College Life Lessons From Disney
If you haven’t binged watched Disney movies as a college student then you haven’t lived!
OK, so maybe that’s a little dramatic, but Disney movies have been very influential in our lives. From the proper use of a dinglehopper to having an alien as a pet, they have taught us invaluable lessons. Here are just a few.
The Little Mermaid
Ariel taught us the importance of reaching for your dreams. I mean, yes she did give up her voice and mermaid tail for a guy, but that isn’t the lesson we need to take to heart.
She did everything she could to follow her dreams. She didn’t listen when people told her she was crazy. Her perseverance and determination helped her reach her goals. College is a big dream for all of us, so be like Ariel and don’t give up, because one day your dreams will come true.
Aladdin, like Ariel, has some lessons that maybe weren’t the best, but he had his good moments. The most important one would be the importance of being ourselves. Never change who you are just to make someone like you. Those who love you will love the real you.
College is the time to find out who you are and who you want to be in the future. So learn about yourself, but never sacrifice the incredible person you are for anyone else—they aren’t worth it.
A Goofy Movie
Goofy was the worst nightmare of a father any little kid could ever imagine. I remember thinking my parents weren’t that bad every time I watched this movie. But Goofy taught us that our parents are our biggest supporters. They are the ones who will always have our backs.
As a college student, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the things happening around us, so we forget that our biggest fans will always be there to cheer us on. So you should probably call them every once in a while. Your mom misses you.
Even though the idea of having a monster enter your bedroom every night to make you scream to be able to light up Monstropolis is kind of scary, Mike, Sulley and Boo showed us any fear can be overcome if you have the right friends by your side. They also taught us that even though someone can seem to be nothing like us, they can turn out to be the best friend we’ve ever had.
And college is a little like Monsters Inc.: we constantly face new and scary challenges. We don’t know what may be behind every door we open, but we learn to be brave and to lean on our friends when we are feeling overwhelmed. Even if the door may lead you to the Himalayas and you meet the Abominable Snowman, the important thing is that your friends are by your side.
Lilo and Stitch
So maybe we don’t have aliens for pets, but Lilo taught us a very important lesson about acceptance. She taught us that some people just need a little bit of patience and a lot of love. If Stitch can learn to behave on this planet, then anyone is capable of changing for the better.
But more importantly, she showed us that having a family there to support you is the most valuable thing you could have in your life. And maybe just like Lilo, your family is made up of very unique people who all come together to love and support you. These are the people that will always be by your side. Because “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind.”