During my 2016 college program I conquered fears that have been haunting me my entire life. When I started my program I was terrified of rides that go high, spin, get wet, go fast, and definitely those that go upside down! My favorite ride was Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I refused to go on Splash Mountain, the Teacups, the Tower of Terror, and certainly any and all roller coasters.
My dear friends Robert and Sarah took me to Magic Kingdom for the first time the day after my Traditions class. After riding Pirates of the Caribbean they talked me into riding Splash Mountain (and tricked me about when the big drop many many times) and I loved it! After a snack I let them talk me into Big Thunder Mountain. While waiting in the line I got more and more scared I became but I didn't chicken out! I was not such as much a fan of this ride. I was eager to try riding it again but not for a long while.
Two months later my sister came to visit me for spring break and I attempted Big Thunder Mountain again with her. I loved it this time! We rode it four times in a row one night! The entire trip Elisa kept begging me to ride Space Mountain with her, but I kept chickening out. Eventually, on her last night I let her take me on the ride and I loved it! I rode it many times by myself after work after that!
Little over a month later I tried two more new rides. Some of my friends, Robert, Sarah Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Lindsey, were preparing for their program to end and we were hanging out in Hollywood Studios. Knowing how much I was starting to enjoy trying new things and conquering my fears, I agreed to ride Tower of Terror with them. It was terrifying, and remains that way but I love it! I rode it six times one day when my best friend came to visit a week later! Later that week, I finally made my way to Animal Kingdom and tried Everest, which is also pretty scary and pretty fun!
Even though I conquered all these fears I remained timid about riding Rockin' Roller Coaster, the roller coaster that goes upside down. I really wanted to but I was absolutely terrified! Before Lindsey left she gave me a fastpass for coaster and made me promise to ride it before my program ended. My best friend came to visit the next week and she is a total adrenaline junkie. I finally mustered up the courage and we rode Coaster, and I loved it! Now it's my favorite ride in all of Walt Disney World!
Before I started my DCP adventure I made a bucket list (which you can check out here) and one of the things on my bucket list was to "spend a day doing only things I'm scared of" and another was to "spend a day doing only new things." I never officially did either of these things but I did lots of new things and tried lots of things I was afraid of before I left. I encourage you to try lots of new things and conquer lots of fears during your program!