SOEHS Alum Morgan Couch Lands Her Dream Job at Disney

Having recently graduated from KU in 2021, SOEHS alum Morgan Couch now finds herself at “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

She excitedly took the position as a Disney cast member/Disney College Program intern, as she’d always dreamed. And now, with a bachelor’s in sport management from KU under her belt, she recognizes how her experiences as a student will propel her career forward.

With her program at the Disney Parks, she’s connecting with and creating memories with people all over the world. Reflecting back on her time in the SOEHS, the 2021 graduate shares how she now applies those experiences into her work with the Walt Disney Company.

Tell us about what you do for a living. What led you to this career path, and how did you decide it was right for you?

Starting in January (2022), I will be moving to work as a cast member/Disney College Program intern for the Walt Disney Company. Since the age of two, I have dreamed of one day working for Disney and come from a family of Disney fanatics! My parents encouraged me all throughout college to apply for this program, but due to Covid and other extracurricular activities that I was involved in during my undergraduate career, I decided to wait and apply after graduation.

What do you enjoy most about your job or what are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to helping create magical memories for all guests that visit the Disney Parks and am very excited to meet people from all over the world during my program.

How did your experiences in the School of Education & Human Sciences prepare you for your career?

My experiences in the School of Education & Human Sciences prepared me for my career in a plethora of ways. I would say that the HSES 499: Internship in Sport Management course best prepared me for my career, because it provided me with a snapshot of all that goes on behind the scenes when working in the collegiate athletics field. I was fortunate enough to complete my internship in the Williams Education Fund/K Club office and am grateful for the opportunity and experience.

What’s a mistake you made in college or in your career that you’d caution others to avoid?

I wouldn’t say that I made any mistakes in college or throughout my early career; however, I would encourage students to get involved on campus as much as possible. Whether it means joining a club pertaining to your major, attending a KU sporting event, or even exploring Mass Street with friends, find activities that you enjoy and make the most out of your time as a student at this special university!

What’s the best advice you ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received was from an individual that currently serves as the Senior Manager of Corporate Partnership Sales for the Baltimore Ravens organization. He told me to “view my role as a step in a long career, not a job. Jobs can be day-to-day, and hinder your mindset. Careers are decades long, and each role along the way is a stepping stone for the next one.”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself as a freshman?

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself as a freshman to not let anyone diminish any of the amazing things that I was able to accomplish during my first year in college and to be proud of the growth I exhibited in such a short amount of time.

Which opportunities at KU would you urge students to take advantage of?

I would definitely encourage students to take advantage of office hours/group study sessions and join any clubs/groups that interest them!!

What are your top career tips for current students?

Try not to conform to the “cookie cutter” standards of society-find ways to make yourself stand out from your competition, understand that hard work does not go unnoticed, and find your niche!

Please share the names of any KU mentors who made an impact on your life.

Dr. Brian Gordon, Dr. Jordan Bass, Dr. Bernie Kish, Dr. Chris Brown, Dominque Kropp, and Austin Bogina all served as tremendous mentors to me during my time at KU.

Dr. Gordon’s Athlete & Personal Branding-Special Topics course was the BEST class I took at KU. I absolutely loved the way the course was designed and was honored to be taught by him. Each day, Dr. Gordon greeted his students with a smile on his face and made learning the course material fun! I admire so much about Dr. Gordon and hope to one day be at least half the person he is.

What does being a Jayhawk and a KU alum mean to you?

At the age of two, my parents began taking me to KU football and basketball games to cheer on my favorite teams in crimson and blue! I fell in love with the campus, atmosphere, and unique traditions of this beautiful university. It is an honor to be part of the Jayhawk family and continue to support a university that I love so much!

Favorite KU tradition:

My favorite KU tradition is walking down the Hill for graduation! I think that is such a unique tradition and was one of the best experiences of my life!

Favorite memory of KU and/or Lawrence:

My favorite KU memory was attending the KU vs. Villanova men’s basketball game in 2018 with my family!! Allen Fieldhouse was SO loud and electric, and it was so special to share that experience with my older brother, Colin!

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