This is a guest post from a recent college graduate that decided to write a post for us. I really liked the post and I think the show is going to Broadway so I figured why not post it. Here is his guest post of A Whole New World from Aladdin.
A Whole New World, from the Disney Musical Aladdin, has special meaning for a recent college graduate who has just started a new career.
I graduated last December from an undergraduate program, and worked in a grocery store for eight months following my graduation. I enjoyed working there, but I always had a nagging feeling that I could use the skills I learned in undergrad for another career. Finally, after eight months of searching for a different job, I have begun working at a news agency, helping to fact-check and pitch story ideas for senior journalists.
Just like with starting any new job, I was nervous at first. However, like Princess Jasmine from A Whole New World Video from Aladdin, I knew it was time to get over my nerves and take a plunge into the unknown. What’s followed has truly been “a magic carpet ride.”
“A whole new world… A hundred thousand things to see.” Jasmine’s words from A Whole New World Video from Aladdin couldn’t ring more true to how I’ve felt about my recent job transition. Since joining my news organization, I’ve been exposed to so much new information. Each day brings new responsibilities, emails that I need to respond to but that I may not have all of the knowledge I need, and new stories I have to find information for. Thankfully, I have a mentor at work who has helped to instill in me the confidence that I can handle these new responsibilities. Just like Alladin tells Jasmine in Whole New World Video from Aladdin, he’s informed me that with each new responsibility, there will also be “new horizons to explore,” and that I should “hold [my] breath,” because it “only gets better.”
So, like Jasmine in A Whole New World Video from Aladdin, I feel that “I’ve come so far…I can’t go back…To where I used to be.” I often feel overwhelmed, but the amount of knowledge I’ve gained has been so exciting, and with each new task I complete I gain more confidence in my ability to handle the unknown. In my whole new world, there will be moments when I “soar” and others when I “tumble.” But one thing’s for certain- I can’t wait to enjoy the rest of this “magic carpet ride.”