By Rachel Casey
Imagine all of the standard jobs for college students, then imagine working at Disney World! MCC-Longview student Evelyn Crosby will have the experience of a lifetime as she moves from her home in Grandview to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for the spring 2015 semester.
She will be greeting guests at one of the resorts, living in a Disney apartment and taking a college course that will transfer to either MCC or a four-year institution – all due to a random conversation.
A few months ago Crosby was at a cosmetics counter getting color matched for her skin tone.
“The beauty consultant and I were chatting, and she told me about this Disney program and encouraged me to look into it,” Crosby explained. Crosby discussed options with her MCC-Longview adviser, filled out the online application and then did a phone interview.
“I assumed I wouldn’t get in. I know there are thousands applying and they only accept 2,000,” Crosby said. But she did get in and started planning.
Crosby is on track to receive an associate in arts degree in criminal justice.
So how does the happiest place on earth fit into criminal justice? Crosby’s Disney course will focus on security, fraud and loss prevention, “so they can keep it the happiest and safest place on earth,” she said.
Crosby will be working with guests at one of the resorts. With an average of 45,000 Disney World visitors each day, Crosby will likely have plenty of chances to observe and learn about human – particularly children’s – behavior.
“After my AA degree, I plan to continue in anthropology, studying child psychology,” she said.
Crosby already has some relevant experience under her belt. In middle school she served on the Grandview Youth Court that handled misdemeanor cases.
“Once I got to high school, I was asked to do an undercover experience and got the idea of entering college with an internship with a police department.”
Crosby is sure she’ll treasure the experiences on her journey. Or, as she said, “I’m just ready to start my own story.”