At some point in life, we all might dream of what it would be like to work at Walt Disney World. Karl Kassel, a Davie County Early College graduate and recipient of the MALLMARK Eagle Scout and White-Martin Scholarships, is getting to experience just that. After graduating from the Early College in 2015, Karl began taking classes at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He then applied for and was accepted to the Disney College Program in the spring of 2017. While at Disney, Karl worked as a character attendant, escorting our favorite Disney characters around the various parks as they charmed guests.
Following the Disney College Program, Karl returned to UNCG and completed his degree in Communication Studies with minors in English and Media Studies. Upon his college graduation, Karl could not resist returning to work for Disney. He was cast in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and classic show, Fantasmic! The Disney Aspire Program, which pays 100% of tuition up front for schools that are part of the Disney Aspire network, is now providing Karl with an opportunity to earn a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bellevue University in Nebraska.
Karl’s service project experiences while at the Early College, and his experiences working with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Davie County Public Library, sparked his interest in Communication Studies. He loves engaging with others and getting to know people better – both of which are qualities that fit his position at Disney beautifully! When he is not at work, Karl enjoys reading, cooking, and visiting his two favorite parks: Blizzard Beach Water Park and Magic Kingdom. It is exciting to hear the story of a scholarship recipient getting to enjoy the most magical place on earth!