Tourism student Disney-bound

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

A year’s hard study will be rewarded when Clinton student Michaela Seymour (19) travels to Orlando, Florida, to start a six-month internship with Walt Disney World (WDW) in January.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am really looking forward to it,

Miss Seymour was the recipient of a 2018 study grant by the Clinton Lions and has been studying at the NZ School of Tourism in Hamilton this year.

This helped her pursue her dream of studying to become a flight attendant.

“This year I gained two qualifications at the NZ School of Tourism, one in travel and tourism and one in international flight attendant studies,” she said.

“While there I saw this call for students to apply for the internship at Walt Disney World, so I applied along with thousands of others in New Zealand and Australia.”

Recruiters from Walt Disney World came to her school and interviewed her for the position.

She was one of only five from her school and 300 from both countries who were accepted for the cultural exchange internship, she said.

“I pay to fly there but when we get there we all stay in one of their five campuses and attend classes at their on-site university.

“I’m hoping to get many good experiences working for them which will help me become a flight attendant in the future.”

The former South Otago High School student will start her internship working in the restaurant division of WDW.

Her grandmother Yvonne Dawson said she is very happy for her grand daughter to go all the way to Florida on her own.

“It will be a bit scary having her on the other side of the world but we will talk via the internet and it is a really great opportunity for her.”

Mrs Dawson said her granddaughter studied “pretty hard and is very responsible” and thanks to the scholarship from the Clinton Lions she has this great opportunity to travel and experience the world.

Clinton Lions President Jeffrey Moss said it was wonderful to see Miss Seymour make good use of their scholarship.

“With all the grants we give out each year, we try to help out as many of our local people as we can to pursue tertiary qualifications,

“Michaela has already received assistance on earlier projects so we are looking forward to seeing her progress in her chosen career.

“The grants are not big but they do help students to get by.”

Miss Seymour said she will be looking forward to the challenges of living so far away from her close-knit family.

“Moving over here and living on my own, away from nan, will be tough but it should be a great experience,” she said.