We will be taking a trip across the state from the unbearable cold and rain to the blazing sun. After a 56hour flight, Beaverton High School marketing students have arrived to “the happiest place on earth,” 3,040.2 mi from home. This five day trip will be long and tiring, but that won’t stop Disney from putting a smile on our faces.
Our first stop, the Disney Movie Resort! When we first walked into the resort it was not as exciting and Disney fanatic as you would expect, but it was beautiful and clean inside. Right once we walked out to the back, we had entered the beginning of our Disney magical experience! There were people hanging out by the shack, families in the pool bonding, and adults and children jamming out to the Disney music. On our way to our hotel room, there were huge structures that correlated with a specific movie.
Disney YES Program
Somehow, we had to drag ourselves out of bed every morning before 7:20 am to meet the bus that took us to a land called, Epcot, in Disney World. Here, we met up with the happy outgoing cast members that took us on an adventurous ride throughout the land where we did little workshops in two small groups. On the first day, our workshop was about technology.
As we all may know, the 21st century is expanding their research and knowledge in technology. During our workshop, we learned that products in technology need to be carefully looked at by four main groups: government, economics, society and technology safety. These all determine whether a product or service will be sold or not. Without these four areas we would not have safe technology that meets our needs and wants. We traveled back in time to learn how we started from rocks and dirt that turned into space travel and flying cars. Inventions and ideas did not start from just one person, rather it grew from one person to another.
“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world.
But it takes people to make the dream a reality”
On the second day, we took a magical ride into the land of leadership. Having strong self-esteem, integrity and being a risk-taker are just a few keys into what it takes to be a leader. The hardest, but most influential piece of this workshop is when we were separated into groups of four and had to brainstorm ideas for a new business. The leaders were only given a small piece of information that we had to work off of and figure out what the need of the company was. My group leader was not able to talk to us, rather we had to ask “yes” or “no” questions. This made us have to really put our trust and ideas together to try and come up with an end result. In the end, we learned that one of the most important parts of leadership is cooperation. If there is no cooperation then the task cannot be completed to the best of its ability.
The day that really stood out to me as being the most influential was when we had to work on team building. We had to collaborate, use our resources and trust one another in order to succeed. My group had no problem in doing so. From what we have practiced in school, sports and our daily lives we listened to everyone’s ideas and cooperated with one another. This led our team to be the most successful.
We not only had to work on technology, leadership and team building in the three hour long workshops. These also took place within our groups that traveled together throughout Disney World. Our phones helped us keep track of time, communicate to our teachers and friends, as well as help direct us around the parks. As we were traveling around the parks, we had to have a leader that helped guide us to where we needed to go and what we should do next. We wouldn’t have arrived to the parks and rides we wanted to explore if it weren’t for all of us sharing our ideas, cooperating, and trusting one another.