Nicole '22 has been accepted into the highly selective Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2020.
She receives an all-expenses-paid 4-day/3-night trip to Disney World Resort, where she will collaborate with other contestant winners, attend career workshops, develop networking and interview skills, and work with mentors. The event takes place in mid-March.
The academy receives thousands of applications from across the U.S. but accepts only 100 teens each year.
"I made the decision to apply for Disney Dreamers Academy because I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to meet new people from around the country, hear from extremely influential people about their craft, and have the opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime journey," says Nicole, a day student from Pacific Grove.
"When I first applied I never imagined I would get in, but I knew that I would be kicking myself if I didn't apply. When I received my potential winner letter, I was of course in shock, and I don't think it will truly hit me that I got in until I get on the plane to Florida. But most of all I am grateful for the opportunity."
According to the Dreamers Academy website, the event was created to "encourage Dreamers along their paths to success, to provide them with tools to let their potential shine, and to convey that the power of dreaming is the first step to achieving their goals." Attendees meet Disney cast members, celebrities, industry experts, and community leaders in a variety of career disciplines. Disney hosts the academy in partnership with comedian/entertainer Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine.
"I am looking forward to meeting all of the inspirational people who made this happen," Nicole says, "but of course being at Disney World is an added bonus!"