LFCC Alum Learning The
Magic At Disney College
Theme parks – Walt Disney World in particular – have always had a magical pull on 2017 LFCC grad Jessie Stewart. Now, she’s exploring the behind-the-scenes magic while attending Disney College in Orlando.
The Bluemont resident graduated from Leesburg Christian School in 2014, and enrolled at LFCC, where she earned an associate degree in general studies. She is now a student at Liberty University, majoring in English and minoring in theater.
Stewart says Liberty brings in speakers from Disney, and she learned about Disney College from an LFCC friend who also went through it. She applied for the program this past fall.
“I’ve always wanted to work in a park,” Stewart says. “It’s always been a magical thing in my mind, and it’s finally something I get to do.”
While she has been to Disney World a couple of times, she doesn’t remember much from those visits because she was so young at the time.
“I’m so happy to be going back as an adult,” Stewart says.
She says the Disney College program is considered an internship, and she will have classes and seminars throughout the six months she’ll be in Orlando.
The seminars will be with higher-level leadership at Disney. According to Disney College’s website, besides what the students glean from working at the park, they will be learning about how Disney successfully does business and receive guidance in their chosen career paths.
“I will be learning from some of the coolest people while I’m here,” Stewart says enthusiastically.
All park employees are called cast members. Stewart is working in several stores at the Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World.
“I’ve been so busy!” she enthuses.
Stewart hopes to go on to work in the editing or social media fields.
Stewart recently spoke to Janet Michael on The Valley Today on The River 95.3 with LFCC Marketing and Outreach Director Brandy Boies and shared her love of Lord Fairfax.
While not initially eager to attend LFCC, she changed her views as soon as she arrived on campus, Stewart said on the program. She originally wanted to be a teacher, but her interests also extended to designing, event planning, and editing. The affordability of LFCC gave her the room she needed to explore.
“I honestly believe it was just a great opportunity for me and I think it did shape the way my life is turning out,” she said on the program.
Her involvement in LFCC’s spring show led Stewart to fall in love with drama. Professor Andrea Ludwick taught her public speaking class and also worked with her in the theater.
“She kept encouraging me through all of my theater journey,” Stewart said on the radio show. “I love her so much.”