Kevin Song | Thursday, August 28, 2014
“It’s a small world after all.” This single song lyric might possibly be the most dreaded line in any Disney song for those visiting the Disney parks. The ride of the same name is simultaneously one of the most anticipated yet hated rides in the “Most Magical Place On Earth.” It’s the love of little kids and the bane of all catchy-tune-hating adult chaperones. But for me, it’s the song of the summer, symbolizing one of my favorite places in America.
This summer, I visited Disney World not once, but twice. I’m a proud Annual Passholder to Disney World and have flights booked to Orlando to return in January. I have a Spotify playlist of Disney songs and some Disney plushies in my room, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
As we return to the wonderful expanse of beautiful green quads and endless cornfields, and as a new batch of freshmen enter Our Lady’s University, I find myself coming out about my Disney fandom to the entire school community to make this point: “Don’t be ashamed.” Don’t be bashful and don’t be afraid to be who you are.
It’s easy to blend in with everybody in an isolated environment such as this one, whether it’s with what you wear, what you eat, what you think or what you do. It’s easy to do what all of your friends are doing and drop activities you might be passionate about for the sake of time or appearance.
I highly encourage everyone to attend Activities Night and sign up for as many activities as you think you might be interested in. But don’t sign up for activities just because your hallmates are doing it, and don’t shy away from a booth for a dance troupe or Model UN because you think your Bengal Bouts friends will judge you for joining.
Whether you are beginning your college career or about to start your professional career in a few short months, remember to be who you are. Let your own personality show. Don’t be ashamed to be who you are, no matter what. Don’t hesitate to try what you want to try, not just what your friends are trying. Don’t be afraid to add your own dash of color to the blue and gold painting that represents the Notre Dame community.
In the words of Aladdin, it’s “A Whole New World.” Go out and be who you are.
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