By Kait Bedell – News Editor
When sophomore communications major Kristen Gorham announced to her family and friends that she had been accepted into the Disney College Program, they were surprised to learn she had even applied.
Gorham had applied to the program without telling anybody because she was worried she would not get in. The program takes about 5,000 out of about 55,000 applicants—and Gorham was one of them.
“I didn’t want to get my hopes up,” Gorham said.
Gorham had learned about the program through emails she kept seeing, encouraging her to apply. Since Gorham had always dreamed of working at Disney one day, she decided to apply.
Ever since Gorham went to Disney World with her family as a little girl, she knew what she wanted to do when she grew up.
“The first time I went to Disney, I fell in love with it,” Gorham said. “I fell in love with the atmosphere and making everyone feel like they belong somewhere.”
Gorham said since then, her love for Disney only grew as she went to Disney every two years after the first trip.
“I always thought that Disney was going to be an option,” Gorham said. “I always wanted to be a part of the magic.”
By taking this internship opportunity, Gorham said she hopes to open up the door for future opportunities at Disney.
Gorham is currently majoring in communications and is looking to work specifically in Marvel Studios after college.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Marvel so I want to be a part of going through the comics and really picking out the key important details to put into movies and be a part of that designing process,” Gorham said.
While Gorham said she was excited when she found out she had been accepted, she was still unsure of herself.
“When I told people I wasn’t sure I was actually going to take the position at first,” Gorham said. “I did not know if I would be okay with going off and being away from everyone.”
Gorham said she has never been far away from home and she was nervous to be so independent for such a long period of time. She said that some of her friends, such as sophomores Sarah Milne and LJ VP LaFiura, and junior Mike Maruk had convinced her to go.
“A lot of my friends were the ones that motivated me and said ‘Kristen, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You need to get out of your comfort zone and you need to do it. You’ll regret it if you don’t.’”
Milne thought the opportunity was important for Gorham and she should pursue it.
“This experience will be good for her because it’s a great opportunity for her major and will create a great resume,” Milne said. “This opportunity can potentially give her a job and more internship opportunities.”
Milne said Gorham “deserves this opportunity” because of the hard work she puts in both in and out of the classroom.
“I’m so proud of her for getting accepted in this program,” Milne said. “She will do great in the Disney college program.”