Written by Katrina Pisch
I am the first to admit that I am a huge Disney nut. I have been to Disney World on multiple occasions including my high school senior week and a Disney wedding is not out of the realm of possibility. My college room is filled with Disney posters and movies and when new friends walk in for the first time I can see the surprise on their face as they immediately see my giant Frozen, Tangled, and Disney Princess collection posters as well as art I’ve made myself. But to my surprise people often judge and then ask why I still love Disney at my age and the answer I came up with is that people my age need it the most.
At the age of 22 I believe that I lived through two very great Disney eras. My childhood had Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Toy Story, and The Little Mermaid among others and now in my teens and twenties Disney has come out with Tangled, Brave, and Frozen. The movies and animation have evolved and changed as I have but the child still remains. Physically I am all grown up but we all have that little kid inside that gets giddy around Christmas time or birthdays. The child in me still lives and that child loves Disney and the idea that true love can conquer all and that adventure is just around the corner.
College has had its ups and downs and Disney has been through it with me. The lessons that Disney movies have brought forward apply to every college student in America. Brave teaches us that we can control our own fate and that our family will always be there for us. Tangled teaches us that it’s ok to venture out into the world. It will be scary and there will be bumps but it will be so worth it. Frozen teaches us patience in finding love and that you should not get engaged the first day of meeting someone and that a sister’s love is just as true as any other love. And let’s not forget to mention Toy Story 3 where we learn going off to college is a beginning and we should always remember the people and things that got us to that point.
Disney has always done an amazing job of putting life lessons into their movies and it is not just for kids. Every life lesson can be applied to the life of a college student and going out on their own. College students need Disney more than they think because it is a time of transition, which has its ups and downs. Every Disney character or hero has his or her own dilemmas but they power through. Disney has given me the confidence boost that I need to go out and face this scary world once I graduate and others in my position should look to Disney as wells.
Katrina Pisch is a college senior in Blue Bell Pennsylvania. She loves everything about Disney! Her favorite Disney princesses are Sleeping Beauty and Merida. Katrina also painted the images seen in this article.
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