Disney Princesses Ranked By A Disney College Program Alumna

Disney Princesses Ranked By A Disney College Program Alumna

Who knew at 23 years old I’d still be idolizing them?

In many of my pieces of writing, I have talked about my time spent during my college program at Disney World. It was an amazing experience that I am so happy to have experienced in my life. Being a Disney fanatic it all started when I was three and I watched numerous movies. Although there was a wide variety, many of the movies contained the main plot of princesses.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Am I going to talk about how Princesses are anti-feminist and we shouldn’t refer them as just princesses, and it’s degrading to women?

Actually, no.

What I am going to talk about is my ranking. I got to meet all of the characters’ multiple times and have conversations with them while they were in character. I can say that I actually got to know them!

So my rankings are actually based off of my conversations and time spent with them. The influence they’ve had on me since I was five years old and again in person at 20 years old. Here we go:

11. Pocahontas

With her beautiful long hair who wouldn’t want her luscious locks?! But she’s so much more than that. She is one who can get down with nature and understands how to appreciate it. She understands that change is not always a good thing and keeping up with tradition is something we must all remember to do. Like many of the ladies I will talk about, she is someone who is stubborn and is not afraid to fight for herself. A strong and powerful woman, who decades later is still an inspiration.

10. Aurora

As a young girl who was cursed, it’s easy to look past her story and think that she has zero influence. Well that is very much incorrect. As we have seen through reenactments and films that have extended her story; she is someone who does not hold grudges. She forgave Maleficent who cursed her for 16 years, and learned to find happiness in letting go of the negative.

9. Anna

As the little sister to Elsa, it’s easy to see Anna as a nuisance. She may bother Elsa until she has an outburst, but the important moral at the end of “Frozen,” is that she loves her sister unconditionally. In the end family is all that matters and it’s who we have on our team no matter the circumstances. Anna may have been boy crazy for majority of the movie, but she soon comes to her senses and realizes that she must support and help her sister no matter what. She teaches us about loyalty and the importance of those that we love.

8. Ariel

Sure we’ve been told to stay true to ourselves and never change. In many ways Ariel did and didn’t do just that. She changed herself to be compatible with who she was meant to spend her life with. But what she didn’t change was her outlook and determination to get what she wants to ensure a happy life that she wanted to live for herself and no one else. That is something that every woman can take as an example on how to live our lives.

7. Snow White

When you think of “Disney Princesses” Snow White is probably one of if not THE first princess to come to mind. Now that it is 2018 many jokes are made about how happy she is and the idea that she sings to animals and enjoys chores. But the reason why Snow White is as pure as she is, is because of the kindness she has towards everyone and everything around her. Although she has an enemy simply for nothing that she has done herself, still manages to stay upbeat and put her best self out there.

6. Cinderella

Cinderella may be the epitome of a princess. But it is her unselfish ways in which she has dedicated her life to helping others that brings out her inner beauty to the princess she is by the end of the film. As the little girls who grew up on her became older, they realized that she had deeper meanings to her story. She taught us that families aren’t picture perfect with a mom and dad who are together and love each other. She taught us that families can be made up of people who you are not related to, and that not every family is loving and happy. For the time period in which it came out, (1950) this was not the norm. If you dive deeper, this princess can teach us many life lessons that aren’t typical of most princesses.

5. Merida

Merida loves to dance to the beat of her own drum. And she teaches us that all of us should be able to do the same. She may be a princess, but following those rules and customs may just be the last thing on her mind. Merida is someone that anybody can look to as a role model. While throughout her entire story she must fix one big mistake, she teaches us that the biggest life lesson we must face with, can make us into a better version of ourselves than what we could have ever imagined.

4. Tiana

If there is a Princess that teaches us about girl power, it may just be Tiana. While she loves to cook and works hard to make her living, she is an inspiration to everyone that if you work hard enough, you can turn your favorite hobby into a reality and be your own boss. At the very end of her story she does just that. Similar to the other gals, she finds her man but also gets to find her own career.

3. Jasmine

Possibly the only heroine we see who is not afraid to speak her mind and tell off a love interest. When she finds out that Aladdin has lied to her, she is not afraid to speak up and let him know that she is not happy. She is not an obeying woman who sits back and is told what to do. She tells Aladdin her exact thoughts, and isn’t afraid to tell her father, the sultan, that she is not interested in getting married. Plus she has a pet tiger so that’s pretty freaking cool!

2. Belle

As a bookworm, Belle encourages us to get with our nerdy side and educate ourselves. Though the villagers she lived with claimed that “she always had her nose stuck in a book,” she didn’t let that stop her from doing what she loved. The most important lesson that she taught us is that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. As we get older it is a lesson that has much more significance in comparison to when we were young.

1. Rapunzel

And last, but certainly not least, Rapunzel. What makes her worthy of holding the number one spot is that she holds the personality of so many of the other princesses, all while still being her own person. She is educated and enjoys reading, as that is one of the only things she can do up in her tower. She has the spunky personality similar to Anna, where she is not afraid to say what is on her mind and be her natural self. She has the hard work and determination just like Tiana. She has the kindness of Cinderella and Snow White, and befriends animals as they do. And just like all of these princesses, she is able to find her happily ever after.

So although I have a different interaction with Disney Princesses than most people do it’s a funny pattern of the lessons they’ve taught me. I started out watching their movies and getting a surfaced level understanding. As I got older and met these princesses, those lessons appeared to have deeper meanings. Who knew at 23 years old I’d still be idolizing them?

Cover Image Credit: Cheyenne Wong

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


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I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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