It’s been about a week or two since I’ve arrived in Orlando to participate in the Disney College Program and the one lesson that I’ve learned is to take logistics seriously!
You would think that most of the difficult work involves apply for jobs, going through interviews and waiting for a job offer, but I would wholeheartedly disagree! Right after I had taken my last final exam (which, by the way, did awesome for the most part), I spent the remainder of my week trying to figure out how I would be able to drive sixteen hours down to Orlando. See, the problem wasn’t exactly staying awake for the sixteen hours, it was trying to close a residence hall and drive to Orlando all within a 30 hour time frame from when we began closing the building Sunday after finals!
After the whole adventure, I have a few words of advice for people who are living away from home for internships (through my two internships):
- Do what you’re comfortable with: Don’t go out of your way and do something that is entirely unfamiliar just to save time or money. A really good example is my choice of driving 16 hours down to Florida. While I could have flown from Columbus to Orlando, I’ve never actually “moved” my living stuff cross-country before through the air. I took the option of driving.
- Don’t live frugally: At my first internship, I saved a lot of money to invest in an IRA and other things at the cost of my work life. This and other various factors within that company caused me to struggle to connect within the company. Take the financial hit for the first few weeks, you’ll make it up in the long run.
- Bring stuff from home: Of course, always ask your parents just so that they don’t have a fit when they find that their precious Dyson vacuum was commandeered by their kid. Make a list of things based upon your living arrangements so that you know what you’ll absolutely need to invest in when you reach your new home!
- Have fun: Of course, being at Disney, it’s all about having fun and smiling. Okay sure, people might label you as “that intern”, but nothing is funnier or brightens people’s days when you joke around, do silly things and do the smallest things for people. Of course, when the time comes, do your job appropriately and go above and beyond what they ask of you… but don’t take it too seriously! Well, that is, unless you’re in investment banking, God bless you. I don’t know how you do it.
- Get connected: And old phrase went like this: a man should spend a third of your time at work, a third asleep and a third doing whatever you want to. Adjusting to work can be a culture shock. Living in a new city is and will be a culture shock. Get adjusted quickly by connecting with stuff that you’re interested in. Just look on the internet for some groups and organizations that you can join. You reached out to strangers during the involvement fair, it shouldn’t be any harder to the same thing in a city!
I could keep writing about everything that’s going on here, but I’m going to save them for an actual Disney post. I’m so excited about my opportunity and hopefully you’ll be able to hear from me about my Disney experience soon!
As we would say at Disney, “Have a magical day!” I’ll see you next time!