Kathleen Fasold '17
Pursuing a Dream
A lover of books and nearly all things Walt Disney, Kathleen Fasold’s experiences on The Hill encouraged her to navigate successfully through a rough patch. Since then, she has found her place on campus, settled on a new career path and accepted an internship at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Kathleen, whose mother is a member of the Class of 1982 and whose parents married on The Hill in 1985, attended Spring Hill College because of the family feel. In her sophomore year, however, she considered transferring to another institution. After reflecting, she decided to let her time at the Italy Center help her decide. “It really gave me a sense of self-awareness,” she said.
Kathleen returned to The Hill, realized some of her problems were of her own making and got more involved. Already a SpringHillian Ambassador before her trip, she became more involved in Campus Ministry, participated in the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, served as a Resident Advisor and joined the English Club. She also participated in a CLIMB experience in which she worked weekly with children to write and translate poetry from Spanish to English. She branched out of her dorm room, made some friends and hasn’t looked back.
“Spring Hill made me more confident in my abilities because I learned I could do all of these things. I could make friends. I could join activities. I could talk about and give tours of the school. I could travel on my own,” she said.
Her time on The Hill has opened new possibilities to her as she begins the journey on her career path. According to Kathleen, who has since traded in a teaching certificate for a writing minor, the core classes helped confirm that English was the right major for her while teaching English as a second language in Italy helped her realize that teaching was not. A further discussion with a mentor steered her toward library science as a possible career path and the opportunity to work with books.
“Spring Hill made me more confident in my abilities because I learned I could do all of these things. I could make friends. I could join activities. I could talk about and give tours of the school. I could travel on my own.”
Kathleen planned to attend graduate school in the discipline in the fall, but everything changed when a family love of Disney – her parents honeymooned there and incorporated the destination into their family travels each year – encouraged her to apply for the Walt Disney World College Program. She was accepted to work in its Attractions department and will learn her exact role when she arrives for the start of the program in August. “
During her time with Disney, an organization with a reputation for delighting its customers through exceptional experiences, Kathleen hopes to gain more experience in interacting with others and to develop a stronger work ethic for her future. “I want to take all of Disney and then learn to apply it,” she said.A whim, perhaps, but one could say that, like Spring Hill College, Disney is woven into the fabric of Kathleen’s tale.