I am a firm believer in the fact that dreams are only dreams until you make them a reality.
Having a dream is great, but it’s only the foundation. You need to be willing to put in the work to make it come true because very rarely will anything be handed to you.
I used to have a hard time dreaming not because I wasn’t willing to put in the work, but because I wasn’t sure I was good enough to achieve my goals. I sold myself short so many times, convinced that I didn’t have what it took to be extraordinary. I let my dreams, along with my self confidence, die out, leaving a number of ‘what if’s’ behind.
When I graduated from college I decided that I was going to go after what I wanted, even if it meant failing a few times. This was especially difficult for me because I felt that I should have had everything figured out on graduation day. I have had to constantly remind myself that it’s okay to not have everything planned out and perfect right away. Everyone’s path is different and mine was just beginning.
I started my second college program at Disney and immediately started applying for professional internships with them. For years I had dreamed of doing social media for this incredible company and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t going to shy away from an opportunity because I didn’t think I was ‘good enough.’
Anyone who has ever applied for a PI will tell you it’s a long, nerve-racking experience. But this was my second time and I felt a little more confident. I tailored my resume and cover letter for each specific position, did my research and started the waiting game.
I was contacted for a phone screen about a week after I put in my first set of applications. I will be honest with all of you- I did not think it went well. I had been up most of the early morning/night due to a personal emergency and I did not feel prepared in the slightest. I did my best despite the circumstances because I didn’t want to sabotage myself, but I finished the interview feeling like I could’ve done better.
The weeks following that interview felt like torture. I was way too hard on myself- you can ask anyone close to me. I was slipping back into my old ways, feeling like I wasn’t good enough and that I was never going to get the chance to show what I was capable of. I had almost given up completely…until I was contacted for a second interview with members of the department I’d be working in if I got the position.
I wasn’t going to throw away my shot.
I made sure I had my resume printed and in front of me. I had pages of notes written out and a blank paper to write down any questions. I put on my most professional attire, my biggest smile and sat in front of that computer screen ready to impress. And the minute the interview ended…I knew that I had it. That surge of confidence was unlike anything I have ever felt before and damn…it felt good. I had great answers, I was friendly, I was confident and most importantly…I was myself. I gave them a glimpse of the hard-working, determined and creative individual that would be joining their team. I really thought that I had won them over.
And…I was right.
I am so excited to announce that as of two weeks ago, I was offered a position as the Social Media and Character Strategy Intern for Walt Disney World- and I accepted! My new journey will begin this coming January, and I could not be happier or proud of myself.
I am proof that hard work and determination can lead to success. I didn’t get to where I am by sitting back and taking the easy way out; I busted my ass for years and I pushed myself even when things got difficult. I gave myself opportunities by never settling and always seeking new ways to improve and build my skills.
For the first time in a long time…I am proud of myself and I believe that I deserve this win. I sit here tearing up as I write this because it has been a long, long time coming. When I tell you my confidence has been shaken for years, I mean it. But I saw something I wanted and I did everything in my power to make it happen.
Being offered that position had nothing to do with luck- it had everything to do with the fact that I was qualified, the most qualified, for the position. It was the culmination of years of putting my education first and being dedicated to my craft. I can breathe a sigh of relief because it finally feels like I have made it.
I am where I am meant to be and as my favorite Disney Princess would say, “At last I see the light.”