and consumer sciences. She said she believes the classes she is taking are a practical approach to learning the skills that she will one day need in the career of event planning.
“I love the idea of being able to make special days in someone’s life even better and being able to play a part in it,” she said.
Photo by Rileigh McCoy.